The membership in each section elects a Section Manager (SM) once every two years. He or she is responsible for managing the Field Organization programs in their section. The SM is not involved in League policy-making, although he or she may have a strong voice in such matters. League-policy making is a function reserved for the Division Director. The SM's main job is to recruit, through several subordinate program managers or coordinators, ARRL volunteers to staff eight crucial program areas: emergency communications, message traffic, volunteer monitoring, radio frequency interference problem-solving, support of affiliated clubs, government liaison, encouragement of technical activities, and dissemination of on-the-air bulletins.
The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is divided into 71 sections, each of which fall under one of 15 divisions. Many sections are comprised of a single state, but some of the larger states are divided into two or more sections.