Volunteer

Every year, many talented, hard-working ASHT members help advance the hand therapy profession and patient care through volunteer service. We know you’re busy, but we encourage you to make time to get involved with ASHT. Participating in the society often returns unexpected dividends – improved leadership skills, connections with hand therapists all over the country and a better understanding of the issues facing hand therapists in an increasingly complex healthcare environment.

Available Leadership Positions

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Annual Meeting Committee Chair (2019)

The Annual Meeting Chair will work with the Research Division, committee members, volunteer leaders and ASHT staff to develop Annual Meeting content and program functionality. We are seeking a chair for the 2019 Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. This person will serve on the Annual Meeting Committee in 2018 as Vice Chair.

Responsibilities include:

  • Plan and implement all aspects of the annual program, including session planning, scheduling and coordination of topics, speakers and planned activities
  • Finalize the preliminary program for review, feedback and approval by the ASHT Board of Directors
  • Advise staff on potential exhibitors, sponsors and other industry partner opportunities

The ideal candidate should:

  • Have attended two out of the last three ASHT Annual Meetings
  • Have served on the ASHT Annual Meeting Committee within the last five years, or have similar experience with another organization
  • Have some leadership or project management experience
  • Have effective delegation skills
  • Be well connected in the hand therapy community
  • Be able to effectively coordinate the efforts of committee members
  • Have adequate time to devote to the position (approximately one hour per weeknight)
  • Be a good ambassador for ASHT
  • Understand the focus of the role is content; staff will manage logistics

To apply, please send a brief letter of interest and current version of your CV/resume to ASHT@asht.org by May 22, 2017.


Annual Meeting Committee

The Annual Meeting Committee is responsible for planning and implementing all aspects of the Annual Meeting program, including session planning, scheduling and coordination of topics, speakers and planned activities. As much as possible, the committee will represent the Annual Meeting audience at large in terms of work setting and demographics. We are seeking creative, detail-oriented, forward-thinking ASHT members to serve on the Annual Meeting Committee for our 2018 Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX.  

Candidates should be: 

  • Current ASHT members in good standing (dues current)Able to dedicate time necessary to substantially contribute to the success of the Annual Meeting
  • In touch with current hand therapy practice and pertinent topics in the hand therapy community
  • Well established in hand therapy practice
  • Well connected in the hand therapy community
  • An attendee of at least one ASHT Annual Meeting
  • Open to others' ideas, and have confidence to share ideas
  • Focused on quality

To apply, please send a brief letter of interest and current version of your CV/resume to ASHT@asht.org by May 22, 2017.


Technology & Communication Committee Blog Writers

Interested in being more involved with ASHT, but think you don’t have enough time? Considering volunteering as a blog writer!

ASHT members are writing blogs to share on ASSH's HandCare.org blog as part of our Advice from a Certified Hand Therapist series. Posts are typically 3-4 paragraphs and written in a Q&A format in lay language for patients to easily understand (example: FOOSH, Trigger Finger).

To volunteer, please sent a letter of interest and copy of your CV/resume to ASHT@asht.org.


Independent Finance Committee

If you or someone you know has the ability to understand financial operations of an organization, please consider applying to become a member of the ASHT Independent Finance Committee. Participants will gain unique insight into the operations of our professional membership organization.

The Independent Finance Committee develops and recommends to the Board of Directors those financial policies, plans and courses of action that provide for mission accomplishment and organizational financial well-being. Consistent with this responsibility, the Independent Finance Committee reviews the annual budget and submits the budget to the board for approval. Additionally, the Independent Finance Committee makes policy recommendations with regard to the level and terms of indebtedness, cash management, investment policy, risk management, financial monitoring and reports and other policies the committee determines are advisable for effective financial management.

Additional responsibilities include:

  • Attend monthly Independent Finance Committee conference calls. Committee members are also invited to attend monthly Board of Directors conference calls to stay informed.
  • Review monthly financial report and make recommendations for necessary adjustments based on budgeted priorities
  • Review quarterly investment report and make recommendations to the Board of Directors
  • Review financial impact of proposals and contracts and make recommendations to the Board of Directors

Prospective candidates may include (but not limited to):

  • Accountant
  • Attorney
  • CEO, CFO, MBA
  • ASHT past president (excluding current immediate past president)
  • ASHT member who owns a practice or is involved in business
  • Healthcare professional with experience in finance

Note: Membership in ASHT is not a requirement to serve on the Independent Finance Committee.

Committee members will serve staggered two- or three-year terms. Committee members have the option to renew one additional term for the equal amount of years they currently serve.

To apply, please send a brief letter of interest and current version of your CV/resume to ASHT@asht.org.


International Committee

The International Committee responds to member questions, moderates the international e-Community discussion group and conveys salient information. The committee also liaises with International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT). ASHT is currently seeking volunteer leaders for two-year terms.

Participation in the International Committee is an excellent opportunity to network with other hand therapists from around the world on issues related to hand therapy practice. Therapists on the committee represent various regions of the United States and different types of practices, and can include therapists from around the world.

ASHT created the International Committee to support hand therapists interested in the worldwide community of hand therapy and wishing to work with international members and those who attend ASHT meetings and functions by:

  • Producing resources for Annual Meeting attendees
  • Organizing networking opportunities for international attendees
  • Helping facilitate international speakers at the meeting
  • Promoting participation of the international attendees (such as poster and research presentations)
  • Developing additional forums for international members to benefit from their ASHT membership
  • Participating in the international listserv
  • Developing website resources for U.S. therapists wishing to volunteer and teach in other countries
  • Exploring liaison roles with therapists from other countries
  • Developing new ideas to further develop the relationship of U.S. ASHT members with international members and their colleagues     

The IC seeks international ASHT members who meet the following criteria:

  • High level of interest in international affairs and the global hand therapy community
  • Experience with international therapy practices
  • Regular access to computer, email and Internet
  • Available to assist (1 to 2 hours a week)
  • Able to meet at the Annual Meeting at own expense for interaction/networking with the international attendees
  • Interest in working with other dynamic individuals as part of a team
  • Willing to invest a two-year commitment as an IC member

To apply, please send your resume/CV and a paragraph explaining why you are interested in volunteering and how your strengths/experiences would make you a good candidate to ASHT@asht.org.


Volunteers are the heart of any organization.
Thank you for helping ASHT make a difference.