SWANA

Volunteer Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in serving as a volunteer with SWANA’s Technical Divisions. Volunteer opportunities are organized into three engagement/commitment levels specific to each Technical Division. Please be sure to review these levels before completing the online sign-up form found on each division's web page. Following completion of the volunteer form, you will be contacted and given an explanation of the specific volunteer role. 


Each position requires a two-year commitment. However, the Vice Director position directly advances into other positions (Director and Past Director), thus requiring an additional four-year commitment (two years in each advanced position). When each term begins is dependent upon the organizational cycle of the Division.

Engagement Level 1 – Division Leadership

Division Director
Responsibilities: Planning, oversight and fulfillment of all Division programs, assures technical quality of products and programs, representation of SWANA interests at public and technical meetings, presides over all meetings of division, attends all technical division director meetings, prepares an annual program plan and annual report, and submits materials for the division’s Tech News newsletter.

Advanced from the Vice Director position with concurrence by a majority of the Division Steering Committee, the Division Director is a member of the Division’s Executive Committee and Steering Committee. When his or her term expires, advances into the position of immediate Past Director for a term of two years.

Vice Director
Responsibilities: Assists Director in fulfilling his or her duties and mentors Committee Chairs in completion of their duties.

Elected by members of the Division, the Vice Director is a member of the Division’s Executive Committee and Steering Committee. When his or her term expires, advances into the position of Division Director (with concurrence by a majority of the Division Steering Committee) for a term of two years.

Committee Chairs
Responsibilities: Ensures that the Committee functions properly, are in full participation during meetings, relevant matters are discussed, effective decisions are made and carried out, all committee’s objectives in the annual program plan are met successfully, prepares reports, attends division meetings, and submits materials for the Division’s Tech News newsletter.

Nominated by the Division Director and elected by the Division’s Steering Committee, the Committee Chair is a member of the Division’s Steering Committee. Chairs may serve for more than one consecutive term.

Engagement Level 2 – Division Activities

Committee Member
Responsibilities: Works with the Committee Chair and other committee members to contribute to the achievement of the committee’s objectives, keeps the Committee Chair fully informed of circumstances that interfere with responsible participation in the committee's work, prepares reports, attends division meetings, and submits materials for the division’s Tech News newsletter.

Committee Members are nominated by the Division Director and elected by the Division’s Steering Committee.

Engagement Level 3 – Volunteer Pro Re Nata

Volunteer Pro Re Nata is participation on a project-by-project basis, as available, via email, conference calls and other electronic mediums. Sign up for this level is open throughout the year. If you are not appointed to a Level 1 or 2 volunteer group due to limited vacancies and the group's needs, you will be invited to be part of our Volunteer Pro Re Nata where you can engage on a project basis.