In an effort to improve and expand services to our readers, Access Press is seeking to add additional members to its board of directors. Qualified candidates may have a variety of professional backgrounds and personal experiences. All will be dedicated to promoting the social inclusion and civil rights of people with disabilities. Candidates who possess legal expertise, an interest in disability-focused news and/or have lived experience with disability will be given special consideration.
The Access Press newspaper and website inform our readers so that they can learn about issues affecting their lives, and choose to advocate for issues important to them. The board of directors views itself as a conduit to the public for the concerns of all disability communities in the Upper Midwest.
We work to provide space for all viewpoints, as well as crafting a monthly editorial that is our viewpoint as a news organization.
Current members of the Access Press board include a corporate communications leader for a major energy utility, a clinical social worker who has worked with people with physical and developmental disabilities for more than 30 years, a disability resources director with more than 30 years’ experience in post-secondary education, a member of the U.S. wheelchair softball team, the owner of a licensed adult foster care home, and a former television reporter.
Board members don’t take part in the day-to-day operations of Access Press . Those tasks are handled by staff and contractors.
Primary board roles are to assist with fundraising and promotion of Access Press, and to serve as its ambassadors. Board members also play key roles by participating in the development, implementation and monitoring of our advertising, editorial and social media policies. These policies are guided by the Access Press mission.
Other duties include:
- Hiring, supervising and evaluating staff.
- Participating in committees, attending remote meetings and helping plan and attending special events.
- Cultivating relationships in one’s network to foster financial opportunities and resources for Access Press ’ benefit, and participating in other fundraising activities at a level at which you are comfortable.
To learn more about potentially joining the Access Press Board, please visit Join Our Board.
— Access Press Board of Directors