Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (LEAARC) is seeking to fill a public member vacancy for a three-year term, January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2016. LEAARC is responsible for establishing standards for lactation education and for the review and recognition of programs successfully meeting these standards. The public member serves a three-year term with eligibility for a maximum of two consecutive terms of service. The public member represents the general public and serves as a consumer advocate, protecting the public interest and overseeing the process for fair and reasonable action. A public member may have NO FORMAL OR INFORMAL CONNECTION TO THE LACTATION CONSULTANT PROFESSION. A mother who was helped by a lactation consultant would qualify. If you know someone who may be interested in this position please forward this call for nominations to them.
- Ability to commit to one 3-year term.
- Willingness to actively participate in board activities, including training, meetings, discussions, and review of materials.
- Ability to conduct business through electronic means (email, discussion board, meetings).
- Ability to evaluate an educational program objectively in terms of such broad areas as curriculum, faculty, facilities, student evaluation and outcomes assessment.
- Commitment to bring the public/consumer perspective to board deliberations.
Nomination and Selection Procedures:
Self-nominations are requested in order to ensure that the candidate is willing to serve in this role. Strong consideration will be given to assisting LEAARC to achieve diversity, including underrepresented groups, geographic diversity and varied educational philosophies. Send a statement of interest and request for an application to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further questions regarding the position may be directed to LEAARC at 919-459-6106. Nominations must be received no later than November 15, 2013.
Is this a volunteer position?
Yes, all board position are volunteer.
How much travel is required for this position? And are expenses covered?
Most meetings are electronic. The boards meets in person at the ILCA conference. Those who cannot attend in person can join electronically. No travel expenses are covered.
Would someone who is working towards becoming an IBCLC qualify?
What if we are hoping to sit at the 2015 or 2016 IBCLC exam? Would becoming an IBCLC during this term disqualify a person?
Absolutely. The board member does not have to have an formal relationship with the lactation community.
So it would disqualify a person? Or it would not? The blog post says that the public member MAY NOT have a formal relationship with the lactation consultant profession, so wouldn’t that disqualify a person from this position?
Thank you for helping us to see that we didn’t communicate as clearly as we had hope. A person IS NOT REQUIRED to have a formal relationship…but they certainly can! LEAARC is welcoming ALL who are interested in this position.