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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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.


Committee Volunteer Positions

Audit Committee Chair
We are seeking a volunteer to chair the AFERM Audit Committee (AC).  This member volunteer will have sufficient financial management experience to lead the oversight of AFERM’s financial management, reporting, internal controls, and risk management activities.

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.

Sponsorship Committee
AFERM has an open volunteer role for one or two individuals to participate in a small working group. The volunteer(s) will assist with a strategic planning effort to assess and redesign the sponsorship program to be more effective and efficient in serving the varied needs of potential sponsors. The tasks will include performing research in the form of discussions or interviews with other organizations around best practices to guide potentially restructuring the program tiers and benefits. The research will result in a proposal for a revised sponsorship program, which will be presented to the AFERM Board for feedback and approval prior to implementation. To achieve this, the volunteers will work closely with AFERM’s Sponsorship Committee Chair and Corporate and Associate Advisory Group (CAAG) Liaison.

The approximate level of effort is 2-4 hours per week to start, and will likely taper off to 1-2 hours after Board approval of the proposal is obtained and the effort reaches the implementation stage. If you are a self-starter with prior event planning or strategic planning experience, or just someone eager to learn, we would be glad to hear from you.

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.