Apply to the HPCC Board

The Hospice and Palliative Credentialing Center (HPCC) is seeking experienced, energetic, and passionate professionals who will lead the provision of certification in hospice and palliative care into the future by serving on its Board of Directors starting in 2021.  HPCC certifies members of the nursing team in hospice and palliative care, as well as perinatal loss care professionals. More than 15,500 professionals are currently certified by HPCC throughout the United States.  

The HPCC Board of Directors is responsible for the affairs of the organization. Major responsibilities include supervision of business and financial affairs and the strategic planning component of HPCC. The board includes individuals who hold an HPCC certification, other professional certifications or have great interest in certification, as well as a public member to ensure consumer input on the board.  

Recognizing the rapidly changing environment of health care and leaps in technology, the board has recently adopted a fundamental shift in process. Applicants to the HPCC Board of Directors will be asked to provide evidence of key competencies that are relevant to governance on a national board. Global skills such as personal integrity, communication skills, and strategic thinking will be requisite. 

The HPCC Board is currently seeking individuals with strengths particularly in essential competencies related to:
- Financial - Investments, Audits, Management
- Strategic Planning
- Community Outreach / Public Advocacy

HPCC Mission Statement

To advance expert care in serious illness. 

Board of Directors Description and Competencies

Download the HPCC Board of Directors description and competencies 

Commitment to Service

Director obligations include the following: 
  • Three-year term, with the option to renew for a second three-year term
  • Attendance at a minimum of three face-to-face board meetings per year, which are typically held over a weekend (city of board meeting varies)
  • Active work on committees, including one hour monthly conference calls
  • Participation in virtual meetings, webinars, and/or telephone conference calls,
  • Other responsibilities as necessary

Please note: Expenses related to board and committee participation are reimbursed. No other remuneration is provided.

Application Process

All applicants are required to provide the following information c/o Kathy Kelso via email to [email protected] no later than the 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, July 1, 2020:   

1.  Complete the application (download the application form) to serve on the HPCC Board of Directors.

2.  Provide a professional resume that includes the applicant’s current mailing address, preferred telephone number and email address, for contact related to the board application.

3.  Include two professional letters of recommendation. References may be contacted by the HPCC Governance Committee. If currently employed, one letter of recommendation must be from the applicant’s employer. This letter must indicate the employer’s support for the applicant’s participation on the board of directors and the employer’s specific agreement to the time commitment as outlined in the commitment to service section of this information.

4.  Potential candidates will be asked to schedule a telephone interview with the HPCC Governance Committee as an additional part of the application.

The Chair of the Governance Committee will notify all applicants regarding the status of their application. This notification to all slated and non-slated candidates will occur after the slate of candidates is approved by the HPCC Board of Directors. Following the election and confirmation of the ballot by the HPCC Board of Directors, the chair of the Governance Committee will contact each of the slated candidates to inform them of the outcome of the election. 

Contact the HPCC National Office at [email protected] or 412-787-1057 if you have any questions.

Download the Board Application