Membership Categories


REGULAR MEMBERSHIP

Regular members act as official representatives for their organizations and their job functions include career services, career development, professional development, or recruitment and training of college students and graduates.

Educational Institution Members are defined as individuals who serve as official representatives of an educational institution (post-secondary institution granting Associates or Bachelor’s degrees at a minimum) and provide career services, career development or professional development for students.

Employer Members are defined as individuals who recruit, screen, hire, and train college students or graduates for their organization. This does not include organizations that function as third party recruiters, provide human resource staffing functions, or provide a product or service to career services.

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AFFILIATE MEMBERSHIP

Affiliate membership may be granted to organizations that provide a service or product to a Regular Educational Institution or Employer Member. The mission and purpose of these organizations must be complementary and supportive of the mission and purpose of SoACE, as determined by a committee led by the Director, Member Services. Affiliate membership applies to  organizations including, but not limited to, the following: (a) staffing or employment agencies, (b) publishers of career education materials, (c) organizations that provide supporting software that directly relates to the operational functions of college recruitment or college/university career services, (d) advertising firms, (e) media organizations, (f) consultants in college recruiting for an educational institution/ employer member, (g) college/university faculty, and (h) supervising managers for educational institution/employer members. These members are entitled to all the rights of full membership except for the ability to vote or hold office. 

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OTHER

Includes 4 Possible Membership Types:

Individual members are persons who self-fund their membership dues, as opposed to the dues being paid by their employer. In the event the member transitions to a different organization, their membership remains with the individual, not their employer. These members are entitled to all the rights of full membership except for the ability to vote or hold office. ($130/member)

Student Members are individuals enrolled in degree-granting programs of accredited colleges/universities who have demonstrated interest in the career services/employer relations profession, and who are not employed full-time in the profession. Membership dues shall be half (1/2) of the full individual membership rate. Student membership is not available to those who would qualify for membership under the Regular membership category. Student membership eligibility ends six months after the completion of the degree, or upon employment in the field, whichever comes first. These members are entitled to all the rights of full membership except for the ability to vote or hold office. ($55/member)

Honorary Lifetime Members are individuals no longer eligible for active membership who have been members of the association for a significant number of years, and who have made notable contributions in the fields of career services or human resources recruiting/training, or who have made notable contributions to SoACE, and who are nominated by members and approved by the Board of Directors. Such members shall not vote, hold office, or pay dues. Honorary Lifetime members who return to the profession must resume full dues-paying membership responsibilities and privileges in order to remain active in SoACE.  (Complimentary)

Retiree Members. A qualified member, upon retirement, may retain membership in the SoACE. These members are entitled to all the rights of full membership except for the ability to vote or hold office. The individual’s membership status will belong to the individual and dues payment will be the responsibility of the individual. ($130/member)

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Group Membership

Memberships may be paid as part of a group membership, which allows individuals from one organization or company to “group” their membership registration under the parent organization or company, at a flat rate, and receive one invoice for the entire office or department. For each Group Membership, one individual will be identified as the primary member/contact. Group membership eligibility will be verified by SoACE at the time of the group’s application. 


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The SoACE Membership year runs from July 1 - June 30 of every year. 

Questions? Contact the SoACE Office.