This is an Association-leading volunteer position, ideal for those interested in determining and advancing strategic directions, governing over long-term goals, representing the association to other members, and setting the tone for member experiences.

The Volunteer Development Coordinator serves as a leader for volunteer engagement with ACUI. This member manages the recruitment and retention process while motivating and communicating with current volunteers to further the strategic direction of the Association.

Serving on the ACUI Leadership Team, overseeing the Volunteer Development Team, and being supported by the director of volunteer and member engagement staff liaison, for a two-year term, Volunteer Development Coordinator is responsible for:

  • Coordinating and communicating a detailed plan for volunteer engagement in ACUI, reflecting input from other volunteers and component groups.
  • Reviewing volunteer job description information to ensure they are consistent, are accurate, and define clearly the expectations, qualifications, and selection processes.
  • Assessing the ACUI volunteer experience to continually improve and revise opportunities, communication, training, and recognition for volunteers.
  • Coordinating, with the Central Office, a recruitment/marketing plan for volunteer positions.
  • Identifying strategies to engage members as volunteers, cultivating an active file of interested volunteers and matching these individuals with available positions.
  • Coordinating a process to recognize, thank, and retain volunteers, as well as the institutions that support volunteers.
  • Evaluating and improving the application and selection process of volunteers.
  • Developing procedures to follow-up with applicants who are not selected encourage them to apply for other positions.
  • Developing procedures for regular evaluations of volunteer performance and Central Office staff liaison effectiveness.
  • Providing training opportunities to ensure an informed volunteer workforce.
  • Supervising the Volunteer Development Team volunteers, including the recruitment and selection of team members, facilitating regular communication and meetings, and coordinating team member assignments.
  • Representing the Volunteer Development Team to other component groups of the ACUI Leadership Team.
  • Attending scheduled Association meetings as required including, but not limited to all Annual Conferences and all Leadership Team meetings throughout the term of office.


Applications for this opportunity are due by December 2.

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A screening committee made up of the staff liaison and related volunteers will review applications, interview qualified candidates, and make a selection recommendation.

Core Competencies
Volunteers involved in this opportunity will enhance their skill sets in the areas below. More information about the ACUI core competencies for the profession is available here.


  • Assessment, Evaluation and Research
    • Data Collection
  • Human Resources
    • Training and Development
    • Ethical Hiring
    • Promotion and Retention
  • Organizational Leadership
    • Collaboration and Partnerships
    • Group Management
    • Motivation
  • Planning
    • Establishing Priorities and Goal Setting


At the time of application, individuals must have: full-time employment at a higher education institution; institutional membership; a signed institutional support form; and a commitment to fulfilling the duties of the position for the length of the term. Applicants must also demonstrate an understanding of ACUI’s vision, core values, and core competencies, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Candidates for president-elect are encouraged to have previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Time Commitment

Association-leading volunteer positions require a commitment of two or more years, except for student positions which have a one-year term. During the course of the term, volunteers should anticipate at least four hours of conference call and project work per month, in addition to attending in-person ACUI Leadership Team meetings.