College Delegate Job Description

College-appointed delegates serve as the liaisons between local, state and regional societies, the super-delegates in their region, and House of Delegates (HOD) leadership to share intel on legislation that may impact the specialty. They also build rapport with legislators, lobbyists and allergists within their state.

Requirements

Any College member in good standing can apply to become a delegate through the ACAAI HOD Nomination Process. Delegates dedicate approximately one to two hours per month to this position; time may vary depending on advocacy activities.

Delegates call for periodic conference calls with their super-delegate and the leaders of state/local societies to discuss local issues and HOD programs.

They’re expected to participate in HOD webinars and attend in-person training sessions.

Term

Delegates serve 5-year terms, with the option to extend service for additional terms.

Responsibilities

Delegate responsibilities include monitoring local legislation and establishing and maintaining contacts with state legislators, colleagues and local/state allergy societies.

Delegates also contact local/state allergy societies to secure support for Advocacy Council and HOD initiatives. They’re responsible for communicating advocacy news from the local/state societies to their super-delegates, the HOD and Advocacy Council leaders.

Initially, delegates will make introductory phone calls, share their personal contact information and inquire as to any issues currently before the local/state society; they’ll serve as the liaison between the state/local societies, super-delegates and the HOD. They’ll build networks with legislators, lobbyists, allergists and members societies within their state and share intel on legislation that may impact the specialty. 

Communication flow

When delegates identify regulatory or legislative issues in their state, they share the information with their super-delegate, the HOD speaker, the Advocacy Council chair and the executive director of advocacy and governmental affairs. They also communicate national issues that may have local impact.

Communication criteria

  • Be a patient and skilled listener
  • Speak and communicate in a positive manner
  • Communicate only appropriate information
  • Support and/or advance College messaging only
  • Seek guidance/input from HOD/Advocacy Council leadership before responding to any issue

 

To apply as a Delegate representing your state, complete the application.