One of the best ways to advance the profession and experience the value of being an NACC member is by serving with your member colleagues in volunteer leadership within NACC. You have gifts, along with experience/expertise for your personal and professional background that contribute to NACC’s mission and would be of great service to our members.
Also, your involvement would help you get to know other NACC members, network with professional colleagues, and better understand the broader field of professional chaplaincy. So many of our members who served in leadership roles expressed how that service enhanced their appreciation for NACC and chaplaincy.
On this page you will find a variety of opportunities. To help you to understand the structure of NACC, see this page about NACC leadership.
We announce future position vacancies in our e-newsletter NACC Now. We encourage you to express your interest in volunteer opportunities.
National Leadership Opportunities:
Board of Directors
Being on the Board of Directors requires the most prior experience in NACC, whether having served on committees, commissions, panels, state liaison, or in the certification process. We encourage both self-nomination and encourage members to nominate among themselves.
Please go to this page for this role description.
Three committees are structured off the Board. Executive Committee is comprised only of Board members, while the Governance Committee and Finance Committee need members who have experience and interest in these areas of responsibility. To serve on the Governance Committee we look for someone who has been an NACC member for at least three years, and has an aptitude for governance matters. To serve on the Finance Committee, we seek those with Finance background.
NACC Committees (Executive, Finance, Governance)
We have three Commissions all related to becoming board certified. The Standards Commission focuses on reviewing, revising, educating about the certification competencies and procedures. The Ethics Commission provides education on the professional code and handles any ethical complaints again members. The Certification Commission oversees and makes all decisions regarding the board certification process of our members. The best way to prepare oneself to become involved in these commission is first to become an certification interviewer and an Interview Team Educator, as this experience provides the understanding of the competencies and certification process needed to serve on these commissions.
NACC Commissions (Certification, Standards, Ethics)
Several Panels provide needed guidance for our members. These include the Education Advisory Panel (input for education offerings, such as webinars, local events, resources), Editorial Advisory Panel (guidance of themes and content of Vision), Research Advisory Panel (direction for member education on research), Awards Panel (reviews and makes selections for annual NACC award recipients), and Nomination Panel (promotes leadership opportunities, and reviews/recommends to the Governance Committees candidates for all NACC volunteer leadership positions.
NACC Panels (Education, Editorial, Research)
These are created on an as needed, on an ad hoc basis, and mainly require passion and commitment to the issue being addressed.
Each state needs at least one, if not more, State Liaison who provide connection to the NACC office, communication among state members, and coordination of any local/regional events. This is a vital role in helping NACC members feel part of and involved in the NACC through local networking.
NACC State Liaison information and roster
The board certification process needs members to be involved as interviewers, site hosts, and Interview Team Educators. Once you are board certified, you can volunteer to become involved as an interview or site coordinator. This is a great way to give back to NACC.
Click here to see the lists of volunteers, donors, and institutions from the most recent rounds of certification interviews.