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. Please review all the opportunities to find your match. The Call for ICMA Member Task Forces, Advisory Groups, and Committees opens each year in March.
Task forces have specific assignments, work with defined deadlines (one to three years), and are composed of one group of members for the duration.
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 2018 Conference Evaluation Committee evaluates the ICMA Annual Conference. The 2018 committee met twice in Baltimore: Sunday, Sept. 23, 10:30-11:45 a.m. and Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1:00-2:30 p.m. Committee members are appointed for a term of one year.
The 2019 Conference Planning Committee plans the ICMA Annual Conference. The 2019 committee, which will plan ICMA's 105th annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The committee had an orientation meeting on Tuesday, Sept 25, 2018, during this year’s conference in Baltimore. The committee’s main meeting will be held in Nashville beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, November 16, 2018, and will adjourn by noon on Sunday, November 18th. 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 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 meets annually at the ICMA conference and holds conference calls throughout the year.
The Awards Evaluation Committee evaluates the nominations to ICMA's Local Government Excellence Awards Program anand selects recipients of ICMA’s Professional and Program Excellence Awards which are conferred at each year's annual conference. The committee also oversees the integrity of the Local Government Excellence Awards program with the responsibility for establishing criteria for the evaluation process and for recommending the creation or reorganization of awards. Seventeen members, representing each of ICMA's six regions and including several at-large positions, serve on the panel for three-year terms. The committee meets at the annual conference and participates in one or two conference calls per year.
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.
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 is tasked with reviewing current and proposed federal, and in some cases state, legislative and judicial action for impacts on local governments. The ICMA Executive Board has also directed the GAPC to produce policy white paper each year which provide a managerial perspective on an important and relevant policy issue, depending on availability of resources. The committee develops a series of recommended topics and the Executive Director approves the final topic(s). ICMA’s policy team then works with researchers to produce the white paper. Final drafts are circulated to committee members for approval, and are made available to the membership and other Big 7 and related organizations.
Given the committee's ongoing role and the value of preserving institutional knowledge by maintaining some continuity in the committee's membership, one-third of the committee's membership changes each year. Members are typically appointed for two or three-year terms. The committee is made up of about 60 members and meets at the ICMA Annual Conference and in conjunction with NLC’s March Congressional City Conference.
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 U.S. and international members serving in local government and students. 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).
- 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 is made up of 30 members and 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 at the ICMA Annual Conference, the Regional Conference typically held 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 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.
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.
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.
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 Policy team by helping to inform ICMA's research agenda, promoting ICMA's research activities, and contributing to information products. The advisory group convenes annually in person at the ICMA conference and at least once more by conference call; throughout the year, members also provide feedback as able on specific research and publication projects. Appointments are for two year, renewable terms.
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:
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.
- 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.
This Task Force is working on updating and expanding ICMA’s First Time Administrator’s Guide, which was last updated in 2010. The handbook covers five areas: first administrator in a community, first time as an administrator, promotion to administrator from within, new to local government, and resources. All these topics are covered in the publication, along with tips and checklists for the first-time administrator. It also provides an overview of items that should be considered before an interview, during an interview, before accepting a position, and before starting a new position. The task force of 15 to 20 members started working in September 2018 with the goal of delivering its work product by September 2019. The task force will meet in person during the Baltimore Conference and then work virtually to complete its project.
This Task Force is working on updating the ICMA Model Employment Agreement last revised in 2012.The group of 15 to 20 members started working in September 2018 with the goal of delivering its work product by September 2019. The task force will meet in person during the Baltimore Conference and then work virtually to complete its work.