When it comes to making decisions at the national level, NARs’ committees, advisory boards, forums, and councils are the first place where ideas are discussed and voted upon before being approved by the Board of Directors.
Why Serve on a National Committee?
Committees help shape the direction of NAR and its policies. If you want your voice to be heard and want to contribute to the decision-making process, NARs' committees are a great forum for debate and discussion. Experience on national committees is beneficial for those interested in seeking a future leadership role.
How Do I Get Involved?
There are three main stages in the committee selection process. The first stage is the committee recommendation period from mid-March to mid-May the year prior to the appointment year. Although an Expertise Profile is not required, it is highly encouraged because it shows Leadership the experience you have beyond what is written in the recommendation form.
The second stage is the selection process. State Association Executives have an opportunity to make recommendations and provide feedback on recommendations for their state. All appointments are approved by the incoming President.
The final stage is the notification process. Chairs and vice chairs receive an appointment letter between mid-July and late August. All other positions receive an appointment letter via email in early October.
How Do Recommendations Get Approved?
Recommendations are presented to the Executive Committee who can approve, approve with an amendment, defeat, or refer them for further study. The committee’s recommendation is then presented to the Board of Directors who makes the final decision, unless it pertains to the Code of Ethics or Bylaws (in which case, it is then presented to the Delegate Body for a final decision).
What If I Don’t Get Selected?
Unfortunately, with just 2,000 positions available, NAR is unable to appoint everyone who submits an application. The Association encourages members to try again the following year. Also, potential candidates should consider committee opportunities at the state and local level to gain experience. Many of those serving on national committees have had years of experience at the local or state level.