NCCA Emerging Leaders: The Future of Our Profession

Applications due June 1, 2023, for the 2023-2024 year

The North Carolina Counseling Association (NCCA) encourages its members to become actively involved in leadership positions within the organization. The NCCA Emerging Leaders Program is designed to provide graduate counseling students and new professionals with cultivating experiences that support leadership skill and competency development, and diverse opportunities to actively participate in NCCA Executive Board meetings, divisions, and/or committees. (Interested in being a mentor to one of the emerging leaders? Mentor application is available. Click here to submit.)

Emerging Leaders (ELs) can expect to receive ongoing mentorship, build professional networks, and gain exposure to the responsibilities associated with fulfilling elected leadership positions. Emerging leaders are encouraged to continue their service for NCCA and other professional counseling organizations in the future.

The individual will be selected from one of the following applicant categories to participate in this program:

Graduate counseling students (master’s or doctoral)
Newly licensed counseling professionals (within one-year post graduation)
New counselor educators (within one-year post graduation)

NCCA Emerging Leaders will:

  • Provide a minimum of 30 hours of service to NCCA during the 2023-2024 fiscal year (July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024), with a minimum of 3 hours at the 2024 NCCA Annual Conference. This allows other members to get to know you.
  • Receive complimentary registration to the 2024 NCCA Annual Conference.
  • Be featured at the 2024 NCCA Annual Conference business meeting.
  • In addition to committee or division work, ELs are invited to the scheduled
  • NCCA Executive Board meetings, which usually last 1 hour.
  • Receive mentorship from a NCCA leader.
  • Be recognized as on NCCA’s website.
  • Be featured in the NCCA newsletter, Carolina Counselor.
  • Have the opportunity to bolster and expand resume content throughout the leadership experiences.

Please consider whether you have the bandwidth to fully commit to this opportunity while also incorporating important self-care.

Applicants must be an NCCA member at the time of application submission, and status (i.e., master, doctoral, new professional), based on student/graduation status as of June 1, 2023. New professionals must have graduated within the previous calendar year (2022) to qualify for the program.

Applicants should have exceptional leadership potential, hold a willingness to serve NCCA in a variety of roles, and have a passion for the betterment of the counseling profession.

Interested applicants should complete the following no later than June 1, 2023. Late and incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Your complete application should include the following:

  1. The NCCA Emerging Leader application – CLICK HERE for the form
  2. Email the following to [email protected]
    1. Your curriculum vitae or resumé
    2. Two letters of recommendation (one page each) describing your leadership skills and experiences, and reasons for consideration to serve as an Emerging Leader

Applicants will receive a confirmation email upon receipt of the completed application materials. A representative from the executive or selection committee will notify applicants of the status of their application by June 15, 2023.


Reach out to the NCCA office at [email protected]