Friday, March 18, 2016

New Executives Needed for Fall 2016!

The Plate Club is recruiting for the 2016-2017 school year! Please send your resume and a short email describing why you are interested in the position to theplateclub@gmail.com by Friday, April 8, 2016. Feel free to contact us with any questions.
The executive also includes 3 returning members: the Inventory and Rentals Coordinator, Financial Executive, and Marketing/Rentals Executive.

Office and Volunteer Coordinator (formerly Outreach) (3-7 hours/week)
- recruits, trains and schedules volutneers for office and lunch hours
-maintains and supervises office cleanliness and equipment, including hardware and software used for rental coordination
- communicates with volunteers regarding Plate Club business via social media and blog
- maintains current rental guidelines, contact and inventory information on blog, tumblr, social media, and inventory app
- schedules monthly meetings
- assembles data on Plate Club impact and usage on a monthly basis and publishes on social media
- coordinates annual in-office inventory count
- with the Volunteer Engagement Executive, participates in volunteer recruitment at sustainability events (Activities Night, Sustainability Fair, etc.)
- holds office hours 1 hour/week
* in Fall 2016 we hope to campaign for a fee levy to make this a paid position.

 Volunteer Engagement Executive (2-4 hours/week)
- plans volunteer appreciation actions on a weekly basis, with one big volunteer event per semester
(past volunteer appreciation includes weekly snacks, pub quiz, bowling...)
- participates in volunteer recruitment at sustainability events (Activities Night, Sustainability fair, etc)
- informs members about sustainability movements on campus and abroad by maintaining a presence on social media
- holds office hours 1 hour/week
  Student Engagement Executive (2-4 hours/week)
- promotes The Plate Club's advocacy for sustainability, selecting and raising awareness about an initiative related to waste on campus in order to make positive change (past advocacy actions include the campaign to end styrofoam use in the SSMU caf with petitions and Styrofoam-Free Day)
- interact with the community and engage Plate Club volunteers in advocacy on social media and on campus
- organizes one event related to sustainability goal per semester
- holds office hours 1 hour/week

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

March 2016 Meeting

The most important issue on our March 2016 meeting agenda was Fall 2016!

We talked about division of labour for next year between executives, and decided that the executive positions will need redistribution, especially if we are looking to have 2 of the current 4 positions paid as part-time workers.  We have roughly estimated for maximum 20 paid work hours if we should get our fee levy, so as of the latest meeting we have focused all of the organization of rental service labour on these 2 people. That's everything from responding to rental requests and sending purchasing orders to keeping the office clean and making sure lunch hours are staffed (and filling in for last minute cancellations of volunteer staff when needed).
We discussed dividing The Plate Club between two poles along paid/unpaid lines: a rental service and an advocacy group for sustainability issues focused especially around waste.  We want to talk more with our volunteers as well as engaging more peripheral members of The Plate Club about what we can do to make our community more conscious about the waste we produce and the damage that does to our environment.
To that end, in addition to the 2 potentially paid positions, we are thinking of having a Volunteer Engagement executive who recruits volunteers from our members and keeps members informed about sustainability movements by maintaining a presence on social media and at McGill-organized sustainability events, as well as planning volunteer appreciation actions on a weekly basis, with one big volunteer event per semester.
We also discussed introducing a Student Engagement executive who promotes The Plate Club's advocacy for sustainibility, selecting and raising awareness about an initiative related to waste on McGill campus or more widely, in order to make positive change.  The Student Engagement executive would interact with the community and engage Plate Club volunteers on social media and on campus, potentially organizing one event related to achieving whatever sustainability goal they set per semester.
We'll be sending out requests for applications next week once the executive has more clearly finalized the division of duties (and we get some feedback about how this whole hiring thing would work from SSMU. After all, we don't have any money yet, and although we have operated with most duties concentrated among one or two people this year, it is a big load for a full-time student to bear!)
We also hope to start our student enagement this semester with a petition to support a waste initiative on campus that we would circulate during lunch hours. We are looking for ideas!