CPA Board of Director Applications NOW Being Accepted

CPA is committed to establishing a Board of Directors that is reflective of the diverse communities we serve throughout the state of Pennsylvania. As an equal opportunity organization with a commitment to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), we will proudly consider all qualified applicants.

CPA continues to diligently support prevention professionals in eliminating and reducing substance misuse and risk-related behaviors. We have kept the needs and concerns of the prevention field as our key focus and continue to advocate, educate, raise awareness of substance use and mental health issues, and promote the importance of funding your prevention efforts. The work of CPA continues to expand and as we strive to be the foremost voice of prevention in PA, your voice and talents are extremely important as we continue to build upon and strengthen local grassroots prevention efforts.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted electronically by clicking HERE or the button at the bottom of this page.

  • The deadline to apply is October 31, 2021 (CPA reserves the right to extend this deadline).
  • The board term is from January 1, 2022, to December 31, 2023.
  • Before opening the application, you can review the questions HERE (this is a word document so you can copy and paste your answers in the survey monkey application).

Virtual Discussion with Potential Applicants

Are you thinking about applying but have some questions or reservations?  If so, please join the CPA Executive Team for a call to learn more about the organization and the role of the board of directors.


9/29/2021: Board Application Opens
10/13/2021: CPA Executive Team Discussion with interested parties
10/31/2021: Application Closes
11/17/2021: All applicants contacted
11/19/2021: Current Board of Directors vote on the new slate of directors
12/1/2021: CPA membership votes on the new slate of directors (per our by-laws)
12/15/2021: Welcome call with all new directors

Overall Responsibilities of the CPA Board

As CPA’s most senior leadership body (and to satisfy its fiduciary duties), the board is responsible for:

  • Determining CPA’s mission, vision, strategic goals, and values;
  • Selecting the chief executive (executive director);
  • Supporting the chief executive and assess their performance;
  • Ensuring that effective organizational planning takes place;
  • Ensuring that there are adequate organizational resources;
  • Ensuring that organizational resources are managed appropriately;
  • Monitoring programs in relation to mission, vision, strategic goals, and values;
  • Enhancing the organization’s public standing;
  • Maintaining accountability and ensure legal and ethical integrity; and
  • Recruiting and mentoring new members and assessing overall board performance.

Responsibilities of an Individual CPA Board Member

Each CPA Board member is expected to:

  • Know CPA’s mission, policies, programs, and needs;
  • Read and understand the organization’s financial statements;
  • Serve as engaged advocates and ambassadors for CPA (and prevention generally) and fully engage in identifying and securing the financial resources and partnerships necessary for CPA to advance its mission;
  • Leverage connections, networks, and resources to help fully achieve CPA’s mission;
  • Help identify personal connections that can benefit CPA’s fundraising, public relations, and advocacy activities;
  • Prepare for, attend, and fully participate in a minimum of 80% of board meetings annually (in person or virtually);
  • Participate actively in one or more committees;
  • Follow the organization’s bylaws, policies, and board resolutions;
  • Sign an annual conflict-of-interest disclosure and update it as necessary; and
  • Maintain confidentiality about all internal matters of the organization.

Support for New Board Members

To help all new board members with the individual responsibilities listed above, the CPA executive team will support your participation by providing a board mentor and opportunities to learn more about the organization.

  • If elected, new board members will be paired with a mentor who will provide support, more detailed information, review board meetings, financial documents, and answer any questions.
  • New board members will meet virtually with the CPA executive team to review responsibilities, discuss the function of the executive team, offer their support and answer any questions.
  • New board members will meet virtually with the CPA executive director to discuss the current initiatives, learn about the current CPA committees, offer support, and answer any questions.
  • 2022 Meeting Dates/Times:  CPA will follow the public health guidelines of the CDC, WHO, or PA Department of Health when determining the possibility of in-person meetings.  Currently, all board meetings are virtual from 10 a.m. - noon.

For more information about CPA, please review the following information: