Each division is led by an elected Administrator and Assistant Administrator. While job duties may vary slightly from division to division, officers are primarily responsible for developing a Leadership Council team to publish newsletters and blogs, create content for the group's website, assist the ATA Annual Conference organizer in speaker selection, and organize the division's annual networking event.
Division Leadership Councils
Each division has a Leadership Council responsible for the group's functions and activities.
A Leadership Council typically includes the Administrator and Assistant Administrator, the webmaster, the newsletter editor, the online forum moderator, and a conference coordinator. Some divisions may find it helpful to have larger Leadership Councils, and others may prefer to keep them small or have fewer volunteers. Each Division Administrator is free to decide how to set up the Leadership Council in order to serve members best.
In addition to providing critical support to a division, participation in a Leadership Council is an opportunity for volunteers to develop professional skills and gain recognition in the translation and interpreting communities.
Division elections occur every two years. The election procedures are the same for all ATA divisions: a Nominating Committee proposes a slate of candidates; the slate and candidate statements are published and broadcast to division members; additional candidates and objections to the slate are accepted; and elections are held by acclamation or ballot. Election results are announced at the division's Annual Meeting.
Annual Meeting of the Division
Each division holds an annual business meeting during the ATA Annual Conference of the Association. This meeting is for the purpose of hearing reports of the Administrator and the Leadership Council, if any, and discussing other division business that may arise. In alternating years, the Annual Meeting confirms the (s)elected Division Administrator and Assistant Administrator.