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Home News World Council Leadership Program Seeks Candidates
World Council Leadership Program Seeks Candidates PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 March 2012 20:04

Professional FellowsMADISON, Wis. — World Council of Credit Unions is calling for applications from U.S. credit unions for the latest phase of the organization's new International Credit Union Leadership Program.

The program, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Office of Citizen Exchanges, is part of the larger U.S. Department of State Professional Fellows Program.

The International Credit Union Leadership Program, which promotes internships for young credit union people from various countries, is designed to facilitate idea exchanges, promote foreign language skill development, enhance cultural diversity and improve problem-solving skills as they relate to credit union development and management on a global basis. In addition, participants will focus on finding new ways to attract younger members to their credit unions.

A group of 10 participants from Guatemala already have been chosen to intern at credit unions in the United States. During the four-component program's second phase, 10 U.S. credit union professionals will be selected to intern at credit unions in Guatemala. The internships, which run from June 10–23, 2012, will offer excellent opportunities for emerging credit union leaders to better understand how Guatemalan credit unions serve underserved populations and support their communities through member education and other special projects.

The program provides each participant with lodging with a local host family, a meals stipend, local transportation, traveler's insurance and a limited communications stipend. Selected participants must be able to participate in the full two-week program in order to qualify. It is the applicants' responsibility to arrange for time away from their credit unions prior to application. The sponsoring U.S. credit union is responsible for covering an airfare cost of US$1,350 associated with the applicant's exchange program as a sign of commitment to building human capital within their organization.

The selection criteria for U.S. program participants are as follows:

  • Be 40 years of age or younger on Sept. 1, 2011
  • Demonstrate personal commitment and the ability to significantly influence the credit union
  • Show leadership and entrepreneurial skills and demonstrate how personal initiative has contributed to credit union development
  • Exhibit the potential to advance the national or international credit union system through initiatives that would also help the development of his or her community
  • Be actively involved as an employee or board member of a credit union or organization affiliated with the World Council through the Credit Union National Association or a state credit union league
  • Be available to travel on the specific dates outlined by the program
  • Not be a World Council employee or board member
  • Have intermediate-to-advanced Spanish language skills
  • Have a career trajectory in the credit union industry

All participants will be required to submit an application with an essay and pass a telephone or web interview process.

For those interested, more information and a program application form can found at www.woccu.org/leadershipprogram. For more information on the Department of State Professional Fellows program, visit http://exchanges.state.gov/citizens/profs/professional-fellows.html.

Please submit applications to Michael Suing, program specialist, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or by fax at +1-608-395-2001. If sent by fax, please follow up with an email. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. CST on Friday, March 30, 2012. Candidate interviews will take place the week of April 9, 2012, by telephone or a web-based program.

 

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