Running for National office is an opportunity for you to gain unparalleled leadership experience and join a community of some of the most successful professionals in public relations.
The National Committee is made up of the National President, the immediate past president, seven vice presidents, the FORUM® editor in chief, the National Professional and Faculty Advisers, and the PRSA vice president of Education.
If you’re thinking about running for an office, review the PRSSA Situation Analysis (PDF) to learn about the responsibilities of each National Committee member. The Situation Analysis provides an overview of the Society’s history, research and timelines, and explains each National Committee position’s responsibilities and programs.
Also, contact the current National Committee member(s) who holds the office(s) you find interesting. Ask about their role and the qualifications for their position, and review PRSSA’s National Committee position descriptions (PDF).
Before you commit to running for National office, ensure you meet the following requirements:
The vice presidents on the National Committee are elected each year at the National Assembly, and serve a one-year term, starting June 1 and ending May 31 of the following year. If you are interested in running for a vice president position on the National Committee, you’ll follow the following steps:
If your Chapter is interested in producing FORUM, you’ll need to select an editor in chief candidate to present your bid to the National Committee at their National Assembly meeting. Intent-to-bid forms (Word or PDF) are due the same time as candidate nomination forms and have full details about bidding requirements. The FORUM editor in chief serves a one-year term, starting June 1 and ending May 31 of the following year.
To run for National President, you must be a member of the National Committee. If one or zero members of the National Committee wish to run for National President, then candidacy opens to all PRSSA members. In this situation, information about running for National President will be provided to all members. The National President serves one-year as National President and the following year as the immediate past president. Each term starts June 1 and ends May 31 of the following year.
The National Faculty and Professional Advisers serve two-year terms, starting June 1 and ending May 31 two years later. If you are interested in applying for either of these positions, contact the current National Faculty or Professional Adviser to learn more about the position, and PRSSA Headquarters to learn when applications will be due.