American Therapeutic Recreation Association

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Members at Large shall participate in deliberation on Association matters, contribute to formulating decisions, assist in carrying out recommended actions and monitor committee functions and make reports as required.

Length of Term: 

Three year term, beginning at the installation of officers meeting that follows his/her election and ending at the close of the installation of officers in the year the term ends. Members at Large may be elected to one additional term as a Member at Large.

Primary Responsibilities:

  1. Duty of care:  Supervise and direct the affairs of the Association with the entire ATRA Board in good faith, using pertinent information to act in the best interest of ATRA.
  2. Duty of obedience:  Ensure and participate in decisions, determining policies or changes therein consistent with the mission and within the limits of the bylaws.
  3. Duty of loyalty:  Act in the best interests of ATRA and the profession, including avoidance of conflict or declaration of conflict of interest where one exists. 
  4. Attend, prepare for and actively participate in all board meetings and monthly board conference calls.
  5. Maintain confidentiality of Board’s closed sessions.
  6. Serve on ATRA board committees as assigned.
  7. Serve as an advocate for ATRA and recreational therapy.
  8. Serve as board liaison to various committees, teams and task forces as assigned by the President. This includes but is not limited to:
  9. Maintaining monthly contact with committee chairs;
  10. Providing information, feedback and encouragement to committee chairs to facilitate communication and completion of committee tasks;
  11. Ensuring timely, professional reports from committees;
  12. Assisting committees to reflect the mission and goals of ATRA in their work; and
  13. Monitoring committee work to ensure ethical compliance. 
  14. Provide the board with current involvement that has the potential to impact ATRA and the profession.
  15. Assist the Board with special projects as the need arises.
  16. Present information regarding ATRA at workshops and conferences.
  17. Submit periodic articles to the Newsletter and Annual Report.

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. Professional or Associate member in good standing
  2. Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist (Professional members)
  3. Demonstrated leadership in recreational therapy at the local, state and/or national levels
  4. Demonstrated leadership within ATRA
  5. Compliance with the ATRA Code of Ethics
  6. Member in good standing in the state/regional ATRA chapter if one exists