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Volunteer Interest Form

Make a Difference—Become a Volunteer!

To volunteer for a working group, task force, or to be a presenter please fill out the form below.

If you'd like to make a contribution of your time and talent and be part of a unique and positive community of member-leaders, consider becoming a volunteer with the International System Safety Society (ISSS). Participating as an ISSS volunteer is a rewarding and enjoyable experience. Whether it is through ongoing service or a one-time commitment, volunteer support enables ISSS to deliver its mission to enhance system safety. There is a real sense of camaraderie among ISSS volunteers, and the generosity of our member-leaders is impressive.

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your profession and maximize the value of your membership investment. Here are some benefits of volunteering:

Be in the know: How often have you wondered about what's going on with the society, or is anyone really paying attention? ISSS volunteers are on the leading edge of conversations about issues affecting the society and system safety. Volunteers gain access to key decision-makers, and they often receive additional communication about the society's plans and activities.

Networking opportunities: Studies show that volunteers develop stronger relationships with their colleagues, which often leads to business referrals and future employment opportunities. By volunteering, you can develop new friendships and interact with your colleagues beyond the daily grind of work.

Develop leadership skills: Volunteering is a great way to develop leadership skills and grow professionally. Volunteers play a critical role in guiding ISSS. We have multiple opportunities to lead teams and manage projects.

Make a difference: Do you believe that system safety professionals play an essential role in protecting the public? If so, you can make a positive difference by helping ISSS provide better service to its members. Your active participation will help to influence the quality of the services offered and ensure that ISSS is positioned to advance the profession.

Have Fun: Yes, volunteers have fun! It is rewarding to see a project accomplished. ISSS members are good about celebrating success and toasting a job well done. ISSS members embrace the ethic of work hard, play hard.

Volunteer Opportunities

Publicity Information Stewards
  • The committee is responsible for identifying content that would be of interest to the system safety community, gathering resource materials, and developing a strategy for information dissemination. This group will support the ISSS communication channels such as the newsletter, social media and web page discussion forum
  • This committee operates under the direction of the Director of Publicity and Media. There is staff support to help create and schedule social media posts and proofread/edit material for the newsletter. 

System Safety Conference Planning Committee
  • This committee is responsible for planning the annual System Safety Conference. The committee will advise on the conference structure, session topics, event logistics and promotional outreach efforts. The committee will also identify speakers, session moderators and sponsors, and coordinate with partnering organizations.
  • This committee operates under the direction of the Director of Conferences. 

Newsletter Content Generator/Interviewer
  • This role is for individuals who are able to assist with generating content for the monthly newsletter. We are looking for relevant articles written by ISSS members or key system safety thought leaders. We are also looking for individuals to interview ISSS fellows and senior members and write member spotlight articles.
  • These individuals operate under the direction of the Newsletter Editor and the Director of Publicity and Media. A staff editor reviews content for grammar and style.

Sponsorship and Publication Advertising Outreach Coordinator
  • This role is to help guide the society's efforts to generate sponsorship and advertising revenue. This person will work closely with the ISSS staff team and the Executive Council to generate leads, review the prospect lists and assist with sales calls to potential advertisers and sponsors.
  • This individual operates under the direction of the Director of Publicity and Media and coordinates with the newsletter and journal editors and the annual conference planning committee. 

Journal of System Safety Editorial Board Member
  • This role is to assist the Journal Editor in soliciting and reviewing articles for publication in the Journal. Editorial board members play an essential role in ensuring the quality of the publication by providing peer review and feedback to article authors and by offering guidance on topics of interest to system safety professionals. Editorial board members are also asked to assist with identifying potential sponsors and advertisers. 
  • The editorial board operates under the direction of the Journal of System Safety Editor.

Webinar Topic Screening and Content Review Committee
  • This role is to assist in developing the society's online webinar and training program as part of the ongoing commitment to providing high-quality professional development offerings for the system safety community. Committee members are expected to help identify topics of interest to system safety professionals and assist with outreach to presenters. Committee members also serve as moderators for online sessions.   
  • This committee operates under the direction of the Committee Chair and the Executive Council. 

Curriculum Development Coordinator
  • The role is to provide leadership for the development of the society's standardized curriculum initiative. This individual will lead a committee of system safety professionals to map out learning objectives and the critical knowledge that must be transferred by each class, entry-level conditions and exit capabilities. The coordinator is responsible for mapping current training offerings into our curriculum matrix or rubric so that we can begin to negotiate the terms of an ISSS training marketplace.
  • This individual operates under the direction of the OVP for Professional Development and collaborates with the webinar review and conference planning committees. 

Standards and Guidelines Development Coordinator
  • This role is to lead the society's standards development initiative, which is focused on defining the baseline standards for a system safety office. Potential standards might look similar to ISO9001 and may address what a system safety office should do, how it is connected, how it reports, its visibility into the projects, how to staff internal quality controls, etc.
  • This individual operates under the Director for Education and Professional Development.

ISSS Training Coordinator
  • This role is for a member to lead the effort to design and deliver ISSS training and work with independent training providers to form "standard practices for training system safety." The coordinator helps to balance the training opportunities at conferences and ensure that the society can responsibly support ongoing career development.
  • This individual operates under the OVP for Professional Development and collaborates with the webinar and conference planning committees. 

University Outreach Coordinator
  • This role is to develop and maintain relationships with universities and academic leaders to facilitate the Society's STEM support activities. The coordinator will focus on outreach efforts and university engagements to inform students and staff about the role of system safety in the design of safety-critical products, services, and solutions.
  • This position operating under the direction of the OVP for Education

Program Management Facilitator/Guide
  • This role is to assist the society President and Executive Council in developing a uniform, systematic methodology around program management best practices and advancing strategic actions. This individual will serve as the point position for helping the Executive Council focus on achieving strategic outcomes.
  • This position reports to the ISSS President and the Executive Council.

Information Officer
  • This role is for an individual to assist with information management for the society. The Information Officer maintains libraries, develops polling tools, and envisions and facilitates strategic outreach into global society to keep the ISSS informed and able to adapt to trends. The focus is to help the society operate more effectively.
  • This position reports to the President and coordinates with the ISSS staff team.


By completing this form, you have read and agree to the International System Safety Society volunteer requirements, expectations, and eligibility policies.

International System Safety volunteer requirements, expectations, and eligibility.

All volunteers must hold current memberships with the International System Safety Society (ISSS). Most volunteer participation on working groups and taskforces will be held via teleconference. As an ISSS volunteer, we expect you to attend scheduled meetings and to promptly respond to requests from your chairperson, ISSS staff, and fellow volunteers. You will be responsible for completing tasks/projects that you volunteer to do. The ISSS Executive Council establishes the goals for the working groups and task forces.

After you submit your volunteer request, ISSS staff or the chairperson will contact you to confirm your volunteer appointment and put you in touch with your fellow volunteers.

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