American Society for Training and Development (ASTD) Cascadia Chapter Serving Oregon and Southwest Washington
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Listed below is just a sample of some of the activities where we can use your help. In some cases, volunteers receive free admission to programs or other discounts. And, we gladly accept non-members as volunteers!

Get in touch with our VP of Human Resources, Mandy Blake, to see how you can support the chapter! Mandy can be reached at

Opportunity Current Needs

The Steering Committee for the 2009 ASTD-Cascadia Regional Conference is looking for help! We are looking for…

Sponsor and Exhibitor Coordinator
• Must have marketing/sales and fund raising experience
• Ability to present proposals, negotiate agreements and close deals
• Coordinate all logistical needs and set up requirements

Keynote and General Session Coordinator
• Research potential speakers
• Ability to negotiate fees and expenses
• Conduct interviews, reference checks and verify quality of speaker
• Coordinate travel and logistics for the speaker
• Host the speaker at identified meals e.g. take to dinner

The monthly time commitment will vary month to month averaging around 10 hours. You will be required to attend in person or via phone all steering committee meetings and the conference in September 2009.

If you have questions or are interested in this unique opportunity please email

  • Partner with board members to promote/communicate needs to chapter members. This would involve writing and distributing press releases, developing flyers, posting information on listservs, writing e-mails for distribution to chapter members, identifying and promoting events with affiliate and non-affiliate organizations, etc.
  • Update/Redesign the website. Could use help from those who have experience and/or interest in websites and working with the technology committee.
  • Defining target audiences / broadening target audiences. Create a database to target communications / marketing information to chapter and non-chapter members. Broaden reach to those outside the immediate training and development field as well as diversify member base. Need help identifying new affiliate partners that would help achieve that goal.
  • Writers / template designers to write content for marketing resources. Need writers who enjoy putting together flyers, etc. to promote our events. Need to create a series of templates that will allow consistencies and enhance efficiency for this process.
Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

A Director's role is 7-12 hours per month. They lead and manage the SIG, speakers and volunteer activities. They oversee the selection of speakers and topics. They also provide updates to the VP of SIGs regarding 6 month event forecast, successes and challenges. They also are at ½ or more of the SIG events.

A Volunteer’s role is 5-7 hours per month. They assist the director with locking in speakers and topics. They also are at ½ or more of the SIG events to assist with set-up, roster and helping the speakers.

Learning Leaders SIG - Looking for 2 volunteers

Consulting SIG - 2 volunteers

e-Learning SIG - 2 volunteers

Transitions SIG - At least 2 people who can support at least one of these roles.

  • Assist with coordinating speakers
  • Bring fresh ideas to support attendees
  • Operate as the communications contact. This would post event notes, speaker notes and other supporting documentation on BlogCascadia.

Training Manager SIG - Looking for at least 2 people who can support at least one of these roles:

  • Assist with coordinating speakers
  • Bring fresh ideas to support attendees
  • Operate as the communications contact. This would post event notes, speaker notes and other supporting documentation on BlogCascadia.

Social Learning SIG - Looking for 3 moderators. A great candidate would be someone with a passion for learning technologies, comfortable on Blogs (or at least willing to try) and an interest in learning more.

A moderator's role is to contribute content and support on the Social Learning site. This includes posting and responding to at least 20 posts per month. This person is also part of the brainstorming and direction team for new topics.

Series and Forums

Director - The director will ideally function as the key person responsible for implementing the goals and activities planned by the VP and the Series and Forum volunteer committee. The Director coordinates volunteer meetings and meeting agendas, functions in an administrative capacity, and overall acts as the spokesperson for and partner with the VP.

On a basic level, this position entails either performing or assigning and overseeing a number of critical administrative activities:

  • Overseeing administrative tasks related to the series such as interface with the speakers on logistics, evaluation summary, location logistics, registration and other items for a successful event.
  • Scheduling volunteers to oversee registration activities.
  • Ensuring there is a qualified point person on site at all series.
  • Acting as liaison between facility spokesperson and presenters

Beside acting in an administrative capacity, the Director is expected to take a lead role in working with the VP and other committee members in planning series events, setting goals for the year, and helping to draft strategic initiatives as required.

This role requires a close working relationship with the VP of Series and Forums. The director should be someone who exercises initiative as well as collegiality and cooperation. An open communication style is critical. This position can be seen as a possible pipeline for a future VP of Series and Training position.

Volunteer: This position should expect to be called on to cover registrations, act as point person for series events, and perform other duties related to specific series events as needed. In addition, committee members will be expected to participate in discussions around planning series, provide feedback to the director and VP about events and goals, and generally provide their insights into the overall function and effectiveness of the series and forum function. A key quality desired is a strong commitment to customer service, since the volunteer is most likely the one to have the most direct contact with event attendees,


Job Listing Formatter

Requires basic HTML and webdev experience. Must already have appropriate software like Dreamweaver. Uses chapter template and forwarded emails from Business Manager to create job listings. Hours per month varies depending upon number of job listings but can be 2 - 3 job listings per week.

Job Listing Researcher

Review the job listings each month to determine if any need to be removed or retained.


As mentioned under marketing above, the Chapter is engaged in developing a 3-5 year plan for technology. This will include specific tasks related to the web site, Web 2.0 technologies and template building for marketing via technology.

The Chapter will need various technical skillsets over the next few months but immediate needs include volunteers with:

  • graphic design experience
  • webdev experience
  • experience in designing site architecture and navigation outlays
  • experience with open source software and skills to be able to port the old content to the new open source capabilities

These volunteers would work directly with the Business Manager.

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