ΣΑΜ Alumni Volunteer  

Start with our Volunteer Interest Form

 

 

We are ready to assist our alumni volunteers and alumni associations.

Take a look at the teams listed below, and click the down arrow to

learn the charge of committee serving opportunities available to you.

 

 

 

 

 

Board of Directors  

There are opportunities for Sigma Alpha Mu alumni to serve on the boards of Octagon, Endowment Fund, Foundation, and SAM National Properties.

Octagon

Experience with strategic planning, accounting/finances, legal, risk management, marketing, human resources, participation on non-profit board 

 

Endowment Fund

Experience with finance, real estate, legal, accounting, property financing or loans, investment management, non-profit set aside funds, participation on non-profit boards

 

Foundation

Experience in foundation or 501(c)3 boards, development and fundraising background, investment management, grants, scholarships, or donor relations

 

SAM National Properties

Experience with finance, investor development, real estate sales, property management, banking, risk management, legal, accounting

Alumni Advisory Board

Support and guide the chapter officers and serve as mentors for the undergraduate leaders. Advisors should have open communication with the Chapter Council, fraternity staff, and university administrators.

  • Familiarize yourself with the Sigma Alpha Mu Policies to hold chapters accountable
  • Serve as a resource and be in regular contact with the undergraduate leaders. Advisors are expected to be present for at least one chapter meeting a month (in person or virtually) if not more.
  • Meet with the candidate class during the new member period.

Alumni & Volunteer Engagement

Develop program recommendation and initiatives to encourage and support the involvement of alumni in the Fraternity. Assist staff with implementation of programs/initiatives approved by the Octagon.

  • Implement 2009 volunteer engagement proposal
  • Launch professional networks for alumni (e.g. SAM Bar, SAM CPA, etc)
  • Provide resources and support to alumni clubs/reunions/anniversaries

 

Audit 

Develop program recommendation and initiatives to encourage and support the involvement of alumni in the Fraternity. Assist staff with implementation of programs/initiatives approved by the Octagon.

  • Engage professional firm to conduct the audit of the Fraternity, review and provide feedback to the auditors and the Octagon 
  • Conduct an internal audit methodology to be independent of the auditors
  • Develop scope of work annually and source RFP for auditors at least once every three years

 

Blue Book Task Force 

Identify and solicit opportunities to make changes to the Blue Book. Provide feedback to Octagon on the implications of recommended policy changes

  • Solicit membership for changes to the Blue Book
  • Provide feedback on proposed policy changes to the Blue Book

 

Boy Scouts

Develop a mutually beneficial partnership with the Boy Scouts of America through the National Jewish Committee on Scouting to engage young men and their fathers in values-based programming.  

  • Provide outreach to Synagogues about chartering a Scouting Unit 
  • Develop a communications plan for the Fraternity messaging to alumni
  • Identify current or past Scouts in Sigma Alpha Mu

 

Education 

Implement the educational strategic plan of Sigma Alpha Mu to help grow leadership capacity within Sigma Alpha Mu. 

  • Implement stated objectives of the Educational Strategic Plan (June 2015)
  • Develop assessment strategy for fraternity programs Enhance and Execute established programming: DLI, CLD, and LC
  • Create and Implement an online education plan
  • Determine desired learning outcomes for fraternity membership throughout the undergraduate experience

 

Expansion

If you are interested in helping restart your dormant chapter, we need individuals to help with university engagement and advisory support of a new chapter. Sigma Alpha Mu's Director of Expansion will support these efforts.

  • Identify prospective students interested in restarting a chapter
  • Work with university administration and/or IFC to gain support for the chapter's return
  • Identify other alumni who might help with alumni events or alumni advisory board
  • Work with the Director of Expansion to coordinate efforts and promotional materials

 

Finance  

To ensure the financial health of the Fraternity through the development of the annual budget and review of financial reports. 

 

  • Develop an annual budget proposal for the Octagon with input from all the Sigma Alpha Mu related entities 
  • Provide recommendations to staff regarding grant applications and reimbursement procedures 
  • Review financial reports

 

Fraternity Chaplain  

Identify opportunities to support outreach efforts. 

  • Provide counsel to members in crisis
  • Advise committees on outreach opportunities
  • Lead Memorial Service and Chaplain Committee at Convention

 

Historian

Identify opportunities to preserve and promote the archives of the Fraternity. 

Develop an archival plan

  • Assess objects and archives by the Fraternity
  • Create a proposal to make historical artifacts and publications available to our membership and stakeholders

 

Legal  

Provide counsel on legal issues and protect the interests of the Fraternity

  • Review claims and provides guidance related to legal strategies
  • Consider exposure related to governance, compliance and legal structure
  • Develop sample contracts and agreements
  • Advise staff on issues with potential legal implications

 

Marketing and Communication 

Guide the communications of the fraternity with its constituents.

  • Audit existing communications strategies, channels, and campaigns
  • Innovate the quarterly digital and print publication of the Octagonian
  • Set standards for Social Media use at the chapter and member level
  • Evaluate public relations policies and make recommendations for the evolution of said policies. 
  • Audit existing communications and publications
  • Develop communication strategies and plan to advance our strategic plan and the fraternity’s brand
  • Identify opportunities to enhance the fraternity’s brand with partner organizations (Jewish entities and Higher Education)
  • Provide editorial support for the Octagonian
  • Improve the effectiveness of digital communication channels

 

Philanthropy & Community Service  

Make recommendations to Octagon regarding philanthropic and community service efforts.

  • Coordinate execution of service project at SAM Leadership Conference. 
  • Develop strategies to increase philanthropic dollars raised and community service hours performed by chapters
  • Help partner and promote the SAM Foundation’s efforts. 
  • Communicate with the philanthropic/service partner contacts

 

Recognition

Provide recognition from the Fraternity to deserving individuals and chapters that exemplify our standards.

  • Identify and recommend chapter and individual awards that are outlined in the Blue Book.
  • Evaluate Chapter Performance Reports submitted by chapters, compile scores and outline areas of improvement for each chapter.

 

Risk Management & Insurance 

Review Risk Management Policy and risk-related insurance issues and make recommendations about policy to the Octagon. Participate in Risk Management and Insurance Contribution effort to advise the Budget/Finance Committee in annual preparation of the risk management budget portion of the Fraternity's overall budgeting process.  

  • Assist staff in the implementation of insurance and risk management program.
  • Review and recommend policy updates related to Risk Management
  • Assess the effectiveness and adapt RMIC allocation model
  • Review insurance coverages (GL, Excess, Commercial Crime, D&O, Cyber, Property)

 

Scholarships

Promote and encourage a high standard of undergraduate academic achievement. This is not associated with the review of Foundation scholarship applicants.

  • Consult with chapters regarding individual academic counseling
  • Review chapter scholarship programming in the annual chapter performance reports (CPR)
  • Review scholarship section of the Chapter Performance Reports in conjunction with the recognition committee

Standards

Review allegations of violations of Fraternity policy by chapters and members to determine appropriate sanctions and remediation. Review procedures and develop method for processing disciplinary cases.

  • Follow standard operating procedures to investigate and address allegations of policy violation
  • Recommend the suspension of a chapter or suspension/expulsion of a member to the Octagon
  • Propose educational content for proactive risk management training
  • Review Risk Management section of the Chapter Performance Reports in conjunction with the recognition committee
  • Provide recommendations to the Risk Management & Insurance Committee for policy updates

 

Questions? 

Please Contact Director of Communications & Alumni Engagement Kelby Dolan, kelby@sam.org