Volunteer with HRS
The Society is fortunate to have dedicated and committed members with an interest in sharing their expertise and time to support its strategic initiatives. Learn more about how to become a volunteer.
Heart Rhythm Society Statement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
HRS stakeholders share a common passion for accomplishing our mission to end death and suffering from heart rhythm disorders.
We believe our diverse backgrounds, experiences and interests are assets in reaching that goal, and we are committed to providing an inclusive environment in all our activities, where everyone feels valued, respected, and welcome.
We strive to have organizational leaders who represent all aspects of our diversity and who promote the diversity, equity, and inclusion that are essential to our success.
Volunteer appointments with HRS are limited and highly-valued. Committee, subcommittee and task force appointments should be distributed as equitably as possible, to ensure a manageable workload for individuals, expand opportunities for volunteer engagement, and avoid perceptions of favoritism.
The call for committees has been sent via email for the 2022 - 2023 term and is due by November 1, 2021.
Please see below for additional information on becoming involved with the Society.
Board and Officer Positions
Nomination forms for the 2022 - 2023 term can be found at https://www.hrsonline.org/call-leadership-nominations
Considerations for Board and Officer Positions
- *An Early Career Member, defined as a professional who has completed arrhythmia training and started working in an arrhythmia-related field within the last 5 years, may serve a one-year non-renewable term on the Board.
- At-large members of the Nominations Subcommittee or the Governance Committee are not eligible to be nominated for elected office.
- Former Board members are eligible to be nominated, provided they have not served on the Board for at least two years following the year in which they last served on the Board.
- Early Career Members must self-nominate; for others self-nomination is optional. Support is required for all self-nominations (see nomination forms).
- Nominators cannot nominate more than two candidates.
- Nominations shall last for two years; after two years a new nomination must be submitted.
- Candidates must be Heart Rhythm Society members (excluding Trainee, Emeritus, and Affiliate members and those primarily employed by industry).
- Candidates must submit current disclosure forms, to be reviewed by both the Nominations and Ethics Committees.
- Potential Board Members must agree to divest relevant relationships to ensure that their total disclosure amount is less than $100,000, and less than $50,000 with a single company, excluding research and fellowship support, prior to their start, and throughout their term, on the Board.
- Board members are ineligible to serve as Editor-in-Chief of another heart-rhythm-related journal.
- Executive Committee members are prohibited from submitting nominations or referral letters for Board or Officer positions
Board of Trustees Eligibility Requirements
Candidates to be considered include members who serve in existing HRS leadership positions (such as chairs for committee, subcommittees, task forces, working/writing groups and think tanks; team leaders; course directors; associate editors; and editors in chief.). Candidates may include Society members who have not served in an HRS leadership position, but have experience or expertise that would be beneficial (i.e., represents a diverse aspect of members, exhibits unique skills or experience in the electrophysiology field; has demonstrated strong leadership in another organization, etc.) The qualities listed below are expected of all Board members.
Qualities of a Successful Board Member
- Understanding of the EP ecosystem
- Passion for the HRS vision
- Knowledge of some aspects of HRS and eagerness to learn more
- Confidence to speak up at board meetings and clearly express ideas
- Active listening skills
- Ability to work collaboratively internally and with other Societies
- Unique point of view and willingness to express contrary thoughts/opinions
- A diverse experience, honoring others with diverse experiences
- Willingness to make decisions and support the Board’s decisions
- Strategic-thinking without micro-managing
- Forward-thinking with a tolerance for risk-taking
- Willingness to exercise fiscal responsibility
- Commitment to be prepared for and attend all board meetings and calls
- Dedication to developing future HRS leaders
- Ability to maintain confidentiality
- Demonstrated exemplary ethical behavior
- Devotion to the greater good
Early Career Eligibility Requirements
An Early Career Member, defined as a professional who has completed arrhythmia training and started working in an arrhythmia-related field within the last 5 years, may serve a one-year non-renewable term on the Board.
Qualities of a Successful Early Career Board Member
Creative problem solver
- Team player
- Comfortable expressing views and suggestions to those more senior
- Proven leadership
Officer Eligibility Requirements
The Board of Trustees Eligibility Requirements above also apply to officers. Additional requirements follow.
Secretary/Treasurer Eligibility Requirements
- Completion of a three (3) year term on the Board
- Ability to work collaboratively with CFO
- Attention to detail
- Financial acumen
- Continuous learning
- Impact and influence
- Organizational knowledge
- Problem solving
2nd Vice President Eligibility Requirements
- Completion of a three (3) year term on the Board
- Committed to devoting the necessary time for successful service
- Internationally positioned
- Conflict resolution capabilities
- Consensus builder
- Coalition builder
- Change leader
- Impactful and influential
- Well known in the field
- Conducts efficient meetings
- Ability to solve problems and resolve crises
- Recognition that the President’s principal role is to implement the Strategic Plan
- Volunteer Competency Framework
- Board Service Agreement
- Trustee Job Description
- Board Liaison Job Description
- Secretary/Treasurer Job Description
- 2nd Vice President to Immediate Past President Job Descriptions
The Nominations Subcommittee’s recommended slate of Officers and Trustees will be determined by the Subcommittee’s assessment of each candidate’s unique capabilities based on the above Eligibility Requirements. The assessment will include a variety of factors (interviews of each candidate, nomination letters, biographical sketches, disclosures, self-appraisal questionnaires, record of service to the Society and/or the profession, along with an analysis of the Board's commitment to diversity and requirements for specific skills, experience or knowledge). The slate will be presented to the current Board members and then sent to the voting membership for approval.
Nomination forms for 2022 – 2023 Board and Officer positions can be found at https://www.hrsonline.org/call-leadership-nominations
Questions on Becoming a Volunteer?
The purpose of these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) is to assist you in understanding how positions are assigned and the process for applying to them.