Business managers serve as the chief financial officer for the region. Through this position, volunteers develop professionally, working with a team to manage finances, develop budgets, and prepare reports. Business managers play an active role in both expense management and revenue generation for the region, including the regional conference, sponsorships, and scholarships.

Reporting to the regional director and being supported by the senior financial manager staff liaison, for a two-year term, business managers are responsible for:

  • Overseeing all fiscal matters and budget management for the region.
  • Creating of an annual budget plan for the region.
  • Creating an annual revenue generation plan for the region.
  • Advising the regional director, regional conference coordinator, recognition coordinator, and corporate partnerships volunteers as it relates to financial expectations, approvals, and needs of the region.
  • Serving as an ex-officio member of the Regional Conference Planning Team.
  • Maintaining and reconciling all regional financial records with those of the Central Office.
  • Acting as a signatory on all regional contract review, reimbursement, and other appropriate financial forms.
  • Preparing financial reports for monthly conference calls, regional conferences, and Regional Leadership Team meetings throughout the year.
  • Maintaining regular communication with regional director, Regional Leadership Team members, and Central Office.
  • Offering insight into the financial status of the region and participating in decisions that would affect the region’s financial health.
  • Working with Regional Leadership Team members in preparing annual budgets and assisting the regional director in the development of an overall budget for the region.
  • Transitioning accurate financial records and back-up documentation to future volunteers in the role.
  • Demonstrating proficiency in the use of Excel spreadsheets and possessing an understanding of basic accounting principles.
  • Training and coordinating shadowing for in-coming volunteer in all processes and procedures related to their role particularly those related to the Regional Conference.

This is a regional 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.

Applications for this role are now open in several regions. Check out the application section below or your region’s webpage for more details.

All Regional Leadership Team members are also responsible for:

  • Participating in scheduled Regional Leadership Team meetings during the year. These typically include monthly conference calls; a face-to-face meeting at the regional conference; and a second face-to-face meeting at a time determined by the team.
  • Acting as a resource person for the region and campus organizations.
  • Inspiring student involvement in regional and ACUI events and opportunities.
  • Developing proposal for an educational session at the regional conference.
  • Supporting efforts in the region to raise funds for scholarships and corporate partnerships.
  • Training and coordinating shadowing for in-coming volunteer in all processes and procedures related to their role.

Direct expenses for conducting association or regional business for meetings are covered by the association. However, positions requiring the volunteer to travel and be registered for conferences and events,is a commitment of the volunteer’s institution.

Given current realities regarding potential current and future travel restrictions, members interested in this volunteer opportunity should still apply, and we will be flexible with accommodations and exceptions on a case-by-case basis, as necessary.

Region I, III, and VII are seeking 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
  • Select which volunteer opportunities you are interested in
  • Upload a signed Institutional Support Form [pdf], as this position requires travel, financial support to register for event(s), and/or significant out-of-office time

Note: The application process is updated this year through our new membership platform—which means applications can autofill with your profile information, be saved as pending for edits until you officially submit, and be stored for your future access. In order to submit an application, you will need to create an account login, if you don’t already have one.

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 regional membership experience coordinator, and other related volunteers will review applications, interview candidates, and make recommendations for selections.

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

  • Budget Management and Development
  • Budget Oversight Strategies

Organizational Leadership

  • Collaboration and Partnerships
  • Administrative Acumen


  • Establishing Priorities
  • Succession Planning
  • Goal Setting

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.

Regional leading volunteer positions require a commitment of two years, except for student positions which have a one-year term. Over the course of the term, volunteers should anticipate at least 4 hours of conference call and project work per month, in addition to attending in-person Regional Leadership Team meetings.