While this position requires a high level of commitment, it is an incredibly rewarding opportunity to serve on the Board of Directors (BOD) for Beta Alpha Psi.
There are two alumni representatives that serve on the BOD at a time. Each year, one new representative is elected to serve a term of two years. Representatives roll off the board staggered to provide a year overlap between a new and old representative.
All nominees must be graduating in the current year in which they are nominated or have graduated the previous year.
The application process is intentionally left relatively open in order to allow applicants some flexibility in how they would like to best express their passion for the organization. Below is a list of the required components:
Top applicants are interviewed by the two serving alumni representatives by phone. The finalists are presented to the board of directors during the June Board of Directors conference call where they vote for the incoming representative.
In this role you will serve as a full-fledged board member, meaning that you will have the opportunity to participate in board discussions which effect the direction of the entire organization. You will be expected to support the vision and purpose established by the BOD at all times.
The alumni representative's most valuable contribution is providing a student/young professional perspective during Board discussions. As a whole, the BOD is very focused on how it can provide BAP members with value even after they graduate from college and how alumni can further benefit student members.
There are two in-person board meetings (one of which is immediately before the annual meeting) and many conference call meetings throughout the year. In addition, each of the alumni Reps travel to four regional meetings and the annual meeting each year. At each of the regional meetings, alumni Reps are in charge of either facilitating a panel of BAP alums or giving a presentation on the current BAP initiatives or a topic of value to the student-audience during a professional session. The week to week time commitment varies, but alumni Reps are expected to prioritize this position alongside their work. In general, alumni reps are expected to dedicate approximately 160-200 hours per year to BAP, in order to continue to move the initiatives of the BOD forward.
Other required duties include making recommendations to the Board for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of Beta Alpha Psi, presenting to the BOD the top three applicants for the incoming AR each year, and other assignments assigned by the BOD.