ILOTA Volunteer Opportunities - Recruitment is Underway!

(November 2021)

We are fortunate to have scores of talented ILOTA members as volunteers to lead our organization! Recruitment for new volunteers is an ongoing process, so please review the list below of current volunteer opportunities and send an email message to [email protected] if you are interested. (Please note that volunteer positions are only open to current ILOTA practitioner and student members. Not a member? Click here for our membership benefits and dues options!)

Please see the message below from our ILOTA Recruitment Coordinator, Sarah Zera, OTD, OTR/L, on the various volunteer opportunities...

As the Recruitment Coordinator at ILOTA, I have valued the opportunity to get to know so many more occupational therapy practitioners in Illinois. The volunteers at ILOTA have led important initiatives, made great strides in our state’s legislation, and have supported Illinois occupational therapy practitioners in their practice. If you are already volunteering for ILOTA, THANK YOU! Additionally, if you are a current ILOTA volunteer, you do not need to “re-up” your volunteer status.

If you are interested in getting involved, we have various opportunities available to volunteer as a board member or committee member. Please view the opportunities below. If you are interested in volunteering for any of these positions or committees, or would like to learn more, please send an email message to [email protected] and indicate which opportunity (or opportunities)!

Full Board Positions (Sorry, OT and OTA students- these positions are only open to OT practitioners!):

  • Networking Coordinator:
    • The Networking Coordinator oversees activities of the Special Interest Section (SIS) Chairs, recruits for open positions within SIS Chairs, develops a timeline for SIS Chair Communique article submissions, and collaborates with other ILOTA Committees for networking and continuing education opportunities.
    • Attends quarterly full board meetings (third Saturday in Feb, May, and August).
    • Duration: at least one year, opportunity to extend term if desired.
    • Approximate time commitment: 4-5 hours per month
  • Recruitment Coordinator:
    • Responsibilities include collaborating with the Executive Board and other Coordinators to determine current open positions within the Full Board. The recruitment coordinator uses a variety of recruitment methods including consulting the volunteer database, networking, and email blasts to recruit for open positions.
    • Oversees Recruitment Committee.
    • Attends quarterly full board meetings (third Saturday in Feb, May, and August).
    • Duration: at least one year, opportunity to extend term if desired.
    • Approximate time commitment: 2-3 hours per month
  • SIS Co-Chairs: We are currently looking for chairs/co-chairs for several Special Interest Sections:
    • Responsibilities include collaborating with the other SIS-co-chair(s) to develop SIS-related resources, plan SIS-related CE events, coordinate SIS networking opportunities, monitor SIS-related advocacy issues/needs, coordinate SIS committee meetings as appropriate, attending quarterly full board meetings (third Saturday in Feb, May, and August), and meeting with Networking Coordinator as needed
    • Approximate time commitment: 4-5 hours per month
    • Duration: at least one year, opportunity to extend term if desired
    • Below are the co-chair positions we are seeking to fill:
      • Academic Education
      • Early Intervention
      • Home & Community Health
      • Sensory Integration
      • Assistive Technology

Ad-Hoc Committee Positions (OT and OTA students are welcome to join any committee as a committee member!):

  • Recruitment Committee: We are starting this committee this year to increase our networking opportunities when recruiting for Full Board positions. This is a great opportunity to support our efforts to develop greater diversity in our Full Board.
    • Responsibilities include participating in monthly committee meetings and doing additional work to recruit for open Full Board positions.
    • Approximate time commitment: 2-3 hours per month
    • Duration: at least one year.
  • Fieldwork Program Ad-Hoc Committee Member: Earlier this year, we piloted hosting part-time Level II OT students through ILOTA. It was successful for all involved, so the Executive Board has voted to develop a permanent fieldwork program to make available to all OT and OTA programs in Illinois.
    • Responsibilities include participating in monthly committee meetings and doing additional work to develop materials to support the program
    • Approximate time commitment: 2-3 hours per month
    • Duration: approximately 2-3 over this summer
  • Community Outreach Ad-Hoc Committee Member: We started this committee in January related to our new diversity and inclusion strategic focus area, and have three subcommittees that could use more members: a) Resource Development Committee- developing print and audiovisual materials to educate the public and students about OT; b) Connections in the Community committee- developing partnerships with schools, libraries, and other organizations across Illinois to provide presenters or materials for job fairs and other events for educating about OT; and c) Mentoring program committee- developing a mentorship program for pre-OT students to help students prepare to apply for OT/OTA programs.
    • Responsibilities include participating in monthly committee meetings and completing follow-tasks as needed
    • Approximate time commitment: 2-4 hours per month
    • Duration: at least one year
  • IL OT Practice Act and Rules Review Committee: In preparation for the sunset of the OT Practice Act in 2024, several subcommittees have begun identifying suggested changes to the administrative rules and will begin working on suggested revisions to the Practice Act soon.  We would love your input and suggestions!
    • Responsibilities include participating in subcommittee virtual meetings as needed, reviewing rules/act, suggesting proposed changes, and reviewing drafts.
    • Approximate time commitment: variable, but 2-3 hours per month, 1-4 months per year (depending on which subcommittees you join)
    • Duration: through 2023

Ongoing Committee Positions (OT and OTA students are welcome to join any committee as a committee member!):

  • Awards Committee Member:
    • Responsibilities include meeting with Awards committee to review award nominations and select award recipients
    • Approximate time commitment: 6-8 hours during the month of August
    • Duration: One month (August 2021)
  • Bylaws Committee Member:
    • Responsibilities include assisting Bylaws Coordinator with making updates to the bylaws and coordinating the member voting/approval of any updates
    • Approximate time commitment: 2-3 hours per month
    • Duration: 2-3 months beginning July 2021
  • Newsletter Committee Member:
    • Responsibilities include assisting with the creation of four newsletters per year: recruiting authors, editing submitted articles, editing drafts of issues, and sending certificates to authors after issue publication; participating in committee meetings as needed
    • Approximate time commitment: 4 hours per month
    • Duration: at least one year, opportunity to extend term if desired
  • Student Conclave Committee Member:
    • Responsibilities include participating in committee meetings (1-4 meetings per month), completing follow-up tasks as needed, assisting with identifying potential topics and speakers, assisting with scheduling, assisting with recruiting sponsors
    • Approximate time commitment: 2-4 hours per month
    • Duration: Fall 2021 – Spring 2022
  • Student Committee Member: (Great volunteer opportunity for OT and OTA students!) We are currently revamping our student committee and would love to have at least one representative from each OT and OTA school in Illinois!
    • Responsibilities include participating in committee meetings with the Student Liaisons and Networking Coordinator, assisting with planning various student networking and educational events
    • Approximate time commitment: 1-2 hours per month
    • Duration: at least 6 months – 1 year, opportunity to extend term
  • SIS Committee Member: We are currently open to adding committee members to all of our Special Interest Sections:
    • Responsibilities include participating in SIS committee meetings (some are weekly or biweekly, some may be quarterly) and assisting with SIS-related education, advocacy, and networking initiatives
    • Approximate time commitment: 1-4 hours per month
    • Duration: at least one year, opportunity to extend term if desired
    • The Special Interest Sections include:
      • Academic Education
      • Administration & Management
      • Assistive Technology
      • Developmental Disabilities
      • Early Intervention
      • Gerontology
      • Home & Community Health
      • Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion (JEDI)
      • Mental Health
      • Neurorehabilitation
      • Orthopedic & Upper Extremity Rehab
      • Occupational Therapy Assistant
      • Pediatrics
      • School-Based Practice
      • Sensory Integration

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these positions, or would like more information, please send an email message to [email protected], indicate which opportunity (or opportunities), and we’ll follow up with you soon!  Thank you in advance for considering to be a volunteer for ILOTA!

Thank you,

Sarah Zera, OTD, OTR/L