Volunteer Interest Form

Volunteer Interest Form 2016-04-01T21:07:43+00:00

Volunteer Interest

The California Society of Municipal Financers Officers (CSMFO) is a community of individuals who dedicate their lives to civil service and promote excellence in financial management through innovation, continuing education and professional development. Those who volunteer to support the CSMFO mission—on a committee, at the chapter level or as a member of the Board—will tell you the value they receive from their active involvement with CSMFO is immeasurable.

For those individuals who are ready to take on a greater role and begin contributing to the strength of the government finance profession, we invite you to volunteer for one of the many opportunities available, and CSMFO will make every effort to fulfill your request. We also understand you may have questions about these volunteer opportunities before you commit, and we encourage you to reach out to CSMFO’s Executive Director, Melissa Dixon, who would be happy to answer your question or direct you to the appropriate CSMFO leader.

Submit your requests or questions to CSMFO’s Executive Director, Melissa Dixon at 877.282.9183, melissa.dixon@staff.csmfo.org, or by filling out the form below.

  • Chapter participation requires approximately 3-5 hours per meeting.

    Chapter Chairs generally serve at least a one-year term, and remain in office until they identify a successor. Other volunteer assistance can be on a per-meeting basis.

    CSMFO is divided into twenty (20) regional chapters. Some chapters meet annually, some quarterly, others every other month. Each chapter is managed by volunteer officers responsible for identifying the date, location, topic, and speaker for the meetings, as well as for promotion of the meeting.
    Approximate time commitment: 5-10 hours per meeting, including planning and preparation

  • Committee participation requires approximately 2-4 hours per month.

    Officer positions are appointed by the incoming President at the beginning of each year, but member positions are open to appointment by the Committee Chair year-round. Meetings are generally conducted by conference calls.

  • Reviews monthly CSMFO financial reports; reviews and updates policies and procedures as needed; manages contracts; conducts annual consultants’ survey.
    Manages CSMFO’s educational offerings, including scheduling in-person courses, webinars and Weekend Training; collaborates with other organizations as it may meet the needs of CSMFO members; works with CSMFO Coaching Program consultant.
    Solicits and prescreens locations and recommends to the Board the sites for future Annual Conferences.
    Solicits new members; promotes the benefits of CSMFO; contacts non-renewing members; determines avenues for membership engagement.
    Recognizes excellence in financial reporting and budgeting; encourages improved techniques for budget preparation and presentation; develops suggested systems and procedures, as needed; advises the CSMFO membership on technical publications and issues, as needed.
    Manages the educational content of the Annual Conference, including conducting calls for presentations, working with speaker bureaus, developing schedule of classes, coordinating speakers and moderators for each session.
    Manages CSMFO’s website and internet presence, including social media; looks for ways to enhance the effectiveness and use of technology by CSMFO and its members.
  • Other avenues of participation are also available. Time commitments vary, as outlined below.

    League Policy Committee Representatives:
    League Policy Committee Representatives are appointed annually in October for a one-year term beginning the following January. Attendance at the meetings is mandatory, and reporting to the CSMFO Board after each meeting is requested. Please visit the League of California Cities’ website for information on specific committees.
    Approximate time commitment: 3-4 in-person meetings annually. Some travel is required.

    CAFR/Budget Reviewers:
    Each year, CSMFO receives approximately 100 award submissions. Each volunteer generally receives one budget to review annually between the months of September through January to determine if it meets the criteria for recognition. Approximate time commitment: 2-3 hours annually.

    MiniNews Contributor:
    CSMFO distributes a monthly e-newsletter, the CSMFO MiniNews. We are always looking for articles (no sales pitches, please). Submissions are due by the 25th of the month for the following month’s issue. Approximate time commitment: 2-3 hours per submission.

  • Additional information can be found in the Bylaws, administrative handbook and Roles and Responsibilities documents available on the CSMFO website.

    Thank you for your interest in CSMFO!

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