Academic journal article The Journal of Rehabilitation

NRA Organizational Structure

Academic journal article The Journal of Rehabilitation

NRA Organizational Structure

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The National Rehabilitation Association is a member organization whose mission is providing opportunities through knowledge and diversity for professionals in the fields of rehabilitation.

Seven Core Values:

1. all people 2. professions in rehabilitation 3. visionary leadership 4. responsible resource management 5. advocacy 6. personal and professional enrichment 7. and relationships built on trust and integrity

provide the foundation for association services and programs.

The organizational design of the Association exists to facilitate the accomplishment of this broadly stated mission. Since NRA's inception there have been many changes in the nature and character of its organizational framework. These changes have enabled the association to more effectively address its basic mission and support the specialized interests and needs of its members.

The purpose of this section is to provide a brief description of the current organizational and administrative structure of NRA. This is accomplished by identifying key components of the association and discussing their relationship to each other. The discussion is kept brief since most of the components involved are described in much more detail in later sections. An organization diagram is included to provide a visual representation of NRA's structure.

The Members

In a voluntary association such as NRA, ultimate authority is vested in its members. The members exercise their authority through voting for individuals who represent them at different levels within the association. Since every member of NRA is automatically a member of a chapter each has the opportunity to vote for chapter as well as national officers. Members also have an opportunity to vote in regional elections. Members are also eligible to join Divisions, which are separately incorporated associations that operate within the NRA organization. Divisions focus on specific professional areas or special interests. Elections are governed by each Division's constitution.

The Delegate Assembly

Members exercise authority through delegates who represent chapters at the Delegate Assembly. Each chapter is entitled to one representative to the Delegate Assembly for each fifty members (excluding Supporting Members) or major fraction thereof. Each chapter is entitled to at least one representative. Past-Presidents of the Association and incumbent members of the Board of Directors are also voting members of the Delegate Assembly.

The Delegate Assembly is the lawmaking and policy making body of the Association. It also passes resolutions pertinent to the purposes of the Board and objectives of the Association, and has power to approve increases in dues. The NRA Constitution is the organizational document which governs the Delegate Assembly. The Delegate Assembly may delegate to the Board any of its powers except the adoption of amendments to the Constitution and the adoption of resolutions of the Association.

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is composed of thirty members. The complete list of Board members, officers and key leaders of all chapters, regions and divisions appears in the NRA Leadership Directory which is published in February of each year.

The Board consists of four officers (President, President-Elect, Treasurer, and Immediate Past-President), Six Members-at-Large [elected by the membership], Seven Regional Representatives [elected by the regions], Nine Division Representatives [elected by the divisions] and Four Council Representatives [elected by the councils].

The Board of Directors derives its powers from the Constitution. As in all large organizations, considerable authority has been given to the Board of Directors to conduct the Association's affairs.

Primary responsibilities of the Board are:

1. To adopt a program to carry out the purposes and objectives of the Association, as stated in the Constitution and in resolutions of the Delegate Assembly; 2. …

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