National Officer Selection Process

Service: That's what holding an FFA office, whether it is a chapter, state or national, is all about. Service means giving assistance to another or in this case, to your chapter, state or the National FFA Organization for the benefit of fellow FFA members.

Every state and even every chapter have a way that they select their officers and the national organization has their own way to select national officers, too. The organization commissioned an extensive study on the qualities, known as competencies that all officers need to succeed. We are sharing these with you here so your chapter and state can access the same criteria used in selecting national officers.

The National FFA Organization believes that every member should have an equal chance at chapter, state and national office and this website will make the selection process for national and ideally state and local officers completely transparent. That means the competencies will detail what you need to succeed as an officer. You can read about them and create your own personal growth plan, today. We are providing a resource to state and local chapters that includes all materials related to the selection of national officers and additional resources for selecting individuals to serve in a leadership capacity at all levels.

Every state and local chapter can utilize this web page to create selection processes that mirror the rigors and relevance of the national FFA officer selection process. Ultimately, we hope to promote growth in student leadership. Currently a chapter and even state officer, experiences vary significantly from state to state. While every state officer has the opportunity to attend national leadership conference for state officers, (NLCSO) and Blast Off, levels of experience in officers vary significantly depending upon your state of origin. Some state officers experience several full days as a workshop presenter and others may visit corporate leaders extensively. Likewise, life as a local officer can vary from chapter to chapter.

Universally, it is important for all chapter officers to work well with their team of officers. Chapter officers are charged with the interest of the chapter and its members. As a chapter officer, you serve as a leader and role model for all members and work to ensure that they are engaged in chapter activities. Through collaboration with your FFA advisor and connecting with community, you will gain valuable and diverse experience and skills. This web page, complete with the eight specific competencies and resources, will help to level the playing field and give each of you the knowledge you need to create your own individual education plan for election to an FFA office.

Running for office is exciting and fun and at the same time, it can be a bit scary, right? Well with this new information, you can create your very own plan for attaining a local, state or perhaps even a national office. Your role as an officer is to guide and inspire others as the key messenger for agriculture education and the FFA. Maybe you know someone who is a state officer or even a national officer. Seems as though they are living a life of glamour and glory but it’s not always true. There’s the behind the scenes reality that includes hard work, commitment and a passion for service.

Think you are interested in being an officer in the FFA? Take a moment to learn more the role of serving as a National FFA Officer.

National FFA Officers

It takes a highly motivated person to become a successful national FFA officer—an opportunity afforded to few members. If you want to be a national officer, take time now to learn about your passions and gain a better understanding of what life as a national officer is really like. A life of glamour and glory—maybe, but the truth is that as a national officer, your life is non-stop hard work and never-ending commitments.

Talk to past national FFA officers (this is a great way to learn more about the office), and most everyone will tell you that the rewards of serving our great organization and holding a position of influence with nearly half a million FFA members was a life changing experience—one they will cherish forever.

They'll tell you that maintaining their intense travel schedules and countless commitments often with inadequate amounts of sleep and minimal personal time was extremely challenging. Life on the road can be lonely during state convention season and frustrating just getting where you need to go. There are hundreds of nights spent in hotels and many meals eaten on the run. Connecting with friends and family and taking some time (even 15 minutes daily) can make a positive difference in your year.

As a national officer, you might think that you will be with FFA members most of the year, but in reality, a little more than one-third of your year is spent with members. During other months, you may be gaining knowledge in training, meeting with partners or serving on the board of directors. Some parts you may like more than others. To be sure, whatever you do as a national officer, you influence members’ lives in a positive light.

Perhaps the best part of becoming a national officer are the bonds you build with your other five teammates, national FFA staff and most of all FFA members throughout our great nation. National officers meet friends and mentors—often these relationships last a lifetime.

With each national office comes tremendous responsibility because a great many people will depend upon you to follow through and honor your commitments. With so many tasks, it is incredibly challenging to prioritize your workload but when you figure out a way to solve that challenge, it is extremely rewarding.

One of the most amazing and perhaps unexpected joys of holding national office is the inevitable transformation that occurs in individuals because of their year of service. Talk about personal growth! The thousands of people you meet from Tokyo to Toledo and the varied experiences you share inspire profound growth and maturity in most every officer.

Check out the documents below to gather some key information about being a National FFA Officer.

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