Volunteer

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.

President’s Welcome

Thank you for visiting the volunteer webpage.  As president of AFERM, I would like to extend a warm welcome to you as you consider volunteering with our organization.  Volunteering is another form of service, and that is a cornerstone in our organization.  All involved serve the practitioners of enterprise risk management in the federal government, and we couldn’t achieve all that we do without the help of those who serve as volunteers.

Our volunteers are a big part of the success of our organization and events.  And we are truly appreciative of the time and effort they put into AFERM. As you look though the volunteer information on our website, I wish you great success with our volunteering opportunities.

We look forward to hearing from you.  For additional information please contact our AFERM volunteer coordinator.


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Contact Volunteers@aferm.org.

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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.

Interested
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

Interested
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.

Interested

Committee Volunteer Positions

Programs Committee Chair
AFERM has an open position for the Program Committee Chair. This role is a fantastic networking opportunity with high visibility in the ERM community. The volunteer will perform tasks including but not limited to:

  • Designing and hosting networking events (virtual and in-person) to foster connectivity within the risk management community
  • Moderating and participating in panels, identifying panelists, and developing relevant topics and agenda for virtual and in-person events
  • Liaising with sponsors and encouraging participation in continuing ERM education by hosting or co-hosting training events
  • Providing professional development opportunities by sponsoring and co-sponsoring activities and events for AFERM members.

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

Interested
Infrastructure & Operations Committee
We are looking for 1-2 volunteer(s) to support and eventually lead AFERM’s Infrastructure and Operations Committee (IOC). This position requires approximately 2-3 hours of work each week.

Interested
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.

Interested
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.

Interested
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.

Interested
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.

Interested