There are many benefits to volunteering with the PMI Rochester Chapter.

  • You can earn up to 25 PDUs per cycle for volunteering with the PMI Rochester Chapter. 

  • You make a difference in the PMI Rochester Chapter by helping your fellow members and the Project Management professional community throughout the Rochester and Ithaca regions.  

  • You learn new project management skills in the process as well as have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences.

  • It's a great way to meet new people in your profession and to network!  

The key to any effective organization is individuals who are committed to the common mission. The PMI Rochester Chapter has been fortunate to have many capable and motivated people participating in building and maintaining the chapter from the early days through to our most recent accomplishments.

As volunteers lead such PMI Rochester, run by volunteers and utilizes volunteers for most of the tasks needed to make it the organization that it is.

If you are interested in serving as a volunteer for the PMI Rochester Chapter, there are volunteer opportunities that range from assisting with event planning to work supporting the chapter website to serving our project management community as a member of the board.  Many positions require as little as two to four hours per month.  The amount of time that you spend as a volunteer is up to you and your availability.  It is through the dedication of our volunteers that a 700+ member organization can remain strong!

SHARE YOUR PASSION with others by considering serving one of these open volunteer positions today!

Director, Academic Outreach

Reporting to the VP of Outreach, the Director of Academic Outreach is responsible for developing and implementing a university/college level academic outreach strategy for the Chapter, with a focus on engaging students with PMI and the PMI Rochester chapter. Duties include:

  • Collaborate with Greater Rochester universities & colleges to identify specific program offerings in which PMI Rochester can collaborate.

  • Develop university/college outreach programs that will involve the PMI Rochester membership, like ROC THE Project, a collegiate competition.

  • Provide guidance and support to the PMI Rochester student branch.

  • Develop introductory project management virtual training

Commitment: 8-10 hours/month (estimate)
Term: 1 Year (minimum)


ROC The Project PM (Program Manager)

Reporting to the Director of Academic Outreach, this program manager role is responsible for leading and coordinating activities across the subteams for the ROC THE Project inititiave.  Duties include:

  • Be the point of contact for questions

  • Determine where subteams are needed and coach subteam project leaders

  • Ensure the schedule runs smoothly and deliverables are communicated in a timely manner. 

  • Work with Marketing Communications for  internal and external communications.

  • Collaborate with the Director of Corporate Affairs for executive judges, the Director of Community Affairs for key note speaker and non-profit theme

Desired Skills: 

  • PMP or CAPM certification

  • Demonstrated ability to manage a PMO

Commitment: 8-10 hours/month (estimate)
Term: 1 Year (minimum)



This volunteer position is responsible for leading and ensuring student teams understand the requirements of the PMBOK 6th edition during the ROC THE Project competition.  Volunteers should be PMP or CAPM certified, understand PMBOK 6th edition and have a passion to work with students.

1 – 2 Mentors will be assigned to a student team to be the point of contact for questions; coach and prepare the students for understanding project management and the requirements of the scenario; share questions or feedback with the ROC The Project team to help others in this role and ensure the students have a great experience with project management. 

 Key Dates                                              PotentialColleges/Universities

Kick off (1/26)                                                                             Alfred State – SUNY College of Technology

Phase 1 deliverables: 2/25                                                         Monroe Community College

Phase 2 deliverables: 3/18                                                         Roberts Wesleyan College

Phase 3 deliverables: 4/8                                                           St. John Fisher College

Phase 4 deliverables: 4/30                                                         Rochester Institute of Technology

Final presentation day: 5/5                                                         University of Rochester

Commitment: 1-2 hours per week depending on team and student experience level (estimate), feedback on PMO Panelists comments post deliverables.  Time commitment can be shared with second mentor.  Can be done remotely.

Term: Feb 5 to May 5

ROC THE Project HR Representative

This volunteer position is responsible for ensuring the scoring student team submissions are fair with timely, normalized and helpful feedback provided to the student teams.

PMO Panelists (judges) will use the scoring rubric and a collaborative judging session will be held (at end of each phase) estimated to be 2-3 hours.  Scores will be normalized and a useful, collective narrative/feedback will be sent to each team within 2 days.  1-2 HR reps would be needed at each judging sessions to provide advice and oversight for a fair process.

Commitment: Optional 2-3 hours for judging sessions per phase.  Can sign up for a single phase.   May 5 reverse career fair (opportunities for internships and jobs) 2 hours required but encouraged to stay the entire event (9AM to 3PM)

Term: Feb 20 to May 5

Community of Practice (CoPs)

Multiple roles for CoPs by topic (interest from 2016 Survey: PMO 48%, Agile 45%, Business Analysis 31%, IT 30%, Product Development/R&D 26%)

CoP=Communities of Practice… * Informal in nature,…will be designed to bring people together around a topic of interest … * Form and last as long as there is interest…an event a month … * Topic areas are from the general PMI Rochester survey … * Topic areas - AGILE, PMO

CoPs are Networking Opportunities… * Invite people from outside of PMI to interact on topic- CIM …  * Objectives-  Share expertise (engagement and…mentoring around a topic area - …  * Objectives- Increase engagement …AGILE CoP Topics

CoP Leader by topic (Agile, PMO)

Topic Leader

Form the CoP Topic List

Coordinate speakers or facilitate interest during meeting

Plan roadmap of meeting and calls

Reports to the Networking Director (networking@pmirochester.org)


3 years Topic experience as a practitioner

PMI membership required

Commitment: 2-5 hours per month.  Could sign up for a single meeting.  

Term: 1 year preferred

CoP Coordinator (could coordinate across CoP topics)

Help leader find speakers

Arrange meeting location and food as appropriate

Setup and establish calls, keep attendance and meetings, urveys using Star Chapter admin resources.

Take notes and gather input from CoP meetings

Reports to the Networking Director (networking@pmirochester.org)


Good organizational skills

PM experience

Could also be an admin type person

Commitment: 2-5 hours per month.  Could sign up for a single meeting.  

Term: 1 year preferred


For more information contact Sonya Piotrowski, Director of Volunteers, at volunteers@pmirochester.org.

Updated: 03/05/2018