|Committee/Task Force/Council Name||Advocacy Committee (AC)|
|Last Updated||April 4, 2018|
|Mission/Charge||Keep the SLAS Community aware of global policies which may impact the day-to-day work of the Community.|
|Specific Deliverables||Monitor federal policies on a global scale that impact the day-to-day work of members of the SLAS Community. Inform the Community of policies and any changes, and how change could influence the effectiveness of laboratory automation and screening. When applicable, make recommendations to the Board of Directors to take action on proposed policies or changes. Maintain relationships with organizations that support policies which are to the benefit of the SLAS Community, and have significant resources dedicated to monitoring national government(s) activities.|
|Level of Authority||Recommend action toward proposed policies or policy change to the Board of Directors as applicable.|
|Other Committees/TFs/Councils with Which This Group Interacts||Reports to Membership and Engagement Council
(MEC) Board of Directors
|Number of Members, Terms & Rotation||
The Advocacy Committee shall be composed of no less than six (6) individuals, all of whom shall be dues-paying members of the Society. This Committee will have balanced representation from North America and Europe and will add geographic representation as the Society expands into other regions. Membership shall be approved by the MEC.
Each member’s term shall last no more than three (3) years with the possibility of the term being renewed one (1) consecutive time.
The committee shall rotate or renew terms of two (2) members every year to allow for fresh perspectives and volunteer opportunities while maintaining continuity.
The committee shall determine its own Chair and Vice Chair. The terms of Chair and Vice Chair will be one (1) year. The Vice Chair moves into the Chair position when their term as Vice Chair is complete, pending approval by the committee.
|Desired Member Skills||Advocacy Committee members will be dues-paying members, active participants in the Society and be willing to serve and represent SLAS as involved leaders. They will have a broad understanding of the goals and work of the Society, specifically with a good understanding of public policy and should have some experience with public policy and/or have demonstrated interest within the public policy realm.|
|Type & Frequency of Meetings||Teleconference calls throughout the year as needed. Email discussions can be frequent and feedback within 24 hours is requested.|
|Budget||Recommend expense budgets to the MEC for policy monitoring and responding activities as needed.|
|Staff Liaison||Vicki Loise, CMP, CAE, Chief Executive Officer|