Apply for the Best Delegate Global Media Secretariat 2014-2015! Applications due April 27th!

by KFC on April 8, 2014

Best Delegate is recruiting for its Global Media Secretariat for the 2014-2015 academic year! We are looking for experienced and passionate Model UN veterans who want to make a difference in the activity and its community by running all operations for the leading Model UN website in the world, BestDelegate.com.

Best Delegate Media team members in action worldwide

Best Delegate Media team members covering all the action at Model UN conferences worldwide

The Best Delegate Organization 

Best Delegate is a global education organization dedicated to training today’s students into tomorrow’s leaders through Model United Nations. Its Model UN training programs have been conducted in 19 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. It works with schools and major non-profits such as WFUNA, UNA-USA Global Classrooms, THIMUN Qatar, and Montessori to develop Model UN programs. And it runs the world’s most popular website on Model UN, BestDelegate.com, which is read by over 450,000 readers from 190+ countries and territories.

Best Delegate has been featured in the the New York Times and the Huffington Post, and its training programs has been observed live by the United Nations Department on Public Information. Best Delegate’s current mission is to teach Model UN to one million delegates.

The Global Media Secretariat

The Best Delegate Global Media Secretariat will be at the center of providing the best Model UN resources and promoting the Model UN community through the BestDelegate.com website. Specifically, the Secretariat will write resource articles and original content and also provide news coverage on the website and social media channels for an assigned region.

The Global Media Secretariat service period is for the academic year starting from June 1, 2014 and ending May 31, 2015. The majority of the work for most Chairs will take place during the September 2014 to May 2015 school year with about 4-6 hours per week, although this may vary depending on the academic calendar of your region. The June-August summer period will be used for training and independent writing and preparation.

The Secretariat will consist of 21 members: the Secretary-General, four Undersecretaries-General (USGs), and sixteen Chairs. In addition, the team will also be supported by up to two Lead Designer(s) and up to three Partnership Managers. The geographic distributions of the roles are proportional to the popularity of Best Delegate in each region. All roles are considered volunteer positions and are unpaid with the exception of the Partnership Managers who will be considered Best Delegate contractors and will be paid a small stipend by hitting performance targets. The responsibilities for all roles are listed below.

The application can be found here.

Secretary-General

The Secretary-General acts as an editor-in-chief and reports up to a full-time Best Delegate manager. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Sets and manages the global publishing calendar for a team of four Undersecretaries-General and sixteen Chairs. This includes leading any meetings and project management tools needed to execute on the publishing goals.
  • Manages all shared resources on the website including the Conferences page, Resource article archives, webinar tools, and social media.
  • Works closely with Partnership Managers to ensure successful publicity for partner conferences, and works closely with Best Delegate staff to ensure successful publicity for Best Delegate training programs and resources.
  • Identifies and implements strategies to improve the website, content, media platforms, viewership numbers, or brand.
  • Writes additional articles as needed to fulfill the publishing goals or if interested.
  • Engage and respond to readers via email (including the primary media email account), comments, and social media.
  • Optional paid liveblogging and writing projects as needed.

One position will be available. Applicants must have prior experience on the Best Delegate Media Team, preferably in a managerial or editor role. Apply here.

Undersecretary-General

The Undersecretary-General acts as an editor and reports up to the Secretary-General. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Trains, develops and manages a team of four Chairs and their corresponding publishing schedules. This includes leading all team meetings to accomplish the publishing goals and enhancing collaboration between Chairs for cross-regional articles or projects.
  • Edits and publishes over 60 Resource and Conference Recap articles during the school year.
  • Works closely with Partnership Managers to ensure successful implementation of publicity for partner conferences.
  • Writes additional articles as needed to fulfill the publishing goals or if interested. This includes providing coverage for underrepresented areas within their regional portfolio.
  • Identifies and implements strategies to improve the website, content, media platforms, viewership numbers, or brand. 
  • Engage and respond to readers via email (including the primary media email account), comments, and social media.
  • Optional paid liveblogging and writing projects as needed.

Four positions will be available. Applicants must have prior experience on the Best Delegate Media Team, and it is highly preferred for applicants to reside in the region they are applying for. Apply here.

  • USG of USA and Canada: Manages the Chairs of USA Northeast, USA Mid-Atlantic, USA University, and Canada.
  • USG of USA and Latin America: Manages the Chairs of USA Midwest, USA South, USA West, and Latin America.
  • USG of Europe, Middle East, and Africa: Manages the Chairs of United Kingdom, Europe University, Europe THIMUN, and Middle East.
  • USG of Asia Pacific: Manages the Chairs of India, Pakistan, Southeast Asia, and East Asia.

Chairs

The Chairs act as writers and report up to an Undersecretary-General. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Write eight Resource articles during the school year. Resource articles are any educational articles for delegates, staff, faculty advisors, or MUN participants in general.
  • Write or source eight Conference Recap articles during the school year. Recaps describe significant conferences or events taking place in your MUN region.
  • Serve as a link between Best Delegate and your region. This includes promoting Best Delegate to your region and helping your region grow and improve.
  • Engage and respond to readers via email, comments, and social media.
  • Optional paid liveblogging and writing projects as needed.

Sixteen positions will be available divided into specific regions that correspond with current traffic numbers. Applicants must be participating or have participated in Model UN in the region they are applying for. All work can be done online, but physical location in a hub city will be advantageous. Apply here.

  • Chair of USA Northeast: Covers high school conferences in New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and other New England states. Ideal candidate lives in New York City; Boston is also preferred.
  • Chair of USA Mid-Atlantic: Covers high school conferences in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Ideal candidate lives in DC Metro; New Jersey or Philadelphia is also preferred.
  • Chair of USA University: Covers university conferences located throughout the United States. Ideal candidate lives by or attends conferences throughout the USA Northeast.
  • Chair of Canada: Covers high school and university conferences located in Canada. The ideal candidate lives in Toronto or Montreal; Vancouver is also preferred.
  • Chair of USA Midwest: Covers high school conferences located in Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Minnesota, and other midwestern states. The ideal candidate lives in Chicago; Michigan is also preferred.
  • Chair of USA South: Covers high school conferences located in Florida, Georgia, Texas, North Carolina, and other southern states. The ideal candidate lives in Atlanta; Florida is also preferred.
  • Chair of USA West: Covers high school conferences located in California and other western states. The ideal candidate lives in Los Angeles or Orange County; Bay Area is also preferred.
  • Chair of Latin America: Covers high school and university conferences located throughout Latin America. The ideal candidate lives in a major city in Mexico, Venezuela, Colombia, Brazil, or Puerto Rico.
  • Chair of United Kingdom: Covers high school and university conferences located in the United Kingdom. The ideal candidate lives in London or attends conferences throughout the UK.
  • Chair of Europe University: Covers university conferences located throughout continental Europe. The ideal candidate lives in a major city in Turkey, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Spain, or Belgium.
  • Chair of Europe THIMUN: Covers THIMUN-affiliated high school conferences located throughout continental Europe. The ideal candidate lives in The Hague or a major city in Turkey, Germany, France, Netherlands, Italy, Greece, Spain, or Belgium.
  • Chair of Middle East: Covers high school and university conferences located in Qatar, UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and other Middle East countries. The ideal candidate lives in Doha; Dubai, Cairo, and Amman is also preferred.
  • Chair of Pakistan: Covers high school and university conferences located in Pakistan. The ideal candidate lives in Karachi or Lahore.
  • Chair of India: Covers high school and university conferences located in India. The ideal candidate lives in New Delhi; Mumbai or Hyderabad is also preferred.
  • Chair of East Asia: Covers high school and university conferences located in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan. The ideal candidate lives in Seoul, Hong Kong, or Taipei; Beijing or Shanghai is also preferred.
  • Chair of Southeast Asia: Covers high school and university conferences located in Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Australia, and Thailand. The ideal candidate lives in Jakarta or Singapore; Kuala Lumpur is also preferred.

Lead Designer

The Lead Design acts as a design editor and reports up to the Secretary-General. Primary responsibilities could include:

  • Designing icons, graphics, or infographics for the website, e-books, training packets, fliers, and other online or printable resources.
  • Using InDesign to manage the layout for the monthly Olive Branch Middle East Newsletter.
  • Paid design projects may be available.

Up to two positions will be available. Applicants should have Model UN experience. See application instructions at the bottom of this post.

Partnership Managers

The Partnership Managers facilitate partnership agreements with top, reputable conferences that have supported Best Delegate in the past. The position reports up to a full-time Best Delegate manager but will work closely with the Secretary-General and Undersecretaries-General to help implement the publicity aspects of the partnerships. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Managing a large set of 30-50 partnership agreements with top, reputable conferences.
  • Consistently communicating via email with Secretaries-General or business directors of each conferences.
  • Implementation of publicity for partner conferences including posting of banner ads.
  • Coordinating with USGs or Chairs to ensure that Conference Recaps or social media agreements are met.
  • Identifies ways to increase the value Best Delegate can offer in a partnership.
  • Identifies conferences and other opportunities for Best Delegate to promote its brand, name recognition, resources, and events.
  • Optional paid liveblogging and writing projects as needed.

Up to three positions will be available. Applicants must have prior experience on the Best Delegate Media Team, and ideally they have also staffed at the Best Delegate Summer Programs. Apply here.

Qualifications 

  • Should already be a fan of Best Delegate’s mission and work and want to help make a difference in the broader Model UN community. Secretary-General, Undersecretary-General, and Partnership Manager positions are available only to current Media Team members.
  • Attending or graduated from a top-tier university. High school candidates will be considered in regions without a strong university-level applicant pool.
  • Prolific experience and accomplishments as a delegate, conference organizer, or club leader. Experience at both the university and high school levels is preferred.
  • College-level writing and editing skills in English is required. Fluency in writing other major languages is a plus.
  • Highly connected with influential players in and knowledgeable about the MUN region they are applying for.
  • Ability to work remotely and independently and to prioritize their Best Delegate workload among upcoming commitments such as schoolwork, MUN, college or job applications, and other extracurriculars or internships.
  • Experience with creating content or campaigns on WordPress, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Google Analytics, or InDesign are pluses.

Application Processes

Secretariat Application

Applicants for Secretary-General, Undersecretary-General, Chair, and Partnership Manager positions should fill out the Global Media Secretariat Application by April 27, 2014. Questions about the Secretariat roles or the Application form can be directed at info@nullbestdelegate.com. The selection process, including interviews for competitive positions, will take place in May. The Secretariat will be announced by the end of May.

Apply here!

Lead Designer Application 

Applicants for the Lead Designer position should submit the following to info@nullbestdelegate.com by April 27, 2014: a) Brief cover letter explaining their Model UN background, interest in the position, and qualifications and b) Portfolio of their design work. The selection process will be primarily determined by those submissions, and those who are accepted will be announced along with the rest of the Secretariat by the end of May.

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