Working with the SIG Coordinator, S/R/C Coordinator, and other CRLA leaders is a great way to contribute to our field, network with colleagues, and further engage with the CRLA organization! The Professional Development Director works collaboratively with SIG and S/R/C Leaders to promote, support, and implement professional development opportunities for CRLA members in fields of reading, learning assistance, developmental education, tutoring, and mentoring.



Oversees the work of CRLA’s State/Region/Chapter (S/R/C) and Special Interest Group (SIG) Coordinators and the investigation, promotion, and implementation of a variety of member projects and activities that 1) facilitate discovering and exchanging the leading tools and techniques to enhance student academic success, and 2) encourage members in continuing their own ongoing learning and development. Ongoing learning and development can take numerous forms such as communities of practice, mentoring, formal coursework, conferences, networking, and informal learning opportunities.

The Professional Development is an ex-officio, non-voting Board member; Reports to Past President.

The term of office is three years and may be renewed.

Minimum Qualifications

The Professional Development Director must have been a member of CRLA for three years and had some CRLA leadership experience (committee chair, SIGs, /S/R/Cs, etc). The Professional Development Director should have an interest in investigating, promoting, and implementing various professional development activities for the members.  A familiarity with the use of technology as a support for professional development is helpful.

Specific Responsibilities

  1. Oversees S/R/C and SIG Coordinators and activities to encourage development of membership.
  2. Evaluates and recommends to the Board and S/R/C and SIG Coordinators proposals that are likely to enhance the professional expertise of CRLA members and the profession.
  3. Communicates with Publications Director regarding the placement of due dates for funding requests and Goals and Activities reports (CRLA calendar, Directorship webpage, etc.).
  4. Manages all SIG and S/R/C funding requests, determine appropriate fiscal responsibility, and present them to the CRLA Board by January 15th and June 15th for approval.
  5. Collects and reviews all SIG and S/R/C Goals and Activities reports and newsletters by September 30th.
  6. Collaborates with the Public Relations Director and with the management company regarding the mailing of brochures and other public relations information (quantity/dates) requested by SIGs and S/R/C’s. Confer with SIG and S/R/C Coordinators.
  7. Contacts Executive Director to:
    1. replace the names of SIG and S/R/C Directors on the website with new names as they become available.
    2. post updated SIG and S/R/C Leader forms and reimbursement forms on the CRLA website.
    3. post SIG and S/R/C Goal and Activity reports and newsletters.
  8. Coordinates development of distance learning opportunities during the academic year through the use of social media and webinars.
    Maintains Professional Development webpage and disseminate professional development information to members through additional means such as NewsNotes, eblasts, etc.
  9. Coordinates SIG and S/R/C Directorship training at the annual CRLA conference with Past President and SIG and S/R/C Coordinators.
  10. Works with the Conference Chair on ways to support members such as posting of conference documents, social media connections, etc.
  11. Coordinates efforts to mentor new members and new professionals.
  12. Forwards names to Past President to write letters of appointment and acknowledgment for new S/R/C and SIG Directors and to write letters of appreciation for outgoing and continuing Directors.

General Responsibilities of all CRLA Board members

  1. Maintains current membership in CRLA throughout term of office.
  2. Attends all CRLA Board Meetings (Annual conference meetings before and after the conference; On-site Conference meeting in the spring; Monthly online meetings; Any other assigned meetings such as a retreat).
  3. Attends all CRLA Conferences which includes special conference events and the annual business meeting.
  4. Provides input into agendas, policies, procedures, discussions, appointments, and reports.
  5. Submits an annual report by September 30th of each year.
  6. Submits a projected budget to the Treasurer by December 15th of each year.
  7. Attends assigned conferences or meetings as approved by the CRLA Board.
  8. Submits copies of appropriate correspondence or reports to the archives (as determined by official CRLA policy).
  9. Signs a conflict of interest statement according to Article 5, Section 3 of the CRLA Bylaws and to be filed with the Secretary of CRLA.
  10. Revises any suggested changes to job description during term and update job description at end of term. Provide to the CRLA Secretary.
  11. Works with the Board during the year before the end of term to identify and mentor a successor.
  12. Any other specific duties assigned by the Board.

Reimbursement for Conference and Board Meeting Expenses

All reasonable transportation, hotel, meal expenses, and conference registration will be covered for the annual conference. This includes incoming Board members. Membership fees are the responsibility of each Board member and are not reimbursed by CRLA unless they are a lifetime member. All reasonable transportation, hotel, and meal expenses will be covered for travel on CRLA business such as attendance at state conferences, or sister organizations meetings.

Accepting this position allows CRLA to publish name, work address, and work telephone number.

(New position February 2010; Ex-officio position as of November 2011; Title changed to Director in November 2012; Duties expanded March 2013)