We are an all-volunteer organization focused on advancing the public relations profession. Your input and ideas are what make our chapter great!
We offer many volunteer opportunities. Commitments range in length from one-time projects, to short-term assignments, to year-long Board or Committee Chair positions.
Our leaders are selected based on their skill set, motivation, time commitment, ability to build and lead teams, and a desire to build valuable programs.
Learn more about chair and committee position requirements. If you are unable to take on a Chair position, please consider joining a committee as a volunteer. Check it out:
- Advocacy – create a broader, deeper understanding of the value of public relations among key internal and external stakeholders. The Chapter Advocacy Chair creates advocacy goals and helps build PRSA’s reputation as a leading voice on important industry, societal and global issues.
- APR – Accreditation in Public Relations is earned through the demonstration of broad professional knowledge, strategic perspective, and sound professional judgment based on experience. Accreditation is a valuable mark of distinction for PR practitioners with a strong commitment to the profession and PRSA’s code of ethics.
- Diversity – PRSA began its first diversity outreach more than 20 years ago, when a number of interested professionals approached the national leadership about forming a committee. Soon thereafter, a multicultural communications committee was formed that worked as part of the national leadership committee structure for a number of years.
- Ethics- the goal of this committee is to promote and inspire the highest levels of ethical behavior and performance among chapter members.
- Inside the Newsroom Series – this quarterly series offers an inside look into the hottest newsrooms.=
- Job Bank – our job bank is a great way to reach communication professionals in Silicon Valley. Job bank volunteers could assist with the posting of job opportunities, interface with employers, and generally market the job bank area to our members, as part of their member benefits.
- Marketing – help edit and write compelling copy that is ultimately distributed in email communications or posted on the our website.
- Membership – PRSA offers each of us valuable tools and best practices to help advance our careers. Support this committee by staffing our event sign-up booth, reaching out to new National members in our area, or spreading the word about promotions.If you’re not already involved, now’s the time to join and heighten your profile in the industry.
- Mentorship – mentoring young professionals is one way to give back and take leadership role. This committee works closely with the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), which today has more than 9,600 members in 284 universities across the country.
- Partnerships & Alliances – develops partnerships and/or alliances with other associations or groups that compliment its overall goal and mission. Volunteers in this area will assist in ensuring that the commitments made to our partners are met and that new partnerships and alliances are initiated as identified.
- Sponsorship – seeks sponsorships to underwrite the programs and services we offer to our local PR professionals. Sponsorships are aligned with specific initiatives of the Chapter and encompass both financial and in-kind services to enhance the quality and extent of our member benefits. Volunteers in this area will seek to renew existing sponsorships or develop new ones as necessary. chapter programs + events .
- Professional Development Workshops + Seminars – Continuous improvement is essential for the fast changing world of public relations, whether you’re just entering the field or you’re a seasoned veteran. The Professional Development Committee is seeking volunteers to help develop, market and execute professional development events, including identifying issues, arranging speakers, coordinating event and site logistics, and promoting workshops.
- Networking Events – Network with your peers and expand your circle of colleagues and contacts at Chapter events. Chapter events give you the opportunity to network with your peers and expand your circle of colleagues and contacts. This committee is looking for volunteers to help coordinate and manage the networking events, typically held at PR agencies throughout the Silicon Valley. We also have at least one joint meeting with the San Francisco Chapter and have adopted the practice of the “Annual San Jose Giants Baseball Game” event sometime in June – early summer.