️ Brigade Core Leadership Roles
OPEN SAVANNAH BRIGADE LEADERSHIP
Generally, there are two types of leadership roles for the Open Savannah brigade: the Core Leadership Team and the General Brigade Leadership:
Core Leadership Team - The Core Brigade Leadership Team is the more official volunteer responsibility, which will typically require 1-3 hours of time per week ****and which is responsible for administrator-level account access to all Open Savannah accounts/
General Brigade Leadership Team - The General Brigade Leadership Team is a loosely-structured and less time-consuming way for Brigade Members who may be on the fence about making a commitment, but still want to play an active role in Brigade leadership efforts.
The logic behind establishing such an extensive set of leadership opportunities and levels of volunteerism is to achieve sustainability as an organization. Open Savannah cannot and will not work in the longterm if its leadership hinges upon the volunteerism of any one individual or individuals. We do not wish to start a volunteer organization with the backing of community sponsors and a national network such as CfA only to let it fizzle out over time.
️ Core Leadership Team ️ - Full Slate
Core Brigade leadership includes team leads for the functional areas of Open Savannah. Leads manage the Open Savannah community and programming as well as the support teams assisting each area, and meet every other Wednesday evening for a brigade leadership meeting.
Core Team Members are vital. They diversify and distribute responsibilities in order to be more sustainable and more effective as a unit. Core Team Members collaborate with the Captain(s) to lead specific areas of their local Brigade.
Brigade Captains ️ - Position Filled - @carlvlewis and @firstname.lastname@example.org
The Brigade Captain is a volunteer who starts and/or leads a local Brigade community. They commit to developing a sustainable civic technology community in collaboration with local government and community partners, championing Brigade activities in their city, and building out a core leadership team. Because having a brigade captain is critically important to keeping momentum going, Open Savannah has two Brigade Captain positions.
Delivery Lead - Gary Skoglind
The Delivery Lead is the point for projects in the Brigade. The Delivery Lead should have a working knowledge of all the projects being hacked on at a given time in the Brigade, understand the needs of those projects, and help members find projects and projects find members.
Delivery Lead guideline check-list:
- Active knowledge of all projects being worked on in local Brigade
- Understands needs of those projects
- Connects new members to projects
- Works with project teams and project leads on project planning and accessing resources
- Understands the priorities and needs of the city
- Funnels relevant CfA Fellowship and Brigades apps to Brigade members for redeployment opportunities
Community Lead - Aaron Pompei
The Community Organizer is responsible for building and maintaining community. They might recruit, welcome and orient new members to the Brigade. They are the point of contact for members who have questions about how to get started, what to do next, or how to help locally.
Community Organizer guideline check-list:
- Recruiting new members
- Onboarding new members
- Empowering new members to use skills in Brigade structure
- Helping members move up the ladder of engagement
- Keeping track of membership
- Enforces Open Savannah’s Code of Conduct, and is tasked with actively including and recruiting more female and minority brigade members to take on project leadership roles.
- Takes ownership in Open Data policy education and training, in concert with the Data Curation Lead.
- See here for more information on the Community Organizer.
**Communications Lead/Storyteller - Position Filled - @josefrs
The Storyteller owns the communication streams for their local Brigade. They will focus on telling the stories of the Brigade’s impact in their community. This includes writing blog posts, coordinating with local press, connecting with local media, and working with the CfA Communications team to share stories nationally.
Storyteller guideline check-list:
- Ownership of content, marketing, and social media
- Social media including Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr
- Other content (video, photos, etc.)
- Local press
See here for more information on the Storyteller.
️ Technology Lead - @brianontheroad The Technology Lead is the Core Leadership member who helps energize and mobilize the developer community, and serves as the key point person in delegating technical tasks among Brigade members for projects. He/she has a keen sense of people’s skillsets, a generalist knowledge of most web standards, and can foster a network of individuals with specialties in a variety of programming languages and skillsets. The technology lead is also tasked with any technology on-boarding necessary for new members. Technology Lead guideline check-list:
- Maintenance of project documentation and general brigade documentation and source code.
- Working and evolving knowledge of the skillsets of Brigade Members, and the willingness to coordinate with the Delivery Lead in connecting people to projects.
- Setting and administering roles and permissions on all Open Savannah accounts.
- Teaching Brigade Members basic data analysis and web development concepts.
Data Curation Lead ️ - Position filled by @klbuschow
The Lead Data Curator is the Brigade Core Leader who serves as the point-person for all datasets, data management and data requests. This person should act in a role as chief data librarian, and maintain an evolving understanding of the community’s data needs and the government’s data availability and accessibility. The guideline checklist for the Lead Data Curator includes:
- Public education about the data available
- Creation of strategic government critical success factors (supported by data!) that both government and citizens can agree to and support.
- Gradual assessment and inclusion of Savannah in [Open Knowledge Foundation’s Open Data Census.]http://us-city.census.okfn.org
- Ability to explain to and teach Brigade members the way government processes work.
- Helps manage volunteer Community Data Wranglers and the Scribe to maintain data standards and documentation.
️ Government Partnership Liaison - Position Filled by Patrick Bentley
The Government Liaison is the chief brigade diplomat to local and regional government agencies. He/she cultivates working relationships with key contacts at each agency, and has a rolodex of contacts at her disposal (if rolodexes actually still existed, of course). The ability to work with, not for, municipal government, and to show sound temperament when dealing with people with busy schedules is of utmost importance.