Workforce Solutions Capital Area is the workforce development board serving Austin and Travis County. We are seeking nominations from interested and qualified individuals to serve on its Board of Directors. We will interview qualified applicants whose nominations are received by the deadline. The final appointment decision will be made by Travis County Judge Brown.
House Bill (HB) 1615, passed during the 88th Texas Legislature, Regular Session (2023), amended Texas Government Code §2308.256 to require each Board to expand its membership to include a representative of the child care workforce.
Job Description: Board of Directors
Members are responsible to the Board as a whole and to the local Chief Elected Officials (CEOs) who appointed them.
The position of a Board member is one of great responsibility because it provides leadership and guidance to the workforce development system and the programs and services it provides to businesses and job seekers in the region. Through individual expertise, leadership, advocacy and collaboration Board members and the Board transform innovative ideas into solutions that support the development of a world-class workforce and economic growth.
- Commit to the mission, vision, and values of the Workforce Solutions Capital Area Workforce Board.
- Provide leadership in helping to forge partnerships and collaborations with businesses, policy makers, education, economic development, government, and community organizations to address workforce needs and identify solutions.
- Establish policies that guide and govern the workforce development system.
- Influence the design, delivery of services and performance of the workforce system.
- Guide the investment of workforce development program funds and resources to meet workforce needs.
- Oversee workforce development activities in the region and evaluate the performance and effectiveness of the workforce system.
- Serve as an ambassador; promoting the Board – its policies, initiatives, and accomplishments at every opportunity to enhance the image of the Board and encouragement engagement with it.
- Serve as an advocate on behalf of the Board and the workforce system on workforce issues, needs, priorities, and policies with businesses, chambers, education, economic development, and government.
- Regularly attend and actively participate in Board and committee meetings.
- Notify the Board Chair or the CEO when you are unable to attend meeting.
- Join at least one committee of the Board.
- Be prepared for meetings by reviewing materials in advance of meetings and staying informed about Board matters.
- Understand and observe the respective roles and responsibilities of the Board, Board staff, elected officials, and service providers.
- Avoid conflicts of interest, but if they are unavoidable, disclose the conflict and follow Board policies for removing oneself from a discussion and/or vote.
- Act on behalf of the mission and best interests of the Board and the community – not on the interests of a single constituency.
- Contribute your expertise in helping to govern the Board and in understanding the workforce needs and issues facing the community.
- Get to know other Board members, building collegial relationships that contribute to a strong, unified board and in making effective decisions.
- A Board representative of the child care workforce must be a current owner or director of a child care provider that is licensed by or registered with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Child Care Regulation department;
- The child care workforce representative must be selected from individuals recommended by interested organizations, as set forth in Texas Government Code §2308.256(e); and
- The Board representative must operate at least one qualified facility in the City of Austin and/or Travis County.
Texas Workforce Commission Q&A regarding this HB1615
What is the definition of “director”?
WD Letter 21-23 states that the representative must be “a current owner or director of a child care provider…” Executive director, director, owner, president, and CEO are positions that are consistent with this definition. The intent of the definition is to ensure that the representative holds optimum policy making authority within their organization, agency, or entity (as consistent with WIOA §107(b)(5)).
Does the definition of “child care workforce representative” include experts in the development of the child care workforce?
The definition provided in WD Letter 21-23 was determined based on state and federal statute, specifically WIOA §107(b)(5) which requires Board members to hold optimum policy making authority within their organizations, agencies, and entities. Thus, the definition was limited to current owners and directors.
Does the definition of “child care workforce representative” include individuals who operate in a directorship or owner capacity of a larger facility in which the child care program is a part of such as a YMCA or church?
No, Boards must appoint individuals who are owners and directors of child care programs. This does not include individuals who may manage operations of a larger facility, in which the child care program is a part of, such as a YMCA or church. The definition provided in WD Letter 21-23 was determined based on state and federal statute, specifically WIOA §107(b)(5) which requires Board members to hold optimum policy making authority within their organizations, agencies, and entities, which in this case would be the child care program itself.
Can an individual self-nominate for the position of child care workforce representative?
An individual cannot self-nominate. Boards must use the following guidance regarding nominating entities:
- A Board of Directors may nominate an Owner or Director of a regulated child care program
- An Owner may nominate a Director of a regulated child care program
- A not-for-profit child care or human services organization may nominate an Owner or Director of a regulated child care program
- Child care stakeholders may nominate an Owner or Director of a regulated child care program
Make Your Nomination
The Board staff will ensure that qualified applicants meet the following requirements:
- Appointee is a current owner or director of a child care provider.
- Child care provider is licensed by or registered with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Child Care Regulation department.
- Appointee was nominated by a general-purpose business organization (Chamber of Commerce or Economic Development Organization) or by the board of the organization representing, listed on Nomination Slate.