The Colorado Press Association Board of Directors has an opening after Lauren Gustus of The Fort Collins Coloradoan, resigned her position on the board.

Interested candidates should submit a formal letter of interest, outlining industry experience, reasons for wanting to join the Board, and what strengths would be added by their addition. Letters need to be emailed to CEO Jerry Raehal by 5 p.m. July 10.

Per CPA bylaws, the Board President — currently Matt Lubich — selects directors when board vacancies occur during a director’s term. The President’s decision is later ratified by the Board of Directors. Directors terms are typically for two years; however, appointees will stand for formal election by the membership at the annual meeting.

About CPA

The CPA Board of Directors meets four times a year, typically on Thursday and Friday. Three of the board meetings are in Denver. The main board meetings typically occur on Fridays. 

Board members or their newspapers pay for travel, food and lodging. In addition to attending board meetings, directors are assigned to CPA committees that meet variously throughout the year (typically on phone conferences).

The Board of Directors is a “governing” board by law. The role of the board is to govern the organization and serve as its accountable body.

Board roles include:

  • Help create mission, vision, values and policies
  • Provide financial oversight
  • Select and support executive director
  • Approve and review budgets
  • Ensure organization meets regulatory/compliance requirements
  • Exercises due diligence

Please note, several people typically express interest in the open position, and the selection process can be challenging. Also note that we will have openings in 2018 as well, and if you’re not selected to fill the vacancy, the board hopes you will consider running for a position then.

If you have any questions, contact CEO Jerry Raehal at 303-571-5117 or at jraehal@colopress.net.