The Commission on the Status of Women is accepting applications for a vacancy position beginning July 1, 2015.

Established in 1981, the COSW acts in an advisory role to the City Council on matters pertaining to women and girls in Santa Monica. The Commission meets on the third Wednesday of every month at Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St., in Santa Monica at 7 p.m.

With a total of nine members, the COSW will be updating its 2010-2015 Strategic Plan in the coming year. Current key priority areas for women and girls in Santa Monica include: continuing to gather and understand data about girls and women in Santa Monica; creating awareness of domestic violence and safety issues; supporting mentoring and leadership opportunities; fostering career, political and volunteer opportunities; and identifying and publicizing resources in Santa Monica.

Candidates must be a resident of the City of Santa Monica and committed to attending meetings and participate in additional projects, as necessary to achieve its Strategic Plan.

Application forms and information are available at Santa Monica City Hall, 1685 Main Street, Santa Monica, Information Booth (lobby) or in the City Clerk’s Office, Room 102. Applicants may also apply via the City’s website at http://santa-monica.org/departments/clerk/boards/vacancies.aspx#9 or to request an application by mail, call (310) 458-8211.

All applications for the current vacancy must be received by noon Tuesday, June 16. Candidates interested in the current position or in future vacancies are invited to attend the COSW meeting on June 10.

Applications are held for one year at which time letters are mailed out asking the applicant to reapply if still interested in serving. Only the candidates appointed will be notified.

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