Council Trainee Representative


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

  • 1 Council Trainee Representative selected per Council (total of 5 Trainee Council Liaisons)

  • AUCD will pay $500 scholarship each Council Trainee Representative

  • Each Council Trainee Representative will be paired with a Council Mentor

  • Board Emerging Leaders Representative will facilitate an initial call or webinar in January 2020 with all Council Trainee Mentors and Council Trainee Representatives to introduce everyone, and ensure there are clear expectations and outcomes of the initiative.

  • Board Emerging Leaders Representative will work with Emerging Leaders Interns and provide an opportunity for recognition at the AUCD 2020 Conference's Trainee Networking Session

  • Length: January 2020 to November 2020, ending at the AUCD 2020 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)

  • 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 in-person meeting at the 2020 AUCD Conference (if appropriate and able)

  • Time commitment: 4-5 hours a month

Benefits of being a Council Trainee Representative

  • Improve understanding of the AUCD network and its various structures

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

  • Learn about the various roles on each Council

  • Learn how the Councils actively engage in activities in service of AUCD’s mission 

  • Manage a sustainable trainee leadership project from beginning to end

  • Build relationships and network with others, including Council members, and Trainee Council Representatives

  • Work collaboratively with diverse stakeholders

  • Recognition at national trainee events

Application Process

The online application form is currently open and will close on Friday, December 20, 2019. Stay tuned for details. More information on the Council Trainee Representative can be found on the informational webinar page.