Having the desire to make a difference in collegiate recreation is the first step in inspiring change—acting on that desire is the next. NIRSA members’ commitment and leadership within the profession propels the advancement of our Association goals. Whether you’re a student or an experienced professional, there’s a place for you! Serving on one of the many NIRSA committees and work teams is a great way to give back, gain fluency in a particular topic, and network with colleagues beyond your campus. Apply to serve by January 17!

Applying is easy

There is one application and it includes a comprehensive list of all committee and work team opportunities for NIRSA, the NIRSA Foundation, and the NIRSA Championship Series. You have the opportunity to select up to three groups you are interested in being a part of this coming year. Additionally, applicants are asked to state why they are interested in these groups. This information will provide the selection committee with more knowledge on the applicant’s experience and interests so they can formulate well-rounded committees and work teams. Members currently serving in a one-year position on a committee or work team who wish to continue their service need to reapply to be considered for the upcoming year.

Applications are due by January 17. Please visit our website for full details about the NIRSA committee application process. Due to the leadership year starting May 1, the committee and work team appointments will be made in Spring 2017 and announced after the 2017 NIRSA Annual Conference & Campus Rec and Wellness Expo taking place in National Harbor, Maryland from February 21–24.

Community of Practice Conveners

Do you have a high degree of knowledge in a designated topic area? Consider applying to be one of ten Community of Practice Conveners! Conveners will be charged with facilitating discussion in their Community of Practice, organizing the resources in the library, surfacing any issues that are raised and which may require action or review, and assisting with recruiting members to provide input on the topic area when needed.

To apply to serve in this role, please complete the Committee Application Preference Form and specifically select the Community of Practice in which you’d like to serve; please specify ‘Chair’ as the role you are interested in. Consider applying for this position and helping your fellow NIRSA members find the resources they need!

Short-term opportunities are available too

If you’re interested in volunteering, but can’t make a year-long commitment, the NIRSA Championship Series has a number of staff positions available for our basketball tournaments. Take advantage of this opportunity for professional development while also having fun engaging with teams, coaches, and officials from around your region!

There are a number of opportunities available with the NIRSA regional and national tournaments. These include involvement in recruiting officials, tournament management, technology, communication, and various other committees. Check out the Staff & Officials page of the NIRSA website to learn more about position descriptions and qualifications.


  • For more information, or if you have any questions, please contact NIRSA Leadership Programs Coordinator Lani Beavers.
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Lani Sherman was the Leadership Programs Coordinator at NIRSA.