JordanCon Staff Opening – Director of New Member Services

JordanCon Staff Opening – Director of New Member Services

This is a new Director-level position within the Operations Division. New Member Services welcomes our first-time attendees into the JordanCon family by providing information and assistance both at the convention and via social media and email between conventions.

The Director of New Member Services will be assisted by a Manager and will report to the Officer/Deputy of Operations

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES:

·       Ability to attend JordanCon each year;

·       Familiarity with JordanCon and its culture;

·       Strong communications skills (written and oral);

·       Patient, friendly, outgoing personality;

·       Comfortable with reaching out to new people;

·       Ability to work unsupervised as well as collaborate with other departments and divisions;

·       Organizational skills;

·       Dedication and follow-through;

·       Comfortable speaking in front of small groups.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:

·       Minimum one (1) year as a JordanCon volunteer.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE:

·       Prior attendance at multiple JordanCon events;

·       Prior attendance at JCon’s Speed Friending panel;

·       Experience in a leadership/developmental role;

·       Familiarity with the area around the convention site;

·       Public speaking.

PHYSICAL CONSIDERATIONS/ENVIRONMENT:

Candidates should have the ability to traverse and maneuver crowded hotel & convention spaces assisted or unassisted and be comfortable being part of or leading groups of people.

DUTIES: (this is a developing role and duties may change or expand)

Pre-Con:

·       Create/update/maintain various New Attendees resources for the website, social media, blog, etc.

·       Develop programs/activities to integrate new attendees into JordanCon and its culture;

·       Work with Member Engagement, Programming, Communications, and other departments/divisions to identify and/or develop activities oriented towards new attendees;

·       Monitor and respond to posts and emails from new or potentially new attendees;

·       Create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere;

·       Work with Accessibility to facilitate special needs of new attendees to the extent possible;

·       Develop and maintain a New Attendee Packet with important information and helpful tips.

At the Convention:

·       Organize and lead one or more tours of the hotel and convention spaces for new attendees;

·       Attend the Speed Friending panel on Friday and encourage others to attend;

·       Be available to answer questions, provide maps/schedules, and to assist new attendees who may need help engaging or feeling overwhelmed;

·       Solicit feedback from new attendees regarding their experiences and what we can do to improve.

Anticipated Time Commitment:

·       May-December – 1 hour week

·      January – April – 1-3 hours week

·       At JordanCon – Friday – approx. 4 hours

                                    Sat & Sun – approx. 2 hours each

TO APPLY:

Interested applicants should email HR@jordancon.org and include a brief summary of their qualifications and attach a basic resume that speaks to their skills and experiences relevant to the position.

Hiring Timeline:

Applications will be accepted through March 15, 2019.

Candidate review and selection should be completed by March 24, 2019.

Selected candidate should expect to begin work immediately (on a scaled-down basis due to the proximity to this year’s convention.)

Food at JordanCon

Food at JordanCon
  • Our ConSuite will be open Friday-Sunday and will feature GF and vegetarian options.
  • The Ravinia has three options for food: Bistro 55, The Mix Lounge, and Sylvia’s Cafe.
  • Perimeter Mall is just across the street and features restaurants such as the Cheesecake Factory, Cowfish Sushi Burger Bar, Maggiano’s Little Italy, The Capital Grille, Seasons 52, and a food court.
  • Perimeter Place features Carrabba’s, Chipotle, Cold Stone Creamery, Flemings Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Mimi’s Cafe, Panera Bread, Shane’s Rib Shack, Taco Mac Sports Grill, Tin Drum Asia Cafe, and Your Pie.
  • Other nearby options are California Pizza Kitchen, Chuy’s, Newk’s, PF Chang’s China Bistro, Sage Woodfire Tavern, Taki Japanese Steakhouse, and more.
  • For general grocery and supplies purchases, there is a Target, Total Wine and More, and Wal-Mart.
  • Delivery services: UberEats, Prime Now, Grub Hub, and PostMates. The address to use for delivery is 4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road Northeast, Atlanta, GA, USA.
  • The Ravinia has a shuttle! It is available from 6am – 11pm and can be used to get to locations in a 2-4 mile range from the hotel.

Rivets & Robot 2018 Weirdnesday Blog: Multiverse

In This Issue:

  • Coffee in Cornwall
  • Science!
  • Science Fiction Trends
  • Honorverse & The Royal Manticore Navy
  • British TV and Film

Let’s talk quickly about the rest of our fun and great panels.  We will see you Friday at 2:30pm!

Coffee in Cornwall. A discussion of British science fiction old and new

New In Science: 2017-2018. We put the science in our science fiction track. 

Science Fiction Trends 2018. We talk about the books you should be reading

Royal Manticore Navy: Who Are They? A discussion on the history of the Honorverse.

Blake’s 7 & Beyond. A discussion of British SF television and film.

Jordancon 10 Workshop Reminder

We have an amazing series of Workshops scheduled for you this year – from leather tooling and pewter casting to mum making, pattern making, crating Stormlight glyphs and more!

All Workshops will have sign-up forms at Registration. Be sure you sign up early so you don’t miss your spot!

You may have noticed on the schedule that Workshops typically have a nominal fee for participants. That’s to help pay for the materials you use to create the Workshop products. 🙂 All supply fees will be collected by the teachers in class. Please have exact change, when possible.

Don’t forget to share pics of your amazing Workshop creations on social media using #JordanCon, #JCon10, #JConWorkshops!!!!

Karaoke All-Stars Contest 2018

You asked for it …. we heard you! By popular demand, JordanCon 10 will introduce the new Karaoke All-Stars Contest!

This is a special set of time slots set aside during Friday Night Karaoke (from 9-10 p.m.) for competition-style, judged performances! (Registration required) Bring costumes, props and as much showmanship as you can muster! Alternate lyrics are allowed, but please keep language and the performance PG-13. Groups are allowed, but no repeat performers.

Winners will take home fabulous prizes! What will the judges be looking for?

• Technical Skill: This one is fairly self explanatory. How well did you sing it, whether true to the original style or adding your own flair?

• Audience Reaction: This will be a bit different for every song, but how well did the crowd react to your song? Did your power ballad leave them in tears, or did your jam have them out of their seats dancing?

• Showmanship/Performance: Were your costumes and props cool? Did you really “Move It Move It”? How far beyond a single person standing stationary in front of a mic stand did you go, and did you do it well?

A Few More Rules:

  • Your time-slot is 5 minutes long. This includes set up, intro comments, the song, outro and leaving the stage. Points will be deducted for exceeding time.
  • You must coordinate with organizer Richard Fife prior to the event or you will not be able to perform. He will reach out to you via the contact info you provide during registration to coordinate getting the karaoke track to the group to practice with before hand, or to request the track should he not have it.
  • You must have an MP3 file or something similar to perform to – there will not be internet access during this event. So “Play this from YouTube” isn’t going to cut it. Sorry!

There are very limited slots. Signup will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, and we will have a wait list in the event of a no-show!

Sign up HERE!

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