VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

The SCASFAA executive board would like to encourage and challenge you to volunteer and get involved with a committee this year. You can click on the name of the Committee to view the committee chairperson and members.  If you are interested in volunteering to be on any of the committees listed below, you can: update your member profile, indicate your interest on your membership application, or by contacting the committee chairperson directly.   If you are not currently a SCASFAA Member, click "Join" to complete a membership application today! If you have questions about volunteering, check out our recent Facebook LIVE Video Q & A by clicking here

Committees:

Advisory Committee to the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) – Advises CHE regarding proposed guidelines and regulations offered by CHE; advises the constituency of issues relating to the administration of aid through CHE.

Association & Involvement Committee - Coordinates the process for highlighting and promoting association volunteerism, reviews and evaluates the association’s involvement procedures and opportunities, facilitates annual volunteer recruitment and recognition events, assists with SCASFAA’s LEAD program, and completes other duties as assigned in the long range plan.

Budget Committee  This committee is a Standing Committee comprised of the President, President-Elect, Immediate Past-President, the Treasurer (Chair), the Treasurer-Elect, the Sponsor Chairperson, the Conference Chairperson, Financial Planning Chairperson, a past Treasurer, and any other members deemed appropriate by the President.  Volunteers are typically past board members of the association due to the required knowledge of the association’s finances. The committee proposes the annual budget every year, reviews and evaluates fiscal policies and practices, makes recommendations concerning fiscal matters to the Executive Board, and insures budgetary health of the Association while meeting goals listed in the long-range plan.  The Committee is pulled together for meetings as needed (typically in July/August and at least quarterly). 

By-Laws Committee – Ensures that the Association operates in compliance with its approved By-Laws; reviews and makes recommendations to the Executive Board concerning revisions to the Policies and Procedures Manual; reviews and makes recommendations to the Executive Board concerning amendments to the Association's By-Laws.

Conference Committee (Program) – Coordinates all activities for the Association's annual conference including program content and local arrangements.

Counselor/Consumer Relations Committee – Develops and disseminates information concerning financial aid as well as financial planning to as wide an audience as possible through the use of available media; coordinates with other Association committees to insure that all pertinent information concerning their activities which affect the public is made available through appropriate media; provides assistance, as appropriate, to secondary schools in scheduling, coordinating, and conducting financial aid workshops for parents and students; seeks input from secondary school counselors and personnel concerning financial aid information and training needs; provides financial aid training and information to secondary school counselors and personnel.

Electronic Services Committee – Are you tech savvy? If so, Electronic Services is for you! The committee is responsible for the development, maintenance and enhancement of the Association's web site and all related services.  The committee also coordinates and assists with all technology-related needs of the Association at the annual conference, in conjunction with the Conference Committee. Committee members ensure the accuracy of the SCASFAA listserv and also circulate job postings on behalf of member institutions. Committee business is usually handled via email or by virtual meeting, when necessary. The majority of the Electronic Services work is completed between June and October each year, with the primary workload occurring in the weeks leading up to the annual conference, and throughout the conference itself. 

Global Issues Committee – Provides sensitivity training to the Association as it relates to each other, the community, and the students served.

Legislative Relations Committee – As professionals in a heavily regulated field having a strong ability to monitor, influence, interpret, and prepare for upcoming changes is critical to your department, your college, and your students.  This team stays at the forefront of state and national legislative activity important to the Association and its members.  Committee members will review, collect, and disseminate brief summaries of legislative activity that both increase your knowledge and professional growth at the same time as giving back to your profession by helping your fellow peers weed through the bombardment of legislative activity.  The committee also recommends to the Executive Board the association’s response to important legislative initiatives regarding statutes, regulations, and Notices of Proposed Rule Making.  Committee membership are also provided first choice to attend hill visits (Columbia, and DC) to actively participate in the advocacy of improving our nations and states financial aid systems and rules. Most membership communication/participation is completed via email through monitoring and updating the chair of preassigned legislative activity.  However, at the beginning of each year the group will meet virtually to divvy the workload and assign team member responsibilities.  The time commitment can vary from year to year depending on the legislative activity pertaining to federal and state financial aid. 

Long Range Planning – Identifies strengths and weaknesses of the Association and recommends actions or direct to the Executive Board that will promote the accomplishment of the goals of the Association. Works to ensure the goals of the current Long Range Plan are being met.

Membership Committee Actively solicits membership in the Association from eligible individuals involved in the administration of financial aid; Ensures accuracy of the membership directory. Meetings for this committee are held using multiple platforms. This year due to the pandemic, we primarily are meeting virtual. We have follow-ups via email and call in. The initial meeting usually last about an hour. There are follow-up emails or meetings as needed. A critical responsibility of membership is reaching out to new members to make them feel welcome. Time and effort is given to work with the SCASFAA Conference chair and co-chair to plan an opening event to invite newcomers to meet and greet SCASFAA leadership. Time commitment is minimal. Most of your time will be focused on assisting with the conference and outreach to new membership. Ideas to reach new members are always welcome!

Nominations and Elections Committee The Nominations & Elections Committee is charged with recruiting the talent! So if you have ever dreamed of being in HR, now’s your chance. Seriously, the committee seeks to find candidates who will be able to further SCASFAA in its mission. Typically there are candidates need for the offices of President-Elect, Treasurer-Elect, Vice President, Member at Large, and every two years, Secretary. We seek to recruit those who are seasoned for the President Elect and Treasurer Elect positions as they require more executive board background that other offices. The committee also meets to present a balanced ballot (if possible) to the president. We seek to be as inclusive as possible based on the willingness to run for office. Typically the meeting timeframe is heavier in the fall, although the meetings are few (around three). All meetings can be done virtually or via conference call.

Professional Development Committee – Plans and/or coordinates all training activities for the Association including the New Aid Officers Workshop, NASFAA-U training, Webinars, and all other training opportunities.

Site Selection Committee – Secures appropriate conference sites for the Association's conferences and board meetings. Works to maintain a database of possible locations for future conferences throughout the state. The committee meets approximately four times per year, usually remotely, but occasionally conducts site visits.

Special Projects Committee – The Special Projects Committee is chaired by the President-Elect. Goals and objectives of this committee change from year to year, at the discretion of the President and based on the current needs of the Association.

Sponsorship Committee – Solicits support from vendors and sponsors for all Association activities; coordinates display areas at the Association’s annual conference.

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