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Board of Directors Application


ANNOUNCEMENT:  We are now accepting applications for new board members. Please read the information below to learn more about our board. 

2021 Board Meeting Dates: 

  • March 11 
  • June 17 
  • September 23 
  • December 16 

Click below to complete a Board of Directors’ membership application.  

Frequently Asked Questions about the Board 

How many people serve on the Board of Directors?

Typically, seventeen (17) people serve on the Board. 

Who selects members of the Board?

Sixteen members are selected by the Disability Rights NJ Board and one is the chairperson of the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness (PAIMI) Council. 

How long are the terms of each appointment?

Terms of service are three (3) years with an option for two additional three-year terms. There is a three-term limit and members may not serve more than three three-year terms.

How many Board meetings are held each year, and where are they held?

Four (4) meetings are held each year. Generally, the four meetings are held in New Brunswick, NJ, but due to COVID, the meetings are held virtually at this time. 

How long are the meetings and what other time obligations are there?

Regular Board meetings are usually two hours long.  The annual June board meeting is a dinner meeting and is two and a half hours long.  The board usually meets from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on the meeting date.  Committees of the Board usually meet by teleconference. Board members usually serve on at least one committee of the Board. Committees include: Finance, Audit, Membership, Bylaws and Executive. 

What about expenses for Board members?

 All travel and board expenses connected with the Board meetings are reimbursable by Disability Rights NJ. Travel advances are available if needed. The agency also covers reasonable accommodations for Board members with disabilities. Members are not paid an honorarium for their services. 

What about conflicts of interests?

Some Board members may have an economic or loyalty conflict and must abstain from voting or deliberating in any action involving whatever causes the conflict.  The Board’s conflict of interest policy should be thoughtfully reviewed by all applicants. 

How do I apply for a position on the Board?

You may fill out an application and submit it along with a current resume at any time.  

What kind of monetary contribution is asked of Board members each year?

We recognize that our Board members represent all segments of society and that some individuals are able to contribute financially more than others. We simply ask that you determine your appropriate contribution to Disability Rights NJ to help sustain our programs and services. Examples may include seeking financial support for the agency from friends, family, colleagues, businesses, personal giving, in-kind contributions, and other activities as is appropriate to your individual circumstances.