Council Trainee Representatives


Trainees are enthusiastic and eager for more variability and opportunities to demonstrate leadership within the AUCD network. In an ongoing request, trainees expressed an interest in opportunities for greater involvement with AUCD Councils. Specifically, trainees want involvement during their traineeship, rather than afterwards. They view the Councils as a professional means of being engaged with the network and a venue for actively pursuing their areas of interest. In addition to trainees’ requests, Council Chairs and leadership have expressed repeated interest in increasing trainee engagement, so the following plan was designed to address the expressed needs and desires of trainees and Council leadership.

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Council Trainee Representative Overview

  • Length: This year-long leadership opportunity for current trainees starts immediately after the AUCD conference and concludes after next year’s conference. One Council Trainee Representative is selected per Council, a total of five representatives.  

  • AUCD will pay for annual conference registration for trainees to attend AUCD

  • The Emerging Leaders Board Representative will facilitate an initial call or webinar in January with all Council Trainee Mentors and Council Trainee Representatives to introduce everyone and ensure there are clear expectations and outcomes of the initiative. 

  • Attend and participate on the Emerging Leaders Webinars led by the Emerging Leaders Interns 

  • The Council Trainee representative will have an opportunity for recognition and engagement on the national level at trainee events during the AUCD Conference. 

Council Trainee Representative Responsibilities

  • In the first quarter of the position, the Council Trainee Representative will develop a synopsis of the Council in multiple formats that can be shared in a conference session, on the Emerging Leaders website and social media platforms (possibly an adaption of the Council one-page resources)

  • Meet virtually with other Council Trainee Representatives to share information and strategies twice during the term (this will be coordinated by the Board Emerging Leader Representative)

  • Present about Council priorities and activities during one Council Trainee Representatives group call

  • Work with the Council Mentor to develop appropriate and relevant trainee leadership opportunities that will have long-term benefits for both participating trainees and the Council (e.g., facilitating communications among Council members, identifying emerging needs that the Council might address, supporting Council-sponsored webinars)

  • Manage a sustainable trainee leadership project from beginning to end 

  • Promote Council Trainee leadership opportunity to next year’s cohort of trainees by contributing to via webinars and the Emerging Leaders Community communications

  • Attend all the Council calls and the annual AUCD Conference 

  • Time commitment: 4-5 hours a month

Benefits of being a Council Trainee Representative

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the AUCD network and its funders  

  • Learn how Councils function and communicate within the network, the national office, and the Board 

  • Gain project management skills in a national disability organization  

  • Relationship building and networking with Council members, other Trainee Council Representatives, AUCD staff and the Emerging Leaders Community 

  • Professional development in providing culturally competent practice 

  • Recognition at national trainee events

Application ProcessCall for 2021 Applications is Closed. 

Prior to applying, all interested trainees are encouraged to have a conversation with their Center/Program Director or Training Director about the time commitments associated with the position. For example, it will be helpful for applicants to know if internship hours can be applied to training requirements (e.g. a leadership project) or not.

Please read all the required submitted materials carefully.

  • Please provide a brief biography (3-4 sentences)

  • Please share why you would like this position within the selected Council (4-5 sentences total)

  • Please briefly describe the supports you need, including accommodations, to be successful in this position (3-4 sentences)

  • Your resume or CV (brief: no more than 2 pages)

  • A statement of support from your LEND or UCEDD Director or Training Director 

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Interested candidates should submit their application by visiting the application page, creating an account, and submitting the following items by Friday, January 15, 2021, at 11:59pm ET. Applicants can only apply to one council.