ILOTA Volunteer Opportunities - Recruitment is Underway!

(July 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 President, Anne Kiraly-Alvarez, OTD, OTR/L, SCSS, on the various volunteer opportunities...

I have been energized by the increase in ILOTA members becoming involved with various committees and initiatives.  Because we are a volunteer-run organization, we couldn’t serve our members and the OT profession without all of our board members and volunteers who assist in any capacity.  If you are already volunteering for ILOTA, THANK YOU!

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]!

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

  • Fieldwork Coordinator: 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.  We have decided to add a full board position of a Fieldwork Coordinator to implement this program!
       - Responsibilities include working with the Fieldwork Program Ad-Hoc Committee to develop the program more fully before hosting more students, coordinating the scheduling of students/reservations for FW placements, and overseeing the supervision of the students during the placements. 
       - Approximate time commitment: 4-5 hours per month during the development of the program; 1-2 hours per month scheduling placements; 1-2 hours per week supervising students during placements
       - Duration: at least one year, opportunity to extend term if desired
  • Blog Coordinator:
       - Responsibilities include managing the editing and publishing of the ILOTA blog, coordinating with the Director of Communications and other blog committee members to identify potential content and contributors to the blog, and collaborating with other social media committee members to coordinate all association communication.
       - Approximate time commitment: 5-10 hours per month, depending on meetings and publishing schedule
       - Duration: at least one year, opportunity to extend term if desired
  • Conference Chair and Co-Chair:
       - Responsibilities include coordinating all aspects of the annual conference, from planning dates/venue, confirming keynote speakers, overseeing the call-for-papers and proposal acceptance process, scheduling all speakers/presenters, overseeing the sponsorship recruitment process, and overseeing virtual or on-site conference proceedings. 
       - Approximate time commitment: 5-10 hours per month, depending on month/tasks taking place
       - Duration: now through November 2022  (1 ½ years)
  • SIS Co-Chairs: We are currently looking for chairs/co-chairs for the following Special Interest Sections:
       - Academic Education
       - Home & Community Health
       - Mental Health
       - Sensory Integration
          > 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
  • Student Conclave Chair:
       - Responsibilities include collaborating with the Student Conclave committee to plan, organize, and implement the one-day student conference in Feb/March 2022
       - Approximate time commitment: 4-5 hours per month for 4-5 months before the event
       - Duration: 5-6 months starting in Fall 2021-Spring 2022
  • CE Approval Co-Chair:
       - Responsibilities include reviewing external CE applications, sending notice of approval, and answering any CE related questions. 
       - Approximate time commitment: 1 hour per month on average
       - Duration: at least one year, opportunity to extend term if desire

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

  • 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:
       - Academic Education
       - Administration & Management
       - Assistive Technology
       - Developmental Disabilities
       - Early Intervention
       - Gerontology
       - Home & Community Health
       - Justice, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion
       - Mental Health
       - Neurorehabilitation
       - Orthopedic & Upper Extremity Rehab
       - Occupational Therapy Assistant
       - Pediatrics
       - School-Based Practice
       - Sensory Integration
          > 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 

Opportunity outside ILOTA: 

IL OT Licensure Board: The State of Illinois and the Division of Professional Regulation have been working to add members to their board that represent the diversity of Illinois along with geographical representation. The Occupational Therapy Licensure Board is looking for recommendations of prospective members for a couple of positions on this board. Please click here for a board commitment form as a brief description of the responsibilities of a board member.

If you are interested in volunteering for any of these positions, or would like more information, please send an email message to [email protected] and we’ll follow up with you soon!

Thank you in advance for considering to be a volunteer for ILOTA!

Thank you, 

      Anne

Anne Kiraly-Alvarez, OTD, OTR/L, SCSS (she/her/hers)
President
Illinois Occupational Therapy Association