Update, November 30: The date that applications are due was incorrectly reported as January 17 in a previous version of this article. The article has since been updated to reflect the correct date, February 15.

Wanting to make a difference in collegiate recreation is the first step in inspiring change—acting 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 a NIRSA committee or work team is a great way to give back, gain fluency in a particular topic, and network with colleagues beyond your campus. Apply to serve by February 15!

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 can select up to three groups you’re interested in being a part of this coming year. Additionally, applicants are asked to state why they’re interested in these groups. This information will provide the selection committee with more knowledge about 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 February 15. 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 2018 NIRSA Annual Conference & Campus Rec and Wellness Expo taking place in Denver, Colorado from March 4–7.

Community of Practice Conveners

Do you have a high degree of knowledge in a designated topic area? Consider applying to be one of twelve 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’re 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 numerous 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, please contact NIRSA Leadership Programs Coordinator Lani Beavers.
Leadership Programs Coordinator at | NIRSA Profile

Lani Sherman was the Leadership Programs Coordinator at NIRSA.