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How to Become a Member

Join the Oregon Workforce Investment Board
Those interested in serving on the Oregon Workforce Investment Boards should review the information on the Oregon Appointments Website listed with the application process below, and complete the application available at the siteA thorough background check will be conducted on all applicants prior to appointment.  Applicants are strongly encouraged to describe in their application all issues that would show up in a background check.
Submission of an application does not guarantee appointment to a board. Receipt of completed applications will be acknowledged. Only those applicants who are being actively considered for appointment will be contacted.  Applicants being considered for appointment will be interviewed by one or more members of the Governor’s staff.
Questions should be referred to Agnes Balassa at agnes.balassa@state.or.us
 OWIB is seeking members who:
  • Are passionate about assuring that Oregon has an effective workforce system that meets the needs of individuals to find and keep good jobs and for businesses to find workers who support their future competitiveness.
  • Are knowledgeable about the workforce system, or willing to take the time to learn about it.
  • Commit to participating regularly on both the board and a standing committee.
  • Have a high level of professionalism.
  • Help the Governor meet his goals for boards to be reflective of the full geographic and human diversity of our state.
Application Process
1. Applicant completes and submits application form at: http://www.oregon.gov/gov/Pages/boards.aspx
Private sector applicants must also obtain and submit a letter of nomination from a business or trade association.
2. Governor’s Office acknowledges receipt of completed applications.
3. Governor’s Office reviews applications, and interviews selected applicants for referral to Governor Kitzhaber.
4. Governor Kitzhaber determines which candidates to appoint. Private sector applicants must also receive State Senate approval before they can become appointed to Oregon Workforce Investment Board.
Note: The appointment process takes many steps and may take several months from start to finish.