During the National Leadership and Skills Conference each year, SkillsUSA delegates from across the country elect 15 of their peers to serve as student leaders for the organization – national officers. There are five high school at-large positions, five high-school regional vice presidents and five at-large college/postsecondary officers. These student leaders serve in a variety of roles throughout their year of service. As leaders, they serve as communicators, advocates and facilitators. The national officer team leads both national conferences: the SkillsUSA Washington Leadership Institute and the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. They also serve local chapters and teach members skills from the SkillsUSA Framework that will help them become career-ready. Additionally, they serve as teammates to one another as they build relationships with members across the nation.
Being a national officer is the ultimate growth, personal development and student leadership experience in SkillsUSA. The overall program focuses on five key essential elements of the SkillsUSA Framework: responsibility, communication, teamwork, leadership and professional development. The skills learned through this leadership program will help officers not only be successful in serving the organization, but also throughout their lives and careers.
National Officer Candidates
Potential candidates should be dedicated to SkillsUSA, have a desire to serve the members of the organization, be able to work in a team and be willing to learn and grow.
The National Officer Program Guide has been created to assist SkillsUSA state directors, advisors and members in research and preparation for national officer candidacy. This guide is an overview of the national officer program from beginning (candidacy) to end (completion of year of service.) Each section of the national officer program guide provides information for state directors, advisors, members, parents, etc., in understanding the expectations of the job description, candidate events onsite at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference, as well as qualifications, rules and schedules. In addition, we have provided preparation suggestions and resources for national officer candidates.
National Officer Application Process
Running for national office is an exciting time filled with opportunities to strengthen your personal growth and leadership skills. Be sure to take advantage of the resources provided in the new National Officer Program Guide (pages 18 – 19) that relate to the roles and responsibilities of a national officer and can assist you on your journey of discovering your talents and passions. If elected as a student leader, these resources will ensure you are not only successful in serving the organization during your year of service, but also throughout your life and future opportunities.
The national officer candidate application is available online only, but there are several items you need to prepare before starting the online application, as it will not save unfinished work. Please review pages 16 – 18 of the National Officer Program Guide for detailed information and instructions on the application process.
For questions regarding the national officer selection process (candidates) and delegates: