Why volunteer with AFERM? Here are some considerations: pride, professional responsibility, and helping promote the many benefits AFERM offers to federal ERM professionals. AFERM is a 100% volunteer-run organization. We cannot sustain our prominence and achieve our mission without volunteer support. Giving back your time, energy, creative ideas and enthusiasm offers a wonderful opportunity to learn from and gain exposure to federal ERM subject matter experts across the federal risk management profession. Many of our volunteers are leaders in their respective organizations and often looked upon to provide guidance and influence policy.

Let’s be the change we want to see in AFERM in 2022!

In this video AFERM volunteers discuss the many benefits of helping the organization, including a message from AFERM President, Daniella Datskovska.

Thank you for visiting the volunteer webpage. Our volunteers are a big part of the success of our organization and events.  And we truly appreciate the time and effort they give to AFERM. We hope you will join the AFERM Volunteer Family! For additional information please contact our AFERM volunteer coordinator.

With an objective to ensure consistency and equity amongst contributors, as well as to create an awareness of volunteer role expectations, the AFERM Board leadership established a set of minimum expectations to ensure smooth operations for the organization, which is found in the link below:

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Priority Opportunities/Positions

We are pleased to announce that AFERM has new positions open to volunteers. AFERM is looking for individuals to assist in the following ways. Click on the position to see more information and show your interest.

Events & Activities Opportunities

AFERM in Review Editor
We are looking for 1-2 volunteer(s) to work with the AFERM Webmaster to produce AFERM’s bi-weekly email digests. This position takes ONLY 1-2 hours of work every other week.

Risk Chats Podcasts
Do you have a 2-3 hours a month to give back to our organization? We are looking for 1-2 volunteers to help manage and record our Risk Chats podcast. The volunteer(s) in this role will support AFERM in creating podcasts on topics that will be of interest to our members. See samples of past Risk Chats

Quick Poll Support
Do you have a 2-3 hours a month to give back to our organization? We are looking for 1-2 volunteers to help support our Quick Polls. The volunteer(s) in this role will support AFERM in creating simple poll questions and distributing them to members once a month to start, and eventually bi-weekly.

We’re seeking an experienced ERM practitioner with these qualities:
  • Proficiency in ERM topics of discussion that stem from policies, guides, and other materials that are relevant for the ERM practitioners in the federal government
  • Ability to generate poll questions at least monthly to start, then biweekly
  • Experience with surveys or other methods that yield feedback by probing for ERM specific subjects of interest to the ERM community

See samples of past Quick Polls (Membership and login is required to view polls)

As part of this position, volunteers will collaborate with others in the ERM community to create polls. The webmaster will be available to assist in creating and distributing the polls using the AFERM website and MailChimp.


Board & Committee Volunteer Positions

Board Members
AFERM is successful because of its members and their dedication to advancing ERM in the federal government. If you share that passion and want to play a crucial role in continuing to build AFERM’s reach and capabilities, please consider joining the Board or leading a Committee!

AFERM is looking for nominations to join the Board! Please consider joining us in one of these positions for a three-year term:

  • President-Elect — The President-Elect becomes the President in Year two and the Past President in Year three.
  • VP of Operations
  • VP of Outreach
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer-Elect
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Committee Chairs
AFERM is also looking for Committee Chairs and Co-Chairs! Please consider joining us in one of these positions:

  • Communications Committee Chair — publishes the quarterly AFERM newsletter, coordinates the promotion of AFERM at the annual ERM Summit and at partner conferences, and helps to facilitate the dissemination of useful and timely communications via the website, social media accounts, email, and other channels.
  • Infrastructure & Operations Committee Chair — responsible for documenting AFERM’s internal governance and processes/procedures, the roles and responsibilities of AFERM’s board and standing committees, and how AFERM interfaces with its external stakeholders.  The provides oversight to the Webmaster (who manages content on AFERM website. Maintains the AFERM email lists and manages messages sent to those lists) and the Social Media Coordinator (who manages AFERM’s social media presence on LinkedIn and Twitter).
  • Knowledge Capital Committee Chair — oversees the planning, development and delivery of intellectual capital assets of AFERM for its members.
  • Membership Committee Co-Chair — responsible for expanding AFERM membership by attracting new members and retain current members on an ongoing basis.   The Membership Committee liaises with the CAAG Committee to ensure corporate sponsors are maximizing their free membership benefits.
  • Planning Committee Co-Chair — in consultation and coordination with the Board, facilitates the development of AFERM’s strategic plan, helps drive implementation of agreed-upon strategic initiatives, and monitors and reports on progress of those initiatives for the Board.
  • Programs Committee Co-Chair — responsible for organizing luncheons, workshops and networking events in which thought leaders or practitioners share ERM insights and experiences and engage in dialogue on various ERM topics and issues.
  • Sponsorship Committee Chair — identifies organizations seeking to enhance their brand and increase their exposure within the ERM community by partnering with AFERM.
  • 2023 Summit Chair/Co-Chair — responsible for all planning leading up to the annual AFERM Enterprise Risk Management Summit.
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Sponsorship Committee

AFERM is looking for 1-2 volunteers to support the AFERM Sponsorship Committee. In this position, volunteers will have the opportunity to interact with key members of the AFERM Board and the ERM community as a whole. While this is not a Board position, this is a great opportunity for existing sponsors to get inside AFERM and help to influence the Board’s internal decision-making process. The volunteers will perform tasks including but not limited to:

  1. Supporting the ongoing work related to AFERM sponsorship renewal, policy compliance, and billing and collections.
  2. Providing AFERM sponsorship outreach – delivering guidance regarding sponsorships benefit and policy.
  3. Working to engage companies who perform ERM or GRC work but are not currently sponsors
  4. Being a CAAG liaison, engaging with sponsors, and ensuring sponsors are taking advantage of the AFERM benefits they are entitled to.

The approximate level of effort is about 2-3 hours per week.

Volunteer Committee
We are looking for volunteers to assist join AFERM’s volunteer committee and assist with activities related to recruiting and managing AFERM volunteers.

Succession Planning
We are looking for 1-2 volunteer(s) to assist AFERM’s committees with activities related to succession planning. The role is very unique as it entails collaborating with committee chairs to document processes and procedures within a committee. It is a highly interactive volunteer role. Excellent writing and impeccable interpersonal skills are greatly appreciated for this role.

Audit Committee
We are seeking one or two volunteers to join the AFERM Audit Committee (AC).  These member volunteers will have sufficient financial management experience to assist the AC Chair with oversight of AFERM’s financial management, reporting, internal controls, and risk management activities.