OWHE is looking for new board members!

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Are you passionate about higher education and women's experiences? Do you want to get involved statewide with women who feel the same?

Oregon Women in Higher Education (OWHE) is accepting applications for new board members. We are eager to elect people into the following board positions and continue the great work of facilitating meaningful connection among women in the state of Oregon, providing our members with opportunities for personal growth and professional advancement, and promoting systemic change for all Oregon women higher education. If you are interested in this amazing opportunity to serve, please apply!


Any active OWHE member is eligible to apply for a board position. Membership is open to individuals who meet the following criteria: 1) are affiliated with higher education in the state of Oregon or the Portland Metro Area; 2) identify as a identify as a woman or gender minority; 3) attended the annual conference or another OWHE sponsored event such as webinars, meet-ups, etc.; and 4) are signed up on our list serve. Active membership is defined as participation in OWHE activities within the 12 months prior to and including the annual conference.


Do you feel an intersection of your identity is not well represented by OWHE or the current Board of  Directors (BOD)?

We encourage people who have been historically underrepresented in Oregon higher education and OWHE spaces to apply for the board! Specifically, would like to extend an invitation to apply to People of Color, gender minorities, folks with disabilities, parents, LGBTQIA+ members, people from other countries, people who have experience working in other fields, folks at different stages of their careers, etc. OWHE is for all of us and we want our BOD to represent those intersections of identities. 

2019 Election Timeline (EXTENDED)

  • EXTENDED: Election application deadline: March, March 18 @ 11:59 PM
  • Voting opens on Wednesday, March 20
  • Voting closes on Friday, April 5 @ 11:59 PM
  • Emails sent to new board on Monday, April 8
  • Installation of new board officers during BOD Monthly check-in at 11:00 AM, Friday, April 19
  • New board members will need to be able to attend the OWHE Board Retreat in June 2019 (exact date TBD)

*You may apply to multiple positions.

Open 2019 Board Positions

Incoming Chair of the Board (3-year appointment)*

Incoming Chair of the Board will work in collaboration with current Active Chair of the Board to assist in Chair duties and oversee 1-3 committees. Active Chair will provide mentorship and support. Year 2, the successful applicant will become Active Chair of the board, responsible for the oversight of the BOD, including all meetings and retreats and serves as liaison to ACE; Assures that the BOD fulfills its responsibilities for the governance of the organization; chairs all meetings of the BOD; serves as primary representative and liaison for the organization; oversees the Excellence Awards Committee; and mentor new Incoming Chair of the Board. In the third year, the successful applicant will become Past Chair, acting as consultant to BOD and active chair.

Estimated time commitment: Year 1, 4-6 hours a month spring, summer, and fall terms. 10+ hours/month in December and January. Year 2, 6-10 hours/month spring, summer and fall terms. 30+ hours/month in December and January. Year 3: not yet determined (estimated 1-3 hours/month). 

*Prior experience and involvement with OWHE is strongly preferred, but time served on the board is not required

Director of Business Operations (2 year appointment)

Responsible for all budget, fiscal, and internal operations of the organization including overseeing registration, sponsorships, and scholarships for the annual conference; setting and managing the budget; managing the OWHE bank account and credit card purchases; dispersing funds and reimbursements; and develops fundraising and sponsorship opportunities. The Director of Business Operations is also responsible for filing appropriate annual taxes, meeting organizational, city, county, and state compliances, and maintaining our 501(c)3 status. The Director of Business Operation assists the Chair of the Board in overall management of the organization, particularly with planning the summer retreat and leading monthly BOD meetings, and will assume Chair responsibilities in absence of a Chair.

Estimated time commitment: approximately 2-3 hours a week

Director of Education (2 year appointment)

Responsible for identifying the continuing education needs of members and facilitating opportunities for personal and professional growth in the following ways:

  • Solicit and compile feedback on continuing education topics of interest.
  • Lead the OWHE Education Committee.
  • Serve as chair of conference program proposal review committee. 
  • Facilitate monthly webinars. 
  • Maintain the OWHE blog by soliciting members’ written contributions on topics and themes that coincide with our mission, vision, and values. 
  • Organize and provide guidance for the OWHE Book Club.
  • Provide additional educational opportunities as needed.

Estimated time commitment: Previous Director of Education dedicated approximately 4 hours a week to duties, however, time commitment is highly variable and dependent on the individual in the role, their interests, and where they put their energies versus delegate to committees. 
Peak time: September/October, reviewing proposals. 

Co-Director of the Annual Conference (2 year appointment)*

In partnership with 2nd year Co-Director of the Annual Conference, responsible for the planning and oversight of the OWHE Annual Conference; assemble and oversee the conference planning committee and all conference volunteers; responsible for conference bid process for subsequent years.

Estimated time commitment: 5 hours/week maximum spring, fall. July/August: 5-7 hours/week, December and January: 8-10 hours/week.

*prior experience and involvement with the OWHE Annual Conference is preferred

General Board of Directors Commitment

ALL Board members are responsible for developing and executing OWHE's strategic plan and supporting the Directors of the Annual Conference in planning and execution of the annual conference. In addition to their Director responsibilities, all board members are expected to:

  • attend all BOD meetings (conference call once a month),
  • a board retreat in June/July,
  • regular check-in meetings with the Chair,
  • and conference check-ins or subcommittee meetings as needed.

We highly encourage board members to have financial support from their institution to serve on the board. Institutions will be asked to support board members' involvement through time release for meetings, participation in the annual conference, and costs related to traveling and attending the conference and summer board retreat. OWHE does provide hardship grants for BOD members who are unable to obtain institutional support to attend the annual conference and/or summer retreat.


Being a member of the Board of Directors for OWHE is a fantastic growth opportunity for our members. As a board, we are committed to peer-to-peer mentorship and support. You will have onboarding and training from the director leaving your current role, monthly or bi-weekly check-ins with the Chair of the Board, and an encouraging sounding board from other BOD members. We all grow together. If you’re not sure that you’re ready to be on the board, trust us, you are.

Questions? Email owheboard@owhe.org!

Learn more! Watch the webinar at noon on March 1st to hear from the board and learn more about the positions.

Connect with Women Leaders

Networking with women leaders in the state of Oregon will enhance your professional experience. We look forward to creating opportunities for women to meet, connect and develop together.

Engage in Professional Development

Participate in opportunities for professional growth through educational programs that are provided by our campus contact network right on your campus, in your region or at a state wide gathering. The focus is on providing you with the leadership skills and mentoring necessary to lead.

Lead Change in Higher Education

Higher education in the state of Oregon provides a dynamic environment where women can impact change. Whether in the community college, 4-year institution, public, or private, we want you to be a part of shaping the future of higher education by empowering and affirming your leadership abilities.