Chapter Resource Team

Description: Members of the Chapter Resource Team (CRT) assist in the development of creative strategies that promote and educate members on the policies, programs and initiatives of ALA, including providing support and resources to chapters and their leaders. In addition to serving as mentors to chapters, team members serve as subject matter experts and they are interested in the further development of their own leadership skills.

Term: 2 years, eligible to be considered for renewal once

Appointments per year: Varies

Term Commencement: The term of each team member officially begins at the Annual Conference following the candidate’s selection. In order to provide effective orientation, continuity of initiatives and an overall smooth transition, team members begin participating in meetings three to four months before the official term begins. The meetings include regular conference calls as well as attendance at the Association Leadership Institute (typically held in February or March). 

In-Person Meetings/Expectations: A commitment of approximately 2 to 5 hours per week as well as attendance at the following meetings each year: 1) Association Leadership Institute (February or March); 2) Annual Conference (April or May); and 3) Chapter Leadership Institute (June or July). On an as needed basis, team members may also participate in chapter meetings either physically or virtually depending on the nature of their role in the meeting. 

Expectations:

  1. Individuals who commit to serve at this level of ALA are held to high standards of public decorum, dependability and service to the members.
  2. Team members are strongly encouraged to attend Annual Conference and a least one of the events ALA hosts each fall. Firm support is important to be successful in this role.
  3. Team members are required to attend the Association Leadership Institute (ALI) and Chapter Leadership Institute (CLI). Most expenses relating to attendance at these events are paid by ALA.
  4. All team members shall exhibit and develop the attributes deemed important to leadership in ALA.  Those attributes are:  courage, vision, communication, passion, reliability, inclusiveness, balance, respect, professionalism, collaboration and integrity.
  5. It is expected that each team member support and abide by the Bylaws, Policies, Code of Ethics, Strategic Plan and Plan of Work of ALA.
  6. Team members must be capable and willing to prepare and conduct presentations for chapter events and lead training activities at CLI.
  7. Participation in regular conference calls, maintaining communication with assigned focus chapters and preparation of requested reports regarding assigned chapters are requirements.

Qualifications
It is preferred that individuals selected for this position shall:

  1. Demonstrate a commitment to the mission and goals of ALA.
  2. Have proficient written and verbal communication skills.
  3. Have the enthusiasm and willingness and ability to provide necessary time and energy to the responsibilities and duties described with a positive and professional attitude.
  4. Have a continued commitment to professional development and advancing the education mission of ALA; have an understanding of the issues relevant to the education of legal management professionals.
  5. Have the ability to collaborate and fully engage with fellow team members.
  6. Have the ability to develop and maintain positive and supportive relationships with chapter leaders, ALA members and Business Partners.
  7. Have the ability to develop and maintain positive relations with ALA Headquarters Staff.

General Responsibilities

  1. Serve as liaison to assigned chapters. Engage chapter leaders and members using appropriate and effective communication methods (e.g., phone, e-mail, social media) and strive to make personal connections at ALA events.
  2. Ensure all assigned chapters are in continual compliance with ALA Bylaws, Policies and Chapter Performance Objectives.
  3. Assist chapters with the development of high-quality educational programs in accordance with the ALA standards for core competencies, as well as the needs and interests of the members.
  4. Work with chapters to encourage visible and credible activities on a local level, including community service, certification, media and public relations, internships, scholarships, career fairs, advisory panels, bar and law-related exhibitions, diversity and inclusion awareness, etc.
  5. Work closely with chapters and individual members to increase awareness of and participation in, all ALA programs and assist in identifying additional programs that would be of interest and benefit to members.
  6. Assist with projects, analysis and evaluations of member needs and ALA policies and procedures as requested by the Board of Directors or other ALA leadership, including gathering information, soliciting feedback and making recommendations.
  7. Identify and encourage qualified potential ALA leaders to apply for volunteer opportunities (i.e., Committees, Chapter Resource Team, Director, and Nominating Committee).

Call for nominations: Summer

Selections made: Fall

ALA Headquarters Liaisons: Cheri Newey and Nicole Larson

Chapter Resource Team Plan of Work - 2019