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This FAQ contains answers to general questions related to NAR’s committee appointment process.


Why should I serve on a committee?
How can I apply to a committee?
Do I have to be a member of the National Association of REALTORS to serve on a committee?
How long are committee terms?
What is the timeline for the committee appointment process?
Is there a fee to serve on a committee or do I get paid for committee work?
Who makes committee appointments?
What staff support is available to appointed committee members?
What are the criteria to serve on a committee?
Can I choose the committee I want to serve on?
Is there a limit to how many committees I can serve on?
How many committees may I apply for?
Are national directors required to apply for a NAR committee appointment?
Why must a member submit an expertise profile along with their committee application? 
Am I required to upload a photo in my expertise profile?
Do I need to submit an application in order to be considered for a state or affiliate representative position?
May I submit a committee application for someone else?
If I am serving on a committee in a continuing term, do I still need to submit an application?
If I am serving as a Vice Chair on a committee, do I need to submit an application?
Can I submit an application after the deadline date?
If I made a mistake or left something out of my application after it has been submitted, can I make changes or do I have to resubmit the application?
When can I submit an endorsement for a member? 
How many endorsements may I receive?
Who can submit endorsements?
Can NAR Officers and appointed Vice Presidents accept a member's request for an endorsement?
How will I know that my endorsements have been received?
Must my endorsements be received by the deadline?
Do committees meet via conference call or in person?
Is it necessary/mandatory to attend every committee meeting?
Do I get reimbursed for any type of travel to the meeting?
How can I find out the next meeting date for a committee?
What if I don’t get selected?
If I’m not selected to serve on a committee, what else can I do to get involved?
Who can I contact with other questions?



Why should I serve on a committee?
NAR’s committees are a great forum for debate and discussion. Being on a committee allows you to contribute to the decision-making process, and gain national experience beneficial for those seeking a leadership role.

How can I apply to a committee?
Applying to a committee is simple; visit the committee application webpage to get started: www.nar.realtor/CommitteeApplication

Do I have to be a member of the National Association of REALTORS to serve on a committee?
Yes, committee service is a member benefit.

How long are committee terms?
Terms of service range from one to three years. Review the Committee Structure Document for specifics, including purpose, composition, and term of each committee.

What is the timeline for the committee appointment process?
The committee application website opens on April 3, 2017. For a complete list of deadline dates, see the Committee Appointment Process Timeline.

Is there a fee to serve on a committee or do I get paid for committee work?
No. Committee membership is a volunteer position.

Who makes committee appointments?
The President-Elect makes the appointments for vacancies occurring in the year of his/her presidency. The First Vice President makes the appointments for Vice Chair positions.

What staff support is available to appointed committee members?
Each committee is supported by one, sometimes two, staff executives, who attend each committee meeting and assist the committee in a broad variety of ways. These include the conceptualization and implementation of activities, tracking follow-up between meetings, drafting agendas, minutes and reports, communication with other committee staff executives, and providing general support in accomplishing the mission of the committee within the structure of the association.

What are the criteria to serve on a committee?
Please review a committee’s desired membership qualifications in the Committee Structure Document.

Can I choose the committee I want to serve on?
If you have an area of particular interest or expertise, it would be very helpful to make this known in your member expertise profile. Such preferences are taken into consideration in the appointment process.

Is there a limit to how many committees I can serve on?
Yes. A member shall not serve on more than three committees/ongoing groups at the same time. Exceptions may be made at the discretion of the President-Elect.

How many committees may I apply for?
Members may submit applications for up to 5 committees, ranked in order of preference. It is encouraged to review the time and date of the meeting times of the committees you are submitting an application for to avoid time conflicts.

Are national directors required to apply for a NAR committee appointment?
All NAR Board of Directors are strongly encouraged to apply to serve on a NAR committee. Every effort will be made to provide an upcoming director with his or her preference for a committee assignment.

Why must a member submit an expertise profile along with their committee application? 
The member expertise profile will provide Leadership with key information about the applicant’s professional and association experience. The information in the expertise profile will be used as a resource when identifying members to serve on a committee(s).

Am I required to upload a photo in my expertise profile?
A photo of you aids in personalizing your expertise profile. While you are not required to upload a photo, please do so in order to assist the selection team in getting to know their colleagues. If you have difficulty uploading a photo, please contact Erin Menet, Committee Administrator, at emenet@realtors.org.

Do I need to submit an application in order to be considered for a state or affiliate representative position?
Yes. When recommending representatives, state association and affiliate executives will only be able to select names from members who have submitted applications. They will not be able to recommend anyone who did not submit an application.

May I submit a committee application for someone else?
No, applications cannot be submitted for someone else. If there is a specific member you want to be considered to serve on a committee, he/she must submit an application.

If I am serving on a committee in a continuing term, do I still need to submit an application?
No, the application system will prevent members in continuing terms to submit an application for the same committee. If you would like to be considered for an additional committee appointment, then an application must be submitted

If I am serving as a Vice Chair on a committee, do I need to submit an application?
No, Vice Chairs will ascend to the Chair position at the approval of the President-Elect. Vice Chairs are required to have an updated expertise profile.

Can I submit an application after the deadline date?
No, late applications will not be accepted or considered. The committee application website will close at 11:59 p.m. CT on May 23, 2017.

If I made a mistake or left something out of my application after it has been submitted, can I make changes or do I have to resubmit the application?
Yes, you are able to delete an application and resubmit prior to the application deadline on May 23, 2017. It is important to note that if you delete your application, any endorsements received will also be deleted. Revisions to your expertise profile may be made at any time.

When can I submit an endorsement for a member? 
After a member submits an application, s/he will provide their endorsers with a unique link to access the endorsement page online. The link will be available automatically after an application is submitted.

How many endorsements may I receive?
Members who have submitted an application to serve on a committee may obtain up to three (3) endorsements from member colleagues regarding their qualifications per each application. After three (3) endorsements have been submitted for an application, the system will not accept additional endorsements.

Who can submit endorsements?
Affiliate CEO/EVP, Affiliate Past President, Affiliate President, Affiliate President-Elect, Committee Liaison, Communications Director, Local Education Director, Local Executive Officer, Local Government Affairs Director, Local Past President, Local President, Local President Elect, Local Staff, MLS Director, National Chair, National Director, National Vice Chair, NAR DSA Recipient, NAR International Member, NAR Member, NAR Past President, Past NAR Officer, Past Regional Vice President, Regional Vice President, State Education Director, State Executive Officer, State Government Affairs Director, State Past President, State President, State President Elect, State Staff.

Can NAR Officers and appointed Vice Presidents accept a member's request for an endorsement?
No. As national leaders or staff they have a distinctive role in the committee appointment process and endorsing a member’s committee application is not permitted.

How will I know that my endorsements have been received?
You will be able to view your endorsements under your submitted applications. You will only be able to view your endorser’s name and title.

Must my endorsements be received by the deadline?
Yes, endorsements must be submitted by the May 23 deadline when the database closes.

Do committees meet via conference call or in person?
Most committees meet in person at REALTORS® Legislative Meetings in May and REALTORS® Conference & Expo in November. Some committees may conduct conference call or webinar meetings in addition to their face-to-face meetings.

Is it necessary/mandatory to attend every committee meeting?
Committee chairs, vice chairs and members accept the responsibility for carrying out the goals of their committee(s) when appointed, and attendance at the two annual business meetings is part of that responsibility. See Meeting Policies & Procedures for more information.

Do I get reimbursed for any type of travel to the meeting?
Most committees meet at the regular business meetings of the National Association; all members of committees, including chairs and vice chairs, are responsible for paying their own meeting expenses. However, if your committee meets outside of the two annual meetings, your expenses will be reimbursed.

How can I find out the next meeting date for a committee?
All scheduled committee meetings are posted on NAR’s website, along with a list of current members and prior meeting minutes. Visit the NAR committee webpage for this information.

What if I don’t get selected?
With just 2,500 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.

If I’m not selected to serve on a committee, what else can I do to get involved?

  • Apply for the NAR Leadership Academy
  • Attend a committee meeting that you are interested in. Unless there are exceptional reasons for confidentiality, meetings of the Association are open to any member.
  • Consider committee opportunities at the state and local level to gain experience.

Who can I contact with other questions?
If you have questions about serving on a committee or the application process, please contact:

Erin Menet, Committee Administrator
NAR Executive Offices
312-329-8434
emenet@realtors.org

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