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Step Right Up and get involved folks! Help shape the community in 2014 and beyond. We are now taking applications for the following lead roles:

MooseMan Lead 2014 (aka MooseMaster/MooseMistrix)
TComp Lead 2014
Art Grant Officers
Town Crier (Community Communications/Event Marketing)
Web Guru (to work on Community Communications)
Land Scouts (location for big events)
Fire Lead
Quartermaster

If you’re interested in any of these roles, please take a look at the full descriptions below. Applications are due on February 15. Please share this around and send your questions or applications to burntbod@googlegroups.com

Many thanks,

Your Humble Volunteer BurnT Board

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DESCRIPTIONS:

MooseMan 2014 MooseMaster/MooseMistrix

The MooseMaster(s) are responsible for the production of MOOSEMAN 2014 from conception through to completion. They are expected to coordinate every aspect of Mooseman 2014, our community’s four day regional burn that takes place in the woods.

The ideal candidate(s) have a combination of these hard skills:
Budgeting and procurement
The ability to recruit and motivate volunteer Leads
Coordination, delegation and communication with a team of volunteer Leads, the Board, burnT officers, and the regional representatives

And the following soft skills:
Relationships within the regional Burning Man community
An understanding of Burner ethos
Diplomacy and a thick skin

We appreciate that every lead brings certain strengths and abilities to the task. If you feel strong in some of the areas and would need help in others, please still apply. There are many ways to support and incorporate the skills you bring to the community.

Coordination of Mooseman can include managing details like choosing the event location (in tandem with our Venue Scout officer), selecting the date, selecting volunteer leads for specific areas, choosing rental vendors, working with the volunteer marketing team to creating and distributing marketing materials (invitations, etc.) and arranging transportation for attendees if required. The lead(s) are also expected to be onsite the weekend of Mooseman to oversee set-up, and to troubleshoot any issues that may arise.

Anyone interested should contact the board with their proposal. Send your questions, comments or submissions to the BOD.

TComp Lead 2014
Think Fall of 2014 is a far way off? Not in event-land it isn’t. By now, you know the drill. The lead(s) are expected to coordinate every aspect of TComp 2014.

The ideal candidate(s) have a combination of these hard skills:
Budgeting and procurement
The ability to recruit and motivate volunteer Leads
Coordination, delegation and communication with a team of volunteer Leads, burnT officers, the Board and regional representatives

And the following soft skills:
Relationships within the regional Burning Man community
An understanding of Burner ethos
Diplomacy and a thick skin

Coordination of TComp can include managing details like choosing the event location, selecting the date, selecting volunteer leads for specific areas, choosing rental vendors, working with the volunteer marketing team to creating and distributing marketing materials (invitations, etc.) and arranging transportation for attendees if required.

UNLIKE all the other positions posted, we are making an open call-out now without a hard closing date. Anyone interested should contact the board with a proposal. Send your questions, comments or submissions to the BOD

Art Grant Officers

The primary responsibilities of the Art Grant Officer are to:

Facilitate the bringing of more art to burnT events (including Tcomp and Mooseman) and
Support the growth of burnT community artists who are creating art for Burning Man or related events

Once the Board/Event lead has determined the amount of funds available for art grants in a budget cycle, the AGO will manage the art grant process from start to finish, which includes:
calling out for artists’ submissions
developing the art grant approval process in consultation with the Board of Directors and the event lead
notifying applicants of offers in a timely manner
ensuring that artists satisfy the grant conditions
and working with the treasurer to distribute grants.

For burnT Events, the AGO will coordinate with the event leads and the artists to provide logistical support on-site (transport, layout/location, space requirements, equipment, troubleshooting technical problems, set-up, tear-down, etc.) and document the art (i.e. take photos and keep track of who made what and where that project resides).

The AGO will develop a plan for developing community artists – this may include creating a repository of art grant proposals, hosting workshops to help artists get started, connecting new artists with experienced artists and other great ideas that you may have!

This role will require skills in facilitation, curation and organization. Please include information on what skills and experience you bring to the position and outline your vision on how to bring out the ART in pARTicipation. Send your application to the BOD or contact sparkplug@oldmindspace.com for more information.

Town Crier
The town crier is responsible for telling the community about upcoming events, matching his or her messaging with the Board and Regional Reps and following all sanctioning requirements from the BMorg. That means either doing or delegating the following:

BIG EVENTS: Working with the TComp and MooseMan leads to market our event.
Set up event pages created via the Toronto fb group
Create or solicit the creation of e-posters
Update event listings twitter, burnon.ca, burntoronto.ca
Send listing info to local media (Blog TO, The Grid, NOW, Torontoist)
Make posts to pump up the event with content solicited from photographers etc.
Encourage or Assist leads in posting — DJ mixes (for DJ leads), Pictures of Performers, Artists, Workshops, etc.
Connect with nearby Burner Communities (see list)
Connect with friendly communities with Toronto (see list)
Lead the creation and distribution of flyers at other events

SMALLER EVENTS
Assist event organizers by updating event listings on twitter, burnon.ca, and burntoronto.ca.
Smaller Events include: Santarchy (December); Newbie Picnic (July); Urban Golf (spring / fall); Bunnarchy (April); Brides of March (March); Bi-Weekly Drink Nights (Thursday’s @ 6:30 p.m.); Monthly Town Halls; Art Fundraisers (ongoing).

If you want more information, contact North at Chriz[dot]North[at]gmail[dot]com.

Web Guru
The web guru is needed to help bring our communications up to snuff. Specifically, we will need someone who understands the basics of the community and how to make that come alive online.

Working with our existing web team and the Town Crier. There are two major goals:
Connecting the online community (this includes SEO and “pointers” between digital spaces”
Helping to update the existing community sites (burntoronto.ca and burnon.ca).

Both sites are done in WordPress, so your comfort working with it is key. Diplomacy and appreciation for the Communication team you’ll be working with is important.

If you want more information, contact North at Chriz[dot]North[at]gmail[dot]com.

Fire Safety Lead
This is a new role with some very cool connections. As some of you may know Dave X and Doxie have been working to professionalize and skill share across all of the different regional events. learning how to organize the safety side of doing effigy burns, plus getting in on propane safety training.

It requires on-site managing and a willingness to stay with it. Ideally you can also travel to some exclusive training events, including Lakes of Fire. In return you get to train with some of the coolest people around. People with experience working with propane, fire safety for effigy burns, etc. are ideal.

If you want more information, contact North at Chriz[dot]North[at]gmail[dot]com.

Land and Venue Scout(s)
The Land/Venue Scout(s) would take all the existing information about potential sites for Tcomp and Mooseman, maintain it and update it with new sites as we become aware of them. A car is required for the out of town sites. This could be a position that could be handled by 2 different people – 1 urban and 1 rural.

If you want more information, contact Martin at MartinSneath[at]gmail[dot]com.

Quartermaster
The Quartermaster is in charge of keeping track of community resources, and in charge of finding storage and transportation for them. PLEASE NOTE: This does not include having to store or transport things. While having space and transportation may be an advantage, your job is primarily for tracking, coordinating and delegation.

Good at keeping track of things and able to help? We’d love to have you. Apply to the BOD.

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