A Local Special Interest Group (SIG) Manager acts as a liaison between the SIGs of the Society and local members of the SIG.

Specific Responsibilities

  • Maintain a contact list (including email addresses) of the local members of the Society’s SIGs.
  • Arrange regular meetings of the SIG (For example, quarterly: February, May, August, and November).
  • Poll the email list for date and location preferences for meetings.
  • Send an email to the list two to three weeks before the meeting with the location, date, and time.
  • Forward job openings to email list and to the employment committee manager.
  • Share information about the area of expertise with SIG members as requested.
  • Share information about local activities with the SIG management.
  • Handle inquiries by email and in person from SIG members and potential members.
  • Handle inquiries by email from companies searching for technical communicators in the SIG’s area of expertise.
  • Provide information about the SIG’s area of expertise to people outside of, but interested in, the field.
  • Complete an end-of-year report (with input from all of the Admin Council) that includes an updated list of vendors, list of chapter software, and other chapter information that the incoming President will need to know.

General Responsibilities

  • Work with the Admin Council to prepare the budget.
  • If applicable, acknowledge committee volunteers for their work.
  • If applicable, give the volunteer manager information about your committee’s volunteers for recognition, Society awards and nominations, and for future chapter officer candidates. If you can, assist in the write-up of recognition articles and award and nomination forms.

Optional Responsibilities

  • Speak to other organizations, such as college classes, on the SIG’s area of expertise as requested. If you can, assist the chapter in staffing STC booths at job fairs.
  • Write newsletter articles about the local activities of the SIG.

Resources Needed

  • A computer with Internet access for sending email to local members of the SIG
  • Where possible, committee members for newsletter articles and presentations to other organizations

Meeting Availability

  • As many SIG meetings as possible
  • As many regular program meetings as possible
  • Admin Council meetings (or communicate via email) whenever the agenda includes topics relating to your committee
  • Leadership Transition meeting, especially if transitioning out of position