The primary duty of the position of Councilor-at-Large (CAL) is to serve as a liaison between the membership and Council. This position is to ensure that members in all sectors are being served by the society and their voices are present and heard by leadership. Candidates for this position should have a vision for the growth of the society, have strong leadership skills, demonstrated ability to achieve results, and be able to nurture the next leaders in the membership.
At any time, there will be 3 CALs (Junior, Intermediate, and Senior) serving a 3-year appointment. The Junior CAL works to learn the organization and inner workings of the society and leadership. As they matriculate into the Intermediate CAL in their second year, they take responsibility for increased liaison activities and organizing CAL meeting and interactions. In the third year, as Senior CAL, the position works closely with boards and committees to identify needs and develop practical solutions and vision. The Senior CAL is responsible for the activities of the Committee on Committees, which is made up of the three CALSs that oversee the activities and smooth running of the subject matter and general policy committees.
The CALs will participate in monthly calls with the entire Council and attend three in-person Council meetings outside of the Annual Meeting as well as the Leadership Forum held during the meeting.