Be A Volunteer
Make the most of your membership
AMA Chicago is among the largest chapters, and our hundreds of volunteers bring our mission to life. Whether you’re looking to make connections, gain hands-on experience or increase your marketing knowledge, getting involved is a direct path to opportunity.
Join us at an upcoming event to see our volunteers in action and learn more from our team.
The Value of Volunteering
Gain practical hands-on experience to expand or refine your marketing expertise by working hand-in-hand with leaders.
Build deep network connections
Fast track job or business opportunities through deep member, fellow volunteer, and board-level connections.
Volunteer-only special access
Network at committee meetups and socials. Gain opportunities to publish original content and speak at engagements.
Benefits include LinkedIn recommendations, Volunteer of the Year award, professional references, and resume building accolades.
Gain leadership and project management experience. Access to leadership summit, board retreat, and best practices.
Additional event discounts
AMA Chicago and AMA National events (25-60% off member prices) and complementary access for working volunteers.
AMA Chicago Board of Directors
AMA Chicago is a non-profit corporation governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Board members contribute their expertise in specific knowledge areas through committee participation. This focused group shares big ideas and shapes the strategic marketing future of our premier, volunteer organization – one that’s established a 75-year legacy. Learn more about our board of directors
The community programming committee works on SIGs and all monthly programs. Ideal committee members are seasoned marketing professionals with a large network and a willingness to reach out to those in their network frequently.
Program Chairs – Collaborate with programming committee to develop monthly programs. Event hosting experience and connections to speakers and venues preferred. Prior experience in sponsor relations and/or event promotion a plus.
SIG Chairs – Lead shared interest groups (SIGs) for one of the subsets, including: eCommerce, Martech, Market Research, Brand, Content Marketing, Social Media, Creative, Marketing Disrupted, Marketing Basics, Non-profits and Executive Circle.
The executive programming committee leads Brand Smart, MarketingTech Smart, CMO Smart and smaller programming developed for executive marketers.
Chair, CMO Smart More info to come
Chair, BrandSmart More info to come
The communications committee is our chapter’s content marketing engine. This team drives thought-leadership and branding through our editorial, promotional and community content. All committee members participate in a monthly team conference call.
Copywriters – Work with the program committee to generate social, email and web content to promote registration and endorse speakers and sponsors for these two event series, which occur monthly. Time estimate: 2-3 hrs/week
Creative/Graphic Designer – Create graphics for our social media platforms, website and promotions. Time estimate: 2-3 hrs/week
Social Coordinator – Engage with our online community in real time at our marquee events throughout the year. Experience with live tweeting, Facebook live, video or blogging preferred.
Email Coordinator – Write and distribute regular email communications. Digital marketing and MailChimp experience preferred.
Website – Blog Strategist – Seek contributors to write blog posts centered around the monthly topic (goal = 1 post/week). Edit posts to maintain consistent format. Add blog posts to the website and perform basic SEO for each post to extend online visibility. Communicates with the social media and email marketing teams to boost visibility. Time estimate: 2-3 hours/week
Guest Blogger – Interview Chicago area marketers and thought-leaders to write relevant blog posts or generate blog posts centered around the monthly topic. Time estimate: Varies
On-site Events Liaison – Available to be on-site at pre-determined events to live tweet, take notes on presentation(s) and write blog post recaps, and/or facilitate the attendee experience.
The membership relations committee handles all aspects of the membership experience and maintains acquisition and retention goals set by the board.
Event Volunteers – Register attendees, greet speakers, usher attendees and otherwise execute the logistics of the chapter’s various events.
Ambassadors – Connect the Chicago community of marketers with AMA Chicago, its membership benefits and its unique programming.
Connectors – Assist other AMA Chicago members in getting the most out of their experience by pairing them with opportunities that help them meet their goals.
The sponsorship committee develops partnerships with Chicago-area marketing agencies and service providers to financially support the chapter programming agenda.
Associate Director, Sponsorship – Establish partnerships with agencies, brands and in-kind partners.
Sponsor Outreach Associate – Work with the sponsorship team to solicit potential sponsors. Time commitment: 1-3 hrs/week – may be higher near a major event
Sponsor Liaison – Work with sponsors to ensure their deliverables are being met, and ensure they are engaged to get the most value from their participation. Time commitment: 1-3 hrs/week – may be higher near a major event
The marketing insight committee completes all research the chapter conducts, maintains the chapter CRM and provides the board with KPIs and other metrics that show the health of the chapter in all non-financial areas.
Associate Director, CRM – Manage Salesforce implementation, create reports, work flows rules and program data for KPI reporting.
Analytics Manager – Analyze and generate monthly reports to show trends in website, social & email. Experience with SAS or SPSS and correlating membership data points preferred.
The strategic relations committee develops and maintains relationships with collegiate chapters, academic partners, tech startups and other marketing-centric industries in Chicago.
Collegiate Relations Associate – Contact collegiate AMA presidents to keep up with calendars of their events, support their network and promote AMA Chicago events to colleges and universities.
Associate Director, Connex Sponsorships
The Associate Director, Connex Sponsorships seeks out shared workspace companies and agencies in Chicago to host Connex events (6 events in 2019).
BrandSmart 2019 Planning Committee Members (2)
BrandSmart 2019 Planning Committee Members attend bi-weekly committee calls and help shape the theme and agenda of the event, as well as make suggestions for high level speakers and brand experts. The event will be Spring 2019 in Chicago.
There are currently two open committee positions. Candidates should be director-level or higher and actively working in brand strategy or brand management on a weekly (if not daily) basis.
The sponsorship coordinator manages chapter contracts with sponsors to ensure all terms and conditions are being met and fulfilled between the association and its partners. Primary duties include reviewing sponsor agreements and logging terms and conditions, benefits, promotional opportunities, communications, and other activation items into a spreadsheet and providing reports on status, gaps, etc., on a regular basis. Experience with Excel required; Google Sheets also preferred.
SIG B2B Volunteer
The SIG B2B volunteer works with the Director, SIGs and programming team to identify speakers and topics relevant to B2B marketers.
Event Volunteer Coordinator
The Event Volunteer Coordinator works with the Director, Volunteer Management to recruit, train and supervise event volunteers. Event volunteers register attendees, greet speakers, usher attendees and otherwise execute the logistics of the chapter’s various events.
Register attendees, greet speakers, usher attendees and otherwise execute the logistics of the chapter’s various events.
The Blog Editor volunteer collaborates with the VP of Communications to develop content and ideas for AMA Chicago’s blog, secure writers and edit posts.
Proofreaders work with the communications team to proof weekly communications, including email newsletters, blog posts, web copy and more.
Programming volunteers offer general support to the committee in generating relevant topics, planning events, securing speakers and soliciting sponsors.
Outreach Coordinators contact members to get them to events, contact lapsed members for renewal, and contact new members to get them to volunteer and engage.
The Connex Manager plans, facilitates and executes our monthly networking event. This volunteer works with venue (locations have been secured) on food & beverage, logistics and onsite management.
The Connex Coordinator assists the Connex Manager in planning, facilitating and executing our monthly networking event.
The Membership Ambassador assists the VP, Membership with tabling at events, including answering FAQs among members and prospects, greeting specific members and engaging with guests and membership.
The Graphic Designer designs and manages images and visual content for use in email marketing, social media and other online/offline channels. Graphic design experience required.
Volunteer Communications Coordinator
The Volunteer Communications Coordinator oversees and manages all chapter content related to volunteers across all channels. This includes: Reviewing webpages with Volunteer content to update as needed; Developing and review volunteer content in Chapter flyers, enewsletters, emails, social media to ensure consistency and effectiveness of messaging. Developing messaging, talk points as needed to help promote volunteerism among members, attendees at events, programs, etc.).
Volunteer Soiree Coordinator
The Volunteer Soiree Coordinator supports planning and management of the chapter’s year-end culminating event honoring volunteers of the current term 2018-19; helps secure venue; works with venue on food & beverage; logistics and event agenda; provides onsite support.
Complete the form below to be considered for a volunteer role. If you are not contacted within 2 weeks of your submission, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org