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Volunteer & Leadership

Looking for ways to further your career, get up on the latest trends, enhance your network, create professional relationships, or give back to your P2 community? We encourage you to explore the many avenues available to connect with your IAP2 USA and your colleagues. Committee direction and initiatives are approved by the Board as they assist the Board in moving forward the organization’s work.

2020-2021 Call for Volunteers

The 2020-2021 Call for Volunteers is now open!

Take advantage of the opportunity to make a difference in the P2 community. Develop your leadership skills and grow your professional network by volunteering to serve on a committee or task force. If you're interested in growing personally or professionally, we have a place for you! 

Currently serving Committee Members need not reapply. Your term has been automatically renewed.

Critical Dates

March 1, 2020: Deadline for volunteering for the 2021 IAP2 North American Conference (NAC) Steering Committee. Next year’s conference is in Seattle, Washington September 8-10, 2021. The IAP2 USA staff will begin reviewing submissions soon and may contact you for additional information.

March 9, 2020: Last day to sign up for the 2020-2021 volunteer term

April 18, 2020: Assignments confirmed by email

August 3, 2020: Deadline for 2021 Board of Directors Nominations

Note: If you are currently serving on a committee, it is not necessary to submit an application.

Opportunities for Involvement

Communications Committee is charged with identifying and overseeing communications and public relations needs.

Ambassador Program and Mentorship Program are part of the communications committee’s outreach and provide encouragement and support for IAP2 members and potential members.

Chapter Liaison Committee Enhances and supports the relationship between the Region and chapters.

Core Value Awards Committee organizes and delivers the annual program.

Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Committee builds IAP2’s organizational capacity to ensure that IAP2 is truly an inclusive organization and is safe, welcoming and supportive to a diverse population. View more information here for this new committee.

Nominating Committee helps develop of the slate of candidates for board election.

North American Conference Steering Committee assists with production of the conference. Onsite volunteer positions will be available as well.

Recognition task force (Greater good and emerging leader) assists with the organizing the program.

Revenue Development Committee addresses new avenues of revenue generation and fund raising.

Training and Professional Development Committee helps to identify training and other professional development opportunities to meet the needs of members and others in the field.

Certification Task Force assists with the development and management of the Certification program.

Board of Directors Member

Nominations open in June 2020 for the Board of Directors slate. IAP2 USA strives to be a progressive, innovative, inclusive and collaborative organization that champions the practice of P2 across the USA. As an IAP2 USA Board member you will play a working role in governance and strategy of the organization, as well as implementation of various initiatives and programs to support IAP2 USA’s Strategic plan

Additional opportunities including micro-volunteering spots will be opening later this year.

Conflict of Interest: Committee and board members will be asked to sign a conflict of interest declaration.

Frequently Asked Questions

All IAP2 USA members are eligible to participate and volunteer on a committee or task force. Nonmembers interested in volunteering are welcome to join the association online.

Volunteering will help you take charge of your career and broaden your knowledge. You can gain access to current events in your career area or take advantage of a safe space to learn about other areas while you have a chance to enhance your leadership skills. It’s also a great way to just have some fun while meeting new people.

Review the committee descriptions below. This call for committee members will be open from February 1 to March 9, 2020. NAC is open until May 8, 2020. Please complete the committee volunteer application or your NAC Expressions of Interest application. If you have any questions please contact Gail Madziar, Executive Manager,

Volunteer Testimonials

“Going outside of your daily work tasks and collaborating with P2 folks across North America—it’s the ultimate networking opportunity. Promoting and tweeting about IAP2, is truly living the network!”

—Adriana M. Hemzacek, Communications Committee

“Through my work I’ve seen that inclusive public participation and good governance aren’t mutually exclusive. IAP2 supports that very idea through a network of committed individuals who share best public participation practices. Volunteering with IAP2 allows me to connect with those volunteers, learning from them and applying what I’ve learned to my work and in my community.”

—Ryan Henderson, Board of Directors, Communications & Membership Committees

"Since 1994, volunteering for IAP2 and being active in my professional sphere has been crucial to my career development and satisfaction. Thanks to IAP2 USA, my work is validated, I am up to speed on best practices, and a supportive circle of colleagues gets what I do for a living and is there when I need inspiration." 

—Sheri Wantland, Cascade Chapter, Membership Committee

"Volunteering for anything is a satisfying experience and IAP2 is no exception.  Volunteering on the certification task force has been a great challenge because it’s a big task but the level of dedication, expertise and insight being offered ensures the process is representative of many, varied perspectives.  I feel fortunate to have had to opportunity to get to know and work with so many P2 professionals."

—Tina Geiselbrecht, Certification Task Force

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