Seeking New Summit & Event Co-Chairs

  • Posted on: 8 February 2021
  • By: minnesotangos

MINN 2021 Volunteer Leadership Opportunities

Our Mission: The Minnesota International NGO Network (MINN) is a forum for international practitioners and supporters to learn, network and exchange professional expertise.

Our Vision: To be the leader in providing a collaborative environment for Minnesota international NGOs to learn and exchange ideas. Our efforts result in innovative and effective solutions that enrich the lives of the global community.

Our Work: Founded in the spring of 2005, the Minnesota International NGO Network serves to connect all international humanitarian and development practitioners and supporters based in Minnesota, through education, networking, and information resources. Whether you are new to the world of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or a seasoned veteran, MINN is your forum to connect with colleagues and stay aware of what other NGOs based in Minnesota are doing around the world.

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MINN is a volunteer led organization and our mission is made possible by the work of dedicated, talented volunteers. Volunteering with MINN is a great way to meet fellow international practitioners, learn from your peers, and gain valuable experience and connections. 

MINN is currently looking for volunteer team leads to advance volunteer programming for our Summit and Events volunteer teams. New Co-Chairs will have the opportunity to partner with existing volunteer leadership. Below please find descriptions of the two volunteer leadership opportunities:

Position: Summit Co-Chair

Responsibilities: Summit Co-Chairs oversee the planning of MINN's annual Summit conference. This involves managing and helping to recruit a volunteer team and overseeing their work (across the areas of speaker recruitment, marketing, logistics, registration, and more) as well as managing the event budget. Co-Chairs serve as a liaison between the MINN Board and Summit team volunteers. Summit Co-Chairs have the chance to contribute to and continue to grow an established conference of approximately 200-250 attendees, recognized as an important annual gathering of Minnesota's international development professionals.

Key Skills: Project management; event planning; familiarity with Google Drive; experience working as a member of a team; international development experience preferred.

Position: Events Co-Chair

Responsibilities: Events Co-Chairs manage MINN's programs throughout the year, including educational and networking events, Executive Roundtables, and Talk and Tours of local INGOs, largely through supervision of volunteers. Co-Chairs assist with the recruitment and onboarding of new volunteers. Co-Chairs serve as a liaison between the MINN Board and Events team volunteers. Events Co-Chairs will determine events of interest to the MINN community and ensure their promotion and execution.

Key Skills: Project management; event planning; familiarity with Google Drive; experience working as a member of a team; international development experience preferred.

General Requirements: All Co-Chairs will be expected to commit to a year's term and to attend monthly committee meetings, which take place on the third Wednesday evening of each month. Co-Chairs can expect to spend about 10-20 hours volunteering each month (Summit co-chairs can expect a busier peak as Summit approaches in the months of September and October, with a much lower time commitment after that). Co-Chairs will work closely with and report to the MINN Program Manager. Co-Chair positions are for a one year term with consideration for renewal on an annual basis.

Benefits: All Co-Chairs receive a complimentary MINN membership as well as opportunities to network and work closely with, and receive support from, MINN Board Members. Co-Chairs are well-placed to apply as MINN Board Members in the future if they are interested. Co-chairs also have the chance to benefit from MINN's network and connections and build their understanding of the international development community in Minnesota.

To Apply: If you are interested in one of these leadership positions, please briefly answer the following questions and send your responses along with your Resume or CV or link to your LinkedIn Profile in an email indicating your interest in the specific position to Brita Midness, Volunteer Manager at [email protected]:

Why are you interested in serving as a MINN volunteer Co-Chair?

What do you hope to learn from this leadership opportunity and what do you bring to this position that is uniquely yours to offer?

What has your experience been with MINN to date (for example, have you attended Summit, served as a volunteer, etc)?

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to Brita Midness, Volunteer Manager at [email protected].

Priority Deadline: March 14, 2021