Symposium Program Committee Job Description

Purpose
The Symposium Program committee is charged with assessing member educational needs; developing a Symposium educational event to address those needs; assessing the extent to which those needs are met; and, otherwise contributing to the educational mission of the Academy.

Membership
The Committee shall consist of at least 5 Academy members appointed by the President. One shall serve as Chairman for a period not to exceed two years. One or more members shall serve as Vice-Chairmen, each with specific programmatic responsibilities. Members shall be appointed for initial terms of 2 years. No member shall serve more than 3, two-year terms.

Chairman
The Chairman shall have overall responsibility for and shall direct the activities of the Committee, reporting directly to the President. The Chairman shall convene and preside at all meetings of the Committee. The Chairman shall submit written status reports for all meetings of the Board of Directors and at such other times as the President may direct. The Chairman shall be responsible for submitting appropriate documentation to the Budget committee to secure annual funding and is responsible for assuring operations are consistent with the approved budget.

Vice Chairmen
There shall be not less than one Vice Chairman appointed by the President who shall perform such specific duties, as the Chairman shall direct. The term of office of Vice Chairmen is one year, though there is no limit on the number of terms one may serve in that position. It is the intent that the position of Vice Chairman shall be utilized to "train" or "prepare" individuals in that position for possible future service as Chairman. In the recent past the Vice Chairman has been given the specific responsibility of organizing the Pre Symposium Workshops and the Poster Presentation Session. In addition, the Vice Chairman assists the Chairman in such other areas as may be requested.

Scope of Work
The Symposium is the single most important educational event of the Academy. It also represents the greatest single source of income and expense of the Academy and involves the greatest investment of staff time during the year. As result, the work of the Committee is considered vital to the overall financial health of the Academy in any given year. The Board of Directors and Leadership take a keen interest in the Committee's activities and in the results of its efforts as reflected in the Annual Symposium program produced each year.


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