Roles 🚧

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Cultivator (aka Meeting Chair)

The Cultivator is responsible for tending to the all hands meetings and important shared fields of the co-operative: where we make decisions (Loomio), where we keep our documents (GitHub), and where we keep our calendar (Google Calendar).

Tasks:

  • chair all hands meetings (Weekly):
    • prepare meeting pad in advance so we start on time
    • ask for additional agenda items at start of meeting
    • facilitate discussion
    • keep time
  • review and merge notes (Weekly)
  • host and plan activity for social call (Monthly)
  • help member-owners stay organized (As needed):
    • add meetings and important dates to calendar after meeting
    • set up required loomio theads and decisions
    • send reminders on time-sensitive action items

For more details, see our Guides for scheduling and hosting meetings (summarized above).

Authority:

  • set agenda and determine discussion items for all hands

Limits: (on Authority)

  • permission of member-workers needed to:
    • cancel or reschedule call for week

Time Budget: Up to 2 hours/week.

Length and Succession: 1 month, rotates through member-workers. Last meeting of each month, the Cultivator asks for volunteers for the next person, if no one volunteers they can request those who have not been one recently to do so, which can be declined within based on discussion and with cause.

Support: The previous Cultivator is responsible for making time to mentor and support the incoming Cultivator for the first week as needed.

Finance Steward

Parent WG: Finance

Aim: Facilitate income and expense transactions for the organization, and steward our financial accounts, records, and projections.

Tasks:

  • invoice clients and settle income transactions
  • make timely bill payments and ensure organization is in good financial standing
  • keep our books synchronized with bank accounts and match transactions to appropriate categories
  • review quarterly financial reports
  • update financial projections and communicate financial health to members
  • upload bank statement to 🔒 Finance > Desjardins Account > Monthly Statements each month
  • serve as contact person for our accountant and bookkeeper
  • oversee all tax obligations

Authority:

  • move balances across our internal accounts for amounts <= CAD$10,000
  • work with our accountant and bookkeeper as needed

Limits: (on Authority)

  • permission of parent WG needed to:
    • move balances across our internal accounts for amounts > CAD$10,000
    • move balances outside of our internal accounts for any reason and amount
    • make non-routine adjustments to our financial accounts, records, and projections
    • submit our annual tax return
  • permission of project lead needed to:
    • alter or send an invoice to a client

Time Budget: Up to 2 hours/week.

Length and Succession: 6 months, with renewal. Max 2 terms.

Initiative Lead

The Initiative lead is part-PM, part-coach and is responsible for ensuring initiatives are on track and that all members of the squad are able to work.

Parent Initiative: Per initative

Aim: Ensuring initiatives are on track and all members of the squad are able to work on tasks.

Tasks:

  • report on inititative progress at all hands and strategic meetings
  • chair inititative meetings (As needed):
    • prepare for meetings in advance
    • facilitate discussion and times
  • review and merge notes (As needed)
  • help squad members stay organized (As needed):
    • add meetings and important dates to calendar after meeting
    • set up required tasks on GitHub or documents
    • send reminders on time-sensitive action items
  • work with Back Office for project setup, invoicing, payroll and contracts

Authority:

  • set strategy and direction within intiative

Limits: (on Authority)

  • permissions of all member-workers needed to:
    • start an initiative
    • change the scope or extend the length of the initiative
    • increase the budget

Time Budget: Variable depending on needs of initative.

Length and Succession: Variable depending on needs of initative.

Notetaker

The Notetaker

Tasks (Weekly):

  • taking notes
  • cleaning up notes, adding to gh and pinging for review

Length Succession: Single meeting. Moves through alphabetical list of active member names.

Payroll Coordinator

Parent WG: Finance

Aim: Fulfill financial responsibilities to employees and contractors, and adhere to associated legal and tax obligations.

Tasks:

Authority:

  • access to sensitive data on employee records
  • approve reimbursement of employee and project expenses <= CAD$200

Limits: (on Authority)

  • permission of parent WG needed to:
    • approve reimbursement of employee and project expenses > CAD$200
    • approve payroll for employees and contractors

Time Budget: Up to 2 hours/week.

Length and Succession: 6 months, with renewal. Max 2 terms.

Social Media Steward

Parent WG: Business Development

Aim: Maintain an active online presence amongst neighbors and co-operative allies.

Tasks:

  • interact on approved platforms
  • support or initiate discussions about presence on new platforms
  • share monthly updates with parent WG
  • track time under a specific tag

Authority:

  • any interactions on our approved platforms:
    • Twitter
    • Linkedin

Limits: (on Authority)

  • permission of parent WG needed to:
    • create and activate new social media accounts
    • squat namespaces on new platforms

Time Budget: Up to 2 hours/week.

Length and Succession: 3 months, with renewal. Max 2 terms.

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