Co-Chair Responsibilities, Selection Process


Selection Process

The 40 Below Civic Engagement Task Force seeks a new co-chair (to replace Brian Hoke, who steps down in April) – we’ll vote to select from the list of candidates at our March 2, 2009, meeting. Anyone who has attended at least two monthly meetings is welcome (encouraged!) to run for the position; anyone who has attended at least one task force meeting is eligible to vote. Here’s the selection process:

  1. Candidates nominated by sending email to Sean Becker by Friday, 2/13/2009 noon. Nominate yourself or someone else.
  2. Sean confirms with nominees their agreement to serve, collects from each nominee a short bio.
  3. Sean distributes slate of candidates and bios via email list by Friday 2/20/2009.
  4. Candidates for the position can speak on their behalf at the February meeting, March meeting, both meetings, or neither meeting.
  5. Portion of Monday 3/2/2009 monthly meeting devoted to review of candidates’ qualifications, brief discussion, and voting. Those who cannot attend the 3/2 meeting able to vote by proxy (contact Sean by email).

Duties & Responsibilities

With an upcoming election for Civic Engagement Task Force Co-Chair, several folks have asked, quite reasonably, about the duties and expectations for the position. Here’s a rough sense, below; as always, please feel free to contact Sean or Brian for more information. Note that the duties below are shared between two co-chairs and, often, among other members of the task force.


  • Set mission and agenda for the task force as a whole, acting on the interests of the group’s members and spurring the members to get involved by attending meetings, by helping to produce task-force events, and by working to help others get involved
  • Spearhead the effort to produce (an) Involvement Fair(s), our group’s signature event
  • Act as the public face of the task force, speaking at forums and discussion groups, meeting with students and the press, and connecting with representatives from other partner groups


  • Maintain blog: add items of interest, post meeting notes, link to local events & issues
  • Send periodic emails to list: reminders on meetings, updates on task-force initiatives, items of interest

Monthly Meetings

  • Run first-Monday-of-the-month, hour-long meeting each month
  • Develop agenda
  • Invite speaker(s)

40 Below Steering Committee & Other Task Forces

  • Attend some of Steering Committee once-a-month meetings as non-voting representative for Civic Engagement
  • Ensure task-force efforts support and mesh with the mission and activities of the organization as a whole
  • Keep in touch with other 40 Below task forces, supporting their efforts when needed and asking their help with Civic Engagement projects when appropriate
  • Coordinate Civic Engagement’s part for the yearly 40 Below Summit

Email List/Membership

  • Welcome signed-up members via email
  • Maintain email list

One Response to “Co-Chair Responsibilities, Selection Process”

  1. Beaver Lake Nature Center Director at March Meeting « 40 Below Civic Engagement Says:

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