Global Charter Committee Chair

About the Position

Democrats Abroad (DA) was the margin of victory for Joe Biden in Georgia and Arizona. We’re determined not only to deliver scale-tipping votes in races across the United States in 2022 and beyond, but also to transport the perspectives of U.S. citizens living abroad back to lawmakers stateside. One way DA strives to do this is by making sure our governing document -- the DA Charter -- is regularly updated to include changes made in the Democratic National Committee’s Charter and incorporate language that DA’s ca. 200 voting members believe is necessary for our organization to function as democratically and effectively as possible.

In consultation with relevant stakeholders, the Charter Chair will facilitate this process by leading the Charter Committee as well as reviewing and, as necessary, revising the process by which Charter amendments are collected and presented for consideration to DA’s voting members. The Charter Chair shall also ensure that DA is drafting and adopting meaningful amendments that will improve the DA Charter and, in turn, the systems and structures by which DA operates.

 

Responsibilities

  • Review and, as necessary, revise the Charter amendment process in consultation with relevant stakeholders
  • In consultation with the International Chair, form and lead a Charter Committee
  • Develop a process and timeline for DA leaders to submit Charter amendments ahead of DA global meetings
  • Clearly communicate to DA leaders and members, in formats such as live trainings and written materials, about the Charter amendment process and how they can participate in it
  • Collect and review Charter amendments from DA’s voting members, scrutinizing all aspects of each proposed amendment, including but not limited to its substance and impact on other Charter provisions, and working with authors to resolve any outstanding issues
  • Post and distribute Charter amendments for leaders and members to review ahead of DA global meetings
  • Hold online meetings for discussion about Charter amendments ahead of DA global meetings
  • Prepare and submit a Charter Committee Report for presentation to DA leaders at the May 2022 Global Meeting  
  • Report to the International Executive Committee on a bi-weekly basis and regularly attend their meetings

 

Skills & Qualifications

  • Commitment to helping DA, the Democratic Party, and Democratic candidates succeed
  • Member of Democrats Abroad (join here)
  • First-hand knowledge of the U.S. voting constituency abroad, as well as of issues unique to overseas voters and of concern to DA members
  • Familiarity with DA’s, the Democratic National Committee’s, and/or other Democratic state parties’ Charter amendment process is advantageous
  • Strong IT skills, especially with Google Workspace and Wiki platforms
  • Highly communicative and responsive
  • Strong interpersonal and project management skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects across multiple time zones
  • Strong written and oral communication skills

 

Logistical Details

Location: Online

Estimated Time Commitment: 5-10 hours per week (less initially, increasing in the run-up to the May 2022 Global Meeting)

Language: English   

Start Date: From January 10, 2022

End Date: May 2023

Compensation: Unpaid (but tremendously rewarding!)

 

Application Process

Please send your resume and a cover letter outlining your vision and qualifications for the role in PDF format to [email protected] by December 6, 2021.

 

Democrats Abroad is committed to the values and practices of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive workplace, with opportunities to provide and the ability to take feedback and learn. It is our policy to recruit, train, promote, and administer any and all personnel actions without regard to sex, race, age, color, creed, national origin, religion, pregnancy, economic status, sexual orientation, veteran status, gender identity or expression, ethnic identity, disability, or any other legally protected basis.