ICMA has many opportunities for you to use your talents and interests to become engaged and support the profession. The level of commitment varies depending on the opportunity you select. Joining a task force is a year long commitment. Serving as a coach may require an hour a month or a lifelong commitment to the success of your mentee. Review all the opportunities to find your match. The Call for ICMA Member Task Forces, Advisory Groups, and Committees typically opens each year in March.
The executive director periodically appoints advisory groups to assist with key initiatives.
Committees draw on the skills and interests of a broad cross-section of the ICMA membership to study issues of interest and importance to the organization or to local government in general. They also provide an opportunity for member connection and networking. 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.
Task Force/Committee Member Roles, Expectations, and Responsibilities
Committee volunteers commit to:
- Participate actively in the committee by attending at least one committee meeting per year and letting the chair know if you are not able to attend any meetings. (Members must participate in order to remain on the committee.)
- Follow through on assigned tasks by meeting deadlines, returning phone calls, responding to requests for input via e-mail, etc.
- Respect the opinions of other committee members and the role of the committee chair to build consensus on the specified task.
- Represent the committee to assistants' and managers' associations in your area by attending state or national association meetings, making brief presentations, or writing articles about the committee's work for state or national association newsletters.
Current Committees, Task Forces, and Advisory Boards
The 2020 Annual Conference Evaluation Committee evaluates the ICMA Annual Conference. The committee will meet via conference call prior to the 2020 ICMA Annual Conference and will conduct its business at the conclusion of the Conference. Committee members are appointed for a term of one year. Attendance at the conference is required.
2020 Conference Planning Committee (Not in the Call for Volunteers)
The 2020 Conference Planning Committee planned ICMA's 106th Annual Conference. Committee members are appointed for a term of one year.
Members must be available to attend conference planning committee meetings and the annual conference. 55 members of the committee are nominated to the committee from affiliate organizations and strategic partners. Approximately 20 members are appointed from the general membership.
2021 Conference Planning Committee
The 2021 Annual Conference Planning Committee plans the educational component of the ICMA Annual Conference. Committee members will also participate on conference calls/WebEx, if necessary, in early 2021 as the education schedule is finalized. Committee members are appointed for a term of one year.
Members must be available to attend conference planning committee meetings and the annual conference.
2021 Regional Conferences Education Advisory Committee (New for 2020)
The 2021 Regional Conferences Education Advisory Committee assists ICMA staff with the planning of the education components of the ICMA Regional Conferences. Committee members are appointed for a term of one year and will work virtually. The Regional Conferences Education Advisory Committee is made up of about 15-20 volunteers (3-4 members per region).
Members must be available to participate on planning calls and donate time to review the education sessions that are submitted.
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 hand-in-hand with NASPAA's Local Government Management Education Committee through two subcommittees: Academic Connections and Filling the Pipeline. ABGE members have created a number of useful tools for improving the education of future managers, including Model Internship Guidelines and Guidelines for Managers Who Teach, which can be found at icma.org/teach. The ABGE is made up of about 70 members and usually meets annually at the ICMA conference and holds conference calls throughout the year. Volunteers should be adjunct faculty, guest instructors/lecturers, full-time academics, or otherwise interested in developing the future of the profession and academic/practitioner relations.
The Awards Evaluation Committee reviews and evaluates nominations to ICMA's Local Government Excellence Awards Program and selects recipients for Professional and Program Awards, which are conferred at ICMA’s Annual Conference. The committee is also responsible for the integrity of the program, bears the responsibility for establishing criteria for the evaluation process, and recommends the creation or reorganization of awards.
There are limited appointments to the panel, which is made up of 17 members representing each of ICMA's six regions and includes multiple at-large positions. Panel members serve a three-year term. The committee usually meets at the annual conference to establish a workplan, participates in one or two conference calls per year, and works in committees to review and rate awards. Members should have knowledge and experience in creating and/or implementing local government programs and policies.
Credentialing Advisory Board (Not in the Call for Volunteers)
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 usually meets in person for a 2-day discussion. Members are nominated by state and affiliate associations and appointed by ICMA’s president.
Digital Strategies Advisory Board (Formerly Knowledge Network Advisory Board)
The Digital Strategies Advisory Board influences member and prospective member engagement with ICMA through digital platforms such as ICMA.org, social media, etc. The board helps to identify the knowledge-sharing needs of local government professionals and provides feedback on the current member experience and ideas for future applications. Advisory board members serve as leaders in the icma.org digital community by making active contributions in their areas of expertise and encouraging colleagues to do the same. The board usually meets once in person at the annual conference and at least once by conference call during the year. The board has a maximum of 25 members. Members should have familiarity with websites, metrics (SEO, Google Analytics), ICMA.org; familiarity with social media channels and best practices; willingness to test new applications; willingness to regularly engage with ICMA platforms (website, apps, social media) and serve as an ambassador for member engagement with digital platforms.
The Governmental Affairs and Policy Committee (GAPC) is tasked with reviewing current and proposed federal, and in some cases state, legislative, and judicial action for impacts on local governments. The committee periodically provides feedback to ICMA on a current policy or regulatory issue. The ICMA Executive Board has also directed the GAPC to produce a policy white paper each year which provides a managerial perspective on an important and relevant policy issue. Members are appointed for 3-year terms.
The committee is made up of approximately 40 members and usually meets in-person twice annually: at the ICMA Annual Conference and in conjunction with NLC’s March Congressional Cities Conference. Members should have significant experience working with local, state, and federal elected and appointed officials and advocacy groups, be familiar with state and federal legislative and budget processes, and be able to understand and communicate the impacts of proposed legislation and/or pending litigation to local governments.
The Assistant-Deputy Manager Task Force recommended that ICMA Executive Director Marc Ott constitute a new standing Advisory Board to the Executive Director for assistant/deputy managers for the purposes of advising ICMA staff overseeing the Assistants’ Program at the annual conference; provide ongoing feedback on a new online toolkit created by the task force; providing feedback to assistant/deputy managers on the Conference Planning Committee; and assist in the development of resources for members in outreach related to civics education. The board will accept a total of 30 volunteers. Work will usually occur at one annual meeting (at the ICMA conference), and throughout the year by phone conference. Volunteers should be assistant/deputy managers or have recently been in that career position.
The Welcome Ambassadors committee 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 global focus on members serving in local government and students in MPA programs. The committee consists of 50 representatives from across ICMA’s six regions who usually meet at the conference and then virtually. Members are asked to contact new members each month, as assigned, via email or phone; 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; and act as an ICMA Ambassador when attending state and regional meetings. Members should be available to complete monthly tasks, participate in quarterly conference calls, showing passion for the profession and a strong knowledge of the value of ICMA membership. Interest to expand their own professional network by interacting with dozens of new members over the course of the year.
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 works to communicate the value of having an international perspective to members and state and affiliate organizations. Committee members liaise with ICMA’s international affiliates. The committee usually meets at the ICMA Annual Conference, the Regional Conference typically held in an international location in the spring in conjunction with one of ICMA's international affiliate organizations, and at the ICMA Executive Board meeting held internationally every 3 years. The committee consists of individual ICMA members, as well as one representative from each of ICMA’s international affiliate organizations, for a total composition of 30 members. Members should have international experience, an international focus or an interest in gaining international experience. Typically, they must be available to attend in person Committee meetings.
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 usually 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. Committee members should be familiar with leading practices in performance management and analytics. Appointments are for two-year, renewable terms.
Research and Policy Editorial Advisory Board (Not in the Call for Volunteers)
ICMA has a deep history of generating research and publications that provide insightful, practical, and timely information on the local government profession. The Research and Policy Editorial Advisory Board supports the Research and Development team by helping to inform ICMA's research agenda, promoting ICMA's research activities, and contributing to information products. The advisory group usually convenes annually in person at the ICMA conference and virtually once or twice a year. Throughout the year, members provide feedback on specific research and publication projects. Appointments are for two-year, renewable terms. Members are selected to maintain a diverse mix of demographics and perspectives, and for their ability to provide subject matter expertise on research content and processes.
The Board guides and participates in ICMA’s emerging smart community research, education, and outreach activities. The board seeks to address the information and content needs of all ICMA members, from subject matter experts to relative newcomers. The board of 25 usually meets at the annual conference and quarterly. Appointments are for a three-year term. This board endeavors to have 60% of the board’s membership comprised of subject matter experts and 40% of members who have a keen interest in the topic. In addition to looking at the level of subject matter expertise, the Board will consider the diversity of members based on race, ethnicity, gender, small towns, cities, and counties, and international members.
ICMA’s Sustainable Communities Advisory Committee (SCAC) 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; and establishing ties between SCAC and other ICMA advisory committees where there are benefits to both groups, such as the International Committee.
The committee of 20-25 members is appointed by the Executive Director for two-year terms. The full committee usually meets in-person at ICMA’s annual conference and quarterly by conference call. Subcommittees appointed by the Committee Chair, meet on an as needed basis to carry out the committee’s work plan. Members should have a demonstrated passion for sustainability and a willingness to contribute content and thought leadership to the profession. An effort will be made to maintain a diverse mix of demographics and career stages.
Task Force on Members in Transition (New for 2020)
The Task Force on Members in Transition will be charged with developing content and guidance for members in transition. This will include a review of the old Notes for Beachcombers manual. The purpose of these materials, which will be on-line and in e-format, will be to provide MITs with encouragement, support, and information on resources which are all critical to the well-being and success of the member during this difficult period. The ideal task force size will be 30-40 members. Volunteers should have an understanding and an awareness of the challenges faced by members in transition.
Task Force to Update the Manager Evaluation Handbook (New for 2020)
This Handbook is intended to highlight the value of a formal manager evaluation process and to assist local elected officials in the design of an effective evaluation tool. Local government managers and administrators are encouraged to reference and review the handbook with an eye toward working with their elected bodies to develop formal, mutually agreed upon processes for their own evaluations. The guide’s intended audience is governing bodies looking for a template to assist in the annual review of their chief executive. New created in 2013, the resource is up for its first revision. The task force size will be 20-30 members. Volunteers should be familiar with the performance evaluation process for chief executives in local government.
Task Force to Update the Recruitment Guidelines Handbook (Not in the Call for Volunteers)
ICMA’s Recruitment Guidelines Handbook is designed to help council members conduct a successful recruitment process for a new chief executive. While no two jurisdictions require precisely the same qualifications and responsibilities from their chief appointed official, the guide outlines the basis for determining priorities. The handbook includes resources to assist in the process of conducting the recruitment, reviewing applications, identifying and interviewing finalists, negotiating compensation, handling transition, and a summary checklist and timetable. The guide’s primary audience is elected officials managing a recruitment without a search firm, but it can also be a helpful guide for those councils working with a search firm. The guide was last revised in 2011. Volunteers should be familiar with the recruitment and placement process for chief executives in local government, work or have worked with search firms, have experience with a non-recruiter-assisted CAO placement, or be otherwise interested in educating councils on the recruitment and placement process for CAOs. The ideal task force size will be 20-30 members.
Veteran's Advisory Board (New for 2020)
ICMA has a new initiative to support the transition of veterans from public service in the military to local government generally, and local government management. The purpose of this board, through an advisory role to ICMA’s Executive Director, is to advise ICMA on the development and improvement of programs and services aimed at improving preparation of the next generation of local government managers, and to build better relationships between the veteran community and local governments. Additionally, the board will advise/support ICMA’s outreach efforts to the active duty military on programs to help better develop partnerships between installations and communities, and ICMA’s professional development programs supporting installation commanders and deputy commanders.
ICMA’s Veterans’ Advisory Board appointees should have expertise in current content areas, and in helping the veteran succeed in their career transitions to local government and integration to ICMA should they enter the profession. Additionally, ICMA seeks representation among the membership from different regions, career positions or job functions and diversity of gender, race, and age. The board size will be between 30-50 volunteers to assure strong meeting attendance and development of sub-committees to oversee specific priorities/programs. A military background is not required to serve on the board, but ICMA seeks to have veterans occupy 50% of the board roster.