Interested in volunteering with HOBY? These are just some of the opportunities we have available:


Director of Programs (must be 21 or older)


Director of Programs is a vital member of the Leadership Seminar Team that reports directly to the Leadership Seminar Chair to plan and organize all programmatic elements of the 2019 Seminar.


• Develops a draft Seminar agenda, and fulfills all Seminar requirements; solicits feedback from Seminar team and revises, as needed

• Oversees/coordinates all events associated with the Seminar (e.g., opening ceremony, phase components, social activities, closing ceremony)

• Is responsible for the solicitation and confirmation of all Key Note speakers, panelists, and other guest participants (e.g. cooperating organization representatives).

• Works with Director of Operations to ensure materials/supplies required for Program activities are created/produced or available (e.g., phase intro packets; phase specific activities)

• Contributes information to the Director of Operations regarding anticipated Seminar requirements (meeting space, AV, etc)

• Determines anticipated Program costs that will affect the budget and items that may be solicited as Gifts-in-Kind (GIK) donations and reports them to the Leadership Seminar Chair

• Works with the Leadership Seminar Chair to create and produce the Seminar Program Book in accordance with Seminar Program Book requirements

• Works with Director of Staff to ensure staff assignments meet Program needs

• Is responsible for ensuring the Program flows smoothly throughout the weekend

• Attends virtual monthly Seminar Planning Team meetings

• Retains and uploads relevant documents and communications in the seminar specific Google Drive for central record keeping

• Contributes to other Seminar planning efforts, as needed


• 21 years of age or older

• Must be able and willing to work with electronic resources

• Must commit to checking email a minimum of twice per week

• Attend virtual monthly Leadership Seminar Team meetings

• Must be available for an on-site staff training on May 30, 2019

• Must be available and present for the entire Seminar weekend, May 31 – June 2, 2019, on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia

• Positive mental attitude and willingness to work with the Leadership Seminar Team to create an OUTSTANDING experience for our 2019 Ambassadors!

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience working in the education field

• Previous HOBY volunteer experience

Applications for Director of Programs are due no later than 11:59 pm on December 21, 2018.

Apply here

Facilitators (must be 21 or older)

The HOBY Virginia Seminar is looking for 26 Facilitators to help make the 2019 Seminar the best yet! Some of the skills sought by Facilitators include being able to work within a predetermined schedule, the willingness to follow rules and guidelines, and a desire to serve as a respected role model for high school students.

Although the Seminar may be only a few short days, the influence you may have on these students will be long term. Few Ambassadors have participated in such a rewarding weekend and the HOBY Virginia Seminar will be an unforgettable experience for all of them. The impact on their lives and their futures will be great. You will play a tremendous role in creating a positive HOBY experience.

Perhaps this is your first experience with HOBY? There is a great deal of planning that goes into every Leadership Seminar. The Seminar weekend is a great beginning to becoming more involved in the HOBY Virginia program.

Since the facilitators play such an important role in the seminar weekend, it is absolutely mandatory to be available for the entire seminar weekend. Additionally, prior to the seminar, facilitators must attend a training session to become familiar with their role and responsibilities. Training in Virginia is scheduled for Thursday evening, May 30th, at James Madison University. If you cannot make this training, it is imperative that you notify the Director of Facilitators, Brian Yee.

Apply here.


Junior Staff (Alumni under the age of 18)

Junior Staff will help the seminar run smoothly by greeting ambassadors at the seminar, leading HOBY cheers throughout the weekend, preparing seminar activities, and maintaining the seminar’s positive energy throughout weekend!

We are looking for a limited number of the most competitive Junior Staff members for the 2018 HOBY Virginia seminar.


  • All Junior Staff must have previously attended a HOBY seminar (in any state) as an ambassador
  • Junior staff must be younger than 18 years old (If you are between 18-20, please apply for Team Alumni)
  • J. Staff commit to be present at the entire HOBY seminar and training (Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon- May 30-June 2, 2019), plus a virtual training session.
  • Community service hours: All Junior Staff meet the leadership for service challenge and have completed a total of 100 hours of community service by March 1, 2019 (hours must be logged in L4S). 40 of these hours must be logged and completed by November 15, 2018 for your application to be considered. If your community service hours will be completed outside of these deadlines, specific documentation must be sent to Samantha Walsh ( explaining how and when the hours will be served.
  • J. Staff pledge to fundraise a minimum of $100 as their contribution towards the seminar by May 1, 2019. We will gladly help motivated J. Staff brainstorm ways to fundraise.
  • Junior Staff also commit to ensuring that a new ambassador from their high school will be attending the seminar this year.
  • Junior Staff are responsible, energetic, mature, empathetic, engaged and want to help make the seminar the best it can be!


Junior Staff will help the seminar run smoothly by greeting ambassadors at the seminar, leading HOBY cheers throughout the weekend, preparing seminar activities, and maintaining the seminar’s positive energy throughout weekend!

The Application Process:

We are looking for a limited number of the most competitive Junior Staff members for the 2019 HOBY Virginia seminar.

The application will be removed and closed on Friday, November 15, 2018 at exactly 8:00 PM. No late applications will be considered. You will be notified via e-mail of your application status (accepted/not accepted) no later than November 24, 2018.

Applications for 2019 Seminar Junior Staff have closed. Thank you to everyone who applied!

Team Alumni (Alumni between the ages of 18 and 20)

Team Alumni help the seminar run smoothly by introducing speakers, helping lead small group discussions, and assisting with Operations and Programming, as well as other duties as assigned.

We are looking for a limited number of the most competitive Team Alumni members for the 2019 HOBY Virginia seminar.


-Must be familiar with HOBY Program, Curriculum, and Seminar format
-Must be between 18-20 years old (if you are 21+, please apply as a Facilitator)
-Must commit to be present at the entire HOBY seminar (Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon), plus a training session
-Must have completed 100 hours of community service within the last year (If you are an alumni, your hours should be logged in L4S)
-Must pledge to fundraise a minimum of $100
-Must be responsible, energetic, mature, empathetic, and engaged
-Must want to help make the seminar the best it can be.

Applications for 2019 Team Alumni will open in December 2018.


Seminar Recruitment Team

Our 2019 Recruitment Team is in need of energetic volunteers to reach out to Virginia schools and ensure that at least one Sophomore student is selected to attend this year’s seminar. Contacting schools an on-going effort throughout the year leading up to our seminar. Recruitment can be done on your own time and from the comfort of your own home.

Previous HOBY experience is not required, but all Recruitment Team Members must be over the age of 16 and agree to abide by our Code of Conduct.

Contact our Director of Recruitment, Casey Keegan for more information.

Corporate Board

The HOBY Virginia Board of Directors is comprised of up to 22 members made up of representatives of various businesses, cooperating organizations and volunteers. The Board is charged with solving current and future challenges via a strategic plan that insures ongoing growth, longevity and the development of future leadership within the organization. Our leadership challenge is to work together sharing a common direction and purpose that insures positive, ongoing progress. Annual elections are held every June with Executive Committee positions every other June. For additional information on the HOBY Virginia Board of Directors, please contact the Corporate Board President.