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[802SEC] IEEE 802 Chair's Job Description

Below, find IEEE 802 Chair's Job Description and Vice Chair's Job
Description. I will send out more details on IEEE 802 Chair election
process, that I will schedule for November-2001.

IEEE802 Chair's Job Description

1. Fulfill Duties as Outlined in IEEE 802 Operating Rules

2. Obligations to Computer Society - Sponsor for IEEE 802
  (a) Attend CS Standards Activities Board (SAB) meetings as 802 Chair
(either face-to-face or by telecon (nominally three/year))
  (b) Produce summary reports on 802 activities, three times a year
  (c) Generate 802 Annual Report which is also posted on the IEEE 802 WEB
page.(past year highlights, next year target goals, summary overviews, major
changes, etc.)

3. Obligations to LMSC Beyond Explicit Duties Identified in Rules
  (a) Approve, draft/author/edit official communications to external
  (b) Review and sign-off on Sponsor Ballot Voting Group lists
  (c) Review and email approval for PAR submissions to IEEE
  (d) Facilitate generation of 802 plenary meeting agenda
  (e) Coordinate activities with IEEE Standards Board and IEEE Board of

4   Plenary Meeting Facilitation:
  (a) On-call entire week to coach/mentor/facilitate resolution of issues
and guide actions toward LMSC win-win results (usually 10-20 hours, 5-10 key
projects).  [This limits one's freedom to attend WG meetings for more than a
few hours)
  (b) Act as liaison with IEEE Standards staff
  (c) Lead ad hoc activities as needed, usually two to four per Plenary

5.  Inter-Meeting Activities:
  (a) Follow-up on items in (3) above
  (b) Support and advise WG Chairs
  (c) Work with IEEE staff on various policy issues
  (e) Respond to calls from the press, facilitate 802 press releases
  (f) Respond to NesCom and RevCom questions
  (g) Prepare, conduct Email Ballots (about five between mtgs)

General Notes:
There are tremendous variations in the level of time/resources needed to
support 802.  There is a somewhat constant level of 20 hours per month
(average) to do the various items identified above.  There are also actions
that demand attention whenever they occur, ranging from big issues
that take 100+% of one's time because of the magnitude of the issue, or the
volume of communications.  Fortunately, the latter events are infrequent but
they can consume full-time effort from two to ten days.

There is another level of activity that has tremendous advantages for LMSC
at the same time it consumes substantial resources.  From time-to-time the
opportunity arises for LMSC spokespersons to speak at conference and
seminars.  The Chair of 802 also supports a column in IEEE Networking


1.  To stand in for the Chair when needed.  This is sometimes just a few
minutes at the executive committee meetings.  Other times it means chairing
a whole Plenary meeting.  In the latter case, there are a couple of weeks'
worth of work in the 4-6 weeks before the Plenary meeting, and 100%
consumption of one's time during the meeting.

2.  Chair rules change activities.  When major issues are being addressed
this can consume significant amounts of time, occasionally precluding
meaningful participation in a working group.

3.  Be expert on process and Roberts Rules of Order to help resolve issues
in EC meetings and, when asked, at WG/TAG meetings.

4.  Visit all WG meetings for short intervals during the Plenary week to
keep abreast of the pulse of the organization.

5.  Interpret the 802 Operating Rules and provide advice to LMSC members, WG
chairs, and other executive committee members when requested.  This also
requires the VC to have in-depth knowledge of the policies and procedures of
the Computer Society SAB, and the IEEE Standards Board.

6.  Assist Chair with administrative and other assigned tasks.

Jim Carlo ( Cellular:1-214-693-1776
TI Fellow, Networking Standards at Texas Instruments
Vice Chair, IEEE-SA Standards Board
Chair, IEEE802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee