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Size of Appointed Group
10 individuals: 1 Board Chair, and 9 members, one of which is a member of the APTA Board of Directors as selected by the APTA President
Preferred qualifications for representation on the task force include:
- All members of this task force will be physical therapists or physical therapist assistants.
- Preferred qualifications:
Broad representation across generations, variances in years of practice/experience, a variety of clinical focus, and practice settings
Geographically and demographically diverse
Innovative thinkers; willing and able to challenge any approach
Strategic thinkers; able to see possibilities in complex situations
Able to meet the time commitment required to participate (one 2-day meeting over the course of the initiative, webinars and conference calls, and additional other work)
Able to participate productively in the process of group dialogue and decision-making, including ability to advocate for own views and with the group and consider alternatives to current thinking
Able to review, consider, and apply data
Able to function as an effective ambassador for the plan
Meetings will be held via conference call with 1 face-to-face meeting expected at APTA.
The Task Force for Recruitment and Retention of Early-Career Members will analyze and evaluate existing membership trends and current outreach practices for early career physical therapists (PT) and physical therapist assistants (PTA); and will identify innovative strategies and tactics to engage these individuals in order to increase membership value. The goal is to expand membership longevity of this early-career population through growth in student to professional conversion and early career retention rates. Initiatives that enhance PTs and PTAs early career engagement or improve student-to-professional conversion and retention are critical to achieving strategic membership priorities and increased market share.
For the period March 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015, the Board of Directors' determined charge for the Recruitment and Retention of Early-Career Members Task Force is to:
- Analyze key data including, membership trends, member benefits, messaging, demographics, and survey data, through the lenses of early career PTs and PTAs;
- Evaluate and benchmark association trends and conduct trend analysis of effective practices that relate to early career members with eye towards potential applications for APTA;
- Identify gaps and make recommendations for collection of additional metrics or data points from members, nonmembers, and/or internal and external stakeholders;
- Delve deeply into future issues and opportunities for the association as it relates to early career membership;
- Identify strategies and tactics to recruit, engage, build community (eg, social, build your career activities at national meetings), and retain early career PT and PTA members;
- Identify strategies and tactics to grow recognition and participation for Career Starter Dues and limited-time (approved through 2018) pilot opportunities for new and recent graduates that maintain continuous membership;
- Formulate a plan with recommendations for the Board of Directors and staff that maximize recruitment, engagement, and retention strategies and tactics across the membership lifecycle; elements of the plan may require chapter, section, and/or House of Delegates approval to move forward with pilots or implement on a comprehensive scale; and a status report will be provided to the 2016 House of Delegates.
All APTA appointed groups will conduct their work with the Association Organizational Values in mind and in the context of 1) APTA's mission, vision, and strategic plan, and 2) the potential for their work to have implications related to physical therapist assistants, women, diversity, and risk management.
BOD Chair: Matt Hyland, PT, PhD, MPA
Staff Liaison: Scharan M. Johnson, CAE, director, membership development
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For additional information regarding this and other APTA volunteer opportunities, please contact Amber Neil in APTA's National Governance and Leadership Department at 800/999-2782, ext. 8184, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
In 2014 the House of Delegates adopted Membership Retention of Early-Career Individuals (RC 15-14), which contained the following charge:
That the American Physical Therapy Association explore new and innovative ways to increase membership recruitment and retention of early-career individuals. The status shall be reported to the 2016 House of Delegates.
Establishment of the Task Force for Recruitment and Retention of Early-Career Members will help the association explore ways to increase membership recruitment and retention of early-career individuals and support implementation of RC 15-14 passed by the 2014 House of Delegates.