SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Get Involved

Did you know that Houston SCBWI is completely run by volunteers? If you’re interested in donating your time and talents to our chapter, please read the following descriptions of currently open positions. You can apply by filling out a short questionnaire. Volunteer positions are open to friends of Houston SCBWI; however, preference will be given to those with SCBWI memberships. Selections will be made by the Regional Team. Please direct any questions to Meghan Senkel, Regional Advisor, at houston-ra@scbwi.org.

The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 29th at 11:59 pm.

 

2020 Conference Committee Positions

Silent Auction Committee Chair

Who:    A self starter who’s detail- & organization-focused, and not afraid of a spreadsheet. Must be able to work within the Google Docs/Sheets environment online and be comfortable with emailing as the primary form of Committee communication. Pluses include: outgoing personality for making donation requests, a spare room/space for storing donated items (hopefully not in a flood zone!), and the ability to regularly attend monthly Conference Committee meetings.

What:    Main point of contact for the Silent Auction with the Conference Committee, reports directly to the Executive Committee and the Regional Advisor; oversees approximately 3-4 committee members; responsible for overseeing the collection and safe-keeping of donated items, sending thank-yous, and the overall management of the auction during the conference, including set-up and display of auction items with bid sheets, payment/money handling, distribution of won items, record keeping, and securing valuables/cash at the conference venue.

When:    Time commitment is on-going throughout the year, with the slowest periods being in the few months after the conference and the highest activity likely being in the 3-4 months prior to the conference and the day of the conference. Must be able to attend the conference to set-up, breakdown, and oversee the auction (October 3 & 4, 2020).

 

Manuscript Manager – Critique Committee

Who:    Detail- & organization-focused individual, who’s not afraid of a spreadsheet. Must be able to work within the Google Docs/Sheets environment online and be comfortable with emailing as the primary form of communication. Pluses include: patience and the ability to herd cats.

What:    Member of the Critique Committee, reports directly to the Critique Committee Chair; supports the collection, management, and distribution of manuscripts. Will be the first point of contact for those submitting manuscripts for critique and will need to answer questions and troubleshoot.

When:    Time commitment is primarily required during conference registration and until manuscripts are sent to conference faculty (approximately June – August).

 

Chapter Positions

Manager – Critique Connection: Houston SCBWI’s NEW Critique Group & Partner Finder

Who:    Detail- & organization-focused individual, who’s not afraid of a spreadsheet. Must be able to work within the Google Docs/Sheets environment online and be comfortable with emailing as the primary form of communication. Pluses include: a friendly and welcoming online presence, a willingness to serve our membership by facilitating critique connections within the region, and a deep and abiding love of databases.

What:    Chapter volunteer, reports directly to the Regional Team; acts as main point of contact for those seeking a critique group or having trouble accessing the Critique Connection. Manager and gatekeeper of a spreadsheet which 1) collects the sensitive information (name & email) of individual critique group/partner seekers; and 2) catalogues existing critique groups within the region. Updates and manages critique group data, including if they’re active, accepting new members, location, genre, contact info, etc…

When:    Ongoing throughout the year. Must be available on a weekly, if not daily basis to answer questions & troubleshoot as necessary; however the anticipated time commitment is 2-4 hours per month, with potential increase during start-up and during biannual database updates.

 

Click here to apply!