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National Volunteer Positions: National Leadership Symposium Co-Chair

Closed: Tuesday, June 15, 2021 Closed


The Co-Chair representing NACA will work with the Co-Chair from the NCLP to coordinate the annual National Leadership Symposium. The Planning Committee is made up of five members. The two co-chairs will represent the field of leadership studies/development, each appointed by one of the following organizations: NCLP and NACA. The co-chairs will coordinate the General Committee Responsibilities in partnership with one administrator from the NACA office, one from the NCLP office, and one member representing the host site.

Specific Responsibilities

• Organize weekly conference call agendas and meetings to discuss the planning process.
• Identify the Symposium theme.
• Develop program and learning outcomes.
• Participate in the selection of scholars who represent the theme.
• Design and facilitate a three-day experience to actualize that theme (including but not limited to: ice breakers/community building, small/large group work, community meetings, scholar speakers, end of program acknowledgments and symposium proceedings).
• Create a participant reading packet (if needed) for distribution prior to the Symposium and create an on-site Symposium information packet.
• Serve as on-site emcees during the NLS.
• Facilitate an environment conducive to learning from diverse perspectives.
• Write a post-symposium report to support the on-going development of the program.
• Present/facilitate sessions (presentations, activities, discussions, etc.) during the NLS.
• Integrates and supports principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
• Maintains a thorough knowledge and understanding of, and ensures adherence to, NACA Policies and Procedures.
• Assures that NACA goals, initiatives and relevant strategic plan objectives are integrated with event and program initiatives and position responsibilities.
• Follows NACA’s Non-Discrimination, Diversity Advancement and Affirmative Action Principles to recommend others to fill available positions in the NACA leadership and takes the necessary steps to achieve a diverse Association both through the recruitment of volunteers and suggesting to the Board of Directors new or modified programs and services for the Association’s members.
• Communicates the Association’s mission and values to current and potential members to actively promote recruitment and retention.
• Additional responsibilities as assigned and agreed upon with volunteer supervisor and/or NACA office staff liaison.


• Have college student leadership education background and a grounding in leadership theories, models, standards and scholarship.
• Have Master’s Degree in leadership studies, leadership education, student development or some related field
• Have attended the NLS (either prior to selection or invited to shadow the outgoing chair at the upcoming NLS).
• Supports NACA programs through attendance whenever possible.
• Must be a full-time professional staff member at an NACA member institution.
• Must have approval from and support of their institution (note: support is defined as financial as well as time out of the office, etc.)
• If the volunteer changes jobs during the position’s term, the new school must also be a NACA member and provide a statement of support. The NACA Coordinator of Volunteer Leadership Services must be informed of this change within two weeks and the new letter of support must be received at the NACA Office within 30 days of selection. If not a member school, the school must join as a member within 30 days of transition.

Association Support

• NACA will cover registration fees, travel, lodging, and all meals while attending the NLS as the official Co-chair. Shadow experience will not be covered.
• NACA Connect
• Zoom
• NACA Google Drives

Term of Service

• Will serve in shadowing capacity immediately after selection in May until August 31st.
• The term as co-chair will officially begin Sept 1st ending on August 31st.

NACA Office Liaison

Director of Education and Research

Professional Competencies

  • Cultivating a Sense of Belonging
  • Event Support
  • Networking & Business Relationships
  • Professional Development
  • Relationship Development