Washington State Coalition for Language Access
WASCLA seeks Board members to engage in our education and advocacy work. WASCLA works at the policy level to ensure that language access is available in all service sectors including education, health, legal and courts, emergency services, and more. While we are not a direct service organization, we serve the broader community by hosting the annual WASCLA Summit, Washington's only conference dedicated to language access; monthly open calls on language access issues; and a free Interpreter and Translator Directory on our website. The members of our working Board of Directors serve the organization by sharing their skills and expertise to help WASCLA make a real difference in ensuring that our state is a place where all can thrive. Washington’s strengths are rooted in our increasingly diverse population, but current challenges facing refugees and immigrants, now 14% of our state population, make WASCLA’s work more critical than ever. WASCLA also works in partnership with other organizations to ensure communication access for Deaf and DeafBlind communities to essential programs and services.
The WASCLA Elections Committee is seeking candidates to apply to join the WASCLA Board of Directors, for 2-year terms to begin on April 1, 2019. Update: the application deadline for this election cycle has been extended to Weds. March 20. After that date, we are able to consider individual applications if openings remain on our board. Please contact us for more information at email@example.com .
Eligibility for joining the Board of Directors:
Board members must be members of WASCLA. Everyone who subscribes to WASCLA’s email distribution list and supports our social justice mission is considered a member of WASCLA. If you regularly receive our emails, then you are already a member. If you would like to join WASCLA, please send an email to:
with the word MEMBERSHIP in the subject line, and your request to be added to the WASCLA distribution list.
Valuable skills for Board candidates include basic knowledge of immigration and disability rights issues, as well as background in diverse disciplines, civic engagement, nonprofit management, communications, and fundraising. Fluency in language(s) other than English is a plus but is not required. What counts most is support for our mission and the ability to make a commitment to help WASCLA thrive.
To learn more about the commitment that WASCLA Board members make to the organization, please read the WASCLA Board Member Agreement, available here.
What’s Involved with Board Service?
Each board member commits to participating in monthly board meetings and in the work of at least one committee. At present, WASCLA is run by an all-volunteer board, and members of the board of directors should expect to spend an average of ten (10) hours per month on behalf of WASCLA, including leading one major area of our policy work and/or organizational operations. Participation in more than one function is welcome too! We encourage geographic diversity on the board; we meet in person and remotely. Some availability during standard business hours is strongly encouraged; although certain tasks can be done behind the scenes around other daily commitments.
How to Apply:
Nominate yourself: if you are interested in serving on WASCLA’s board, the application process is easy. You have two ways to apply:
1) if you have a Gmail account, use our online application submission form. Please submit by March 11, 2019.
2) if you do not have a Gmail account or you would rather download and email your submission, use this form and return it by March 11, 2019 by sending it to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject BOARD.
Nomination of others: Suggestions for potential nominees are welcome; however, please do not nominate anyone without their prior approval. Instead, if there is someone you think would be a good addition to WASCLA’s board, please share this announcement and encourage them to apply.
Further Information or Questions:
If you have other questions or want more information, please email your questions to email@example.com, subject BOARD, and a WASCLA board member will contact you.