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AB Leadership Roles

Alternative Breaks Board

AB Board Applications NOW open until March 9.

Click HERE to apply!

Are you interested in seeing what goes on behind the scenes of the Alternative Breaks program? Maybe you have some interest in helping to enhance the Alternative Breaks experience for future Alternative Breakers? Or maybe you just really love Alternative Breaks and wish to be more involved in the whole process? If you answered YES to any of these questions, I highly recommend applying to be a part of our Alternative Breaks Board!

Since the AB Board’s inception in 2006, Georgia Southern University’s Alternative Breaks program has been a program for students, by students. In 2011, committed students and loyal staff created the Alternative Breaks Board which allows students the opportunity to be involved in the planning and implementation of all things Alternative Breaks. All students that have participated on at least one previous Alternative Break are eligible to apply. See the position descriptions below for our open positions for the 2018-2019 school year!

General Board Responsibilities

  • Participating in OR leading at least one break during the 2018-2019 year

  • Fulfilling the responsibilities of your position

  • Attending weekly Board meetings & major Alternative Breaks events*

  • Taking part in interview processes when necessary (Site Leader interviews, Group Processing, Reorientation interviews)

  • Other duties as assigned

*  We appreciate consistent attendance & timeliness, however we will work with you if you have to miss events due to WORK or SCHOOL. *


Position Descriptions

Jr Co-Chair, Site Coordination & Education

  • Assist in the facilitation & tracking of semesterly goals

  • Weekly check-in meetings with Co-Chairs, Coordinator, & Graduate Assistant

  • Assist in the facilitation of major Alternative Breaks events (Site Reveal, Site Review, Information Sessions)

  • Assist in the facilitation of all Education-based Alternative Breaks events (Group Processing, Site Leader training)

  • Assist in ensuring communication between Site Coordinators, Co-Chairs, & Coordinator throughout the summer

  • Assist in the Breaks planning process when necessary

  • Note: This is a two year position. Upon successful completion of 1 year as Jr. Co-Chair, you will then become Co-Chair, Site Coordination & Education.

Jr Co-Chair, Eagle Engagement – Marketing & Fundraising

  • Assist in the facilitation & tracking of semesterly goals

  • Weekly check-in meetings with Co-Chairs, Coordinator, & Graduate Assistant

  • Assist in the facilitation of major Alternative Breaks events (Site Reveal, Site Review, Information Sessions)

  • Assist in the planning process for Alternative Breaks fundraisers

  • Assist in the creation of Alternative Breaks marketing & apparel

  • Assist in running the Alternative Breaks social media accounts when necessary

  • Note: This is a two year position. Upon successful completion of 1 year as Jr. Co-Chair, you will then become Co-Chair, Development.

Site Coordinators

  • Planning Alternative Break experiences

  • Communicate & collaborate with fellow Site Coordinator

  • Complete Site Information Sheets & Community Partner presentation for Site Leaders & Site Leader Training

  • Communicate break logistics to Alternative Breaks Coordinator, Board, & OLCE Senior Administrative Assistant

  • Research & plan breaks with new Community Partners, focusing on new social issues

  • Plan logistics of breaks, which include but are not limited to: social issues addressed, agencies worked with, site fees & payments, housing, food, transportation, & estimated break budgets

  • Note: Much of the break planning will occur in the summer months. You will be expected to keep in constant communication with your fellow Site Coordinator & with the Alternative Breaks Coordinator.

Education

  • Assist in the facilitation of Site Leader training, specifically focused on Alternative Breaks curricula including but not limited to: Active Citizenship Continuum, Eight Components of a Quality Alternative Break, Reflection, & the Triangle of Quality Community Service

  • Facilitate social issue specific educational opportunities for Site Leaders & Breakers

  • Research social issues for each specific site to provide adequate educational guidance to Site Leaders

  • Provide a variety of active teaching techniques for Site Leaders, both through their training & for them to use in pre-break meetings

  • Assist in the creation of large scale educational experiences that could be used at public events such as fundraisers or Alternative Breaks tabling events

  • Plan & facilitate Group Processing for prospective Alternative Breakers

Reorientation

  • Plan & facilitate Site Review Night & AB Coffee Hour events for past Alternative Breakers

  • Coordinate post-break interviews with different members of each Alternative Breaks at predetermined times post-break (1 month after, 6 months after, etc)

  • Research & assist in the creation of post-break service opportunities

  • Create & implement programs to continue the conversation about Alternative Breaks

  • Collaborate with Serve 912 to connect Alternative Breakers with local service partners

  • NOTE: This is a new position on the Alternative Breaks Board. In this position you will work closely with the Alternative Breaks coordinator to  further develop the Reorientation process for our program.

Fundraising

  • Create Adopt-A-Breaker letters & keep track of letters each Break cycle

  • Oversee Race to Break & Penny Wars competitions

  • Facilitate the planning of small & large scale fundraisers for Alternative Breaks, including but not limited to: contacting local businesses, delegating responsibilities to other members of the Alternative Breaks board, & ensuring that fundraisers are in line with the mission & values of Alternative Breaks

  • Help Break groups plan & facilitate individual fundraisers

  • Note: The Fundraising Chair will work alongside the Public Relation Chair & the Graphic Design Chair on all Marketing & Fundraising initiatives as a part of the Eagle Engagement Team.

Public Relations

  • Organize & oversee information sessions for prospective Site Leaders & Board members

  • Coordinates & facilitates Alternative Breaks Launch Parties

  • Coordinates Alternative Breaks marketing initiatives to raise public awareness

  • Facilitates Alternative Breaks tabling opportunities at engagement fairs

  • Works closely with the Alternative Breaks coordinator to enhance campus partnerships

  • Works alongside the Graphic Design chair to post relevant information to social media

  • Note: The Public Relations Chair will work alongside the Fundraising Chair & the Graphic Design Chair on all Marketing & Fundraising initiatives as a part of the Eagle Engagement Team.

Graphic Design

  • Oversees the development of Alternative Breaks apparel

  • Works alongside the Alternative Breaks Coordinator & Coordinator for Marketing & Web Initiatives to finalize apparel orders

  • Facilitate the development of Alternative Breaks flyers and advertisements & ensure that they compliment the mission and values of Alternative Breaks

  • Coordinate and edit the Alternative Breaks newsletter

  • Works alongside the Public Relations chair to post relevant information to social media

  • Note: The Graphic Design Chair will work alongside the Fundraising Chair & the Public Relations Chair on all Marketing & Fundraising initiatives as a part of the Eagle Engagement Team.

 

For more information on any of the available positions, please feel free to contact any of our current Alternative Breaks Board members, the Alternative Breaks Graduate Assistant (Lexi Booth, alexandria-booth@georgiasouthern.edu), or the Alternative Breaks Coordinator (Brandi Hoffman, brandihoffman@georgiasouthern.edu).


Site Leaders

Site Leaders are one of the most crucial pieces of the Alternative Break (AB) program. As a student-led program, AB takes pride in our Site Leaders (SL) and the rich experience they bring to this para- professional role of the program.

Our Site Leaders are out of this world!

All students that have participated on a break experience (weekend or week-long) during a previous semester are eligible to apply for the Site Leader position. SLs take an active role in educating and leading peers through a service experience focused on a social issue they are passionate about.

Site Leaders are held to a high standard and adhere to the expectations of the AB program as a whole. These expectations include:

  • Cooperation with Coordinator of Alternative Breaks and Community Partnerships, co-site leader, and other site leaders.
  • Remain flexible, open-minded, and responsible.
  • Educating yourself and your participants about the issue relative to your site.
  • Build and maintain a positive relationship with designated site and selected AB participants on your break.
  • Commitment to the Alternative Break “no drugs or alcohol” policy

To learn more about the position contact any of our Alternative Break Board members.

 


Resident Scholars

Resident Scholars are Faculty, Staff and graduate students of Georgia Southern University. This role allows for rich and meaningful interactions with students outside of the office, classroom or events on campus. Resident Scholars live and work with the students in a hands-on, service focused environment.

The Resident Scholar Role Serves as:
· A compliment to student Co-Site Leaders of the break trip
· An official chaperone of the University
· A participant on the trips who engages with the volunteer work at all community sites
· A participant in reflection and educational pieces of the program

How to Become a Resident Scholar:

Interested folks can fill out the Resident Scholar Interest Form for the 2017-2018 academic year. There will be multiple Information Sessions offered during the start of the fall semester that you can RSVP for via the Interest Form provided. There will be information sessions offered later in the semester and throughout the year as well. If you know you want to serve with us this year, you are encouraged to express interest in the role early as the spots are assigned to potential Resident Scholars on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you would like more information about this role, the social issues offered or to learn more about Alternative Breaks in general- please contact the AB Coordinator, Brandi Hoffman (brandihoffman@georgiasouthern.edu).

Serving on International Alternative Breaks

For staffing our international AB programs we preference returning Resident Scholars that have experience serving in the role domestically. If we are not able to fill those spaces, we would then look to first time Resident Scholars to place. 

Want to Learn More?

You are welcome to read over the Resident Scholar FAQ  as well as our info sheet, Resident Scholar Info 2017-2018.  For specific questions you can also contact the Alternative Breaks Coordinator, Brandi Hoffman (brandihoffman@georgiasouthern.edu). Come make a difference by serving with our Georgia Southern students this year!

Guidance on Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA)

Considering changes with FLSA, we have asked that potential Resident Scholars address the need for conversation with their supervisors to decide specifics that will work best for their office.
  • The typical structure of service during the day is about 8 hours of work.
  • Our travel days are Sundays & Fridays for week long breaks and travel hours vary depending on the location of the break. That is typically where supervisors and employees need to establish a plan for balancing hours.
  • Weekend Breaks travel Fridays @5:30pm  and return Sundays @3:30pm
You can click the link above to see a sample service schedule of a Spring Break in March 2017. If you would like to talk about anything in more detail I am happy to field specific questions (brandihoffman@georgiasouthern.edu).

 

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If you have any questions, please contact Brandi Hoffman at brandihoffman@georgiasouthern.edu or by dialing 912-478-1435.

Last updated: 2/19/2018