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Volunteer Application
Thanks for your interest in volunteering with DEF! Below you will find examples of different volunteer roles that are available. If you are unsure about anything, feel free to select for roles and teams you think would be of interest. You can also contact us at if you have any questions.

Engagement Team Lead.
Responsible for developing and executing the engagement and outreach plan for DEF.  This includes working with external partners to create lasting relationships to advance DEF’s mission.  Currently, the Engagement Team consists of 3 sub-teams:  Congressional Engagement, Private Sector Company Engagement (includes corporate membership), and Public Sector Engagement.  Each of these teams is designed to identify organizations with which DEF would like to build relationships, engage with them to initiate a relationship, and ultimately maintain and grow the relationship to advance national security.

Firestarter Fellowship Co-Lead.
Help be part of the Firestarter Fellowship leadership team. Work directly with our Firestarter Fellows and the fellowship program. Support all phases including application review, marketing and advocacy. Will work closely with the Firestarter Fellowship Lead and National Programs Director. Time commitment is 2-5 hours per week.

Annual Conference Lead.
Lead all planning and coordination for the annual DEF conference. Work closely with the DEF leadership team. Responsible for all aspects of conference planning with plenty of support from a diverse and highly capable cadre of DEF volunteer. Will work closely with the Programs Team Lead. Time commitment is 2-5 hours per week initially, and increasing closer to the conference in September 2019.

Social Media Team.
Engages the DEF and national security communities on a variety of social media platforms. Responsible for working as part of marketing team by using Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to provide information to a diverse network. Familiarity with Buffer, live video, and other interactive elements is a plus. Time commitment is 5-10 hours per week.

Agora Team.
Supports monthly event planners and community strategy. Responsible for identifying trends and topics of interest, recommending improved or new mechanisms for supporting the DEF community, and building connections to entrepreneurs, academia, and national security elements in diverse environments. Familiarity with Slack, Google Docs, and Trello is ideal, but training is available. Will work closely with the Community Engagement Director and Community Development Director. Time commitment is 2-5 hours per week.

Community Team.
Help bring new DEF members into the community. Responsible for facilitating a program that welcomes new members into physical and digital communities and determines how DEF can support them. Familiarity with Slack, Google Docs, and Trello is ideal, but training is available. Will work closely with the Agora Director and Community Development Director. Time commitment is 2-5 hours per week.
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Are you a member of DEF? *
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How are you currently involved in the DEF community? *
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Which volunteer team(s) are you most interested in joining?
Please select no more than the top five (5) to help us better understand how you want to help.
Were you referred to a specific team? If so, which team, and by whom?
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How have you been involved in the national security ecosystem in the past? *
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Why do you want to volunteer for DEF? *
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What is your availability on the average week day? Weekend? *
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