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ACT 2020 Leadership Opportunities
Head of Events and Volunteer Recognition
We have learned that many ACT volunteers highly value the sense of community that they experience with fellow alumni, both in their project teams and in their interactions with other ACT volunteers. Often it is this sense of community that draws alumni again and again to ACT opportunities. The Head of Events and Volunteer Recognition has the enviable job of emphasizing the fun, the camaraderie and the appreciation that come with being an ACT volunteer.
This role may be right for you if:
- You enjoy meeting other ACT volunteers.
- You like to plan events, incorporating new ideas to make them better.
- You enjoy coming up with fun, new ways to do things.
- You’d like to help strengthen the ACT culture.
- You’d like to help make people feel appreciated and recognized for their contributions.
- You have done at least one ACT project.
As Head of Events and Volunteer Recognition, you will:
- Plan and organize project kick-offs and an annual volunteer appreciation event with the support of ACT staff and other Management Board members; events that build community, promote pride in belonging to ACT, and help volunteers feel excited about their ACT participation.
- Determine how to welcome new Management Board members and celebrate outgoing Management Board members.
- Consider and implement volunteer recognition strategies.
- Collaborate with other Management Board members such as the Heads of Marketing Content and Volunteer Development.
The fine print:
The commitment for this position is approximately 10-12 hours per month on average, which includes our monthly board meetings. You’ll have months when you devote much less time, and periods when you’ll be busier.
- Project Round Kick-Offs occur in March and September.
- Volunteer appreciation event takes place in June.
- Management Board welcomes new members in September and celebrates outgoing members in August.
Head of Social Media Engagement & Analytics
Our alumni volunteers increasingly use social media channels such as Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to connect with friends, family and institutions such as Stanford. Historically, we have recruited alumni volunteers through email, and we would like to diversify recruitment channels to meet alumni where they are. (We are limited in our ability to use the GSB’s official social media channels, as these are understandably managed at an institution level.)
This new Head of Social Media Engagement & Analytics position on the Management Board is a great opportunity for you to help recruit and engage more alumni to volunteer with ACT.
This role may be ideal for you if:
- You would like to help broaden ACT’s volunteer base by developing outreach via social media and influencers
- You enjoy meeting and inspiring GSB alumni and other ACT volunteers
- You can work in both strategic and detailed modes
- You have experience with digital marketing and social media channels, through strategy or execution
- You’re familiar with Google Analytics
- You have project experience with ACT
As Head of Social Media Engagement, you will :
- Develop and execute a volunteer recruiting plan that utilizes non-Stanford social media channels
- Manage the social media component of our two volunteer recruitment drives per year
- Track the performance of our volunteer recruiting campaigns
- Collaborate with other Management Board members such as the Heads of Marketing Content and Volunteer Development
The fine print:
The commitment for this position is approximately 10-12 hours per month on average, which includes our monthly board meetings. You’ll have months when you devote less time, and periods when you’ll be busier.
Project Round Volunteer Recruiting occurs twice a year in February and August
The success of the ACT program depends in large part on our ability to find projects that GSB alumni will find challenging, rewarding and fun to work on. Part art and part science, project screening is an enormously important function performed by volunteers with a combination of project experience, critical thinking and creative problem-solving ability, emotional intelligence and insight.
Being a member of the Project Screening Team may be ideal for you if…
- You’re passionate about ACT and the GSB.
- You want to be part of finding projects that provide opportunities to bring out the very best in GSB alumni.
- You’re a great listener and strategic thinker, and savvy about reading between the lines to understand the full picture.
- You excel at breaking complex issues down into easy-to-understand elements.
- You communicate clearly, from the questions you’ll ask of prospective clients to the written project descriptions you’ll produce.
- You know just how to get your fellow GSB alumni - of all ages and class years - excited about the opportunities and challenges in the projects you screen and select.
- As project screener, you will serve as an ACT ambassador in the nonprofit community.
- You’ll be responsible for screening projects in a specific region.
- For each of the two semiannual project rounds you will screen approximately 3-6 applications, including reviewing written applications and meeting face-to-face with representatives of nonprofits. The goal is to identify 2-5projects that (a) will appeal to our volunteers and (b) have a high likelihood of leaving both our volunteers and clients with a strong sense of satisfaction.
- In addition to screening applications, you’ll think continually, strategically and proactively about nonprofits in your community that would be a great fit for ACT, and flag them to Susan Austin for consideration.
- You’ll interact with executive directors and nonprofit board members in a positive, professional manner that’s consistent with the ACT and GSB brands.
- While being objective in assessing the client’s readiness for change, you’ll remain mindful of the primary goal of providing a positive experience for GSB alumni volunteers.
The fine print:
- The commitment for this position averages approximately 10 hours per month, with concentrated activity at the beginning of ACT’s two project rounds in January-March and July-September.
About the Management Board
The ACT Management Board is an operational board, not an advisory board. ACT Management Board members are thinkers and doers. Each Management Board member has a functional area of responsibility and is committed to making ACT the best possible pro bono consulting experience for GSB alumni and our nonprofit clients. This takes considerable time and effort, but we think it’s worth it to sustain this continually improving premier pro bono consulting organization. The Management Board term is two years (with one year review for new members), the maximum service six years. Our year begins in September and ends in August. Meetings are typically held 5:00-7:30 pm the second Wednesday of every month on campus, though in this time of COVID-19 they are held from 4:00-6:30 pm via Zoom.
About the Project Screening Committee
The ACT Project Screening Committee consists of experienced ACT volunteers (typically those who’ve participated in five ACT projects or have gained exposure to the nonprofit sector in other ways) who live in and screen projects in the regions where ACT provides service: Peninsula, South Bay, East Bay, North Bay, SF. Our current need is for screeners in San Francisco &/or the Peninsula. We are a collegial group who work independently under the leadership of the Head of Project Screening, a Management Board member. Once per year we gather in person to discuss best practices and make adjustments to our processes, and twice per year, during each project cycle, we connect via phone. Project Screening member terms are flexible.
Complete the ACT Management Board and Board Committee Interest Form to express your interest in one of the above roles and let us know your interests and talents by June 17, 2020. An ACT Nominating Committee member will then contact you about an interview later that week. While we encourage all interested alums to apply, please understand this is a selective process given the number of applicants for these leadership positions.
Former ACT Management Board Member
"I have enjoyed using my creative energy to plan fun events that celebrate our ACT community. We've done champagne and chocolate tastings, a theater night, an Outward Bound course, and much more. Everyone works so hard on their projects, and these sorts of events are a great way to reconnect with other alumni, reflect on our work, and enjoy new experiences."
Upcoming Key Dates
Jan. 20, 2021
Nonprofit Application Deadline
Feb. 18 to Mar. 4, 2021
Volunteer Recruitment for Bay Area Spring-Summer ’21 projects
Mar. 25, 2021
Spring-Summer ’21 Project Round Kick-Off