NOMINATION PERIOD HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FEB. 20th
As has been announced previously, Democrats Abroad Paris Chapter will conduct its Leadership Elections on March 11th (click here for more information and to RSVP).
The nominations period for candidates is open, and the deadline to submit your candidacy is has been extended to Feb. 20th, 2023. Candidates are sought for the following positions: Chapter Chair, Chapter Vice-Chair, Chapter Treasurer/Fundraiser, Chapter Secretary, Chapter Events/Social Lead, Chapter Communications Coordinator, and Chapter Outreach Manager (GOTV/Database).
The Chapter Chair shall call and preside at all meetings of the Chapter Executive Committee, establish the agenda of such meetings, and shall be responsible for carrying out the programs, policies, and activities duly approved by the members and the Chapter Executive Committee.
The Chapter Chair and Chapter Vice Chair, with the advice of the other Officers, may allocate between themselves the duties of the Chapter Chair.
The Chapter Chair, or any Officer delegated by the Chapter Chair to do so, shall be entitled to sit on all Standing and Ad Hoc Committees, with full voting privileges. Decisions or actions taken by the Chapter Chair may be overruled by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of the Chapter Executive Committee.
The Chapter Chair shall be an ex-officio member of the DAF Executive Committee and should attend meetings to the extent practical. The Chapter Chair shall report monthly to the Chapter Executive Committee the current activities of the Democrats Abroad leadership on a national and international level.
CHAPTER VICE CHAIR
The Chapter Vice Chair shall assist and support the Chapter Chair in the execution of the Chapter Chair’s duties and shall, in the absence of the Chapter Chair, call and preside at meetings of members and of the Chapter Executive Committee.
The Chapter Vice Chair shall serve as the primary liaison with other chapters and be charged with coordinating activities, sharing information, and supporting the activities of the other chapters within France and around the world.
If the office of Chapter Chair shall become vacant, the Chapter Vice Chair shall assume the responsibilities of the Chapter Chair until the next duly scheduled election.
The Chapter Treasurer shall manage the finances of the chapter and prepare a budget and cash flow forecast as required by the Chapter Chair for approval by the Chapter Executive Committee, and interact and coordinate with the Country Treasurer to maintain proper financial reporting structures to ensure the chapter’s finances are in order. All such records shall be available for review by the Chapter Executive Committee.
The Chapter Treasurer shall be available to consult with Country, Subchapter and Caucus Chairs regarding fundraising activities for projects and activities and access to potential donors.
The Chapter Treasurer may serve on a fundraising committee to assist in planning campaigns to raise money, build fundraising programs and assist with the communication with donors in coordination with the Paris Chapter Chair.
Ideally, candidates for this role have experience in accounting, finance, banking, or a related field, and fundraising.
The Chapter Secretary shall take and archive minutes of Chapter Executive Committee meetings and all Annual General and Special Meetings of the chapter members. The Chapter Secretary shall maintain and safeguard all files and administrative records of the Chapter. The minutes of all meetings shall be made available to all Chapter members without undue delay.
The Chapter Secretary shall notify the members of the results of all Chapter elections. The Chapter Secretary shall be responsible for direct communication with members on matters that concern the entirety of the Chapter, in collaboration with the Chapter Communications Coordinator.
Candidates for this role should have experience with office productivity tools (MS Office, Google Docs, WebEx, etc.).
CHAPTER EVENT/SOCIAL LEAD
The Chapter Event/Social lead will design (in collaboration with others) and coordinate the Chapter’s events. The goal of these events (social, political, cultural, etc.) is to educate and advance discussion on contemporary U.S. political issues.
The Chapter Event Coordinator will assist members in planning and organizing local events such as lunches, dinners, wine-tastings, holiday gatherings, venues for significant speakers, etc. for membership development and fundraising, and shall help promote these events on the DA website and various social media channels, in collaboration with the Chapter Communications Coordinator and Country Database/IT Manager.
The Chapter Event Coordinator shall manage the Chapter calendar and work to avoid scheduling conflicts among different events in the Paris region. The Chapter Event Coordinator shall report monthly to the Chapter Executive Committee on activities undertaken and planned.
CHAPTER COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
The Chapter Communications Coordinator will be responsible for designing, implementing and coordinating the communications activities of the Chapter, including direct contact with members and interested persons via email, social media, French and English press communications, and a monthly newsletter to members. The Chapter Comms Coordinator shall also coordinate such efforts with and in support of the National Communications Director on the National Executive Committee, as applicable.
The Chapter Communications Coordinator will collaborate with Officers and other members having appropriate skills and experience to assist in the implementation of a coordinated communications strategy at the Chapter level. The Chapter Communications Coordinator will report monthly to the Chapter Executive Committee on activities undertaken and planned.
Ideal candidates for this role will have experience working with email marketing, social media and public relations.
CHAPTER OUTREACH MANAGER (GOTV/DATABASE)
The Chapter Outreach Manager will be responsible for designing and supervising the execution of the Chapter’s local voter registration and GOTV strategy on multiple platforms including “on the ground” efforts and via social media. As such, this officer will liaise with the Country GOTV Coordinator.
This Chapter Outreach Manager shall work with the National Membership Database/IT Manager to maintain the membership database for the Paris region during the organization’s membership verification exercises.
The Chapter Outreach Manager will be familiar with the relevant federal and state laws and regulations concerning absentee voting and voting from abroad (including the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act) and be available to consult with members concerning voter registration requirements and deadlines in each State.
The Chapter Outreach Manager may be appointed by the Chapter Executive Committee and, if so appointed, will be a non-voting member of the Chapter Executive Committee.
Join us for a public information session about running for leadership in the Paris Chapter of DAF. The Paris Chapter Elections Board and current Paris Chapter leadership will be there to answer your questions.
Session 1: Monday, February 13, 6:30 - 8:00 PM, in person at the Frog Revolution, 9 rue de la Bastille, Paris 75004. Click here for more information and to RSVP.
Session 2: Wednesday, February 15, 7:00 - 8:00 PM, online via Zoom: click here for more information and to RSVP.
- Session 3: Saturday, February 18, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, online via Zoom: click here for more information and to RSVP.
Voters in the Paris chapter leadership elections and candidates for leadership are invited to attend our upcoming optional meet-and-greet sessions:
- Session 1: Monday, March 6, 7:00 - 8:30 pm, online via Zoom: RSVP here.
- Session 2: Thursday, March 9, 6:30 - 9:30 pm, in person at the café Coq à l’Ane, 28 Rue Croix des Petits Champs, 75001 Paris: RSVP here.
Candidates should be members of Democrats Abroad France, US citizens 18 years or older, living in the Paris/Ile de France region from the time of their nomination, and be able to serve a full term of two years. Every eligible member with interest, ability, conviction and ideas is encouraged to run. Previous organizing experience is welcome but not necessary.
TO MAKE A NOMINATION
You may nominate yourself, be nominated by someone else, or you may nominate others for an executive officer position for the new Paris, Ile de France Chapter. To make a nomination, please email the Elections Board at [email protected] with the name of the person and the position for which they are being nominated. (If you are nominating another person, please put that person on copy of your email.) A member of our Elections Board will follow up. Nominees are asked to prepare a short statement of no more than 200 words regarding their candidacy. Final candidate statements should be submitted before the nominations period closes Feb. 20th, to be made public on Feb. 21st. Candidates should be prepared to attend the Leadership Elections on March 11th and to speak for their candidacy.
Please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected] if you have any questions!
The Elections Board for Paris/Ile de France Chapter Elections