Working with ISA staff, the Professional Development Department VP is expected to lead the department overseeing a comprehensive program of Society educational and professional development

Department Purpose

  • Develop programs and services that meet the needs of members and contribute to advancing automation profession, including:
    • Training courses
    • Certifications
    • Professional licensing
    • Accreditation
    • Leadership development
  • Review existing programs and suggest refinements


Provide vision and direction for the department in line with ISA strategic initiatives

  • Appoint chairs of department committees
  • Organize and facilitate meetings, including scheduling and agenda preparation
  • Actively identify, recruit and mentor potential leaders
  • Submit at least two VP candidates biannually
  • Provide input to the Society budget, including travel expenses for VP and VP-elect
  • Submit annual reports to the Executive Board

Other Society Committees

  • Certification board
  • Training Programs committee
  • Leadership Development committee
  • CAP steering committee

Preferred Experience/Knowledge

  • Previous experience with department
  • Experience in project management
  • Experience in training, staff development, or education services
  • Credentials experience


  • Any Member, Fellow, Honorary Member, Senior Member, Life Member or Life Fellow

Time Requirements

  • Four-year commitment - two years with responsibilities as elect followed by two years as VP
  • Teleconferences and reporting - approximately 1-2 hours per week
  • Face to Face Meetings
    • Annual Leadership Conference - 4 days
    • Strategic Leader Meeting - 3 days

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