This Association-level planning position is ideal for those interested in collaborating to create experiences that engage members through events, research, fundraising, and other opportunities.

Members of the Conference Program Team will join Chair Missy Burgess, University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh, in creating a welcoming, inclusive, accessible, and educational environment at ACUI's largest event, while showcasing their talents through collaboration with colleagues. In this role, volunteers will enhance their professionals skills, expand their network, connect, communicate, and share ideas with peers. The 2022 Annual Conference will occur March 13–17, 2022 in Chicago. 

Reporting to the 2022 Conference Program Team chair and supported by a staff liaison, for a two-year term, team members are expected to:
  • Be capable of expressing opinions openly and honestly while supporting group decisions.
  • Be knowledgeable of issues and trends in our profession and higher education.
  • Be willing to work hard and communicate concerns while undertaking responsibilities.
  • Meet deadlines.
  • Be flexible.
  • Believe in ACUI's mission and values.
  • Possess strong communication skills as well as a sense of humor.
  • Understand and support the association's commitment to the core competencies of our knowledge-based professional association.
  • Practice civility and inclusiveness as a member of a working group.
  • Commit to making team meetings and responsibilities a priority.
  • Have institutional support for their involvement, including support for attendance at the 2021 and 2022 annual conferences.

Each candidate must also be available to attend the Conference Program Team's working meetings in Chicago. Expenses for these meetings are covered by the association. The dates for the meetings are not yet confirmed but will take place within the following timeframe:

  • Planning meeting in the second half of 2020.
  • Arrive before the 2021 Annual Conference in New York City for a meeting.
  • Planning meeting in mid-2021.

Given current realities regarding potential current and future travel restrictions, members interested in this volunteer opportunity should still apply, and we will be flexible with accommodations and exceptions on a case-by-case basis, as necessary.

Application Information

Applications for this opportunity will be collected again in April 2021. The written application will ask you to:

  • Provide your name, institution, and contact information
  • Describe your relevant professional experience, ACUI volunteer experience, other professional/community volunteer experience, and/or educational background
  • Describe what skills and perspectives you possess that would contribute to your success as an ACUI volunteer
  • Explain why you are interested in volunteering for this specific opportunity
  • Upload a signed Institutional Support Form [pdf], as this position requires travel, financial support to register for event(s), and/or significant out-of-office time

To discuss volunteering with your institution to ensure that they are supportive of your involvement, download these About Volunteer with ACUI talking points [pdf] to share additional information about what it means to be a volunteer.

A screening committee made up of the volunteer team leader, the staff liaison, and other 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.

  • Event Management
    • Programming and Event Planning
    • Event Operations
  • Planning
    • Goal Setting
    • Project Management

At the time of application, individuals must have: employment at a higher education institution; institutional or individual 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. 

Time Commitment

Association planning volunteer positions require a commitment of two years. While projects vary by season and role, over the course of the term, volunteers should anticipate approximately six to eight hours of conference call and project work per month.