Become a Member of VACE

VACE welcomes your interest and participation. YOU make VACE a dynamic organization.

Important Membership Update (as of 6/26/19):  After careful consideration and correspondence with the IRS and our VACE accountant, the VACE Executive Board has decided to postpone the membership year cycle change. Current VACE members will each have one additional month of membership to complete the renewal process (making their new 2018-2019 membership expiration date 7/31/19). Please complete your membership renewal as you are able. New VACE members can now submit the membership forms linked below. All renewed and new memberships will be active from 7/1/19 to 6/30/2020. 

We thank you for your patience and apologize for any confusion. If you have any questions or difficulties with renewing or creating a membership, please contact the VACE Director of Marketing & Membership, Kelly Byers, at [email protected]

Why Join VACE?

Read more about VACE membership below, in 5 Steps to VACE Success, and in our member benefits brochure. Also view our New Member Orientation Presentation
To promote VACE to colleagues, see our marketing tipscollege flyer, or employer flyer.
Professional Development

Throughout the year, VACE offers its members opportunities for professional development through activities such as Employer Drive-In Visits, Workshops, Webinars, and Conference Scholarships. The interaction among college and employer members allows for self-improvement and learning.


Employer Drive-In Visits – During the summer months, we host one at least ‘drive-in’ each month  to various employers across the state.  For example, in summer 2016, we visited Fredericksburg, Richmond, and Newport News to meet Geico, Dominion, the United Network for Organ Sharing, Liebherr and the Port of Virginia.


Professional Development Workshops – In the fall we hold a day long workshop, designed to align with the NACE competencies and encourage each member’s personal professional development. Topics have \ included: personal branding; LinkedIn tips; stress reduction; time management and communication skills.


Webinars – During the winter months, we host monthly webinars in order to reach our membership where they are.  Topics are varied for both the employer member and the college member. Topics this year have included: Millennials, Current Trends in Job Recruiting, A Strong Employer Relations Program,  How to Engage with Colleges and Trends in Career Development.


Scholarship – Each year we recognize active and engaged VACE members with complimentary registration to the annual conference.  Applicants are actively solicited in the late fall to apply.

For the most up to date information about our professional development activities be sure to follow us on Facebook, sign up for VACE emails, and follow the announcements on our homepage. 

Annual Conference

Held each Spring, the annual conference provides an opportunity to share timely information and focus on important issues. Noteworthy speakers address major developments in the field, group discussions focus on key areas of program development, and social gatherings provide ample time for members to exchange ideas with new and old colleagues alike. Learn more about this year's conference.

The Innerview Newsletter

Published three times each year, the VACE Innerview newsletter updates and informs the membership of activities sponsored by state and regional associations, presents legal and governmental issues, and highlights other topics of interest to members.

Online Membership Directory and Database

Members establish and maintain a personal membership account with the ability to search for other members by name, organization, member type, and VACE involvement (e.g., conference committee members, board members, etc.). Members have the option of downloading membership information into an Excel spreadsheet and or using the email feature in MemberClicks to communicate with other members. Members must be logged in to the site to access the directory.

VACE Listserv

Members have an account on the organization listserv in order to receive communication and send communication to other members regarding events taking place in their areas in which others may be invited to attend, advertise job opportunities and serve as a forum to share pertinent information.

Committee Participation

A number of committees, including the Annual Conference, Awards, and Technology committees, offer numerous opportunities for member involvement and leadership development.

Exclusive Online Content

Members who login to the VACE website have access to additional content. This includes a searchable member directory, access to your profile, VACE events calendar, board meeting minutes, a job board, our LinkedIn group, and more!

Mentorship Program

All VACE members have the opportunity to join a voluntary mentorship program that allows both new and seasoned members the opportunity to share knowledge and ideas, grow professionally, and continue to build their professional network. This is a year-long, formal relationship where Mentors and Mentees are matched based on geographic location and specified areas of interest. We hope that you will consider becoming a part of yet another way to make VACE great. For more information please read over our new guidelines. Interested in serving as a Mentor or Mentee? Complete our Interest Survey today!

Membership Types

For questions regarding membership, please contact Kelly Gooch at 540-568-3907 or [email protected] .

College Membership

Representatives who are engaged in providing career services and other related functions at a degree granting college or university located in Virginia, adjacent states, and the District of Columbia and accredited by the Southern or Middle States Associations of Colleges and Schools.  Such members can vote, hold office, and must pay annual membership dues. $75
Click here to join or renew (your dues payment is for the membership period of July 1 to June 30).

Employer Membership

Representatives who are engaged in the college relations or the recruitment selection of students within their own organization.  Such members can vote, hold office, and must pay annual membership dues. $75
Click here to join or renew (your dues payment is for the membership period of July 1 to June 30).

Associate/Vendor Membership

Representatives of organizations whose purpose is to provide service to/of career services and/or human resources and/or staffing functions OR individuals, who previously held membership, have a continued interest in recruitment/hiring, and whose membership is not in violations of membership laws. Also, whose role is complementary to and supportive of the purpose of VACE, but who do not meet the criteria for other categories of membership. Such members shall not vote or hold office, but may serve on committees and must pay annual membership dues. $75
Click here to join or renew (your dues payment is for the membership period of July 1 to June 30).

Student Membership

Individuals who are students pursuing an advanced degree in preparation for a career in career services, recruiting, and/or human resources.  Membership in this classification will terminate upon graduation from their program.  Such members shall not vote or hold office, but may serve on committees and must pay annual membership dues. $20
Click here to join or renew (your dues payment is for the membership period of July 1 to June 30).

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