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Directors

The SIGGRAPH Directors are responsible for the planning, selection process, and implementation of both submitted and curated content. The Directors work closely with the Conference Chair, the Chief Staff Executive (CSE), volunteers, and contractors to produce an exciting and provocative computer graphics and interactive techniques conference.


Overview

The Directors are responsible for compiling:

  • Exhibits of innovative, high-quality, fine art, and/or design produced using computer graphics and interactive techniques
  • A collection of leading edge applications and interactive technologies
  • A broad spectrum of educational sessions exploring and instructing on innovative uses of computer graphics and interactive techniques
  • Sessions where experts in the field debate, dispute, and/or otherwise reflect on the past, present and future of computer graphics and interactive techniques.

The directors also manage the selection and review process, either juried or curated. These positions involve recruiting and supervising a subcommittee/jury interacting with contributors on presentation formats, schedules, class notes, managing on-site support, overseeing space design, interaction with contributors, shipping, assembly and tear down of the show.

Recommended Qualifications

  • team player who works well with others
  • experience with project / fiscal management
  • able to delegate responsibility and mentor team members as well as the following year's Director
  • deadline-driven; able to organize and respond quickly
  • able to devote the necessary time
  • experience with organizing and/or curating submissions
  • participated in past SIGGRAPH conferences as a contributor, juror and/or subcommittee member

Specific Responsibilities

The following list is a "high-level" view of the specific responsibilities associated with serving as a Director. The list is organized under general categories of responsibility.

Strategic

  • Participate in strategic planning for the SIGGRAPH Conference
  • Create a strategic direction for the SIGGRAPH Conference, including technical and artistic focus, emphasis areas, and new initiatives

Management

  • Recruit and manage a subcommittee to assist in administering the Director's area of the conference
  • Organize and implement a thorough review process of submissions
  • Take part in the recruitment of a jury for submitted content
  • Curatorial: Work with volunteers and contractors to develop a space layout for the show. Design and curate the exhibition to reflect an artistic vision
  • Work with contributors and volunteers to set up their work at the conference location
  • Manage the on-site presentation of submitted and curated material

Financial

  • Work with the Conference Chair and CSE to prepare preliminary and final conference budgets for their assigned area of the Conference
  • Manage the budget for their assigned area of the Conference

Publications

  • Develop a Call for Participation
  • Review copies of appropriate promotional pieces and publications to ensure accurate information

Communication

  • Report regularly to the Conference Chair and CSE on the status of their assigned area of the Conference
  • Facilitate and participate in timely communication with the subcommittee members, contractors and fellow Director Team members to provide direction and solve problems
  • Produce a final report by the wrap-up meeting (September) describing the process, changes from previous years, and lessons learned
  • Work with subcommittee members to produce and maintain a project plan detailing the logistics of the activities under the director's purview

Meetings

  • Attend and participate in all Conference Committee meetings (approximately 9 committee meetings over a 2-year planning cycle)
  • Help to implement and organize effective jury meeting to select a wide variety of submitted content for the Conference