FCCMA Policy for Support of Members-In-Transition
I. Definition of Members-In-Transition (MIT):
1. A Member-In-Transition is an individual whose last professional position held was in the local government sector and he/she was a full member in good standing of the Florida City and County Management Association.
2. The member in good standing has resigned his/her position either voluntarily or involuntarily.
3. The member must be actively seeking employment by pursuing local government positions throughout the state and/or in other states, provinces or countries having members of a professional local government management association.
4. Members-In-Transition will be allowed to stay in an MIT status for three years from date of termination. After that three year period, they will not be eligible for financial assistance under the MIT Program.
5. A MIT accepting interim local government employment who chooses to or is prohibited from actively seeking employment with other government entities, will have their eligibility for MIT benefits terminated at time of employment.
6. It is the member’s responsibility to notify FCCMA staff they have become an MIT, in order to receive MIT benefits. It is also the member’s responsibility to notify ICMA separately, if the individual is a member of ICMA.
7. It is the member responsibility to notify FCCMA staff if a permanent position is obtained.
II. Benefits Available to MITs
1. Dues While in Transition:
a. FCCMA dues will be waived for a period of three fiscal years for a member-in-transition who meets the above described criteria. During this time, the MIT must sign the annual dues waiver including the pledge to the Code of Ethics.
b. The eligibility for MIT benefits will be provided in six (6) month increments. Every six months Members-In-Transition will be contacted via email and required to verify they are still an MIT actively seeking employment by pursuing local government positions throughout the state and/or in other states, provinces or countries having members of a professional local government management association. If no response is received within 15 business days, an MIT will be deemed employed, removed from the MIT list and invoiced for dues.
2. Financial Assistance for MITs to Attend the Conference
Keeping in close contact with fellow FCCMA members is very important during the time of transition; therefore, the FCCMA Board has approved a policy to help members-in-transition attend the annual FCCMA conference. The financial assistance provided for the annual conference is:
a. Waiver of conference registration fees for up to 3 years.
b. 50 % of the hotel room rate for Annual Conference
c. Travel reimbursement for tolls and conference parking if the conference is less than 100 miles (one-way) from MIT’s home, and travel reimbursement up to $200 for Annual Conference if the conference is over 100 miles (one-way) from the MIT’s home. Staff is authorized to pro-rate the amount of the reimbursement for Annual Conference if the total MIT reimbursement will exceed the annual budgeted amount.
d. No meal reimbursement will be provided.
e. Any additional training classes, activities, etc. will be the financial responsibility of the MIT attendee.
3. Financial Assistance for MITs to Attend Onsite Training Sessions and Audio Training:
For MITs it is difficult, yet important, that they remain current with trends and issues; network with fellow managers; promote professional development; and have opportunities to maintain their Credentialed Manager status. Therefore, FCCMA will provide the following assistance for MITs:
a. Complimentary registration to attend FCCMA onsite training sessions for up to 3 years.
b. Waiver of registration for webinars for up to 3 years.
4. Financial Assistance for MITs to Attend the Winter Institute
There is no financial assistance available for MITs. If a cancellation occurs and no refund will be sent to the member, an email will be sent to the MITs offering a free registration to an MIT (on a first-come, first-served basis).
5. Members in Transition Handbook
A handbook which contains pertinent information to MITs is emailed to FCCMA members that are about to be unemployed or are already unemployed. This handbook will be available to all FCCMA members on the FCCMA website.
6. Publication of MIT List
While Member-In-Transition are allowed to stay on the MIT list for three years and after the three-year period will not be eligible for financial assistance under the MIT Program, they will, however, be allowed to have their name remain on the MIT list for an additional year if their annual dues are paid and they remain a member in good standing.
III. Organized Response to MITs
Recognizing that it is the responsibility of all FCCMA members—especially members of the Board of Director—to notify the FCCMA staff immediately upon learning that a member is in transition, the MIT Committee and the Board have established the following guidelines to assist in this effort:
1. Any member who learns of another member who is in danger of being unemployed or is already unemployed should notify FCCMA staff as soon as possible.
2. Staff will then call the member to offer assistance, explain FCCMA’s support programs, and learn of the particulars of the members’ situation.
3. Staff will notify the MIT Committee and the Board of Directors who will also contact the member.
4. Staff will send the prepared MIT packet of information to the member.
5. MIT Committee members, Board of Directors and other FCCMA members are encouraged to keep in touch with the member-in-transition within their respective districts to offer support.
6. The membership is encouraged to hire MITs for special projects and/or interim positions whenever possible.
7. If there is a local managers’ group that meets on a regular basis, MITs should be encouraged to attend as a means of keeping in contact with peers and up to date on current issues.