The ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee is recruiting for a Chair of their External Relations Committee. In concert with the Executive Committee, the External Relations Chair coordinates and oversees the efforts to build stronger alliances and partnerships with organizations, conferences and institutions in fields related to SIGGRAPH.

The main responsibilities and tasks of the Chair are

  • Set the priorities on topics and fields to explore and grow the SIGGRAPH community and keep it vibrant and novel.
  • Coordinate a team of volunteers, who will help identify potential partners, intersecting and new fields. This includes email communication, bi-weekly (or monthly) calls, individual calls depending on the areas to explore.
  • Start negotiation processes with potential partners with the aim to achieve mutual benefit.
  • Draft agreements and elevate them to the EC for approval. 
  • Communicate with other standing committees and groups (e.g. Communications, Education, Chapters, Diversity and Inclusion, Computer Animation Festival Advisory Board) to establish common goals, collaborations, and partnerships with 3rd parties. 
  • Communicate with strategy groups (New Communities, 21st Century Digital Presence, Nurturing Communities)
  • Maintain a good and healthy relationship with our partners. 
  • Propose space for exchange and new ideas within SIGGRAPH (e.g. “Meet the Partners” session).

The Chair must put in a budget request to the EC every January and submit an annual report in June. The Chair can expect to spend 5 or more hours/week on the chair activities. 

For those interested in applying for this position, please contact Rebecca Strzelec, Chair of the Nominations Committee. Provide a CV and vision statement (why you’re interested in being chair and what you hope to accomplish in that role). The Nominations Committee will review all the candidates and make recommendations to the ACM SIGGRAPH Executive Committee.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. All applications received by August 15 will receive full consideration.

The position will begin September 1 and run for a three-year term with the possibility of renewal for an additional three years.