Are you looking for a way to get more involved with EAL/LA? You’re invited to run for a Co-Chair position on the EAL/LA Leadership Council!
May 22, 2013 – Call for Co-Chairs
June 5, 2013 - Deadline for applicants
June 9, 2013 - Election opens
June 22, 2013 - Voting closes
Week of June 23, 2013 - Notify Elects
July 1, 2013 - Co-Chairs announced & Terms begin
Application Review Process
Applications will be reviewed for completeness by current LC members. Once applicants are approved, profiles will be posted on ealla.org.
Application Packet Checklist
EALLA-Leadership-Council-Application-2013 [click to download]
Curriculum Vitae and/or Resume
Please e-mail all Application materials to email@example.com by June 5, 2013 at 5 p.m.
About the Leadership Council
EAL/LA creates an atmosphere that is conducive to information sharing and generational leadership succession. We’re emerging arts leaders so the idea is that we expect our own leaders to eventually “emerge”.
In order to do so, we’ve created a Leadership Council (LC) that is chaired by our more seasoned members. The Chairs will aid in orienting new leaders over the course of a one-year period. During this period, the Chairs preserve institutional knowledge and ensure the sustainability of EAL/LA by working closely with and developing the Co-Chairs. As the Chairs “emerge” or transition from the network, the Co-Chairs progress into the Chairs role and a new group of Co-Chairs is elected from the networks general membership.
The Co-Chairs are expected to meet monthly with the LC and with partnered Chair on an as needed basis. Each Chair/Co-Chair committee is expected to provide a short report quarterly to the LC to document and update on the committee’s progress.
The Executive Co-Chair (ECC) position is highly collaborative, both in working in tandem with the Executive Chair to achieve departmental goals and in working with all members of the Leadership Council to achieve organizational goals. The ECC will become familiar with the history of EAL/LA and help the Executive Chair set the vision and goals for the organization’s future. S/he will utilize this long-term view of the organization to help guide present-day decisions and activities in a direction that are consistent with EAL/LA’s mission.
The Executive Chair and ECC work together to ensure effective and efficient governance and operations of EAL/LA and its Leadership Council (LC). This includes organization of: LC meetings and retreats; policies and bylaws; elections; adherence to the strategic plan, and; monitoring the participation levels of all Chairs and Co-Chairs. The ECC will help organize efforts to engage the Advisory Board and may often act as a representative of EAL/LA at events, in interviews, and other opportunities to promote the organization. The ECC may also participate in other departments’ committees or projects, as available, in order to make sure that organizational goals are met.
This is a two-year term: one year as Executive Co-Chair (2013-2014), followed by one year as Executive Chair (2014-2015).
The Co-Chair helps the Development Chair in creating strategies for resource development and implementing fundraising activities for EAL/LA during his or her term. The Chair and Co-Chair will work with Executive Chair/Co-Chair and Leadership Council to identify priority funding areas and coordinate with the Development Committee to seek funding for these areas. The Development Chair and Co-Chair will maintain the relationship with current funders while also seeking support from other sources. They will research and apply for grants, seek corporate sponsorship, and create donor groups to implement action items to make progress toward the fulfillment of Strategic Planning Goal #3- Resource Development. In addition, they will help in transitioning EAL/LA’s funding model from a fiscally sponsored organization to a 501 (c) 3 organization, if the incorporation process is approved by the Leadership Council in Fiscal Year 2013-2014.
The Development Co-Chair should be ready to dive into fundraising activities for EAL/LA; a person who works well with a team and also takes initiative to research and brainstorm possible sources of revenue independently. Familiarity with fundraising practices is helpful. Most importantly, the Development Co-Chair should be passionate about the goals, activities, and mission of EAL/LA.
This is a two-year term: one year as Development Co-Chair (2013-2014), followed by one year as Development Chair (2014-2015).
Working collaboratively, Programming Chair and Co-Chair will be responsible for executing regular professional development programming for EAL/LA membership. This will include brainstorming and generating ideas, coordinating event logistics, and assisting with day-of responsibilities, as necessary. Chair and Co-Chair will provide assistance and guidance to members who seek to sponsor and organizeEAL/LA events. They will review program proposal submissions and determine which programs to recommend to Leadership Council for promotion and sponsorship. Chair and Co-Chair will communicate with planning committees to ensure programs are executed according to EAL/LA guidelines.
Programming Chair and Co-Chair will support committees for annual programs, including Creative Conversations and APAL. These programs will be managed through their respective committees, but the Programming Chair and Co-Chair will ensure the programs are being executed, are on schedule, and are in accordance with EAL/LA standards.
Additional responsibilities of the Programming Chair and Co-Chair will be to organize and attend regular meetings of Programming committee. In conjunction with the Strategic Planning process, Programming Chair and Co-Chair will develop EAL/LA Programming Priorities and Guidelines document. This will be reviewed by the Leadership Council and implemented with future EAL/LA programming.
The Programming Co-Chair is highly interested in the nuts and bolts of program development. The Co-Chair should be a highly motivated and accessible team-player. Familiarity with contemporary arts/non-profit management and professional development theories, events, speakers, and ideas is a plus, but can be substituted by an interest in these areas and a willingness to learn. Most importantly, the Co-Chair should be dedicated to ensuring EAL/LA provides high-quality, constructive, and inspirational programming to our members.
This is a two-year term: one year as Programming Co-Chair (2013-2014), followed by one year as Programming Chair (2014-2015).
The Finance Chair and Co-Chair manage the EAL/LA budget. In coordination with the Executive Chair/Co-Chair, the Finance Chair and Co-Chair will develop and implement systems for maintaining budget records, approving expenses and reimbursements, and keeping the members of the Leadership Council (LC) informed about financial issues. The Co-Chair will assist the Chair in monitoring the budget on an ongoing basis by reviewing monthly budget statements from Community Partners (CP) and tracking income and disbursements. The Finance Chair and Co-Chair will be responsible for ensuring that proposed expenditures are within budget and collect necessary information for the LC and CP to evaluate and authorize the expenditures. The Co-Chair will be involved in obtaining receipts and preparing forms to be submitted to CP for reimbursement. The Finance Chair and Co-Chair will support EAL/LA’s programs by helping the Programming team create event budgets. Should a paid membership structure be introduced, the Finance Co-Chair will work with the Membership and Development Chairs and Committees to receive and track membership dues. The Finance Co-Chair will, when appropriate, assist in Development activities by providing current budget information for funding solicitation and grant reporting purposes. The Finance Co-Chair will assess EAL/LA’s budget and will meet with the Finance Chair to discuss the state of EAL/LA’s finances on at least a monthly basis. The Finance Chair and Co-Chair will work with the LC to establish budgets for several fiscal years in advance and will support the overall financial goals of the organization. The Finance Co-Chair will likely work very closely with the CP liaison (the Finance Chair Emeritus) in performing all of his or her duties. In addition, the Finance Co-Chair will assist in the initiation and implementation of various projects including finance-themed workshops, and incorporation, and act as a liason to the Nonprofit Task Force committee.
For this position, that old job description standard “detail-oriented” is a must. No formal―or even informal―accounting experience is required, but a familiarity with budget spreadsheets and monthly/annual financial statements is helpful, and those with phobia of numbers or handling money may rather apply for something else. The Finance Co-Chair should be responsible and responsive to requests for budget information from the Finance Chair and other LC members. Of course, the Finance Co-Chair should be committed to EAL/LA! Sense of humor a plus.
This is a two-year term: one year as Finance Co-Chair (2013-2014), followed by one year as Finance Chair (2014-2015).
The Communication Co-Chair will assist the Chair in maintaining the website, social media and other online accounts. This includes site moderation for spam, membership, content, and access issues. The Co-Chair will help generate blog content and solicit permission for cross-posting relevant blogs to be posted on ealla.org. Co-Chair will keep an editor’s eye on website specifically blogged content. The Communications team is responsible for checking EAL/LA voicemail and general email account, and forwarding questions to appropriate people. The Communication team will assist the LC with other tech issues as they arise. The Communications team will assist the Marketing & Membership team in writing and distributing press releases and pushing out information and announcements through all channels. The communications team will work closely with all departments to develop and maintain brand fidelity. The Co-Chair will communicate to the Finance team any budgetary concerns or recurring costs. The Co-Chair will work with the Development team in identifying and implementing appropriate online revenue initiatives.
The ideal Co-Chair will be very web savvy and have be active online on a daily basis. The Co-Chair will be accessible to the LC and membership, keeping tabs on the various online accounts on a regular basis. The Co-Chair will meet with the Chair on a monthly basis aside from the LC monthly meetings. The Communications Co-Chair will have an interest in web technologies and content management. The Communications team will work on an archiving solution for audio, video, and image content for the group and will be looking to experiment with new tech tools to benefit the EAL/LA membership.
This is a two-year term: one year as Communications Co-Chair (2013-2014), followed by one year as Communications Chair (2014-2015).
Marketing & Membership Co-Chair
The Marketing & Membership Co-Chair will assist the Chair in writing, editing, and distributing all promotional based materials for EAL/LA including, but not limited to press releases, e-blasts, and ad copy. The Co-Chair will contribute towards building and maintaining a social media based promotions plan to increase membership presence on EAL/LA’s website through Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, as well as take the lead in maintaining content and communications on those sites. Additionally, the Co-Chair will oversee the creation and organization of press and listings contact sheets, as well as help manage all field related vendor relationships. The Co-Chair will also assist in strategy for paid advertising. The Marketing and Membership team will establish cohesive membership development plan and solidify membership communication strategies to ensure more effective distribution of information. The Marketing & Membership Co-Chair will assist in the creation and dissemination of membership surveys after major EAL/LA events as well as the annual demographics survey of all membership.
The ideal candidate will have excellent writing and communications skills, as well as a willingness to learn negotiation skills. Additionally, the co-chair must prove extremely detail oriented and have an ability to manage multiple projects efficiently and ensure their timely execution. No previous marketing or development experience is required, but is preferred.
This is a two-year term: one year as Marketing & Membership Co-Chair (2013-2014), followed by one year as Marketing & Membership Chair (2014-2015).
At Large Member
The At Large Member (ALM) will be EAL/LA members’ representative to the Leadership Council. The ALM will seek opportunities to interact with members, both in person and online. The ALM is a voting member of the 13-person Leadership Council.
The ALM must be able to attend the majority of EAL/LA events. (We currently produce 10-12 events per year.) At these events, the ALM will proactively introduce her/himself to attendees– especially those attending their first EAL/LA event– to make everyone feel welcome, to answer questions about EAL/LA, and to suggest ways that members can get more involved. The ALM will need to be familiar with the mission, activities, and operations of EAL/LA in order to answer questions, as well as using this knowledge to make suggestions to the Leadership Council for how to better serve the constituency.
As a voting member, the ALM will also attend monthly Leadership Council meetings, participate in online discussions, and work with various Chairs on projects, as available.
This is a one-year term (2013-2014).
About the Leadership Council