Committees FAQ

Purpose and Goals of Committees

  • Why have Divisional Committees? Committees are designed to coordinate work at the divisional level and across units, as well as give practitioners—regardless of their position on the organization chart—a chance to provide input and gain experience.
  • How does this work relate to the Strategic Plan? These committees will move forward specific tasks in the Strategic Plan.
  • What are the expected outcomes of the Committees? Committees will review the Strategic Plan activities they are assigned as well as any larger Divisional needs and determine their goals for the year. These goals and an implementation plan will be recorded each August/September. Annual progress towards these goals will be recorded each June.

Committee Membership

  • How can I get involved? Please fill out this form to indicate which committees you are interested in joining.
  • How may committees can I participate in? Most staff will be on a maximum of two committees to give more people the opportunity to be involved and to distribute the workload.
  • How were committee leaders chosen? SALT matched staff who indicated interest in a leadership position on a May 2021 survey (16 staff) with a committee based on their preferences (top two ranked committees in most cases) and ensuring that multiple units were represented on each committee. Where there was a committee that still did not have a leader or there was a unit that was not yet represented in a leadership role, SALT reviewed the list of those who marked “unsure” on the Committee survey (21 staff) and reached out to additional staff to see whether they would be interested.
  • How long will committee members serve? Each May, current members will be asked to reflect upon whether the committee is serving their needs and whether they feel that they have the time and energy to continue serving on a committee. New members will be solicited.
  • What should I expect as a Committee Member? Committee members should expect to
    • spend an average of 2-3 hours per month per committee
    • attend committee meetings
    • review committee notes
    • rotate taking notes
    • gather information as needed
    • participate and male suggestions
    • determine committee boundaries (what the committee will and will not do)
  • What should I expect as a Committee leader? Committee leaders should expect to
    • spend an average of 4-6 hours per month
    • Attend retreats in June and January
    • Create agendas and convene meetings (chairs/co-chairs only)
    • Act as an advisory board (steering teams only)
    • Foster team building
    • complete a Scope of Work Document each fall to select key goals and plan for implementation
    • complete a brief Progress Report each June

Overlap between Committees and Units

  • Why is there a SALT member linked to each Committee? SALT members will serve as “champions,” assisting chairs by providing a divisional perspective, keeping lines of communication open across committees, and helping to remove any roadblocks that might arise. They can also act as a “coach” for chairs who are new to leadership roles.
  • Will committees make decisions that “roll downhill” to units without the units’ involvement? No, SALT will ensure unit-level involvement with appropriate committees (e.g., Union Marketing to be represented on the Communications Committee).