Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Management

Volunteers are the fuel that power associations. ASAE offers a variety of ways for our members to get involved, from short-term volunteer projects to committee, council, and board service. With every new volunteer, ASAE grows more energized, more diverse and inclusive, and better equipped to reach our common goals.

We encourage you to deepen your engagement with ASAE and your association peers. Volunteer today!

Short-term Commitments

If you want to experience what it's like to volunteer for ASAE before making a longer-term commitment to a leadership group, you can start by volunteering for individual projects. Throughout the year, ASAE posts current volunteer opportunities in the Volunteer Town Square in Collaborate, ASAE’s members-only online social network. This is a great way to find volunteer opportunities that fit your interests and the time you have available.

Volunteer Leadership

When you want to take your participation to the next level, consider volunteering for one of ASAE’s volunteer leadership groups. The chair of the ASAE Board appoints council and committee volunteers for one-year terms that are renewable for up to three years, contingent on your participation in the group. Many of these groups require attendance at two face-to-face meetings per term.

ASAE’s volunteer leadership groups are listed below. Applications are taken periodically via the Volunteer Town Square. Once you select an opportunity and submit your application, it will be reviewed by ASAE volunteer leadership. You will be notified of the outcome within a few weeks.

ASAE Membership Development Committee. The MDC is a mix of association professionals, consultants, and industry partners who serve as a resource and sounding board to ASAE’s membership staff. This includes projects gathering member perspectives, unearthing effective practices on challenges ASAE is facing, reviewing materials and approaches developed by the ASAE staff, and personally engaging current and potential members of ASAE.

ASAE Political Action Committee. APAC raises and dispenses funds to provide financial support to candidates for federal office who are supportive of ASAE in government affairs issues. Provides accounting for funds as segregated from ASAE general funds.

Association Management Company Section Council. The AMC Section Council is charged to assist ASAE in providing programs, services, and information that help emerging AMC owners and staff (of any size AMC) address their unique association management and business challenges. This group requires two face-to-face meetings each year.

Learn more about the AMC Section

Audit Committee. The Audit Committee acts on behalf of the boards of directors and oversees all material aspects of the organization’s financial reporting, internal control, and audit functions. The committee coordinates with other board committees and maintains a strong, positive working relationship with management, external auditors, finance staff, counsel, and other committee advisors.

Awards Committee. This committee administers the ASAE Key Award and Academy of Leaders Award according to policies established by the board of directors and is responsible for promotion of awards and selection of recipients.

CAE Appeals Committee. This committee hears appeals made by CAE candidates or CAEs involving exam content and administration or the CAE Commission’s interpretation of eligibility, renewal, or credential revocation standards or determinations. The CAE Appeals Committee is composed of past CAE commissioners.

CAE Commission. This independent certifying agency of ASAE is responsible for setting policy and standards related to the Certified Association Executive program. CAE Commission members must have earned and maintained the CAE designation.

CAE Community Outreach Committee. Members of this committee act as ambassadors to promote and increase awareness of the Certified Association Executive credential, support the efforts of prospective CAEs through education and networking, and connect and engage the CAE community.

CAE Examination Committee. This committee is responsible for reviewing and editing examination questions, making the final selection of items that comprise each test form, and recommending the passing score to the CAE Commission for approval. The Exam Committee is also responsible for monitoring the items in the CAE item bank and for retiring existing items or recoding them to appropriate references. The Exam Committee meets in person twice each year in October and March and has at least two conference calls (late May and December).

CAE Item-Writing Committee. This committee is responsible for drafting proposed CAE exam items on an ongoing basis and coding each item to an appropriate reference. The Item-Writing Committee currently meets in person three times each year.

CAE Professional Conduct Committee. The PCC is responsible for investigating, deliberating, and bringing to resolution, according to the CAE Rules and Policies [PDF], all complaints against certificants. The PCC meets as necessary, usually by conference call.

Communication Section Council. The Communication Section Council serves as a support to communications professionals in the association and nonprofit industry by collecting and disseminating best practices and providing resources in the areas of print and electronic publishing, online communication tools, public relations, media relations, and presentations. This group requires two face-to-face meetings

Learn more about the Communication Section

Component Relations Section Council. The Component Relations Section Council guides and recommends content for ASAE's Component Relations Section related to chapter, affiliate, section, and other component relations and management issues. This group requires two face-to-face meetings each year.

Learn more about the Component Relations Section

Diversity + Inclusion Committee. The D+I Committee works to promote a greater understanding of why supporting diversity within associations and fostering a culture of inclusion are a business imperative for the industry. The committee creates community within ASAE’s membership around D+I topics, helps identify ways to greater engage underrepresented groups (as well as the greater ASAE membership) in these topics, and develops resources to increase the cultural competency of association professionals and staff.

Ethics Committee. This committee serves to create forums where members can examine the ethics of their actions; stimulate the expression of appropriate behaviors for association executives, the associations they represent, their volunteer leaders, and their suppliers; and identify ways that association executives can help members examine their actions in the context of their impact on society. The committee reviews ASAE’s Standards of Conduct to identify and recommend appropriate revisions.

ASAE Standards of Conduct

Executive Management Section Council. The Executive Management Section Council is composed of volunteer association thought leaders who guide and recommend content for ASAE programs, events, publications, and other resources related to the needs and interests of CEOs and senior staff executives. Content is developed around four topics: governance, volunteer management, organizational development, and change management. This group requires two face-to-face meetings each year.

Learn more about the Executive Management Section

Finance and Business Operations Section Council. The Finance and Business Operations Section Council identifies pertinent areas of content related to financial, human resources, and administration/operations management issues. The group also creates content and works to foster a sense of community within the section. Two face-to-face meetings are required each year.

Learn more about the Finance and Business Operations Section

Finance Committee. The Finance Committee is responsible for budgeting, financial reporting, contingency planning, investment policy, reserve policy, and the financial effect of employee benefits. The committee prepares monthly reports to the Executive Committees and assists other committees and staff, including the Planning Committee.

Government Relations Section Council. The Government Relations Section Council oversees section activities, evaluating section programs and benefits and making recommendations on future products and services. The council’s subcommittees focus on educational programming and other content that instructs and enlightens association GR professionals on a variety of issues pertaining to government relations and public policy. The council requires two face-to-face meetings each year as well as periodic meetings via conference call.

Learn more about the Government Relations Section

Healthcare Community Committee. This committee brings together senior staff members of healthcare organizations in a community to address the educational, networking, and knowledge needs of these members. The community provides networking opportunities, operates a Collaborate discussion group, recommends educational programs, and disseminates the latest trends affecting management of healthcare organizations.

Industry Partner Alliance. The IPA represents the interests of those who provide products and services to associations. The Alliance advises the boards of directors on issues of importance and develops programs and services that increase the value of Industry Partner membership in ASAE.

International Section Council. The International Section Council supports association international practitioners—those whose role in associations includes international activities or the engagement of the non-U.S. community in their field or industry. This group requires two in-person meetings each year.

Learn more about the International Section

Key Association Management Company Committee. KAMCC facilitates the exchange of information among executives of key AMCs and provides ASAE with a sounding board on strategic issues regarding AMCs. Membership is composed of owners of key AMCs.

Key Consultants Committee. The purpose of the KCC is to represent the business interests of ASAE consultant members before ASAE’s leadership team, including the president and CEO. The KCC will act as an advisory committee to ASAE staff via activities such as providing advice on the Guide to Consulting Services supplement and other activities deemed important by the KCC and staff. As ASAE staff advisers, KCC members will advocate on behalf of the association consultant community within ASAE. The KCC will also work with staff and other volunteer leaders to ensure opportunities for all consultant members to be involved in ASAE volunteer and business opportunities, as appropriate.

Key Global Associations Committee. KGAC facilitates the exchange of information among executives of key global associations and societies and reviews the programs and activities of ASAE in terms of meeting the needs of these executives. Membership is composed of the chief staff executives of individual and trade associations.

Key Industry Associations Committee. The KIAC facilitates the exchange of information among executives of key industry associations and reviews the programs and activities of ASAE in terms of meeting the needs of these executives. Membership is composed of the chief staff executives of key industry associations.

Key Professional Associations Committee. The KPAC facilitates the exchange of information among executives of key professional associations and societies and reviews the programs and activities of ASAE in terms of meeting the needs of these executives. Membership is composed of the chief staff executives of key professional associations.

Leadership Committee. The Leadership Committee develops a slate of candidates for board service that exemplifies the professional executive profile articulated in the strategic plan and seeks board members representing the diversity of ASAE’s executive membership, including geography, organization size, gender, and ethnic balance. The committee seeks board members representing a cross-section from the three primary membership areas of trade, professional, and philanthropic organizations.

Legal Section Council. The Legal Section Council is dedicated to disseminating knowledge and connecting professionals concerned with association legal issues. The council meets four times a year; three meetings are in person.

Learn more about the Legal Section

Marketing Section Council. The Marketing Section Council assists ASAE staff in providing activities, products, and services for section members with the goal of enhancing their work and the work of the associations they represent. This group requires two in-person meetings.

Learn more about the Marketing Section

Meetings and Expositions Section Council. The Meetings and Expositions Section Council provides tools and resources that will help those involved in meetings, expositions, and event management in planning for the future, identifying new models, and creating best practices. The group requires three meetings.

Learn more about the Meetings and Expositions Section

Membership Section Council. The Membership Section Council contributes valuable resources, provides feedback on appropriate ASAE educational opportunities, and creates community within the Membership Section. This group requires two face-to-face meetings each year.

Learn more about the Membership Section

National Capital Area Advisory Council. The National Capital Area Advisory Council exists to help ASAE best serve the association community in the areas of career (networking), content (learning), and community (engagement). Council members focus their attention on the issues and needs of the national capital association community but are collaborative and welcoming with other staff/volunteer efforts within and outside ASAE that also support the national capital region association community.

Power of A Committee. This committee provides volunteer guidance to and expands awareness of ASAE’s Power of A campaign. The Power of A is the industry brand created to showcase how associations leverage their unique resources to solve problems, advance industry/professional performance, kick-start innovation, and improve world conditions. Associations are involved in activities every day that make a substantial, positive impact on our lives.

Professional Development Section Council. The Professional Development Section Council assists ASAE in providing resources for section members. The council requires two face-to-face meetings each year.

Learn more about the Professional Development Section

Public Policy Committee. This committee provides oversight for all matters of ASAE that relate to government, particularly at the federal level. The committee sets priorities on handling issues that uniquely affect associations and association executives and recommends broad policy direction to the board of directors.

Research Committee. The Research Committee provides insights, guidance, and expertise in the formulation and implementation of a multi-year strategic research agenda. The committee works to identify critical issues in the changing nonprofit environment and identifies research opportunities to develop and promote organization success. The committee is focused on enhancing the association profession through contribution of high-value content to the industry. This committee also acts as liaison to ASAE boards on research issues.

Small-Staff Association Committee. The SSAC advocates for the approximately one-third of ASAE members working at small-staff associations—those with nine or fewer full-time employees, regardless of budget size. The SSAC reviews ASAE's programs, services, products, and activities and evaluates whether they meet the needs of small-staff association professionals. The committee helps develop relevant educational content, especially for the annual Online Conference for Small-Staff Associations. The SSAC also advises ASAE on content for ASAE's publications, monitors discussions in the Small-Staff Association Professionals Collaborate group, and strives to increase community and engagement among small-staff association members.

Technology Section Council. The Technology Section Council guides content development on technology topics, advises staff on programs such as the annual ASAE Technology Conference & Expo, and creates a sense of community among association IT professionals. This group requires two face-to-face meetings each year.

Learn more about the Technology Section

Young Professionals Committee. The YPC guides and recommends activities for ASAE’s young association professionals that build community and learning opportunities that are relevant to young association professionals today. It helps create a foundation for ASAE’s young professionals by working together with ASAE volunteer leaders and staff.