[nabs-l] FW: Two leadership opportunities with AIDemocracy (based anywhere in the US)

Joe Orozco jsorozco at gmail.com
Thu Aug 12 19:21:45 UTC 2010


 




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From:        "Karen Showalter, Americans for Informed Democracy"
<Karen at aidemocracy.org
<http://us.mc322.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=Karen@aidemocracy.org> > 
To:        dhirsch at american.edu
<http://us.mc322.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=dhirsch@american.edu>  
Date:        07/30/2010 12:41 PM 
Subject:        Two new leadership opportunities with AIDemocracy (based
anywhere in the US) 

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Dear David,

Ever heard Margaret Mead's famous quote that a small group of thoughtful,
committed citizens can change the world? Student activists have played a
decisive role in some of the biggest events of the last century, including
campaigns for civil rights, labor rights, divestment from Darfur, anti-war
protests, and the 2008 election of US President Barack Obama.

Americans for Informed Democracy's vision is that every American young
person is empowered to effectively contribute to peaceful, healthy, just and
sustainable solutions to the world's greatest challenges. We are currently
accepting applications for two pivotal positions in our network: Student
Advisory Board members and Regional Coordinators (West Coast, Southwest and
Gulf Coast regions only).

The Student Advisory Board will further ensure that student voices are
present in AIDemocracy's decision-making and programs. The advisory board
will be composed of 5-8 students who will shadow AIDemocracy's governing
board and serve as a student governance voice for the organization. They
represent the interests and concerns of student chapters and members. SAB
members are nominated and elected by members of the network.

Regional Coordinators (RCs) play a critical role in growing and cultivating
the AIDemocracy network of over 23,000 students and alumni on campuses
nation-wide. They lead member and chapter recruitment in their region; build
relationships with students, university and political leaders; and attend
regional and national events on behalf of the AIDemocracy network. They have
proven experience working with student groups, and are looking to expand
their leadership and organizing skills. 

Enough said? Ready to get started? Email applications to
opportunities at aidemocracy.org
<http://us.mc322.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=opportunities@aidemocracy.org>
. Contact karen at aidemocracy.org
<http://us.mc322.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=karen@aidemocracy.org>  with
questions. 
Need more information? See the complete position descriptions below. 
Position Description: Student Advisory Board
Americans for Informed Democracy announces the formation of a new Student
Advisory Board (SAB).  The SAB will further ensure that student voices are
present in AIDemocracy's decision-making and programs.  The advisory board
will be composed of 5-8 students who will shadow AIDemocracy's governing
board and serve as a student governance voice for the organization.  They
represent the interests and concerns of student chapters and members. SAB
members are nominated and elected by members of the network.

SAB member responsibilities: 

*	Decide, along with staff, which issues proposed at our annual
conference should be chosen for the next year's campaigns 

*	Inform and provide feedback on organization strategy, including how
we work with students, the structure of the network, 

*	Provide a strategic steer on existing campaigns and approach through
the year 

*	Vote and be present (in-person and/or online) during important
organizational decision making 

*	Attend AIDemocracy's annual conference 

*	Maintain regular communication with AIDemocracy staff 

*	Serve for a 1.5 year term

Eligibility: applicants should be: 

*	An active member of the AIDemocracy network - may include RCs,
Chapter Leaders, Chapter Members, and other members who have worked with
AIDemocracy in the past year 

*	An undergraduate or graduate student 

*	Experienced organizers: ideally have 2 years experience organizing
students and/or student groups on their campus 

*	Very familiar with at least one of our program areas: Global Peace
and Security, Global Environment, Global Health, Global Development, either
through coursework or organizing experience. 

*	Excited to learn about strategic planning and governance of a
non-profit student organization 

*	Available to serve for an 18-month term, and physically present in
the US for at least 15 of those months 

*	Dedicated, organized and responsible 

*	Note: This is a voluntary/unpaid position

Compensation:
AIDemocracy will cover position-related expenses, such as travel to annual
board meetings and the national conference. SAB members will also receive
personalized training and support from experienced AID staff and board in
order to perform their responsibilities. This is a great position for
student organizers who want to learn more about the governance of a national
organization. Other than the benefits listed above, this is an unpaid
position. 
Application/election process: 

*	Send email nominations with candidate's 1) name, 2) university, 3)
email address, and 4) phone number, along with 5) two-four sentences
explaining why you think they will be good for this position. Send
nominations to opportunities at aidemocracy.org
<http://us.mc322.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=opportunities@aidemocracy.org>
with "SAB Nominee!" in the subject line by August 16! Nominate someone you
feel would be great for this position or don't be shy, nominate yourself! 

*	Nominated members will be contacted by AIDemocracy staff by August
20 for interest/election statement which will be shared with the network for
voting 

*	Voting will be open for two weeks: August 23 - September 3. 

*	Student Advisory Board will be announced the second week of
September!

Position Description: Regional Coordinator
Regional Coordinators (RCs) play a critical role in growing and cultivating
the AIDemocracy network of over 23,000 students and alumni on campuses
nation-wide. They lead member and chapter recruitment in their region; build
relationships with students, university and political leaders; and attend
regional and national events on behalf of the AIDemocracy network. They have
proven experience working with student groups, and are looking to expand
their leadership and organizing skills. RCs ultimately help challenge
injustice, take action and promote social change on their campuses, in their
region and nationally.

Current regional openings: 

*	Northwest: WA, OR, ID,MT, WY 

*	Southwest: AZ, NM, UT, CO, NV, CA 

*	Gulf Coast: OK, AR, TX, LA, MS

Some of these regions may have more than one Regional Coordinator.

Responsibilities: 

*	Lead member and chapter recruitment in the region. Each RC will
develop clear and realistic recruitment targets, with the help of
AIDemocracy staff. 

*	Provide support, guidance and training to student organizers.
Support advocacy efforts in the region with help from AIDemocracy staff. 

*	Organize regional events and an in-district lobby day with help of
AIDemocracy staff. 

*	Attend regional and national events on behalf of the AIDemocracy
network, ranging from policy debates to student internship and opportunities
fairs. 

*	Build relationships with students, university and political leaders,
both online and via face-to-face meetings and events. 

*	Facilitate student communication across the region, for example by
connecting student leaders and organizations, creating Facebook groups, and
circulating information via email. 

*	Keep students in the region up-to-date with the latest news and
opportunities from Americans for Informed Democracy. Connect students to
AIDemocracy staff, programs and opportunities. 

*	Make regular contributions to the AIDemocracy online network: write
monthly contributions for AIDemocracy's blog - The World InSight, post
relevant regional news and events on AIDemocracy's Facebook Group, tweet
about regional events. 

*	Communicate with the main office on a bi-weekly basis. 

*	Contribute to AIDemocracy's strategy and program development
processes via periodic online surveys, evaluations and focus groups.

You'll like this position if you: 

*	Like working with friends or as part of a group 

*	Enjoy meeting people and staying connected 

*	Enjoy connecting people with one another 

*	Like keeping up-to-date with and sharing the latest news 

*	Enjoy impacting the world beyond your campus 

*	Like encouraging people to try new things 

*	Enjoy a challenge 

*	Are organized 

*	Enjoy writing

Training you'll get/skills you'll gain: 

*	Recruitment & leadership development 

*	Communications, new media & messaging 

*	Event planning & promotion 

*	Meeting facilitation 

*	Campaign strategy, planning, and implementation 

*	Network building

What's required: 

*	Willingness to invest time and energy to building your organizing
and leadership skills, as well as your understanding of U.S. foreign policy.
Strong interest in doing the same among your peers. 

*	Excitement to work outside your comfort level and your campus,
reaching out to your local community, policymakers, and the broader region. 

*	At least one year's worth of experience in/with the AIDemocracy
network (this might range from reading our newsletters to participating in
events to leading a chapter). 

*	Experience working with student groups and/or organizing. 

*	Attendance at the AIDemocracy Regional Coordinator Retreat in August
(we'll cover the cost). 

*	Bi-weekly communications with AIDemocracy staff. 

*	Physical presence in the U.S. during both semesters of your academic
year (if you are studying abroad, please apply again next year!). 

*	Access to a computer, internet and a phone. 

*	Commitment to work around 10-15 hours/month. Some months may be
more, some may be less.

Compensation:
AIDemocracy will cover position-related expenses, such as travel to
regional/national conferences, in-district lobby visits, or other
universities, materials and funds to put on events, etc. RCs will also
receive personalized training and support from experienced AID staff in
order to perform their responsibilities. This is a great position for
student activists who want to take their organizing and leadership skills to
the next level. Other than the benefits listed above, this is an unpaid
position. 
Application process:
Send a resume and cover letter explaining why you'd be a good fit for this
position to opportunities at aidemocracy.org
<http://us.mc322.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=opportunities@aidemocracy.org>
. RC applications accepted on a rolling basis. Questions? Contact
karen at aidemocracy.org
<http://us.mc322.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=karen@aidemocracy.org> .

  


 
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