Come one, come all! Yes, it’s finally happening- a leadership team for this group! As much as I’ve loved running this group by myself for the last four years, it’s time for a change. For our first Leadership Team meeting, we’re going back to Bentley’s House of Coffee and Tea on Speedway near UA (this is where our group got started) on Saturday, February 6th at 1pm. If you have questions about these positions or think you may be interested, PLEASE COME!
I am looking for a one year commitment but the time you will actually spend helping to run this group should be fairly minimal. I’ve streamlined a lot of the day-to-day tasks involved in keeping this group going over the years, and if we find other ways to streamline operations, I’m happy to make changes.
I’ve come up with FIVE permanent committee positions that will require about 2 hours of your time every six months. We will meet as a team once every six months and do our work together but some additional outside time may be required. FOUR of these positions (below) still need to be filled. Additional time may be required for different jobs, and those are outlined below. I’ve also created two “Special Projects,” jobs, listed at the very bottom.
Don’t see the job you’ve been dreaming of? Not a problem, we can always make adjustments. 😉
Event Planning, 1-2 hours every six months
Do you like planning parties? Are you comfortable making short phone calls? Are you able to communicate with other people and handle very light logistics?
Our Event Planner(s) will be responsible for developing our annual calendar of events (can be done 4-6 months at a time) and providing a list of events (date/time, location, event title and short description) to our Publicity Coordinator. Our Event Planner may also be required to make reservations for group events at restaurants or parks. (Event Planning and Publicity Coordinator jobs may be combined.)
Publicity Coordinator(s), 1-3 hours every six months
Do you know how to post events in Facebook and export them to another calendar? (If not, Jess can teach you in less than 30 minutes.) Do you have reliable access to the internet?
Our Publicity Coordinator will be responsible for putting event data online into the group’s Facebook group calendar and then exporting to Google Calendar, which will push the event to our website, www.azfibro.com. Our Publicity Coordinator may also choose to post the events elsewhere to the web (AZ Daily Star, Craigslist, etc) if s/he feels so inclined.
Assistant Webmaster(s), 1-2 hours every other month
Do you have reliable access to the internet? Are you familiar with WordPress or willing to learn? Do you know how to mark comments as spam, run plug-in updates, proofread for typos and fix broken links? Can you post a short blog post with information on our events based on information from the Publicity Coordinators? (Jess can show you how to set these up months in advance and auto-publish on a set date.) Do you like design and have suggestions for our website?
Our Assistant Webmaster(s) will help Jess spot broken links and typos, address technical problems (where did my header go?!?), provide feedback on website upgrades and design changes, run security updates and generally ensure that the website is working properly.
Social Media Liason(s), 1-2 hours per month
Do you enjoy using Facebook and Pinterest? Are you able to communicate effectively with other people, even in high-stress situations? Are you an active member of our Facebook discussion group?
Our Social Media Liaison(s) will be responsible for helping to maintain order and a general sense of safety and kindness in our Facebook discussion group, admitting new members, and addressing spam or “trolling” (bullying or other inappropriate behavior). Although our Facebook group rarely has problems with sales or trolling, it does happen from time to time and usually requires quick action by a moderator or administrator. This person will also be responsible for maintaining our Pinterest account (purging out-of-date pins or broken links, adding new ones and directing group members towards this collective resource; this may also one day replace the “Resources” page on our website).
MMJ101/202 Coordinator- FILLED
Medical Cannabis 101/202 Assistant, 2-6 hours every six months (including time spent at the event)
Do you use medical cannabis to treat your Fibromyalgia? Are you passionate about helping others find more effective treatments? Are you well-educated on the topic of cannabis? Are you able to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of our MMJ 101/202 events to help Kathy set up? Are you able to help us find alternate locations for this popular seminar if ever required? Would you be able and willing to help collect free handouts, fliers, and other informational material from local physicians and dispensaries prior to each MMJ101/202 seminar?
Our MMJ 101/202 Assistant will help Kathy execute our MMJ 101/202 seminars. This person will assist in the collection of informational materials to be passed out at the seminars, as well as to help develop future educational programs, set up and clean up each seminar and ensure that publicity about this event has made it onto the web.
Advocacy Coordinator, varies
Are you passionate about educating the public about Fibromyalgia? Do you want to put together local advocacy efforts but don’t want to do it alone? Are you interested in helping us to coordinate with other local Fibromyalgia groups?
Our Advocacy Coordinator will be responsible for developing special projects involving education about Fibromyalgia and Chronic Pain both for our group and the general public. You may set up special seminars with local practitioners, organize an awareness day event, or something else entirely!