2021 ABoR Volunteer Group Openings

Our Volunteer Call is OPEN!

The application period for ABoR's 2021 Volunteer Groups closes on October 15, 2020. 

Are you a Central Texas REALTOR® with specialized expertise in finance, investing, advocacy, or in the philanthropic arena? Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity that will both enhance your career and make a difference for our Association?

Well, then ABoR needs YOU!

Now through October 15, ABoR is holding a Membership Call for 2021 volunteer group opportunities that:

  • Have open positions for 2021; and
  • Require specialized expertise or experience in a specific subject area in order to participate.

Unless otherwise noted, the Vetting Committee will review applications and provide recommendations for Board of Directors' consideration at their December 9 Board meeting. 

2021 Volunteer Groups with Open Positions

  • Audit Committee (1 seat available)
  • Budget Committee (4 seats available)
  • Diversity Committee (10-15 seats available)
  • Global Ambassadors (25 seats available)
  • Policy Teams (Unlimited seats available)
  • TREPAC Committee (30 seats available)
  • Vetting Committee (5 seats available)
  • ABoR Foundation Advisory Group (8 seats available)
  • Foundation Ambassadors (Unlimited seats available)

Volunteer Group Responsibilities & Requirements

Expand the tabs below to view the strategic objectives, member qualifications, and time commitment required for each group.

Audit Committee

Strategic Objectives
The primary objectives of the Audit Committee are to assist the Board in its oversight responsibilities regarding:

  1. Assisting the ABoR Board of Directors with oversight of the annual financial audit
  2. Assessing the qualifications and independence of independent auditors selected to conduct the audit
  3. Assessing the performance of the independent auditors following the audit

Number of Open Seats: 1

Qualifications
Committee members should have a working familiarity with basic finance and accounting practices. Members should also be able to read and understand fundamental financial statements, including balance sheets, income statements, and statements of cash flow. Applicants must be a primary or secondary ABoR REALTOR® member to serve on this committee.

Time Commitment
The Audit Committee typically meets twice a year, or as often as necessary to enable fulfillment of its responsibilities.

 
Budget Committee

Strategic Objectives
The Budget Committee is responsible for reviewing financial policies, goals, and budgets that support the mission, values, and strategic goals of ABoR and its MLS (ACTRIS).

Number of Open Seats: 4

Qualifications
Budget Committee members should have a working familiarity with basic finance and accounting practices and be able to read and understand fundamental financial statements, including balance sheets, income statements and statements of cash flow. Applicants must be a primary or secondary ABoR REALTOR® member to serve on this committee.

Time Commitment
The Budget Committee typically meets quarterly to review financial statements. In the fourth quarter of each year, the committee meets as often as necessary to recommend the annual budgets for approval by the ABoR and ACTRIS Boards of Directors.

Diversity Committee

Strategic Objectives
The Diversity Committee coordinates activities related to increasing the overall diversity and inclusiveness of ABoR volunteers and leadership to ensure ABoR is an inclusive organization with programming to meet the needs of our diverse community. The Committee is comprised of appointed representatives from ABoR’s Strategic Partner organizations, as well as 10-15 at large positions.

Number of Open Seats: 10-15

Qualifications
At large positions on the Diversity Committee must be fulfilled by ABoR primary or secondary REALTOR® members. Applicants who are active in any of ABoR’s Strategic Partner organizations or have experience working on diversity issues are preferred.

Time Commitment
The Diversity Committee meets quarterly, or as often as necessary to fulfill its responsibilities.

Global Ambassadors

Strategic Objectives
To promote global education, partnerships, and networking opportunities to help members increase awareness, knowledge, and success in the global real estate arena.

Number of Open Seats: 25

Qualifications
ABoR Global Ambassadors are appointed by the Global Advisory Group to serve as the liaison to their assigned country, consulate, chamber, or entity. ABoR Global Ambassadors may be ABoR members or affiliated professionals who have expertise in global real estate. Appointees are generally CIPS designees and have some working knowledge of the countries’ cultures and languages. Global Ambassadors help develop and maintain ABoR’s essential relationships with foreign countries through their consulates, chambers, economic development organizations, or cities, where appropriate.

Time Commitment
ABoR Global Ambassadors are appointed to each global entity annually by the ABoR Global Advisory Group and must commit to attending ABoR Global programming and participate in guiding the global strategy. ABoR Global Ambassadors serve at the discretion of the Global Advisory Group for a term of one year and may be reappointed.

TREPAC Committee

Strategic Objectives
The TREPAC Committee is charged with creating and executing the annual plan to raise funds for TREPAC (Texas Real Estate Political Action Committee). This committee plans events, creates and executes fundraising strategies, and supports the efforts of the PAC.

Number of Open Seats: 30

Qualifications
TREPAC Committee members should meet the following qualifications:
• Registered voter
• Commitment to support TREPAC at the “Fair Share” level or higher
• Fundraising experience
• Event-planning experience
• Politically active/involved at the local, state, and/or national level
• Primary or Secondary REALTOR® member of ABoR

Time Commitment
The TREPAC committee meets monthly. Committee members are also required to attend at least one TREPAC fundraising event annually.

Policy Teams

Strategic Objectives
Policy Teams are groups of members that are charged with becoming experts on specific public policy issues that are identified in ABoR’s Public Policy Principles, including: business issues and practices, land use, private property rights, and rental issues. Each Policy Team also monitors and advises the LMT on policy issues within their scope as they arise. Policy teams report to the Legislative Management Team (LMT) and each Policy Team Chair sits on the LMT.

Number of Open Seats: Unlimited (including 1 Chair for each Policy Team)

Qualifications
Policy Team members must be a primary or secondary REALTOR® member of ABoR and should have some experience with local government or public policy issues.

Time Commitment
Policy Teams meet monthly, or as often as necessary to fulfill its responsibilities.

Vetting Committee

Strategic Objectives
The strategic objectives of the Vetting Committee are to:
1. Nominate the most qualified candidates for ABoR Board of Directors positions in accordance with the ABoR Bylaws. These nominations will be provided to the general membership for vote.
2. Recommend to the Board of Directors the most qualified candidates for TAR Director and TAR Regional Vice President for Board approval.
3. Recommend to the Board of Directors the most qualified candidates for ABoR Committee Members, Committee Chairs, and Committee Vice Chairs for Board approval.

Number of Open Seats: 5

Qualifications
Committee members should have a thorough understanding of the ABoR and ACTRIS Strategic Plans as well as the operational focus of both entities to better understand the leadership needed to move the organization forward. Applicants must be a primary or secondary ABoR REALTOR® member to serve on this committee.

Time Commitment
The Vetting Committee meets seven to eight (7-8) times annually, including two (2) full days of candidate interviews.

ABoR Foundation Advisory Group

The ABoR Foundation Advisory Group is appointed by staff each fall, in collaboration with current Advisory Group members. Email foundation@abor.com if you’re interested in serving on the 2021 Foundation Advisory Group!

Strategic Objectives
The ABoR Foundation Advisory Group provides counsel to staff regarding charitable partnerships, contributions, and initiatives; volunteer and member engagement opportunities; and fundraising strategies related to the Foundation’s core focus areas of housing, education, and disaster relief.

Qualifications
ABoR Foundation Advisory Group members have demonstrated a consistent track record in community service and/or fundraising initiatives, as well as share the ABoR Foundation’s commitment to housing, education, and disaster relief.

Number of Open Seats: 8

Time & Financial Commitment
The ABoR Foundation Advisory Group meets monthly; with an anticipated time commitment of 2-3 hours per month. Regular participation in ABoR Foundation initiatives and some level of annual financial contribution to the ABoR Foundation is expected as part of one’s service on the Advisory Group.

Foundation Ambassadors
Whether you have months or minutes to support the ABoR Foundation, we have a place for you to get involved, build connections, and give back! Email foundation@abor.com if you’re interested in one or more of the Ambassador roles below.

Scholarship Team | Scholar Selection
Make a direct impact in the lives of college-bound Central Texas students! Responsible for reviewing and vetting scholarship applications to select our 2021 scholarship recipients, including participating in scholarship candidate interviews as needed. Team leads will coordinate distribution of scholarship applications for review, including meeting to review and vet applications.

Time Commitment: 10 hours/month, January-April 2021

Positions Available: 25 + 5 Team Leads

 

Scholarship Team | Donor Engagement
Help us expand the reach of our Scholarship Program! Responsible for outreach to former and potential REALTOR® donors to encourage scholarship donations, as well as ensuring a rewarding donor experience by connecting scholarship recipients with their donors.

Time Commitment: 5 hours/month, January-April 2021

Positions Available: 2-3

 

Scholarship Team | School & Alumni Engagement
Promote the impact of our Scholarship Program! Responsible for outreach to Central Texas high schools to promote the Foundation Scholarship Program, as well as reaching out to alumni recipients to encourage alumni applications and share scholar achievements.

Time Commitment: 2-5 hours/month, November 2020-May 2021; September-December 2021

Positions Available: 4-6

 

Housing Projects Team | Community First! Village
Get involved with our $1 million, 10-year partnership with Mobile Loaves & Fishes’ Community First! Village. Volunteer for hands-on service projects throughout the Village and build relationships with residents. Get early access to 2021 Community First! news and projects before they’re promoted to ABoR membership, and have the opportunity to lead a service project!

Time Commitment: 5-10 hours per project; 2021 schedule TBD

Positions Available: Unlimited

 

Housing Projects Team | Rebuilding Together Austin
Help Central Texans in need with critical improvements to their home through hands-on service projects with Rebuilding Together Austin. Get early access to 2021 Rebuilding Together Austin news and projects before they’re promoted to ABoR membership, and have the opportunity to lead a service project! Each project will offer 2-3 project leader opportunities with 20-30 hours total commitment per leader.

Time Commitment: 8-16 hours per project; 2021 schedule TBD

Positions Available: Unlimited

 

Housing Projects Team | Austin Habitat for Humanity
An ABoR Foundation favorite! Spend a day on an Habitat for Humanity build site and help ABoR give the gift of a new home! Get early access to 2021 Austin Habitat for Humanity news and projects before they’re promoted to ABoR membership, and have the opportunity to lead a service project!

Time Commitment: 5-10 hours per project; 2021 schedule TBD

Positions Available: Unlimited

 

Fundraising Team | Member-wide Fundraising Initiative
Are you the person who knows everyone? Grow Foundation initiatives by promoting our annual fundraiser(s)! Responsible for the distribution/selling of tickets (if applicable) and spreading the word for a successful fundraiser. The Fundraising Team will also have a hand in developing fundraising strategies.

Time Commitment: 5-10 hours/month; 2021 schedule TBD (typically two months per initiative)

Positions Available: 5-10

 

Member Engagement Team | Social Media Ambassadors
Are you social media savvy? We’re seeking to grow our ABoR Foundation community online in a big way next year, and we need your help! Social Media Ambassadors will share ABoR Foundation news and volunteer opportunities, and engage members on our ABoR Foundation Facebook Group.

Time Commitment: <2 hours/month; January-December 2021

Positions Available: Unlimited

 

Member Engagement Team | Donor Appreciation
The Foundation is dependent on the generosity of our REALTOR® members.
Help donors feel seen and recognized for their contribution to the ABoR Foundation, and understand the incredible impact their donations make. Responsible for coordinating donor appreciation initiatives on a per-project basis throughout the year.

Time Commitment: <2 hours/month; January-December 2021

Positions Available: 3-5

 

Member Engagement Team | Volunteer Appreciation
Shine a spotlight on REALTORS® who give back! Responsible for coordinating volunteer appreciation initiatives on a per-project basis throughout the year, such as staffing volunteer appreciation events, sending out personalized thank-you gifts, and more.

Time Commitment: <2 hours/month; January-December 2021

Positions Available: 3-5

 

Nonprofit Partner Liaisons
Deepen our relationships with our longstanding partners! Responsible for maintaining consistent communication with nonprofit partner (such as Community First! Village), sharing ABoR Foundation news, and reporting back nonprofit news and volunteer opportunities to Advisory Group on an ongoing basis.

Time Commitment: <2 hours/month; January-December 2021

Positions Available: 3-5

Not all of ABoR's 2021 volunteer groups are listed here. Why?

Not all of our committees have open positions for 2021. Some engagement opportunities, such as our Legislative Management Team, are by appointment only.

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