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How to Get Involved - The IASW is run by Members for Members!!!

Would you like to: Get Involved, Keep Informed, Receive Support and Influence the Future of Social Work in Ireland?! The IASW Board of Directors is open to ALL to get involved! Members of IASW have an opportunity to vote at the association's annual general meeting as well as to become involved in the organisation itself all of which are opportunities for valuable CPD!!

The Board of Directors is charged with providing vision and direction for the Association.  Through the work of association and the SIGs, the Board engages with the membership to maximize the IASW role in advancing Social Work.

Board members are elected by the membership, have fiduciary responsibility for the organization, and play a key role in decision-making to advance IASW initiatives. 

The Board is made up of all-volunteers, it is a ‘working’ board and will need board members to share in the work of the organisation. This works best when each board member has a specific responsibility for particular area of work e.g. Membership Officer, Council Liaison, Journal Editorial Committee, Policy & Submissions Co-ordinator, Treasurer, Secretary, etc. A role description can be provided.

In addition, Board Members are ambassadors for the IASW and they should actively promote the work of the organisation in any appropriate form and at any appropriate opportunity.

Eligibility & Time Commitment:

Candidates will be a fully qualified Social Worker, and should also have a good understanding of broader Social Work, policy, business and/or economic issues relevant to the association and its work.

The following qualifications are also highly desirable (but not essential):

  • Previous special interest group or council experience or organizational leadership experience
  • Skills in business management and leadership
  • Not-for-profit experience and fund raising
  • The ability to identify relevant IASW projects
  • Vision for the role of the IASW

Board Members are expected to commit the time necessary to perform regular Board business. All board members have a general responsibility to prepare for meetings, read any board papers in advance and take an active part in board discussions.

  • Board Meetings: 9 physical per year; that are three hours in length plus travel time. Board members must prepare and present at each meeting a written report on their work on behalf of IASW.
  • Strategic Planning Meeting: generally two per year over 1 day plus travel time
  • Email correspondence: while the bulk of the board work is conducted primarily at board meetings, there will be occasions whereby issues will be discussed via email with input encouraged by all board members.

If you or colleague need further information on the role of the Director, you can reach us at: office@iasw.ie 01 6774838. Thank you in advance for whatever help you might be able to lend!