The Autism Society’s national office is headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland. We are proud to be one of the few organizations to have members with autism serving as active board directors. The Autism Society’s Panel of Professional Advisors sets the standards for our Options Policy that governs our practices, and we are proud to count the top professional experts in autism on our PPA. The Autism Society’s Advisory Panel of People on the Spectrum of Autism is a first-of-its-kind advisory panel comprised solely of individuals with autism who help Autism Society staff create programs and services that will advocate for the rights of all people with autism to live fulfilling, interdependent lives.

Each year, people with autism, families and professionals volunteer thousands of hours to help the Autism Society achieve its mission of serving all those affected by autism.

The Autism Society is seeking applicants to fill positions on the Autism Society Board of Directors. Qualified applicants should be creative, understand complexity, be open to new and challenging concepts, view change as necessary and positive, and have the ability and time to serve the Autism Society. Additionally, the Autism Society desires individuals who reflect diversity including, but not limited to, age, gender, sexual orientation, geography, economic status, disability and ethnicity.

The following general qualifications are essential for a member of the Autism Society’s Board of Directors:

Governance Skills and Abilities. Experience in governing and policy development, which includes providing strategic direction, monitoring organizational effectiveness, overseeing financial and budgetary issues, and determining critical programmatic policies and directions.

Capacity and Propensity to Give. Ability and willingness to contribute financially, and to provide personal contacts and influence to help the Foundation achieve its mission and goals.

Dedication to the Autism Society’s Goals. Demonstrate genuine interest and/or experience in the field of autism and the vision, mission, goals, values and beliefs of the Autism Society. The Autism Society is committed to diversity and inclusion in all our policies, plans, programs, services, relationships and operations.

Teamwork Skills. Work in partnership with staff with varying viewpoints and backgrounds to reach consensus on complex problems and issues.

Leadership. Demonstrate leadership experience as a member of one or more Boards of Directors with similar goals, or comparable leadership experience.

Represent the Autism Society to the Public. Act as a representative to the Autism Society’s membership, volunteers, public, press, the philanthropic community and other groups in articulating the Autism Society’s mission, goals and activities.


The Autism Society Board of Directors is responsible for overseeing the finances and activities of the organization.

The Board determines, demands, and assures appropriate organizational performance. This includes fulfilling the mission of the organization, determining its future direction, and assuring the organization’s fiscal health. A Board Member is expected to attend all Board Meetings and to participate in committees and other activities as needed.

Some of the major responsibilities of an Autism Society Board Member are to:

  • Ensure appropriate linkage between the work of the organization’s programs and the mission and goals of the Autism Society to its constituents;
  • Ensure the highest ethical and professional standards are being applied in the handling and use of funds raised for programmatic activities;
  • Provide philanthropic support through personal giving and draw on sphere of influence to benefit the Autism Society;
  • Ensure appropriate controls are in place in compliance with all laws governing 501(c)3 organizations;
  • Approve budget and monitor finances;
  • Act as representative in articulating the Autism Society’s mission and goals;
  • Evaluate the Autism Society President’s and CEO’s performance.


Click here to read the Job Description.

Click here to download the board application form.