If you’re reading this, you are probably a pretty big enthusiast for plain language and are promoting the cause in some way or other. Thank you for that! Here’s a way you can help the cause even more – as a Board Member for the Center for Plain Language.
We’re holding elections next month for a number of openings on our corporate board and are looking for people with a passion for Plain Language. Board members also need:
- an ability to multi-task;
- an ability to follow through and get things done;
- a good network of others or an ability to recruit people work on committees;
- willingness to collaborate;
- good organization skills;
- a willingness to support the Center financially and to find others to do so also;
- the ability to combine the strategic with the tactical; and
- an ability to have fun.
We are a working board, and we do put in time to promote that culture of clarity that is part of our mission statement.
What do you get in return for all this hard work? No private jet or vacation home in the Bahamas. Not even free movie tickets. BUT YOU DO get to dream big and YOU DO GAIN a network of relationships with others who care about clarity as you do. You gain community and friendships that last a lifetime. And you get the knowledge that you are really helping organizations like the public health sector or the government solve problems and provide services through clear writing.
If you are willing to serve, or if you are just curious if you might be a good fit, don’t hesitate. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll get back to you right away to answer any questions. If you’ve already decided, then send a short (about 100-150 words) statement about why you should be elected and what you will bring to the Board. Send to email@example.com. Deadline for application is Thursday, March 29. The election is in April.
Thanks for considering joining the Board and for your ongoing support of our mission to create a culture of clarity for every audience, every time.
About the author: Bill Ryan is a longtime Federal employee currently serving as a Program Manager in the Department of Homeland Security. He earned his plain language spurs working on the Clinton Administration’s Plain Language Initiative as a member of Vice President Gore’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government.