Board of Directors
Election 2023

The election for Board of Directors will be held at the annual conference in May 2023

Are you looking for a unique leadership opportunity? Have you been seriously thinking about putting your talent in strategic thinking, market knowledge, community engagement or policy advocacy in the service of our industry?

Well, look no further! If you are committed to taking recycling in Virginia to the next level, we are looking for you!

The Virginia Recycling Association is looking for leaders like you to join our board of directors. For 30 years, our volunteer board has been the strategic heart of our organization, committed to promoting recycling in Virginia, responding to changes in our industry, and delivering information and networking opportunities to our members.

If you are one or more of the following, we’d like to talk to you:

  • Energetic people, who are not already overextended with other commitments, eager to invest their time and enthusiasm in improving the way we recycle in Virginia.
  • Industry leaders willing to engage their peers to support and advance the recycling industry.
  • Advocates who can assist in navigating the political landscape of policy development, funding and legislation.
  • Leaders at our partner organizations – processing, manufacturing, education, non-profit, and government – interested in building strong programs with us.

If you hold yourself to high expectations, then you’ll find board service very rewarding. We are also looking for people who will:

  • Attend monthly board meetings (6 in person/6 virtual)
  • Actively serve on one of our committees: Policy, Sponsorship, Membership, Communications, Business, Finance
  • Actively advocate the needs of our industry in the community and among your colleagues and peers
  • Investigate new opportunities to improve the way we recycle


The Virginia Recycling Association board is not for someone who wants to:

  • participate in name only
  • talk shop without committing to action

Our board members actively engage and care very deeply about improving and sustaining recycling in Virginia. We work hard, stand up for our industry, and know that we represent the voices of our members.

If you are interested in being considered for our board fill in and return the Board Member Application Form. For further information, please contact Julie Phillips.

Board Member Job Description

Orientation and training will be provided to make sure directors are comfortable and knowledgeable in their role; previous board experience is an asset but not required.


An experienced team player with an interest in the future of recycling in Virginia*, with the willingness to:

  • Must be a VRA member in good standing with an active membership.
  • Commit time for regular Board meetings, committee meetings and planning sessions
  • Attend conference and Annual Meeting
  • Volunteer at events, as required
  • Engage in critical thought and be committed to a vibrant future for the organization
  • Prepare well for meetings, reviewing and commenting on minutes and reports
  • Actively participate, listen well and be thoughtful in considering issues
  • Get to know other directors and build a collegial working relationship that contributes to consensus
  • Actively participate in the board’s annual evaluation and planning efforts
  • Understand the fiscal implications of decisions


  • Provide strategic leadership
  • Be knowledgeable about the organization’s values, mission, programs and performance
  • Be an ambassador for the organization and promote its work in the community
  • Ensure the organization’s financial viability and sustainability
  • Develop policy frameworks
  • Participate in fundraising efforts

* All Board of Directors shall be at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of the United States. If a Board of Director is not a resident of the Commonwealth of Virginia, he/she must perform work for an employer that conducts business in the Commonwealth.

To carry out these responsibilities, the Board meets monthly throughout the year. In addition to attendance at Board meetings, you will be required to participate on committees.

The Board is comprised of up to 12 members elected at the Annual Conference, typically held in late April to early May. Once elected, a Director shall hold office for a 3-year term and until a successor has been elected and qualified for office. Members may serve a maximum of two consecutive 3-year terms.

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Virginia Recycling Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.                                                              

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