2020 Conference Planning Committee Opportunities

Thank you for your interest in volunteering for the 2020 AHEPPP Conference Planning Committee. Having a great team of volunteers is essential to the success of our conference. Please review the following information. If you have any questions before applying, please contact Kerri Fowler, Conference Liaison, at [email protected]

Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. EST on Friday December 13, 2019

All committee positions, with the exception of the AHEPPP Board of Directors Conference Liaison and AHEPPP staff, serve a one-year term (January 2019 – January 2020).  Positions require an average of two-three hours per week. As the conference approaches, time commitments can increase to five hours a week. Dependent on the role of the committee member, time commitments during conference vary.  The Conference Planning Committee members must attend the AHEPPP National Conference on November 16-18, 2020 in Orlando, Florida.  

All applicants must submit a signed letter from their supervisor certifying institutional support to attend the national conference. Institutional support includes travel costs (conference registration, airfare, hotel, ground transportation, meals and lodging) and support of conference planning activities during business hours.

Conference Committee Positions and Descriptions

AHEPPP Board of Directors Conference Liaison – Kerri Fowler, NC State University

Member of the Board of Directors

  • Serve as the primary contact for the Conference Chair and provide input from the Board of Directors
  • Conduct a site visit with the Board of Directors Chair and Conference Chair
  • Participate in conference committee meetings
  • In collaboration with the AHEPPP Coordinator and the Conference Chair, monitor and manage the conference budget
  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors determine the location of future AHEPPP conferences
  • Provide additional support to the conference committee as needed

AHEPPP Director of Membership & Operations – Lindsay McKinney, AHEPPP: Family Engagement in Higher Education

Reports to Chairperson of the Board of Directors

  • Manage any conference forms and online registration process
  • Work with Marketing/Social Media Chair to execute the communication and marketing plan
  • Provide logistical support for all payment, scheduling and contracts for services
  • In collaboration with the AHEPPP Conference Liaison and the Conference Chair, monitor and manage the budget
  • In collaboration with Strategic Partners Chair, coordinate vendor fair/exhibit space
  • Support the Conference Chair and other committee members as needed

Conference Chair

Reports to Board of Directors Conference Liaison

  • In partnership with the Board of Directors and Conference Planning Committee, determine theme and design for the conference; determine the technical, operational, vision, and goals for the conference
  • Oversee the financial, administrative and logistical management of the conference. Must adhere to conference budget.
  • Plan and facilitate structure and content of all conference planning meetings
  • Develop and implement conference schedule
  • Conduct a site visit with the Board of Directors President and Conference Liaison (expenses paid by AHEPPP)
  • In collaboration with Conference Liaison, develop master conference timeline integrating detailed timelines by all Chairs
  • In partnership with the Board of Directors, organize the process to search for and select the conference keynote speaker
  • In collaboration with the Liaison and the Coordinator, prepare regular reports for the Board of Directors to include financial, administrative, and logistical updates/information
  • Act as the public face and gracious host of the conference
  • Prepare and submit a conference final report (executive summary) as directed to document decisions, activities, results of new programs, and recommendations of importance to future Conference Chairs and the Board of Directors

Program Co-Chairs

The main goal of the Program Chair(s) and Program Selection Committee is to create a strong, innovative, and well-balanced program of educational sessions for the national conference.

  • Review previous conference evaluation results and Conference Committee Final Report
  • In collaboration with the Board of Directors, develop program goals, topics of interest, and program types
  • Review deadlines and application process for Call for Programs
  • Design, promote and coordinate the Call for Programs process by communicating in a timely manner with all potential program presenters
  • Oversee the Program Selection Committee volunteers and manage program review process, provide feedback to presenters in collaboration with Board liaison. 
  • Secure program presenters, titles, and descriptions for the conference schedule, as well as A/V needs
  • Host presenters at the conference and attend to their presentation needs
  • Work with the Volunteers & Recognition Chair to thank all presenters

Pre-Conference Chair

  • Review previous conference evaluation results and Conference Committee Final Report
  • Plan, organize and secure curriculum, presenters, and materials for the pre-conference programs (new professionals track and returning/seasoned professionals track)
  • Organize participant materials
  • Work with the Marketing/ Social Media Chair to publish any and all communication to members about the pre-conference.
  • Run and support all pre-conference day-of activities

Marketing/Communications Chair

  • Review previous conference evaluation results and Conference Committee Final Report
  • In collaboration with the AHEPPP staff and Area Chairs, develop a marketing plan and timeline for Call for Registration, Call for Programs, Call for Awards, and other conference announcements
  • Create a social media calendar to post and promote the conference activities with the goal of getting members excited
  • Create and promote the AHEPPP conference on all social media accounts (Facebook and Twitter)
  • Help design and create signage and other communication materials for the event

Hospitality Chair/City Rep 

  • Review previous conference evaluation results and Conference Committee Final Report
  • In collaboration with the Conference Chair, Conference Liaison and AHEPPP staff, coordinate Opening Night Reception
  • Coordinate information resources for local attractions, restaurants, and activities for participants
  • Coordinate information on parking, shuttles, & public transportation options
  • Coordinate the logistics of a possible conference service project and possible excursions and special activities.
  • Assist Conference Chair, Conference Liaison, and AHEPPP staff with requests such as connecting to local businesses, accepting shipments, things to do in the area, recommendations for restaurants, and other miscellaneous needs.

Awards Selection Chair

  • Review previous conference evaluation results and Conference Committee Final Report
  • Review deadlines and nomination process for Call for Awards
  • Design, promote and coordinate the Call for Awards process and update award nomination forms
  • Oversee the Awards Selection Committee volunteers, and manage the award submission and review process in partnership with AHEPPP staff
  • Order awards and coordinate the awards dinner at the conference (in collaboration with team)
  • Serve as awards emcee and present awards to all recipients

Volunteers & Recognition Chair

  • Review previous conference evaluation results and Conference Committee Final Report
  • Coordinate the recruitment, training, supervision, and recognition of conference volunteers
  • Assign volunteers to on-site conference duties, including on-site registration, local arrangements information table, etc.
  • Secure and prepare thank you notes for keynote speaker, guest speakers, and presenters.
  • Coordinate/organize Swag Swap including signage at conference

Apply today!