Members of the Education and Research Fund will be a part of a team to establish fundraising campaigns and strategic initiatives to advance success related to the Annual Fund, endowment funds, and conference fundraising events. Volunteers will gain valuable fundraising, leadership, and collaboration skills in this position.

Reporting to the Education and Research Fund Chair and supported by the Director of Education staff liaison, for a two-year term, team members are responsible for:

  • Raising monies on behalf of ACUI for: the ACUI Annual Fund, which supports general scholarships and Association research initiatives; and the ACUI individual endowed funds, which endow specific scholarship named in honor of significant Association members and events.
  • Creating a culture of giving within the Association.
  • Serving on subcommittees of the team: to coordinate and implement an Annual Fund campaign; to develop and manage giving campaigns to reach appropriate levels in each endowed fund; to plan and implement fundraising events at the ACUI annual conference; and to implement communication efforts, including the website content and marketing.
  • Performing team responsibilities in a timely and professional manner.
  • Participating in scheduled program team meetings, including monthly conference calls and a face-to-face meeting at the annual conference.
  • Maintaining strict confidentiality in proprietary ERF business, particularly in the identity of donors and amounts donated.

This Association-level planning position is ideal for those interested in collaborating to create experiences that engage members through events, research, fundraising, and other opportunities.

ACUI is no longer accepting applications for this volunteer role.

ACUI is not currently accepting applications for this position.

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
  • Upload a sign Institutional Support Form, showing that a supervisor is knowledgeable of the position description and its commitments.

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


  • Goal Setting
  • Establishing Priorities

At the time of application, individuals must have: employment at a higher education institution; institutional or individual 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. 

Association planning volunteer positions require a commitment of two years. While projects vary by season and role, over the course of the term, volunteers should anticipate approximately six to eight hours of conference call and project work per month.