Director for Process

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The Director for Process seat exists because not everyone is familiar with democratic decisionmaking. Inspired largely by philosophies of the Free and Open Source Software movement, Free Geek relies on open and transparent collaboration to keep itself honest in its business practices, and making the fullest use of broad contributions from across the organizational culture to advance the common good.

  • Demonstrate relevant experience in democratic decision making. Ideally, the director will be able to enrich and broaden our capacity with experiences from outside Free Geek's culture. Will help establish and encourage appropriate levels of procedural formality in board operations as Free Geek continues to grow, in order to assist the board in making the fullest use of broad contributions from across the organization and its community.
  • Teach and oversee trainings of facilitation and groupwork skills, especially for the board and its liaisons, but also provide procedural guidance for others developing and maintaining Free Geek's governance at all levels. With important policy and strategy decisions on the line, competence is important, but we cannot assume that all board members have experience in democratic decision-making. This position will take responsibility for keeping forward momentum in internal education, professional development and skill building.
  • Pay attention to the intra-organizational connections that connect groups within the whole. The best in-group process will be worth nothing, if not informed by and communicated with the rest of the organization. The director will evaluate the channels of communication and draw helpful attention to ones that are insufficient or dysfunctional.
  • Assist with planning and carrying out the Town hall meeting. This organizational forum is a key piece of our governance and requires skill and dedication in carrying it out.

About this document

This document was created by the Board recruitment committee to enable the recruitment of a board member to this skills-based seat. Adopted with modifications (as above) at the July 13, 2011 board meeting.

alternate names: Director for Orderly Cooperation, Director for Productive Conflict, Director for Collaborative Culture (hee hee)