Call for Nominations VenTESOL 2017-2019

VenTESOL calls volunteers to be nominated as members of the Executive Board and State Representatives for the term 2017-2019.

VenTESOL (Venezuela Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a non-profit organization aimed at English Teachers in Venezuela, whose mission is to develop expertise in English teaching and learning. Its main objectives are to:

  • Promote the ELT research.
  • Strengthen the English language teaching and learning at all educational levels in Venezuela.
  • Promote and spread research studies in the ELT field.
  • Work collaboratively with other teacher organizations with the same interests.

VenTESOL exists thanks to grassroots efforts done by its members who are actively involved in and committed to its mission. Such voluntarism is not easy as most members are full-time teachers, sometimes holding two or more jobs.

In order to continue the mission started 35 years ago, VenTESOL calls volunteers to be nominated as:

  • First Vice-President (1 Position)
  • Second Vice-President (1 Position)
  • Third Vice-President (1 Position)
  • Communications Coordinators (2 Positions)
  • Editor (1 Position)
  • Secretary (1 Position)
  • Treasurer (1 Position)
  • State Representative (24 Positions)

President - Position Description. The President will officially represent VenTESOL. He or she will lead all meetings of Board of Directors of the Association. In his absence, the duties will be assumed by the First Vice-President, who may in turn be substituted by a Second Vice President. The President shall appoint special committees as the Board deems necessary for the proper functioning of the organization. In addition, the Chairperson shall have the broadest powers of disposition and administration and will work for the Association to incur the obligations arising from acts or contracts signed. For this position, it is mandatory to be a member of the current Board and to have a 4th level degree in ELT or Education. Previous experience in VenTESOL different positions is required.

First Vice-President - Position Description. The First Vice-President shall be responsible for the duties as may be delegated by the President and will be the liaison between VENTESOL and TESOL INTERNATIONAL, association located in Alexandria, Virginia, USA; IATEFL, association located in the United Kingdom, and any other organization at which VENTESOL can be associated. The 1st VP will present annual reports. An ELT or Education 4th level degree is mandatory for this position. Previous experience in VenTESOL Regions is required.

Second Vice-President - Position Description. The Second Vice-President shall be responsible for the organization, planning and development of the program of the Annual National Convention, as well as the Annual Assembly. This position requires experience and skills in the organization of events. Previous experience in VenTESOL Regions is required.

Third Vice-President - Position Description. The Third Vice-President shall be responsible for the organization of the subsidiaries of the Association. He or she will organize, keep and lead regional working teams in their local responsibilities. He or she will liaise with publishers and similar entities. Previous experience in VenTESOL Regions is required.

Communications Coordinators - Position Description. The Communications Coordinators shall keep members informed about news, updates, events and academic projects organized or led by the Association, and/or organizations related to the ELT area. He or she shall be also responsible for the creation and maintenance of all spaces and virtual networks available to keep all members informed and communicated. The Communications Coordinators shall maintain liaison with the editorial team and SIG groups. Previous experience in VenTESOL Regions is required.

Editor - Position Description. The Editor shall lead the Editorial team and the Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The Editing team will be dedicated to designing, producing, editing and publishing academic materials; organizing online events, discussions, forums or webinars; as well as distributing web or printed resources. SIGs will be dedicated to promote professional activities, research and studies through meetings, publications, and other organized activities in specific areas of the English language teaching field. Experience in managing social media and publishing is required. Previous experience in VenTESOL Regions is mandatory.

Secretary - Position Description. The Secretary shall be responsible for all minutes, correspondence and official documents, and also keep in order all records of the Association. He or she will also manage registrations for regional and national events. Previous experience in VenTESOL Regions is required.

Treasurer - Position Description. The Treasurer shall submit annual financial reports in written form as well as the available budget for the following year. He or she will manage the funds of the association needed to carry out all activities. Previous experience in VenTESOL Regions is required

State Representative - Position Description. The State Representative is a proactive teacher who organizes events and performs the necessary activities that promote learning and teaching of English in his/her state under the guidance and foreknowledge of the Third Vice-President of VenTESOL Executive Board of Directors. A State Representative is also a key member in the promotion and logistics of VenTESOL National Convention.

Requirements for VenTESOL Executive Board of Directors nominees

  • Be a Venezuelan university graduate, in-service or retired English language teacher.
  • Have a fourth level degree in the ELT or education field (mandatory for President and 1st Vice-president; desired for the other positions).
  • Excellent command of the English language (all positions).
  • Excellent organization, communication, group management, face to face and online social skills (all positions; social communication and web skills are mandatory for the Communications Coordinators and Editor).
  • Accountability skills (mandatory for Treasurer).
  • Be enthusiastic about VenTESOL's mission, dynamic, pro-active, disciplined and committed to volunteer work.
  • Be willing to work under pressure.
  • Passport photo. The photo must be saved under .jpg, .jpeg or .png format.
  • Scanned Venezuelan ID. This ID must be saved under .jpg, jpeg or .png format.
  • Curriculum Vitae (Latest undergraduate/graduate degree, must be scanned and added). The Curriculum Vitae must be saved under .pdf format.
  • A biographical statement to be displayed for voters to read (50 to 100 words).
  • At least a letter of recommendation by an academic/administrative authority. The letter of recommendation must mention position of referee, contact information (phone number, email address), and must be saved under .pdf format.
  • An essay written by the nominee mentioning the position for which he or she is being nominated, why he or she considers is the right person to lead that position and 3 main projects to be developed if s/he is successfully elected (350 to 400 words). This essay will be filled within the online form.

Requirements for VenTESOL State Representative nominees

  • Be a Venezuelan in-service or retired English language teacher. An undergraduate degree in ELT is desired but not mandatory.
  • Excellent command of the English language (Mandatory).
  • Excellent organization, communication, group management, face to face and online social skills. (Mandatory).
  • Accountability skills (Desired).
  • Be enthusiastic about VenTESOL's mission, dynamic, pro-active, disciplined and committed to volunteer work.
  • Be willing to work under pressure.
  • Passport photo. The photo must be saved under .jpg, .jpeg or .png format.
  • Scanned Venezuelan ID. This ID must be saved under .jpg, jpeg or .png format.
  • Curriculum Vitae (Latest undergraduate/graduate degree, must be scanned and added). The Curriculum Vitae must be saved under .pdf format.
  • A biographical statement to be displayed for voters to read (50 to 100 words).
  • At least a letter of recommendation by an academic/administrative authority. The letter of recommendation must mention position of referee, contact information (phone number, email address), and must be saved under .pdf format.
  • An essay written by the nominee mentioning the position for which he or she is being nominated, why he or she considers is the right person to lead that position and 3 main projects to be developed if s/he is successfully elected (350 to 400 words). This essay will be filled within the online form.

VERY IMPORTANT!

  1. These are non-paid positions.
  2. Current Board members and State Representatives can be nominated to be re-elected in their positions or they can be nominated for another one.
  3. All interested people must send the requirements through our nominations form no later than March 31st, 2017.
  4. Candidates’ biographical statements and photographs will be published on VenTESOL’s networks for members to read.
  5. Elections will take place online. The new Board of Executive Directors and State Representatives will be announced at the end of the upcoming VenTESOL Annual Convention 2017.
  6. VenTESOL members will be able to cast their votes only once.

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