Leadership Opportunities

GVIAS is looking for leaders – both new and experienced – to help run our events and the organization! Committees now run year-round, while event-specific committees are activated specifically in preparation for our events.

We’re excited to introduce our new leadership survey, designed to make the application process more transparent and inclusive. The survey was built to help applicants easily showcase their talents and passions. Our revised vetting process also seeks to protect our members, all while determining best fit and opportunities for growth.

We are currently recruiting for roles on the following committees:

Volunteer – 5 positions available

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The Volunteer Committee oversees volunteer recruitment across all of GVIAS’s events. Primary responsibilities include volunteer recruitment and management, volunteer recognition, and managing the volunteer coordination software (including providing software training to new leaders).

Skills/Experience:

  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Organized and good with time management
  • One of the following:
    • Experience as a Volunteer Coordinator at past GVIAS event or similar
    • Experience as a Team Lead for a GVIAS or similar.
    • Previous experience in volunteer management or recruitment in another for-profit or non-profit event.

Reports to: GVIAS Board of Directors

Commitment: Year-round

Term: One or two years 

Monthly: 1-7 hours per week, with additional hours per week in lead up to any event

Multiple Terms: yes

Leadership – 1 position available

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Confident, compassionate, and collaborative leaders strengthen a community. Are you a leader with long-term vision who is looking to inspire and contribute behind the scenes? The Leadership Committee is an opportunity for experienced mentors to advise the Board on recruitment, onboarding, retention and succession planning. Help us take the organization to the next level!

Skills/Experience: 

  • Past experience within GVIAS or another burner organization in Associate Producer, Producer, Committee or Board position/s, or as a Burning Man Regional Contact; or equivalent. 
  • Demonstrated leadership and excellent communication skills.

Reports to: GVIAS Board; liaises with variety of other committees

Commitment: Year-round

Duration: 1-2 years

Monthly: 3-6 hrs 

Multiple terms: Yes

Communications – 1 position available

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Are you a social media guru with WordPress experience? The Comms Committee manages and moderates GVIAS’ online presence, and creates and maintains content on Facebook, and the GVIAS and GVIAS-owned websites. With a touch of humor and an understanding of the burner community, the Comms Committee curates interesting and timely content to keep the community up to date about events, opportunities, GVIAS and Burning Man related news. As ambassadors of the community, Committee members will be accountable for monitoring the GVIAS social media channels, engaging as appropriate, and ensuring our Community Code of Conduct is observed. 

Skills/Experience: 

  • A personal computer, 
  • Strong communication skills, 
  • Minimum one year experience in a Team Lead role or higher within the GVIAS umbrella,
  • Previous experience managing social media and website content, including WordPress.

Reports to: GVIAS Board; liaises with variety of other committees

Commitment: Year round; 

Duration: 1-2 years

Monthly: 1 meeting; 6-12 hrs

Multiple terms: Yes

Finance – No positions available

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The Finance Committee is IMPORTANT: money makes art go ‘round, and art going ‘round is why GVIAS exists! The Finance Committee supports the GVIAS Board of Directors and the GVIAS event committees to create budgets and manage both the society’s and event finances. If you have skills in accounting or financial management, or have managed a budget with a non-profit organization – you just gotta share the magic – this committee is for you! Your magic = thriving financial health for our non-profit society = more art for everyone.

Skills/Experience:

  • Comfortable with general accounting principles
  • Experience as one of the following:
    • Treasurer of GVIAS or other non-profit organization with an established budget; 
    • Controller, book-keeper, or skills in accounting or financial management with experience in budget creation and management;
    • Other demonstrable experience in the creation and management of budgets for an organization with an established annual budget.

Reports to: GVIAS Board of Directors; liaises with Controller and event production teams

Commitment: Year-round

Duration: 1 to 2 years 

Monthly: Two hours per month, with additional hours in the weeks leading up to the AGM and all budget submissions

Multiple Terms: Yes

Policy – 2 positions available

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Do you love getting into the nitty-gritty details of processes? Do you dream up decision trees sometimes “just for fun”, while trying to figure out how something works? The Policy Committee considers the who, what, when, why of every policy. Event management experience and skills are necessary for Policy Committee members to create policies and decision trees which will aid in the management of the GVIAS organization, the production of all events, and decisions within online spaces.

Skills/Experience:

  • Minimum 3 years experience in GVIAS event production as Producer, Associate Producer, Board Member or equivalent;
  • Excellent communication and writing skills.

Reports to: GVIAS Board; liaises with variety of other committees

Commitment: Year-round

Duration: 1-2 years 

Monthly:  2 meetings; 6-12 hrs

Multiple terms: Yes.

Contracts – No positions available

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The Contracts Committee manages a lot of serious stuff, but with big-time vision for the future! The role of the Committee is not just to source and track materials, equipment and venues for all GVIAS events (anything over $1000), but also to foster good relationships with all vendors. Help GVIAS successfully procure diverse lists of equipment and services, and have the satisfaction of knowing that you planted the seeds for the growth of our amazing events. 

Skills/Experience:

  • Negotiating and reviewing contracts for events, non-profits or corporations;
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  • Procurement and vendor management as a profession or for events similar to GVIAS’

Reports to: GVIAS Board of Directors; liaises with event production teams

Commitment: Year-round

Duration: 1 to 2 years

Monthly: 

  • Three to four events per year;
  • 1-15 hours per event, depending on size and length   

Multiple Terms: yes

Conduct – No positions available

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The GVIAS Conduct Committee exists to provide a compassionate assessment process into conduct concerns raised by community members (including concerns raised about members of the GVIAS Board, and any GVIAS Committee including the Conduct Committee, BitF, etc).

The Conduct Committee is to provide a more impartial and meaningful process to recommend exclusion or conditional participation of people at official GVIAS events. For actions beyond engagement in restorative practices between the involved community members, the Conduct Committee only recommends actions to the GVIAS Board, it remains the responsibility of the GVIAS Board to enact those recommendations as they see fit.

Conduct Committee members are expected to maintain strict confidentiality and silence regarding matters brought before the committee including, but not limited to private communications and opinions to the Board. Committee members need to sign a statement of Confidentiality pursuant to this understanding.

Culture – No positions available

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Are you a passionate community builder, invested in developing the culture of our community, while also improving inclusivity, diversity and safety? Join the culture committee to develop ambassadors at GVIAS events and help to acculturate new members to our community! Bring your creative ideas, help us to assess our community’s needs, and develop new initiatives!

Skills/Experience:

  • Creative thinker with excellent communication skills
  • Understanding of the 10 Principles and their application
  • Awareness of burner culture, current events and issues (particularly diversity and inclusivity) in burner communities 
  • Experience of having attended at least 2 full burn events
  • Demonstrate excellent burner values and exemplary conduct as an active member of the BC Burning Man Community 

Reports to: GVIAS Board of Directors; liaises with Regional Contacts, Communications and Volunteer Committees, as well as event production teams.

Commitment: Year-round

Duration: 1 to 2 years

Monthly: 2-4 hours per month, with additional hours in the weeks leading up to events.

Multiple Terms: Yes.

Grants – 1 position available

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The Art Grants Committee is responsible for distributing grant funds to artists to help with the financial costs of creating interactive art for GVIAS events. Primary responsibilities include communicating with artists, reviewing applications to determine how the available funds will be allocated, sending and receiving contracts, reviewing receipts, and sending funds to artists. 

Skills/Experience:

  • Good verbal and written communication skills;
  • Organized and good with time management.

Commitment: Year-round

Duration: 1 to 2 years

Monthly: 

  • A minimum of 5 meetings per year (2 – 6 hours in length)
  • During the grant application and adjudication periods up to 1 – 2 hours per week

Multiple Terms: Yes

Technology – No positions available

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The Tech Committee functions to provide technical support to GVIAS, the Board of Directors and its committees (including the event production committees). Primary functions include ticketing, G-suite and website management, and special projects (i.e. current website overhaul and modernization, recommendations on new platforms to use to meet GVIAS’ needs). This team consolidates functions that have in the past been dealt with by a number of roles across our events, within the board, and in community on an ad hoc basis.

Recruitment for the following roles on the Burn in the Forest 2022 Production Committee will open soon!

Foundations

Operations

Safety

Department of Public Works – Genesis

Department of Public Works – Exodus

Curation

In April 2022, GVIAS will hold its annual general meeting. Two positions will be available:

Board Member

Members of the Board are elected positions, representing the interests of the community as a whole. Each appointment is a two year term, which can be extended up to three 2-year terms. The election process happens during the annual early spring society AGM, to which all members are invited. 

At a basic minimum, board members are required to:

  • Attend monthly meetings, which tend to be approximately 2 hours long
  • Join one of the existing Committees as a liaison
  • Govern the community Code of Conduct for GVIAS events
  • Attend one annual weekend strategic retreat to assist with the development of the Board’s Strategic Plan
  • Attend one Annual General Meeting each year and attend General Meetings or Town Halls, if necessary, during the year
  • Be available by email regularly
  • Offer informed opinions to decisions about budgets, policies, processes, schedules, and projects

All board seats are effectively members-at-large, accountable to the membership. Seats are not tied to executive positions, which are chosen annually, though board members are encouraged to pursue executive positions that interest them.

Purpose of the Board of Directors

The main responsibility of a Board of Directors is the governance of the organization, including but not limited to:

  • Management of human and financial resources  
  • Ensuring transparency
  • Respecting confidentiality 
  • Awareness of legal obligations 
  • Society risk management 
  • Support board decisions once made 

Requirements

  • Must be an active member of GVIAS at minimum 14 days prior to the scheduled AGM

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We are guided by the 10 principles of Burning Man. These principles guide our interactions with one another and the environment and have a strong ethos of participation. As such, our events and the society are entirely dependent upon community participation.

Membership isn't required to participate, but members enjoy a number of perks including access to a community of doers and dreamers.

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