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Call for Board Member Candidates

The CCPDT is seeking individuals to fill open seats on its Board of Directors. Service on the board is a serious commitment, but offers an educational and rewarding experience for those serving. If you enjoy collaborating with other professionals and have a desire to give service back to your profession through the mission of CCPDT, we want you.

CCPDT Board Members serve a two (2) year term and incumbent board members may be elected to up to five (5) terms. The open positions must be filled by CCPDT certificants with the exception of the following two (2) positions:

· One (1) public member. This will be a person with all of the requisite skills and abilities but who is not a certificant and who is not a professional animal trainer or behavior consultant.

· One (1) veterinarian member. This will be a person who is a DVM and may or may not be a certificant.

CCPDT Board Member Duties

The CCPDT Board Members must be able to regularly participate and contribute to The CCPDT business. Estimated time required is approximately 8 to 10 hours per week. Specific duties:

· Support and promote The CCPDT’s mission.

· Actively participate in The CCPDT’s strategic plan.

· Actively participate in policy making.

· Respond to regular email communications which may require document review and feedback.

· Participate in monthly scheduled conference calls or in twice monthly conference calls during times when the Board is at peak work load. Monthly calls are held on the second Thursday of each month from 4-6pm eastern time.

· Participate in scheduled, in-person CCPDT meetings including the annual Board meeting which is held in May and will typically require travel (expenses reimbursed).

· Represent The CCPDT in a professional manner.

· Initiate and participate in fundraising activities.

· Be a member or Chair of at least one (1) CCPDT Committee; or represent the CCPDT by staffing our booth in at least six (6) days of trade shows per year (expenses reimbursed); or be an Executive Officer for the Board.

CCPDT Board Member Qualifications

· With the exception of the public member and veterinarian, is a certificant.

· Is up-to-date with the most recent canine behavior research and training methods.

· Agrees with and supports The CCPDT’s mission statement, goals and objectives, and strategic plan.

· Thinks creatively and possesses the ability to initiate activities targeted to the growth and development of The CCPDT.

· Has strong collaborative skills with the ability to work in a team environment where the majority rules and to work independently and with ambiguity as needed.

· Can meet deadlines and be an active participant on The CCPDT Board.

· Have strong interpersonal skills’, writing skills and working knowledge of computers including email, Word, Excel and the Internet.

· Has daily access to email as most CCPDT business is conducted by email.

· Can travel to scheduled CCPDT meetings up to two times per year (expenses reimbursed).

· Ideally, the candidate will bring a diverse background to the table with experience not only in dog training and/or canine behavior but in other areas as well. Desired areas include, but are not limited to: accounting or bookkeeping; veterinary medicine or veterinary technician experience; publishing, writing, or editing experience; a marketing or advertising background; experience with website development and optimization; a background in social work, psychology, or medicine.

Conflict of Interest Policy and Code of Conduct

The CCPDT Board Members are required to sign the Conflict of Interest Policy and the Director’s Code of Conduct and, at a minimum, disclose any potential Conflicts of Interest annually.

Application Instructions

If you are interested in serving on The CCPDT Board, please submit the following:

1. A completed Candidate Application. Click here to download Application

2. Business resume, curriculum vitae, or short biographical summary.

3. Letter of intent stating your interest and specific ability to contribute in a position on The CCPDT Board of Directors.

All application packages must be submitted by email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5 pm EDT Monday, February 4, 2013.



Bradley Phifer CBCC-KA, CPDT-KSA

President, CCPDT