BECOMING A GJARA LEADER
NOMINATION PERIOD IS MAY AND JUNE ANNUALLY
WE NEED YOU!. The association governance is done completely by volunteer leaders. People just like you. Most had no experience before starting their positions.
Committees prepare and complete projects and policy recommendations, while the Board of Directors oversees enforcement. GET INVOLVED!
WHAT IS THE EXPECTED OF ME IF I SERVE?
To serve on a committee
You do not need any prior experience. If you have an interest, then you are always welcome. You can expect to spend 1 hour a month at the scheduled meeting and a few minutes completing any tasks. If the committee has a project or event, you will be asked to be the office liaison at your firm, and to help with any organization. or attendance.
The exception to this process is that MLS Committee members are required to serve specific term periods and must attend the required numbers of meetings prior to being appointed and the Finance Committee is a closed committee.
To serve as the chair of a committee
You must have participated for 1 full term as a member of that committee. The incoming GJARA Chairman, appoints committee chairs. You will facilitate your monthly 1-hour meeting, approve agendas, follow up on any pending tasks with committee members and attend any events or complete any projects your committee is tasked with under the Core Standards policies.
To serve as a Board of Director member
Directors are elected and serve staggered 2-year terms. You must have served on a committee prior to running for this position. Elections are held annually at the July Membership Luncheon. Service requirements include the monthly Board of Director’s Meetings (the 3rd Thursday, except when there are conflicts for the Chair’s required meetings), attendance at GJARA sponsored events, promotion of RPAC within your firm, possible liaison to a committee and liaison to your office for industry related news and relevant events.
To serve as an Officer
Officers of the association are the Chair, Chair-Elect, Treasurer, Past Chair and a Director-at-Large, appointed by the Chair. The officers make up the Finance Committee which meets immediately before the BOD Meeting monthly. They are required to sign checks and review financials with the Treasurer. They must attend the Board of Director’s Meetings (the 3rd Thursday, except when there are conflicts for the Chair’s required meetings), attendance at GJARA sponsored events, promotion of RPAC within your firm, possible liaison to a committee and liaison to your office for industry related news and relevant events. All of these positions are for a term of 1-year, except for the Treasurer who serves a 2-year term.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT FOR ALL BOARD OF DIRECTOR MEMBERS
Professional Standards Training & Information Resources
NAR’s Board Policy and Programs department conducts a Professional Standards Education Seminar every year. The goal of the seminar is to teach REALTORS and association staff how to administer and make proper decisions in ethics and arbitration matters.
Included in that training are classroom exercises to highlight critical issues that arise in professional standards matters. Several of these group training exercises have been collected and placed online as a resource for local associations in training individuals who serve on the professional standards committee.
- Findings of Fact Training Exercises: These materials assist REALTORS® in better understanding how to write findings of fact that support their conclusion and issue appropriate discipline. Having well-written findings of fact is critical to ensure that your association’s ethics decisions are sound and defensible.
- Arbitration Scenario Exercises: These training materials help REALTORS® serving on arbitration tribunals understand how to consider and arrive at fair, equitable, and reasoned decisions in procuring cause and other contractual and specific non-contractual disputes.
- Ethics Appeal Exercises: These materials assist REALTORS® serving on ethics appeal tribunals better understand how to consider and make proper decisions. Fictional fact scenarios highlight critical issues for ethics appeal panelists.
- Grievance Committee Training Exercises: These materials help REALTORS® serving on grievance committees understand how to consider and make knowledgeable dispositions of ethics complaints and arbitration requests.
- “What-If” Training Exercises: These exercises are designed to explore complex or tricky circumstances in professional standards policy/procedures.
Policy Into Practice Video Series
This video series explains key REALTOR® association policy in three main areas: Membership, Professional Standards, and Multiple Listings Services (MLSs).
Professional Standards Procedures Quiz
Are you an expert in NAR’s professional standards procedures? Take this quiz to find out.