2020 ABoR Volunteer Group Openings

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The application period for 2020 Volunteer Group sign ups has now closed.

The Vetting Committee will review applications and provide recommendations for Board of Directors' consideration at their December Board meeting. ABoR Volunteer Group rosters for 2020 will be announced following the ABoR Board Meeting on December 4, 2019. Please note that ABoR Foundation volunteer groups are appointed by the ABoR Foundation Board of Directors.

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 2020 volunteer group opportunities that:

  • Have open positions for 2020; and
  • Require specialized expertise or experience in a specific subject area in order to participate.

2020 Volunteer Groups with Open Positions

  • Audit Committee (5 seats available)
  • Budget Committee (3 seats available)
  • Diversity Committee (18 seats available)
  • Investment Committee (4 seats available)
  • LMT Policy Teams (unlimited seats)
  • TREPAC Committee (20 seats available)
  • Vetting Committee (5 seats available; formerly the Nominating Committee)
  • Foundation Member Development Committee (30 seats available)
  • Foundation Housing Committee (30 seats available)
  • Foundation Scholarship Committee (30 seats available)
  • Foundation Board of Directors (1 seat 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. The integrity of the entity’s financial statements.
  2. The entity’s compliance with legal and regulatory requirements.
  3. The independent auditor’s qualifications and independence.
  4. The performance of the entity’s internal audit function and that of the independnent auditors.

Number of Open Seats: 5

Qualifications

  • Must follow the policies and values of the organization.
  • Must be REALTOR® Member of the Austin Board of REALTORS®.
  • Members are required to attend all meetings, to arrive on time and stay for the duration of meetings. If a situation requires their departure, the member will be recorded as absent if not in attendance for at least 3/4 of the meeting.
  • One of the duties of a committee member arising from their fiduciary duty to the Association is the duty of loyalty. One aspect of this duty expects committee members to keep confidntial issues confidential. Committee members will have access to information, that if revealed to outsiders, could be damaging or sensitive to other members or staff, harmful to the best interests of the organization, or even create legal liability. Information provided to the committee may concern personnel, financial, contractual, membership or legal matters. It will often be confidential and is intended for use in decision making and governance. Committee members agree that such information shall be held in the strictest of confidence and shall not be divulged to any outside party, including other members, without authorization of the Board President or CEO. This confidentiality agreement survives the member’s service on the 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

  1. Review annual operating budget and annual capital budget in preparation for annual presentation to the Board of Directors.
  2. Review capital and operating expenditures and report to the Board of Directors those categories that deviate from budgeted amounts on a quarterly basis.
  3. Review the financial aspects of major proposed transactions, new programs and services, as well as proposals to discontinue programs or services, and make presentations to the Board of Directors as required.

Number of Open Seats: 3

Qualifications

  • Must follow the policies and values of the organization.
  • Must be a REALTOR® Member of the Austin Board of REALTORS®.
  • Members are required to attend all meetings, to arrive on time and stay for the duration of meetings. If a situation requires their departure, the member will be recorded as absent if not in attendance for at least 3/4 of the meeting.

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

  1. To coordinate activities to increase diversity within the real estate profession and the ABoR membership.
  2. To serve as ambassadors to affiliated minority real estate organizations in Central Texas.
  3. To identify diversity and fair housing education needs and goals.
  4. To promote changes in real estate business practices to reflect the growing cultural diversity within Central Texas.
  5. To share diversity knowledge, expertise, analysis and information with other ABoR committees as appropriate.
  6. Develop policy recommendations and programs that increase the diversity and inclusiveness among ABoR volunteers and actively engaged membership.

Number of Open Seats: 18

Qualifications

  • Primary or Secondary ABoR Member.
  • Registered voter.
  • Experience with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion programs or strong interest in DEI.
  • Understanding of the political and/or legislative process.
  • Willingness to share ideas and promote events.

Time Commitment
The Diversity Committee meets quarterly, or as often as necessary to fulfill its responsibilities. Additionally, there is a commitment to attend diversity and advocacy events, as well as assist with outreach outside of committee meetings and events.

Investment Committee

Strategic Objectives

  1. Understand the Association’s investment policy and how these objectives support the Association’s goals.
  2. Adopting, periodically reviewing, and revising the investment policy.
  3. Monitoring the performance of investment funds and investment manager in accordance with the investment policy.
  4. Review reports from independent investments advisers and managers.
  5. Review fees charged by investment firm for services provided the Association on an annual basis.
  6. Review the retention or replacement of an independent investment adviser and report at the Board of Directors meeting in August.
  7. Reaffirm or revise the investment policy statement each year and note in the June 30th Annual Investment Review.

Number of Open Seats: 4

Qualifications

  • Must follow the policies and values of the organization.
  • Must be a REALTOR® Member of the Austin Board of REALTORS®.
  • Members are required to attend all meetings, to arrive on time and stay for the duration of meetings. If a situation requires their departure, the member will be recorded as absent if not in attendance for at least 3/4 of the meeting.
  • One of the duties of an Investment Committee member arising from their fiduciary duty to the Association is the duty of loyalty. One aspect of this duty expects Committee members to keep confidential issues confidential. Committee members will have access to information, that if revealed to outsiders, could be damaging or sensitive to other members or staff, harmful to the best interests of the organization, or even create legal liability. Information provided to the committee may concern personnel, financial, contractual, membership or legal matters. It will often be confidential and is intended for use in decision making and governance. Committee members agree that such information shall be held in the strictest of confidence and shall not be divulged to any outside party, including other members, without authorization of the Board President or CEO. This confidentiality agreement survives the member’s service on the committee.

Time Commitment
The Investment Committee will meet to review the annual Investment Report during the year as deemed necessary.

LMT Policy Teams

There are five Policy Teams:

  • Education
  • Infrastructure
  • Growth and Development
  • Housing and Neighborhoods
  • Commercial, Leasing, and Property Management

Strategic Objectives

  1. Support in the development an annual public policy agenda that clearly demonstrates the issues of interest to the Austin Board of REALTORS®.
  2. Develop policy positions for Board approval on specific legislation and issues within the scope of the mission of this body.
  3. Focus on study of policy issues in the areas of transportation & infrastructure, conservation & utilities, smart growth & development, water & conservation issues, as well as local property issues.
  4. Assist in the implementation of political affairs programs, such as candidate interviews.
  5. Assist in educating the membership on public policy and political issues with a goal of increasing member involvement in the areas of political programs and public policy.
  6. Focus on study of policy issues in the areas of transportation, local water issues, smart growth/development, local property issues, and housing initiatives.

Number of Open Seats: Unlimited

Qualifications

  • Primary or Secondary ABoR Member.
  • Registered voter.
  • Experience in public policy research, policy making, or a strong interest in the legislative process.
  • Understanding of the political and/or legislative process.
  • Willingness to share ideas and promote events.

Time Commitment
LMT Policy Teams meet quarterly for two hours at a time. Additionally, there is a commitment to attend advocacy events and assist with outreach outside of committee meetings and events.

TREPAC Committee

Strategic Objectives

  1. Establish the annual TREPAC fundraising goal for the Austin Board of REALTORS®.
  2. Solicit voluntary investments to TREPAC and ABoR-PAC through education, ticket sales for TREPAC fundraising events, and by promoting the benefits of TREPAC to membership.
  3. Meet the Austin Board of REALTORS® annual fundraising quota by September 30, as established by the Texas REALTORS® Board of Trustees.

Number of Open Seats: 20

Qualifications

  • Primary or Secondary ABoR Member.
  • Registered voter.
  • Experience fundraising or event planning.
  • Understanding of the political and/or legislative process.
  • Willingness to share ideas and promote events.

Time Commitment
Average 5 hours per month, including a 1-hour monthly meeting, fundraising and advocacy events, as well as assisting with outreach outside of committee meetings and events.

Vetting Committee (formerly the Nominating Committee)

Strategic Objectives
The strategic objectives of the Vetting Committee are to:

Vet/Nominate and recommend candidates for volunteer and leadership positions at the Austin Board of REALTORS® (ABoR), Texas REALTORS® (TR), and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

  1. Nominate the Association’s Directors, subject to the provisions of Section 10.3(e) and the other provisions of Section 10.3 of the Association’s Bylaws.
  2. Recommend Texas REALTORS® Directors and Texas REALTORS® Regional Vice Presidents.
  3. Recommend candidates for ABoR Committees, other than those appointed by the Board of Directors, as well as Vice Chairs.
  4. Recommend candidates for NAR Director.

Number of Open Seats: 5

Qualifications
Vetting 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. Additionally, no candidate for election or reelection may serve on the Vetting Committee.

Time Commitment

  • Standing committees meet as needed
  • Typically 6 meetings/year
  • 2 meetings are full-day interviews
Foundation Member Development Committee

Strategic Objectives

  1. Connect the philanthropic passion of our members with the communities we serve by supporting housing, education, and disaster relief.
  2. To serve in an advisory and participatory capacity to the ABoR Foundation Board of Directors regarding the identification and implementation of member engagement, volunteer and fundraising activities that fall within the philanthropic initiatives of the Foundation related to housing, education, and disaster relief.
  3. Assist in promoting and educating the membership about the Foundation. Each committee member shall participate in activities that promote all Foundation events and fundraisers.

Number of Open Seats: 30

Time Commitment
The Foundation Member Development Committee typically meets monthly, or as often as necessary to enable fulfillment of its responsibilities. The Foundation All Committee Meeting in January (date TBD) is mandatory.

Foundation Housing Committee

Strategic Objectives

  1. Connect the philanthropic passion of our members with the communities we serve by supporting housing, education, and disaster relief.
  2. To serve in an advisory and participatory capacity to the ABoR Foundation Board of Directors regarding philanthropic/volunteer housing initiatives.
  3. Volunteer/assist in recruitment of volunteers for all ABoR Foundation housing activities (including but not limited to Austin Habitat for Humanity, Community First, Rebuilding Together Austin), to support the work of the ABoR Foundation Member Engagement Committee by participating in and promoting ABoR Foundation’s fundraising activities.

Number of Open Seats: 30

Time Commitment
The Foundation Housing Committee typically meets monthly, or as often as necessary to enable fulfillment of its responsibilities. The Foundation All Committee Meeting in January (date TBD) is mandatory.

Foundation Scholarship Committee

Strategic Objectives

  1. Connect the philanthropic passion of our members with the communities we serve by supporting housing, education, and disaster relief.
  2. To serve in an advisory and participatory capacity to the ABoR Foundation Board of Directors regarding the selection of high school scholarship recipients and Alumni Scholarship recipient(s).
  3. Review scholarship applications following a set timeline to read applications, select finalists, interview finalists, and attend the scholarship reception. Conduct outreach to area high schools and brokerages to inform constituents about the scholarship opportunity. Members will also coordinate with staff on the planning and execution of the awards ceremony. Committee members are expected to support the work of the ABoR Foundation Member Engagement Committee by participating in and promoting ABoR Foundation’s fundraising activities.

Number of Open Seats: 30

Time Commitment
Frequency of meetings: As needed during event timeline (typically January-May). Most of these meeting dates are mandatory, including the January All Committee meeting. The following dates have already been set. In addition to these meeting dates, there is a significant amount of time required in between meetings to review scholarship applications. Please factor this into your decision to sign up for this committee.

January 2020 (date/time TBD) – All Committee meeting

January/February 2020 (date/time TBD) – Committee Orientation Meeting

March 12, 2020 (time TBD) – Application Review meeting

March 26, 2020 | 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. – Scholarship Finalist Interviews

April 28, 2020 | 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. – Scholarship Award Reception

Foundation Board of Directors

Strategic Objectives

  1. Connect the philanthropic passion of our members with the communities we serve by supporting housing, education, and disaster relief.
  2. The Foundation Board of Directors is the governing body for the ABoR Foundation and has oversight for the overall direction of the Foundation, including Foundation’s committees, finance, community outreach, and fundraising.

Number of Open Seats: 1

Qualifications
ABoR Foundation is seeking new Board members who are well connected to the Association and the community at large. Must be an active ABoR Member and must have previously served on a Foundation committee or have served on the board of another nonprofit organization.

Time Commitment
Foundation Board of Directors serve a two-year term with the possibility to serve for an additional two years. Please note that monthly meetings are mandatory. Active participants in the majority of ABoR Foundation planned activities (volunteer housing projects, annual scholarship reception, and fundraising events).

Not all of ABoR's 2020 volunteer groups are listed here. Why?

Not all of our committees have open positions for 2020. Some engagement opportunities, such as our Legislative Management Team, are by appointment only.

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