Member Volunteer Opportunities with NBOA

Benefits of Volunteering

NBOA relies upon member volunteers to assist the organization in fostering an engaged, informed and diverse membership. Therefore, we seek to identify, recruit, support and recognize member volunteers who wish to provide valuable contributions to the organization, and in turn, to the business and financial management of the independent school community. By volunteering for NBOA, you have the opportunity to gain as much as you will give to your association and your peers.

The following opportunities are available to support and facilitate connections among members who share common issues, challenges and opportunities. Members should consider the characteristics described below to identify where you may best contribute to the development of NBOA events, technology, communications and data platforms.

Council Members

Descriptions of Volunteer Opportunities

Controllers Council

Description: An advisory and outreach council formed to support members in the Controller role at their school.

Volunteer Characteristics: Members with expertise regarding financial management and reporting, general accounting and tax issues, regulatory compliance, revenues and expenses, enrollment management, financial aid, collections, audit and 990 preparation, and investment policies and procedures.

Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month for a two year-term

Responsibilities:

  • Advise and give input to NBOA's Vice President, Professional Development and Business Affairs on the development of future programming and resources.
  • Attend up to 4-6 council meetings via Zoom per year (Calendar invites will be sent by the staff liaison and video capabilities are recommended).
  • Provide input and support to staff liaison on an as-needed basis.

Human Resources Council

Description: An advisory and outreach council formed to support members in the Human Resources role at their school.

Volunteer Characteristics: Members with expertise regarding regarding HR compliance, employee handbooks, recruitment and onboarding, compensation and classifications, leave and accommodations, and performance management.

Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month for a two year-term

Responsibilities:

  • Advise and give input to NBOA's Vice President, Legal Affairs on the development of future programming and resources.
  • Attend up to 4-6 council meetings via Zoom per year (Calendar invites will be sent by the staff liaison and video capabilities are recommended).
  • Provide input and support to staff liaison on an as-needed basis.

Annual Meeting Program Advisory Committee (AMPAC)

Description: A committee that facilitates with the review and selection of Annual Meeting sessions and programs.

Volunteer Characteristics: Members who like to read and give their opinions and who have preferably attended one Annual Meeting in the past.

Time commitment: 10 hours to review sessions + 3 days of attending the Annual Meeting

Responsibilities:

  • Advise NBOA professional development staff on topics, speakers and industry trends that should be featured at the Annual Meeting.
  • Local members may be called upon to assist in providing volunteers, or to identify off-site venues and/or additional program opportunities leveraging the locale of the event.
  • Attend a one-hour introductory call and overview of the program submission platform.
  • Review session proposals in early June and provide feedback to NBOA on the session's overall relevance and appeal, strength of learning objectives, uniqueness of the topic and embodiment of the annual meeting theme.
  • Attend the Annual Meeting and encourage other members & colleagues to do the same.
  • Assist with introducing speakers during sessions at the Annual Meeting.

Business Officer Institute (BOI) Faculty

Description: Program facilitators for NBOA's Business Officer Institute, a 5-day immersive program into the independent school world geared toward business officers who are new or relatively new to their role that occurs each summer.

Volunteer Characteristics: Seasoned and engaged business officers or business office staff.

Time commitment: 10 hours before the program and 5 days during the summer to attend the Institute. (*Please note: NBOA will cover reasonable travel expenses, onsite housing and meals for faculty, if selected.)

Responsibilities:

  • Advise NBOA professional development staff and fellow faculty members on topics, speakers and industry trends that should be featured at BOI.
  • Attend up to 2-3 planning meetings via Zoom before the program (*one optional in-person meeting will also occur at the NBOA Annual Meeting).
  • Create and present at the Institute several 60-90 minute sessions, in collaboration with other faculty members, on topics from a predefined list.
  • Serve as a mentor throughout the week for a Personal Learning Network (PLN), a group of 10-12 participants who all have a common characteristic, such as school type or size. Faculty will offer guidance and support to the group they're assigned to during the Institute, as well ongoing support via email/phone after the Institute has concluded, as needed.

NBOA Connect Ambassadors

Description: A group of volunteers who serve to help increase peer member engagement in the NBOA Connect online communities by responding to posts.

Volunteer Characteristics: Members from all areas of independent schools who are active on the NBOA Connect online communities and enjoy helping fellow members and giving advice.

Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month for a two year-term

Responsibilities:

  • Actively engage in the NBOA Connect online communities by providing answers and advice to fellow members' inquiries.
  • Respond to questions posted on the NBOA Connect online communities identified by NBOA staff in the private Ambassadors community.

Net Assets Editorial Advisory Council

Description: An advisory and outreach council formed to support NBOA's Net Assets, a family of publications (magazine, newsletter and website) focused exclusively on business and operational issues facing K-12 independent schools.

Volunteer Characteristics: Members from all backgrounds of independent school business operations, including: leadership/administration; business, finance and accounting; enrollment and admissions; human resources; information technology; and facilities.

Time commitment: 1-2 hours per month for a two year-term

Responsibilities:

  • Attend up to 3 council meetings via Zoom per year (Calendar invites will be sent by the staff liaison and video capabilities are recommended).
  • Exchange ideas about pressing topics in independent school business and operations suitable for coverage in NBOA's award-winning publications; offer feedback on topics, story angles and sources to support best-in-class content.
  • Review 1-3 feature articles per year, in areas related to council member's work, and/or contribute content to the print magazine or NetAssets.org.
  • Serve as ambassadors for the publications.