Volunteer to Join NASW's Leadership Team

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NASW's mission and strategic goals are carried out through a collaborative partnership of staff and volunteer leaders.  Being an NASW national volunteer leader requires a willingness to serve for an appointed term and a commitment to fulfill the assigned responsibilities.

Join the ranks of national leadership and:

  • Hone your leadership skills at the national level
  • Develop your confidence and leadership abilities
  • Expand your network
  • Increase your visibility as a leader

Volunteer Leadership FAQ


Who is an NASW National Volunteer Leader?

A national volunteer leader is a current member who is either elected by the membership or appointed by the NASW President to serve at the national level. Service as a national volunteer leader is a commitment to adhere to the NASW Bylaws, Code of Ethics, policies and procedures. It's also a commitment to fulfill your responsibilities.

Benefits of Volunteer Service

  • Be in community with members with shared values.
  • Develop and hone your leadership skills.
  • Expand your knowledge and professional growth.
  • Make a positive difference by giving back to your profession.
  • Achieve a sense of fulfillment through your accomplishments as a volunteer leader.
  • Strengthen your professional identity.

How can I become a volunteer leader?

  1. Seeking an elected position to the NASW Board or NCNLI? Review the position description to confirm your interest and then submit a nomination.
  2. Interested in an appointed position? Review the list of committees to determine your areas of interest.
  3. Complete a nomination form. Provide key information that will assist the President in placing you where you are best suited to serve. 
  4. Submit a nomination form.

What happens next?

Your nomination will be reviewed. If you are appointed to a committee, you will be contacted by staff. The Office of Governance will send you a letter to confirm the appointment. Your onboarding experience will begin shortly after by staff assigned to the specific committee.

If you have additional questions, contact governance@socialworkers.org.

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