We want you to be a Director on the OSCA/ACOSO Board!
What a great idea. Not only will you be able to contribute to the leadership of guidance and career education in Ontario, you will have the best professional development you can experience. Nomination form links are at the bottom of this page.
The board is structured with a President, three vice-presidents, and directors on each of three committees:
- Governance - oversees the rules and regulations of the OSCA board;
- Professional Development - oversees our conferences;
- Communications - oversees production of OSCA Today.
The vice presidents are aligned with the committees and comprise the Executive of the Board with the President. We also have an Association Consultant and a Managing Consultant that are responsible for OSCA's daily operations.
Board members and the executive meet face-to-face four times per year. The executive get together for one extra day at each meeting to discuss strategic planning. We also meet online, or via teleconference between meetings, when we have extra work to be done.
Typically the meetings are Thursday evenings, all day Friday and Saturday morning, three times a year with a shorter meeting before the conference in November. OSCA pays for your accommodation and food, as well as your travel expenses to get to the board meetings. You will also participate in conference calls between meetings. Board members and executive also regularly meet with representatives from colleges, universities and the Ministry of Education.
To become a board member you must be a guidance specialist and be nominated by two OSCA members, using the nomination form. Next, you will be asked to attend OSCA's Annual General Meeting which is scheduled on the Monday during the November conference. At this time you need to be prepared to say why you would like to be on the board. This way we get to know you a little. All voting is done electronically immediately following the conference..
Your term on the board as a director lasts three years. This gives you the opportunity to be part of each committee, or perhaps stay on the same one if possible. Of course, if there are extenuating circumstances you can terminate your commitment earlier.
It is possible to run directly for the Executive (a one year term), or you can run for Executive once you are a board director. After being on the executive you can run for the position of President which is a two year term.
This is a very collaborative board, always looking for new ideas, ways to support our membership and to develop resources to assist in the delivery of guidance and career education. As a board member, you will be privy to information about all new Ministry initiatives, what is happening in post secondary education, and what other organizations are working with OSCA to provide quality programming.
To find out more, feel free to contact a current board member, the President or the Associaiton Consultant.