How to Volunteer
To express your interest in serving on these member initiatives:
1) Login to your ICMA account here.
2) Find the “Member Volunteer Opportunities” link in your profile.
3) Select from the list of volunteer opportunities.
4) Click "Submit".
Then you are on your way to making a difference in the profession!
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Call for Volunteers closes April 21.
ICMA Member Task Forces, Advisory Groups, and Committees are a great opportunity for member participation, connection, and networking.
TASK FORCES: Task forces have specific assignments, work with defined deadlines (one to three years), and are composed of one group of members for the duration.
ADVISORY BOARDS: The executive director periodically appoints advisory groups to assist with key initiatives.
COMMITTEES: ICMA committees are primarily those with delegated decision-making authority from the board. They have advisory roles and are ongoing, with staggered terms of members who serve.
The ICMA Executive Board establishes the task forces and committees at its February board meeting. Members are encouraged to volunteer in the spring, and appointments are made by the president-elect in June. New groups usually begin their work at the annual conference in the fall.
The Conference Evaluation Committee evaluates the ICMA Annual Conference. The 2017 committee will meet twice in San Antonio: Sunday, Oct. 22, 10:30-11:45 a.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 24, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Committee members are appointed for a term of one year.
The Conference Planning Committee plans the ICMA Annual Conference. The 2018 committee, which will plan ICMA's 104th annual conference in Baltimore, Maryland, will have an orientation meeting on Tuesday, Oct 24, 2017, during this year’s conference in San Antonio. The committee’s main meeting will be held in Baltimore beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 17, 2017, and adjourning by noon on Sunday, November 19th. Committee members are appointed for a term of one year.
The Advisory Board on Graduate Education (ABGE) is a member group that meets jointly with professors of public administration for the purpose of enhancing the education of future local government management professionals. ABGE members are appointed by ICMA's executive director and work with NASPAA's Local Government Management Education Committee through two subcommittees: Academic Connections and the Future of the Profession. ABGE members create useful tools for improving the education of future managers. The ABGE meets at the ICMA conference on Sunday morning and holds conference calls during the year.
ASSISTANT MANAGER’S TASK FORCE (NEW FOR 2017)
This Task Force will be charged with creating the assistant manager’s guide to success. They will be charged with (1) collecting information and advice about the opportunities and challenges of serving in the role of assistant (or deputy) manager and (2) developing electronically available material to help assistants succeed in their career. Materials could include a handbook, toolkit, and/or videos. The task force of 15 to 20 members will begin work in October 2017 with the goal of delivering its work product by September 2018. The task force will meet in person during the San Antonio Conference and then work virtually to complete its work.
The Local Government Excellence Awards Committee evaluates the nominations to ICMA's Local Government Excellence Awards Program and selects the recipients of the Professional and Program Excellence Awards, which are conferred at each year's annual conference. Seventeen members, representing each of ICMA's six regions and including several at-large positions, serve on the panel for three-year terms. The panel meets Sunday morning of the annual conference and participates in one or two conference calls per year.
As the premier platform for professional networking and knowledge sharing in local government, ICMA.org represents a valuable ICMA member benefit and resource for the profession. The Digital Strategies Advisory Board influences the growth of the network by helping to identify the knowledge-sharing needs of local government professionals and providing feedback on the current member experience. Advisory board members serve as leaders in the icma.org online community by making active contributions in their areas of expertise and encouraging colleagues to do the same. The board meets once in person at the annual conference and at least once by conference call during the year.
The Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee oversees federal and state policy issues, providing a regular update to ICMA membership. The committee also selects the topics and oversees the development of ICMA’s public policy white papers. Given the committee's ongoing role, the need for Institutional knowledge, the value of maintaining some continuity in the committee's membership, one-third of the committee's membership changes each year. Members are typically appointed for three-year terms. The committee meets twice annually: Sunday morning during the ICMA Annual Conference and in March in conjunction with the National League of Cities Congressional Cities Conference. The March meeting is held at ICMA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
This program utilizes ICMA’s best resource--its current members--to welcome new members to the community. The Welcome Ambassadors’ goal is to provide meaningful, peer-to-peer outreach to members who have recently joined ICMA, with a focus on both U.S. and international members serving in local government. This committee is ideal for members who have a passion for the profession, a desire to help new members discover the value of their ICMA membership, and who want to expand their own professional network by interacting with dozens of new members over the course of the year. Members are asked to:
- Commit to serve for two years (with the option for renewal) starting in October 2017.
- Contact new members each month, as assigned.
- Provide monthly feedback to ICMA, including what the needs of the new members are, with an eye toward continually improving the process with which we welcome new members into the ICMA community.
- Attend a committee meeting held during the annual conference (this is encouraged but not mandatory). There are also quarterly conference call meetings, in addition to the meeting at the annual conference.
The ICMA International Committee serves as an advisory body to the ICMA Executive Board on a range of international matters and carries out an annual charge as defined and described by the board. The committee also works to communicate the value of having an international perspective to other members of the association, state organizations, and others. The committee consists of individual ICMA members, as well as one representative from each of ICMA’s international affiliate organizations. The committee meets Sunday at the annual conference and in the spring jointly with one of ICMA's international affiliate organizations as part of an International Regional Summit. The spring meeting focuses on professional exchange and contribution to the international knowledge base. Committee members are appointed for a term of one, two, or three years.
SMART COMMUNITIES ADVISORY BOARD (NEW FOR 2017)
Enabling “smarter communities” through the use of data and technology results in more effective local government management in this emerging field of inquiry. Many uncertainties about the implementation of the smart community (or smart city) approach persist. While working on certain kinds of “smart” technologies exists, there has been little effort to better understand the full spectrum of capabilities (technical and nontechnical) and skills that local governments use. An advisory board of 10-15 ICMA members will be appointed to help guide and participate in ICMA’s emerging smart community research, education, and outreach activities. The staff liaison for the committee is a member of ICMA’s Research and Policy team. The committee will meet quarterly to discuss ICMA’s ongoing activities with at least one in-person meeting at ICMA’s annual conference. An initial 3-year term for the committee is requested.
ICMA’s Sustainable Communities Advisory Committee supports the advancement of more sustainable, livable, and resilient communities by:
- Promoting sustainability as a best practice of local government and a core competency of city and county management.
- Serving as advisors, partners, peer-to-peer mentors, and advocates for creating more sustainable communities.
- Assisting ICMA in expanding its portfolio of sustainability tools and resources, and grant-funded sustainability initiatives.
- Establish ties between SCAC and other ICMA advisory committees where there are benefits to both groups, such as the International Committee.
The full committee meets in-person at ICMA’s annual conference and quarterly by conference call. Additionally, the committee, as well as subcommittees, meet as needed for project specific purposes.
Over the next two years, the diverse group of members serving on ICMA's Strategic Planning Task Force will work together to develop a new strategic plan for ICMA, shaping the future of the organization. The task force will be responsible for developing an actionable strategic plan that describes the organization’s strategies for achieving its vision and mission, as well as how these strategies should be implemented. Members of the Strategic Planning Task Force were appointed by ICMA's president and president-elect.
The Research and Content Editorial Advisory Board supports the Research and Content team by helping to inform ICMA's research agenda, promoting ICMA's research activities, and contributing to information products. The 32-member advisory group convenes formally twice each year and members are appointed for two years to have continuity among ICMA members. The next meeting will be at the 102nd annual conference in Kansas City, Missouri.
ICMA’s Performance Management Advisory Committee is charged with helping to advance the practice of performance management in the profession and in individual local governments. Committee members do this by providing advice to ICMA regarding leading practices in performance management and analytics and by encouraging their peers to adopt these practices. The committee meets virtually on a quarterly basis and at the ICMA Annual Conference. They will also share their knowledge and experience from time to time on specific research questions and serve on conference panels within their states. Appointments to the 26-member committee are made by the Executive Director for two-year terms.
The 15-member Credentialing Advisory Board makes recommendations to the ICMA Executive Board as to who should be granted the ICMA Credential, advises the executive board on policy matters, advises the executive director on the administration of the Credentialing Program, and reviews approximately 1,200 applications and renewals every year. Annually, the advisory board meets by phone 4-6 times and in person for a 2-day discussion. Members are nominated by state and affiliate associations and appointed by ICMA’s president.
The Leadership Advisory Board advises the Executive Board on policy matters and staff on implementation of the 2014 Leadership Task Force recommendations. The advisory board meets in person at the ICMA Annual Conference and virtually once per month. Its subcommittees meet virtually as needed (0-2 times per month). Members are nominated by state and affiliate associations and appointed by ICMA’s president.
TASK FORCE TO UPDATE THE ACTING MANAGER’S HANDBOOK
In 2004, ICMA’s executive board created the Task Force on Serving as an Acting Manager and charged it with two tasks: (1) collecting information and advice about what it’s like to serve as an acting manager/administrator in local government and (2) developing electronically available material to help members make the most of a sometimes unexpected opportunity. The task force wrote a very popular and useful handbook which has not been revised since published in 2005. A new task force of 15 to 20 members is recommended to revise the handbook as needed and research new materials to help members assuming the role of acting manager. The task force will begin work in September 2016 with the goal of delivering its work product by October 2017.