HRC Virtual Volunteer Fair

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The Human Resources Committee with the assistance of their staff partner is pulling the curtain back to show members what they do and why it is a fun and an important opportunity. HRC will host the inaugural Virtual Volunteer Fair series. This opportunity is for all interested sisters who are looking to either continue to serve the Fraternity or start engaging as an alumna. The Fair will range from local to international opportunities following appointment timelines beginning in September with International Standing Committees and Network Directors.

Registration for this exciting event can be found here:

HRC Virtual Volunteer Fair 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Schedule

  • September 29, 2021 at 6pm CST – International Standing Committees and Network Directors
  • October – Collegiate Chapter Advisory Board Roles (formerly AAC)
  • November – Alumnae Chapter Roles
  • February – Network Specialist Roles
  • March – Ambassador Roles

Collegiate Finance Committee

Want to work with sisters across AOII at many different levels while providing support to our collegiate chapters? The Collegiate Finance Committee could be for you! Meet Melanie Mitchell of CFC, on why a financial background is NOT required!

CFC Spotlight

Name: Melanie Mitchell

Chapter of Initiation: Chi Psi

Years of Service: 1 year on CFC, 8 years on AACs

WHAT TALENTS MADE YOU A GREAT MATCH FOR THIS ROLE?

  • This role is a great fit for me because it requires project and task management, open communication and attention to detail!I have several years of educational and professional experience in those areas which I can apply serving AOII. I have held several collegian and alumnae roles in AOII which helps with knowledge of chapter and network operations.

WHAT MAKES THIS ROLE REWARDING? 

  • Being a member of the Collegiate Finance Committee is rewarding in several ways. I love working with my chapters through large tasks and projects and seeing them through to completion! I also enjoy getting to know and learn from other sisters on the committee as well as the chapters that I work with. Finally, I’ve never held finance positions within AOII so it has been fun and rewarding to learn!

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TALENT OR TRAIT TO HAVE IN THIS ROLE?

  • This role requires willingness to communicate and ask for help when needed, especially being newer to AOII’s financial operations!It also is important to have strong time and task management in order to support chapter officers as we work to meet several deadlines.

WHAT CAN SOMEONE EXPECT BY TAKING ON THIS ROLE?

  • A member of the Collegiate Finance Committee can expect to have a strong support system within the committee, to work collaboratively to meet deadlines and to have fun supporting sisters from several chapters they may have never had the chance to work with!

Constitution Interpretation and Revision Committee

Do you have a background in organization governance, law or writing/editing? Have you heard of AOII’s Constitution Interpretation and Revision Committee (CIRC)? This is your chance to learn about what CIRC does and how your skills could help the Fraternity! Meet CIRC member, Debbie Tam, on what she thinks is the single biggest trait needed to be successful in this role (and it’s not a law degree)!

CIRC Spotlight

NAME: Debbie Tam

CHAPTER OF INITIATION: Beta Phi

YEARS OF SERVICE: 1.5 years

WHAT TALENTS MADE YOU A GREAT MATCH FOR THIS ROLE?

  • Attention to detail
  • Previous volunteer experience
  • Collaborative spirit
  • Ability to objectively review 

WHAT MAKES THIS ROLE REWARDING?

  • CIRC reviews documents and processes that are vital to the Fraternity. These provide and maintain a consistent basis for operation and as such are important to both individual members as well as the Fraternity as a whole.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TALENT OR TRAIT TO HAVE IN THIS ROLE?

  • Attention to detail

WHAT CAN SOMEONE EXPECT BY TAKING ON THIS ROLE? 

  • The time commitment is not as great as in some volunteer roles but when there is something to address, turnaround time may be quick. 
  • Most of the committee’s communication is through email. 
  • Your role is not to set policy or procedures but to review it. It is important to be able to recognize the difference.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee

The AOII Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI) is the group of sisters helping to move the Fraternity forward into the future. Would you like a seat at the table? Wonder what it takes to join this team? Meet the committee at the Virtual Volunteer Fair! In the meantime, meet DEI member, Heather Stanton, on what you could expect as part of this team!

DEI Committee Spotlight

NAME: Heather Stanton

CHAPTER OF INITIATION: Pi Alpha

YEARS OF SERVICE: 1 year

WHAT TALENTS MADE YOU A GREAT MATCH FOR THIS ROLE?

  • Problem solving using collaboration to encourage discussion, idea sharing, and innovative approaches to meeting challenges.
  • Situational awareness, knowing when to be assertive in offering opinions and acting, even when the team’s position may be unpopular.
  • Ability to build trust by being approachable, proving I can keep confidences, be honest, fair, patient, and open.

WHAT MAKES THIS ROLE REWARDING? 

  • I’m passionate about helping shape the future of our Fraternity in a strategic and lasting way.  We have the ability to enacting much needed change and providing education to members at all levels to make the organization I love be a more welcoming place for all women and allow members to be proud of their authentic selves.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TALENT OR TRAIT TO HAVE IN THIS ROLE? 

  • It’s not easy to embrace change, but it’s necessary to challenge tradition and unconscious biases to achieve progress. I’m flexible, open, and supportive of new ideas and ways of doing things.  I seek other viewpoints to ensure we’re making the best recommendations for our organization.  Listening to those whose ideas or opinions were not adopted to make sure they at least accept the change and still see their place within the Fraternity.  Sometimes you must let go of self-interest and not stand in the way of change.

WHAT CAN SOMEONE EXPECT BY TAKING ON THIS ROLE? 

  • Collaboration with all aspects of the Fraternity to ensure diversity, equity, and inclusion are a factor in all policies and programs put forth by the Fraternity. Expect to work with a diverse group of people who are passionate about DE&I and advocates for innovation who put in the work but also enjoy working with each other.

Education Committee

The AOII Education Committee helps us all succeed! This team works to develop and implement curriculum and learning across the Fraternity. But don’t think you have to be a teacher to be qualified! Meet Education Committee member Leah Horton and hear what she thinks is the most important trait for this role.

EC Spotlight

NAME: Leah Horton

CHAPTER OF INITIATION: Tau Gamma

YEARS OF SERVICE: 2 years

WHAT TALENTS MADE YOU A GREAT MATCH FOR THIS ROLE? 

  • Strong attention to detail
  • Familiarity with the Fraternity’s structure and resources 
  • Past Advising Experience
  • Presentation Experience, with an outgoing personality to match
  • Collaborative Mindset
  • Independent worker with ability to meet agreed upon deadlines
  • Altruistic vision and conceptualization of the Fraternity and how it operates

WHAT MAKES THIS ROLE REWARDING? 

  • The most rewarding aspect of this role is giving collegians, advisors, and alumnae the tools they need to be most successful in their roles. Whether it is teaching someone about a resource they didn’t know existed, or explaining a concept or new way to view a situation during a presentation, being able to give leaders glimpses into the bigger organization, our mission, and our tools to get the job is the most rewarding part of the role. 

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TALENT OR TRAIT TO HAVE IN THIS ROLE? 

  • Past advising experience is particularly helpful for this role. Having a deep understanding of what resources the Fraternity has to educate members about their roles and our systems, and understanding the content of those materials is critical. 

WHAT CAN SOMEONE EXPECT BY TAKING ON THIS ROLE? 

  • You can expect to work and collaborate with other standing committees, engage in independent work like reviewing or writing materials primarily for Fulfilling the Promise, collaborate with other AOII volunteers and staff on Fraternity-wide projects and presentations, and work with staff to steer the educational direction of our events. 

Human Resources Committee

Network. Meet sisters. Help connect potential volunteers with international vacancies. These are just some of the things AOII’s Human Resources Committee does on behalf of the Fraternity. At the Virtual Volunteer Fair you’ll hear details on HRC and can ask questions of the team to find out if it’s a fit for you! Meet HRC member Ramsey Folb, and find out what she thinks would make you a great match for this role.

HRC Spotlight

NAME: Ramsey Folb

CHAPTER OF INITIATION: Tau

YEARS OF SERVICE: 1 year

WHAT TALENTS MADE YOU A GREAT MATCH FOR THIS ROLE? 

  • The talents that made me a match for this role are my background in the HR / Talent Acquisition space paired with my experience as an Educational Leadership Consultant. I have recruitment experience in both my professional work and work with AOII. I can combine both experiences to make smart decisions when recruiting volunteers. 

WHAT MAKES THIS ROLE REWARDING? 

  • This role is rewarding because we are given the opportunity to work with sisters all across the country! There is a lot of collaboration and brainstorming involved in recruiting and retaining our Network volunteers. It is also fun to share professional work experiences with my fellow committee members where we can bond, laugh, and discuss relevant topics as a group. I have learned so much in my short time in this role and look forward to learning even more!

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TALENT OR TRAIT TO HAVE IN THIS ROLE? 

  • The most important talent or trait to have in this role would be good communication. There is a lot of communication between different stakeholders and it is important to communicate effectively and stay organized. With so many moving parts while overseeing multiple Networks, one can easily lose track of addressing any questions/concerns in a timely manner if they are not organized.

WHAT CAN SOMEONE EXPECT BY TAKING ON THIS ROLE? 

  • By taking this role, someone can expect a lot of email communication between Network Directors and fellow HRC members. They can also expect monthly check ins either through live calls or emails. Someone should also expect to do a lot of outreach to sisters from all over the country gauging their interest in current and future volunteer opportunities within the Network. 

Ritual, Traditions and Jewelry Committee

At the very center of AOII are our Ritual and Traditions, and we wear our badge closest to our hearts. As part of the Ritual, Traditions and Jewelry Committee (RT&J), you help our members uphold and embrace all that is our Fraternity. Meet RT&J member Karen Hickman!

RT&J Spotlight

NAME: Karen Hickman

CHAPTER OF INITIATION: Theta

YEARS OF SERVICE: 3+ years and counting

WHAT TALENTS MADE YOU A GREAT MATCH FOR THIS ROLE? 

  • In no particular order I’d say flexibility, organization, collaboration and creativity.

WHAT MAKES THIS ROLE REWARDING? 

  • By far, meeting and working with many sisters of many ages in many capacities.  I’m constantly learning and growing thanks to them.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TALENT OR TRAIT TO HAVE IN THIS ROLE? 

  • A love of Ritual and the Fraternity and a willingness to share it with sisters in a loving way. 

WHAT CAN SOMEONE EXPECT BY TAKING ON THIS ROLE? 

  • You’ll have a group of sisters to help you acclimate to the role of RT&J Liaison.  The other RT&J liaisons, staff partner Mariellen, Historian Allison and IP Crystal are great resources to learn from and all are willing to share what they know.
  • There’s lots to learn before you’ll feel comfortable.  
  • You honor the sisters who came before you, enjoy the sisters beside you, and will set the tone for the sisters to come. 

Panhellenic Committee

Do you feel strongly about Greek life and all it has to offer? Serving on the AOII Panhellenics Committee may be a great way to help secure a future, while working for our sisterhood at the same time. Meet current Panhellenics Committee Member, Megan Erisman, who gives you a glimpse into why she loves this role so much!

PC Spotlight

NAME: Megan Erisman

CHAPTER OF INITIATION: Iota

YEARS OF SERVICE: 15 years

WHAT TALENTS MADE YOU A GREAT MATCH FOR THIS ROLE? 

  • I had served as Panhellenic Delegate and on Panhellenic Exec as a chapter member, which were great experiences and left me with great affection for Panhellenic. Working as chapter consultant for AOII after college and as a Network Specialist allowed me to see how truly important Panhellenic cooperation can be towards success. I also work in higher education so the issues that NPC may be working through are relevant to the issues college students, chapters, and campuses are facing.

WHAT MAKES THIS ROLE REWARDING? 

  • I really love the community aspect of NPC working together to serve our chapters and the benefits of Greek Life. I also love serving on a committee, with other sisters volunteering in the same role. It feels like a team and very focused. Personally, I work best from a strategic point of view, that’s where I start before I drill down into details. So it’s a natural fit for me when changes or decisions are needed, I naturally think about the campus, the perspective of our chapter on that campus in order to gather info or drive discussions.

WHAT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TALENT OR TRAIT TO HAVE IN THIS ROLE? 

  • Being adaptable. It’s important to recognize that no one campus is made the same. Even though NPC guides itself through cooperation through the 26 chapters, it’s important to understand how policy affects individual campuses differently and working with our chapters in understanding what or why something is best for their success may look different across the board.

WHAT CAN SOMEONE EXPECT BY TAKING ON THIS ROLE? 

  • You can expect to have a lot of resources at your disposal, not just policies and procedures but also strong volunteers, our Chief Panhellenic Officer, and HQ Staff that keeps us up to date on college trends, NPC and AOII initiatives. You also can expect to work with chapter members, advisors and a network team. It’s a nice balance of being detailed and strategic. And you’ll get to work with an amazing group of sisters who serve on our Panhellenics Committee!

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