Online Communities Advisory Committee (OCAC)


The committee will develop a long-term, strategic framework for SPE online communities and formulate a high-level action plan for implementation of the strategy. The goal is to provide a long-term vision for online collaboration that will be useful and relevant to SPE members. The committee also will propose recommendations to SPE board committees for incorporating online communities into the SPE Strategic Plan.

The committee is a key resource to SPE staff and volunteers in the implementation of online tools and technologies to best meet the needs of SPE’s various constituencies. Objectives of the OCAC are as follows:

  • Create a strategic framework and governance structure for online communities
  • Drive membership awareness and use of SPEs online communities
  • Provide SPE members’ easy-to-use, accessible, and organized online communities
  • Test and implement new initiatives and optimize currently used systems to improve members’ ability to find, capture, and share technical information.
  • Resolve overlaps within SPEs realm of online communities.


The committee is composed of 8 to 12 members appointed by the president-elect. The chairman is appointed by the president-elect. The OCAC reports to the Board Committee of Membership.

Committee Position Description

Deliverables and Expectations

  • Strategic advisory role, serve as a resource
  • Provide input to board about how to best serve SPE communities and members as related to online presence and collaboration
  • Engage to drive adoption (focus on SPE Connect)
  • Work with communities to understand requirements, ensure they are filled
  • Integration of SPE online initiatives
  • Provide input to long-term strategy for future online communities-related initiatives

Qualifications and Experience

  • Must be an SPE member.
  • Preferably, member is an active user of online communities such as SPE Technical Communities, SPE’s LinkedIn/Facebook communities, or other LinkedIn communities
  • Experience with social media, online collaboration, HigherLogic, and MediaWiki will be beneficial.

Expected Time Commitment

  • All committee members will serve a two-year term.
  • Participation in 6 meetings each year, 4 teleconferences and 2 face-to-face meetings. While face-to-face participation is preferred, conference calls are acceptable for those who are unable attend.
  • Up to 2 hours per month to complete action items.

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