The Education and Research Fund chair is responsible for overseeing the work of the volunteer Education and Research Fund team, gaining valuable experience in fundraising, budgeting, management, and recruitment—all while making connections with colleagues as a leader in the profession.  

Serving on the ACUI Leadership Team, overseeing the Education and Research Fund Program Team, and being supported by the events and operations manager staff liaison, for a two-year term, Education and Research Fund chair is responsible for:

  • Developing a culture of giving within the Association.
  • Raising monies to support: the ACUI Annual Fund, which supports general scholarships and Association research initiatives; and the ACUI Awards and Scholarships Fund, which endows specific scholarships and awards named in honor of significant Association members and events.
  • Planning and implementing Education and Research Fund fundraising and promotion events at the Annual Conference including, but not limited to, a silent auction, donor reception, and other signature event(s).
  • Developing, in conjunction with the Central Office, an annual operating budget for the Education and Research Fund, including anticipated revenue from fundraising into all funds and all operating expenses.
  • Developing and managing giving campaigns to reach appropriate levels in each endowed fund.
  • Directing Education and Research Fund marketing efforts, including website information, email communications, and serving as a representative to other members and volunteers.
  • Supervising the Education and Research Fund Program Team volunteers, including the recruitment and selection of team members, facilitating regular communication and meetings, and coordinating team member assignments.
  • Representing the Education and Research Fund to other component groups of the ACUI Leadership Team.
  • Attending scheduled Association meetings as required including, but not limited to all Annual Conferences and all Leadership Team meetings throughout the term of office.
  • Recruiting and selecting a diverse committee to assist in the development of the Association’s annual conference.

This is an Association-leading volunteer position, ideal for those interested in determining and advancing strategic directions, governing over long-term goals, representing the association to other members, and setting the tone for member experiences.

ACUI is not currently accepting applications for this position.

This position is not currently accepting applications. The written application will ask you to:

  • Provide your name, institution, and contact information
  • Describe your relevant professional experience, ACUI volunteer experience, other professional/community volunteer experience, and/or educational background
  • Describe what skills and perspectives you possess that would contribute to your success as an ACUI volunteer
  • Explain why you are interested in volunteering for this specific opportunity

To discuss volunteering with your institution to ensure that they are supportive of your involvement, download these About Volunteer with ACUI talking points [pdf] to share additional information about what it means to be a volunteer.

A screening committee made up of the volunteer team leader, the staff liaison, and other related volunteers will review applications, interview qualified candidates, and make a selection recommendation.

Volunteers involved in this opportunity will enhance their skill sets in the areas below. Learn more about the ACUI core competencies for the profession.

Fiscal Management

  • Fundraising
  • Budget Management

Event Management

  • Programming and Event Planning


  • Using Data from and for Marketing

Organizational Leadership

  • Group Management
  • Collaboration and Partnerships

At the time of application, individuals must have: full-time employment at a higher education institution; institutional membership; a signed institutional support form; and a commitment to fulfilling the duties of the position for the length of the term. Applicants must also demonstrate an understanding of ACUI’s vision, core values, and core competencies, as well as the knowledge and skills necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of the position. Candidates for president-elect are encouraged to have previously served as a member of the Board of Trustees.

Association-leading volunteer positions require a commitment of two or more years, except for student positions which have a one-year term. During the course of the term, volunteers should anticipate at least four hours of conference call and project work per month, in addition to attending in-person ACUI Leadership Team meetings.