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 Volunteer Opportunities
- Board Intern (deadline August 31)
- Blog Writer (Technology & Communication Committee)
- Independent Finance Committee
- State Representative (Advocacy)
- International Committee
- ASHT Times Contributor
- "Tip of the Week" (Clinical Pearl) Contributor
The ASHT Board of Directors intern position is intended to introduce ASHT members to the process of board governance, nonprofit budget construction and activities of ASHT. The appointment will provide you with an experience that will enhance your career in hand therapy and help develop leadership skills that could lead to later participation as a committee chair, division director or ASHT board member. It provides a unique networking opportunity with ASHT leaders from around the country.
Role and Responsibilities
A board intern occupies the role of a non-voting, visiting board member. Although “visiting” does not necessarily connote dynamic participation, it is expected that the board intern engages actively with the Board of Directors to reflect the experiential nature of the role. The experience will be defined by two equally important duties:
- The board intern should be continuously learning and developing over the duration of the term.
- The board intern should be contributing positively to the work of the board, in a scope determined through mutual agreement with the board.
In contrast with board members, an intern cannot engage in two expectations of full board membership. Namely, the board intern may not:
- Register a vote on matters relating to the work of the organization, the board and any board subcommittee; or
- Be expected to make a financial commitment to an organization (i.e. participate in an annual give/get, or be included in board giving statistics).
The board intern’s responsibilities will include the following activities:
- Attend a virtual orientation/training session
- Prepare for/attend monthly board conference calls, and on-site board meeting held in conjunction with the ASHT Annual Meeting (September/October)
- Be informed about the organization's mission, strategic plan, policies and programs
- Review agenda and supporting materials prior to board and committee meetings
- Make serious commitment to participate actively in at least one committee, task force or division of the intern’s choosing and offer to take on special assignments
- Inform others about the organization
- Keep up-to-date on developments in the organization's field
- Follow conflict of interest and confidentiality policies
- Assist the board in carrying out its fiduciary responsibilities, such as reviewing the organization's annual financial statements and understanding the budget process
- Understand the board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts
- Participate in the selection of the next board intern
- Write a board intern perspective article for the ASHT Times
The term begins at the business meeting held during the ASHT Annual Meeting, and concludes at the following year's business meeting. The total expected time commitment is 2 to 6 hours per month.
- Active or Associate members of ASHT for at least three consecutive years immediately prior to application
- History of volunteering in some capacity with ASHT and/or regional/state hand interest group
- Holds/has held leadership role in organization or clinic
- Competent communicator, including telecommunication savvy
- Computer skills (spread sheets, online documents, website, etc.)
- Forward-thinking, innovative,
- Flexible, collaborative
- Knowledge of current practice trends, e.g. legislation, reimbursement, evidence-based practice
- Engaged in hand therapy profession
- Ambassador to the organization, willing to promote and support ASHT to members and public
- Has no serious conflict of interest with ASHT
Note: Former ASHT board members are not eligible to participate in the board internship program.
To apply, please submit a current resume/CV, a one-page impact statement describing the reasons for pursuing the board intern position, a signed commitment form and signed conflict of interest/confidentiality statement. The deadline to apply is August 31, 2018.
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.
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 quarterly Independent Finance Committee conference calls (with three weeks' notice if a call is cancelled). Committee members are also invited to attend monthly Board of Directors conference calls to stay informed.
- Attend required conference calls during review of the annual audit (March) and budget (November)
- 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):
- 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.
ASHT is looking for a volunteer from each state to be our "eyes and ears" on the ground for local issues affecting hand therapy practice and reimbursement. If you are interested in serving as the local representative for your state, please contact the Practice Division at ASHT@asht.org.
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.
Whether it's a clinical article, case study or perspective piece, we encourage ASHT members to contribute to the ASHT Times, the society's official quarterly news publication. To view the latest issue of the ASHT Times and learn more about the content included, please visit the ASHT Times archive. If you are interested in contributing to our member magazine, please email ASHT@asht.org. We'd love to hear your ideas!
Be a part of ASHT's newest benefit, "Tip of the Week," where clinicians share quick tips and clinical pearls through ASHT’s social media platforms. Posts are 50-100 words (can include a photo) and are designed to be a handy tip you have discovered through your experience as a hand therapist. We pick up tips and tricks with every patient (sometimes even accidentally or through our mistakes!), and we want an outlet for people to share these tips with other members. If you are interested in participating in this program in any way, please email ASHT@asht.org.
Volunteers are the heart of any organization.
Thank you for helping ASHT make a difference.