Strategic Relations Council Charter

Committee / Task Force / Council Name Strategic Relations Council (SRC)
Last Updated April 4, 2018
Mission / Charge The SRC is charged with advancing the Society’s exempt purpose and strategic plan by identifying external facing opportunities that would address trends or meet the needs of the SLAS Community and among potential customers. The SRC will direct respective committees to respond to support the SLAS Community on a global scale. In fulfilling its charge, the Council will, among other things, annually develop and transmit to the Board an annual plan for the Society’s external and vendor engagement that will include goals, activities and budget for the upcoming year on or before the date set by the Board. This plan will include how the Society is managing strategic relations with like-minded organizations and understanding and responding to the needs of SLAS’s vendor community to ensure growing vendor support of SLAS activities and that SLAS is capitalizing on external relationships to the benefit of the Society.
Specific Deliverables

It is the responsibility of the SRC to regularly monitor the SLAS vendor community and determine and anticipate their needs and preferred options for engagement with the Society. It is also the responsibility of SRC to scan for growth opportunities and assess partnering opportunities. It is then the responsibility of the SRC to ensure coordinated efforts are implemented by those committees reporting up to the Council that leverage all SLAS resources across all geographies. The SRC will serve as the home for new projects or initiatives until the initiative is stable or a more appropriate governing body is determined to lead the initiative. Perform such other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Board.

Specifically, the SRC:

  • Monitors data coming from the SLAS vendor community on desired methods of engagement and makes recommendations for adjustments as needed.
  • Conducts regular environmental scans of the competitive marketplace.
  • Ensures appropriate SLAS resources are deployed in a coordinated effort to accomplish external engagement goals as approved by the Board.
  • Ensures global consideration is given to all external engagement efforts.
Level of Authority The SRC reviews and advances for approval by the Board all budgets for programs and activities in the areas of strategic relations. These include any external partnering efforts. The SRC does not have authority to approve sponsorship package or exhibiting pricing. The SRC approves committee members for those committees reporting up to this Council (i.e. Technology Provider Advisory Committee and Strategic Alliances Committee).
Other Committees/TFs/Councils with Which This Group Interacts

Reports to Board of Directors

Committees that report to SRC:

  • Technology Provider Advisory Committee (TPAC)
  • Strategic Alliances Committee (SAC)
Number of Members, Terms & Rotation

The Council shall be composed of seven (7) voting members all of whom shall be dues-paying members of the Society. The members will include the chair and vice chair from each of the Committees reporting up to the SRC and three (3) ad-hoc members with one of each residing in North America, Europe or Asia. The three (3) ad-hoc members shall be appointed by the Board.

The appointed Council members shall take office at the International Conference following their approval by the Board, and shall serve for a term of three (3) years and until their successors are appointed by the Board.

Council members coming from the Committees shall have terms which are staggered every two (2) years and in line with their Committee term.

The Council 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 Council.

In addition to the foregoing seven (7) Council members, the Council will include a member of the Board, who will be appointed by the Board and will be a non-voting, ex officio member. Said Council member shall, without limitation, facilitate communications between the Board and the Council, and shall serve on the Council until his/her successor is appointed by the Board.

Desired Member Skills SRC 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. Past experience as an SLAS volunteer is desired. The SRC members will be asked to bridge the strategic vision of the Society to the implementation and oversight of operational tactics so having a blend of this experience is beneficial. Ability to participate in conference calls and in-person meetings as required.
Type & Frequency of Meetings Four (4) conference calls plus one (1) in-person meeting at the International Conference. Travel expenses will be covered by SLAS. Email discussions are not common but when requested, feedback within 24 hours is requested.

Budget recommendation/oversight for the following programs:

  • Engagement opportunities with other organizations
Staff Liaison Vicki Loise, CMP, CAE, Chief Executive Officer