Dear AMEJA members,
AMEJA has accomplished a lot since it was formed 7 years ago. True to its mission, the organization has brought together largely Middle Eastern and North African heritage journalists in all fields of media, providing a forum for mutual support and professional development. Our listserve has enabled members to learn about jobs, to make contacts, to find stringers, offer advice for working in conflict zones, and even share stories. We have provided a daily digest of the Middle Eastern press through the service MidEast Wire. Externally, the organization has hosted lectures and debates on a number of subjects with special attention to the Middle East. Our Blog Talk Radio shows have made our conversations available to the whole world, and we have worked toward a student mentorship program.
Past accomplishments are one thing, but in order to prosper in the future we need new faces.
We’re preparing for elections, and have open positions on the Board.
If you’re interested in applying, see our descriptions below. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your interest along with a brief bio and statement of candidacy by August 25.
The AMEJA Board is a collective body where decisions are made by consensus or majority vote. Various officers have particular responsibilities, though responsibility is shared by all board members when it comes to practical matters involving AMEJA or its mission.
- No one board member may act in the name of or speak on behalf of the organization without reasonable consultation and consensus from other board members.
- Each board member is obliged to devote a minimum of three hours per month – not including board meetings or AMEJA functions – to AMEJA business. This business might include AMEJA outreach, recruitment of new members, posting to the AMEJA website, communication with members, social media activities, fundraising (either through solicitation of individual contributions or applying for grants), etc.
- The Board is also responsible for the organization’s fiscal well-being and board members are obliged to contribute between $50 and $100 per annum.
Of course, greater amounts are appreciated, as are matching contributions from employers.
The AMEJA Board has between seven and thirteen members, up to nine of which have executive positions.
These are defined as follows:
The President is responsible for directing Board activity, from calling meetings to setting the agenda in consultation with other Board members. The AMEJA President is the organization’s public face and its spokesperson for matters that involve the organization and its mission.
The Vice President supports the president as necessary and shares its executive duties. The Vice President will succeed the President if the latter is unable fulfill his or her duties of office. The Vice President might be assigned more specific duties if designated by the Board.
The Secretary is responsible for recording and keeping a book of the minutes of all meetings and actions of the Board, committees, etc., and be prepared to share a record of these meetings to the board or others as required by law. Within one week after each Board meeting, the secretary will send via email, a record of its proceedings. Moreover, the secretary is to maintain a tally of AMEJA members, including membership category, contact information (email address and phone, if possible), job-title, websites, etc.
The Treasurer is responsible for maintaining a record of accounts, properties, business transactions, disbursements of funds, etc. of AMEJA. The Treasurer is responsible for depositing AMEJA income into the organization’s accounts, for seeing that accounts are balanced, and for maintaining communications with the Bank that holds these accounts. The Treasurer is also responsible for paying AMEJA liabilities through these accounts and must notify the Board of potential deficits. The Treasurer is responsible for filing tax statements with relevant authorities as required by law, including annual filings with the IRS.
The Webmaster is charged with maintaining the AMEJA website (www.ameja.org) on a regular basis, assuring that it remains relevant and dynamic for AMEJA members as well as maintaining an attractive public face for the organization. The Webmaster is also in charge of social media, and is authorized to encourage AMEJA members to post to AMEJA sites and accounts. This position can be held by an existing officer AMEJA Website (www.ameja.org). The Webmaster is also responsible for communications with www.ameja.org’s service provider as well as any designers that AMEJA might employ.
The Student Liaison is responsible for maintaining communication with AMEJA affiliates at various universities, for example, the AMEJA Club at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, coordinating activities with them, and assuring that student-affiliates stay true to AMEJA’s mission. Since students graduate, it is important that the Student Liaison invite qualified former student members to apply for full AMEJA membership
Marketing Consultant/Development Officer
AMEJA’s Marketing Consultant/Development Officer is charged with publicizing AMEJA activities, promoting its presence in the world of professional organizations, media or ethnic-based, and for seeking opportunities expand AMEJA activities. A vital aspect of this position is fundraising and income generating activities.
Each officer potentially has a “Deputy,” who is entrusted with supporting the officer’s activities. Deputies can hold other Board positions.
There are also a few At Large board positions, the number of which is determined by the Board’s 13 member cap.
At Large Board members are responsible for helping AMEJA officers fulfill their duties, as well as promoting and supporting AMEJA in the fulfillment of its mission.