Community of Practice Leader

Responsible to: Online Engagement Specialist 

Volunteers Responsible for: Other potential community leaders / volunteers (depends on community)

Term of Office: Community of practice leaders will serve a one-year rolling term, as agreed upon by the leader and ACUI. At the end of the term, volunteer may reapply for additional one-year terms.

Apply here by April 21

Responsibilities: Contribute to the educational and community building missions of the Association through actively engaging members of a community of practice in education and networking around a focused area, with the goal of improving practice as it relates to that community. While different communities have different models and have a varying number of leaders, the key areas of responsibility related to leading a Community of Practice include:

  • Serve as a resource in helping members maximize the use of the community of practice.
  • Initiate recruitment and promotion efforts to bring visibility to the community of practice.
  • Oversee the development of any program or research proposals, especially those that request funding.
  • Serve as the main contact when interacting with other ACUI component groups, such as regional leadership teams, conference program teams, and the Central Office.
  • Serve as the head of any formal or informal leadership structure the community of practice may develop in order to achieve the key functions listed below.
  • Monitor, promote, and create new threads for ongoing discussion and sharing in the online forum with the community of practice.
  • Recruit and promote educational resources available in the The Exchange related to the community of practice.
  • Contribute to the educational goals of the community of practice through relevant online learning programs, developing resources, writing articles, proposing educational programs and sessions, etc.
  • Serve as the primary point of contact for planning, promoting, and facilitating community events at the annual conference, such as meetings, tours, receptions/meals, preconference workshops, etc.

Qualifications: Because this position is not part of the Association’s International Leadership Team, community leaders may serve in other leadership capacities. Leaders can also be members of other communities of practice. Regardless, potential community leaders should demonstrate:

  • Professional interest in the functional/identity/topical area of the community
  • Knowledge of the Association’s programs, services, and other opportunities.
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse needs and priorities of the Association's membership and the profession.
  • Full-time employment in a college union/student activities department at a member institution; solid institutional support and job stability.

Core Competencies: Applicants must demonstrate an understanding of the Association's 11 core competencies, realizing that this particular volunteer role will place emphasis on one or more competency area:

  • Communication
  • Facilities Management
  • Fiscal Management
  • Human Resource Development
  • Intercultural Proficiency
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Planning
  • Student Learning
  • Technology  

Selection process: Consistent with the selection process for ACUI volunteer positions, a screening committee of volunteers and the staff liaison will review applications, interview qualified candidates, and make a recommendation for appointment.

Updated March 2, 2017