Call for Volunteers: 2019 Leadership Opportunities

SHSMD's 2019 Call for Volunteers will be open through October 22, 2018.

Join your peers in helping members anticipate and prepare for the future by contributing your knowledge and expertise in volunteer activities. Whether developing new educational programs, providing expert input or serving on a task force, volunteering with SHSMD offers the opportunity to use your leadership skills and talents while gaining new insights from other experts in the field.

Through October 22, 2019, SHSMD is accepting volunteer requests to engage with us in a variety of initiatives. Please sign up  for the opportunities that interest you the most, and help us learn more about you. We will try to connect you with your preferred activity choice, but if it is not available, we will reach out to you with other opportunities.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Leadership Opportunities in 2019:

2019 Annual Conference Committee
2019 Annual Conference Moderator*
Beta Testers*
Bridging Worlds and SHSMD ADVANCE™ Contributor*
Digital Engagement Task Force
Education and Editorial Advisory Board
Executive Strategies Task Force
Member Mentor Volunteers*
New Member Engagement Task Force
Recognition and Scholarships Committee
Spectrum Guest Editors*
* Items marked with an asterisk represent independent volunteer activities


2019 Annual Conference Committee (1st – 3rd Quarter 2019)
This committee supports the staff in the development and implementation of the education portion of the annual conference, SHSMD Connections. Committee members representing various disciplines comprise committee “tracks” and review all proposals received under their assigned area from the annual Call for Proposals. The goal is to make selections that deliver a first-class educational experience for members. Volunteers who have previously served on this committee may be selected to serve on the executive team or as track team leaders. Committee members attending the conference may serve as session moderators and/or hosts for networking events.

Annual Conference Committee and Track Member
This volunteer opportunity is recommended for:

  • Team players who can commit to the rigorous schedule of this committee. There is a significant time commitment from February to May, which includes reviewing proposals by set deadlines, actively participating on conference calls, and spending time following up on proposals and speakers.

Annual Conference Committee and Track Leader
This volunteer opportunity is recommended for members with:

  • Strong industry knowledge as demonstrated by tenure in the industry and/or active national involvement in market trends
  • Commitment to the volunteer role as demonstrated through past history of participation and verbal understanding of the obligations
  • Team consensus-building attributes as demonstrated by position and/or past roles as a volunteer
  • Willingness and ability to manage the multiple positions of the track and move the group to a place of agreement about the topics 
  • Ability to coordinate and lead multiple conference calls with your track team and provide deliverables to the Conference Planning Executive Committee by set deadlines, participate in calls with the Conference Planning Executive Committee, and represent team’s views during the final review process
  • Interest in SHSMD’s success: While there are some personal goals that may be met through the networking in SHSMD, the leader must have the interest of SHSMD front and center, and be a credible representative of the organization. This will be demonstrated by going the extra mile in creating the best possible educational event for the membership. 
  • Willingness to provide expertise throughout the year as needed.
  • Previous attendance at SHSMD Connections

NOTE: A track leader’s organization cannot submit a proposal under that specific track..


2019 Annual Conference Moderator
Moderators act as hosts and coordinators for SHSMD Connections sessions, introducing the speakers, ensuring that everything goes as planned, and providing a safety net when quick action coordinating with staff is required. They also direct attendees to complete their evaluation at the end of the session and ensure session speakers are not promoting services/goods during their presentation.


Beta Testers
As SHSMD and the AHA pilot new offerings, technologies and programs, members’ perspectives will be critical. Volunteer beta testers may be called on throughout the year to help evaluate, test and/or provide feedback.

Commitment: A few hours of review time annually.


Bridging Worlds and SHSMD ADVANCE™ Contributor
Contribute your content expertise, develop/share successful organizational case studies, or provide input to new SHSMD ADVANCE™ offerings, all pertaining to SHSMD’s report, Bridging Worlds: The Future Role of the Healthcare Strategist and SHSMD ADVANCE™.

Commitment:
Several hours of independent volunteer time approximately two to four times per year.


Digital Engagement Task Force
This task force will support SHSMD’s strategic initiatives around digital engagement.  

This volunteer opportunity is recommended for:

  • Those developing or implementing digital strategies in hospitals/health systems
  • Consultants providing hospitals/health systems with digital expertise

Commitment: Independent review of materials, ad-hoc conference calls.


Editorial Advisory Board
This committee will review performance of SHSMD education and content offerings and make recommendations to enrich the society’s content portfolio, leveraging best practices in education and content delivery. The committee will consider the competencies of SHSMD members identified in job analysis research in Bridging Worlds.

Select committee members will review selections for SHSMD U Online Courses and related offerings to support member professional development and expansion of knowledge resources. Others will review content prior to member distribution, supporting SHSMD’s growing pool of resources. All committee members will contribute content ideas and work closely with SHSMD’s editorial and education staff.

This volunteer opportunity is recommended for:

  • Members representing the different professional disciplines of SHSMD, with varying experiences and roles.
  • Professionals with strong content knowledge in health care strategic planning, business development, marketing, public relations, communications and digital engagement.
  • Those with writing and/or editorial experience, including practical digital pieces such as case studies, tools/templates or guides and/or blogs.  
  • Industry thought leaders with connections to other expert information sources and contributors.
  • Members who have served as faculty or who possess experience in adult education and  have a high interest and experience in education best practices.
  • Members with a strong overall knowledge of SHSMD publications, content and educational offerings, including SHSMD U online courses and webcasts, SHSMD’s Bridging Worlds and SHSMD ADVANCE™ and SHSMD Connections Annual Conference.
  • Those who attended SHSMD Connections 2018 and/or are planning to attend SHSMD Connections 2019.

Commitment: Quarterly conference calls, independent review of materials between meetings, and periodic independent review of courses and content materials.


Member Mentor Volunteers
These individuals will support SHSMD’s launch of a new mentorship program, helping to guide others through the process and serve as a mentor resource.

This volunteer opportunity is recommended for:

  • Members with leadership or mentoring experience.
  • Strong content knowledge in health care strategic planning, business development, marketing, public relations, communications and digital engagement.
  • Members who have attended the SHSMD Connections conferences at least two times.
  • Members with a strong overall knowledge of SHSMD publications, content and  educational offerings, including SHSMD U online courses and webcasts, SHSMD’s Bridging Worlds and SHSMD ADVANCE™ and SHSMD Connections Annual Conference.

Commitment: Independent review of materials and commitment to participate in required outreach to mentees.


New Member Reception Task Force
Task force members will welcome and engage new members and work with staff to plan the New Member and First-Time Attendee Reception at SHSMD Connections 2019 from September 8-11 at the Music City Center in Nashville.

This volunteer opportunity is recommended for:

  • Members planning to attend SHSMD Connections 2019.
  • Those with a strong overall knowledge of SHSMD offerings.
  • Members who have attended the SHSMD Connections conferences at least two times.

Commitment: Attend several conference calls during Q3, review materials between meetings, and attend SHSMD Connections 2019.


Executive Strategies Task Force
This task force will engage chief strategy officers, other senior executives, and thought leaders in dialogue and learning. The task force is responsible for the programming and speaker selection for programs such as the Thought Leader Forum and Executive Dialogue.

This volunteer opportunity is recommended for:

  • Thought leaders and visionaries with a thorough understanding of significant issues facing SHSMD members.
  • Those with current, relevant expertise in health care transformative changes.
  • Senior-level members with expertise in strategic planning, business development, marketing and communications.
  • Executives connected to industry thought leaders who might serve as guest speakers/panelists.
  • Members planning to attend the Executive Dialogue and Thought Leader Forum.

Commitment: Monthly or conference calls in the first half of the year, independent review of materials between meetings.


Recognition and Scholarships Committee
Committee members participate in the review of criteria and applications and the selection of recipients for all SHSMD awards and recognition including:

  • The SHSMD Leadership Excellence Award, honoring the lifetime achievement of health care marketers, planners, public relations professionals and communications professionals.
  • The SHSMD Rising Star designation for exceptional professionals under age 40 .
  • Scholarship awards for SHSMD Connections.
  • Other awards designated by SHSMD.

This volunteer opportunity is recommended for:

  • Members with a strong overall knowledge of SHSMD offerings.
  • Members representing the different professional disciplines of SHSMD, with varying degrees of experience and seniority.
  • Those who have been SHSMD members for at least five years.
  • Society members who have attended SHSMD Connections at least twice.
  • Individuals with prior committee experience.
  • Members with a commitment to confidentiality.
  • Former SHSMD Leadership Excellence Award recipients.
  • Former SHSMD Rising Stars.

Commitment: Monthly 60-90 minute conference calls from February to July, plus a final debrief call. Independent, detailed review of applications, reports, resumés, letters of recommendation, scoring criteria and other materials between calls.


Spectrum Guest Editor

Guest editors will review MySHSMD online discussion groups (Marketing, Physician Strategies, Public Relations/Communications and Strategic Planning) and select discussion excerpts that provide information and advice to members. The selections will appear in a question-and-answer format in the Community Connections column of Spectrum. This volunteer opportunity is recommended for:

  • Members who participate MySHSMD discussions
  • Those with writing or publishing experience

Note: Volunteers sign a confidentiality agreement and may be asked to sign an intellectual property ownership agreement. SHSMD does not pay travel expenses for volunteer participation.