Volunteer Application :: Basic Information

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About the role of Volunteer

ConnectiCon XVIII will be held on July 9-12 2020

Hiring Deadline for Staff members: Deadline to be Hired for a staff position for the 2020 event in March 31 2020 – any application received after this date will be Wait Listed

If you are interested in applying for a Management or Executive Staff position please have your application in no later than September 15th 2019

**NO applications will be held for review for the next year’s event ALL Staff will be required to re-apply for their position yearly.

Make sure to answer all questions in the Application -- DO NOT LEAVE ANY QUESTIONS BLANK (or the application will not be accepted by the system)

Staff Hotel Option will no longer be available - we will have a staff room block in order for staff to book their own room at a discounted rate this will be announced when available

 

***By applying to be a Staff you agree to the all of the terms and conditions in the application

 

All staff positions of ConnectiCon are Compensated Staff positions. They consist of people who believe in the community and the success of the organization. Previous convention experience is not required to join our staff; however, it is helpful to have experience/knowledge in any of these areas. We are always looking for individuals with leadership and professional skills to join our team!

Please read all the information about our positions, policies, and benefits before submitting your application. By joining Staff, you agree to abide by these rules and policies or else face consequences determined by Executive Staff.

 

*** Please read: CTConXVII Job Descriptions


 

 Responsibilities of a staff member may include, but are not limited to:

 

• planning and running events (during the year and/or during the convention)

• creating programming schedules

• set-up and clean-up of events

• attending mandatory meetings and training (in person or remotely) for your Division and/or Department

• supervising team/department members

• promoting events

• enforcing the rules of the convention

• settling disputes in correlation to your convention duties

• troubleshooting challenges and emergency situations

• communicating with other staff members/departments, convention center staff, guests and industry professionals, and members via phone, e-mail, forums, and in person

F.A.Q.

 

What are the requirements of becoming Staff?

 -You must purchase an all weekend membership badge to the current event prior to your application being processed - this membership will be refunded in full on Sunday of the current event after it has been verified that you have completed the hours of the Tier that you have committed to working (6-24 hours)

-You must be at least 18 years of age and able to perform your position’s duties to include walking/standing up to 6 hours or more per day and/or lifting/moving 20-50 lbs. or more without injuring yourself.

 -You must attend regular mandatory division and/or Department meetings / training throughout the year, unless told otherwise by your department manager or above.

-You will need to Join the ConnectiCon Slack group as it is our primary way to communicate, you will be sent a link after your application has been processed 

 -You must commit to working the hours of your chosen tier (6, 12, 18 or 24 hours)

 -You must present yourself professionally at all times during events and convention-related instances. This includes, but is not limited to, following Staff Rules and procedures, and wearing your Staff shirt and badge while on duty (and taking them off when you are not on duty/participating in events.)

 

WORKING ON-SITE AT THE CONVENTION IS REQUIRED OF ALL STAFF AND IS NOT NEGOTIABLE.

 

What are the benefits of becoming a staff member?

 

First, the boring stuff:

In addition to supporting an event that you enjoy; it can be a very fun and rewarding experience. Working as staff for a convention is a learning experience; it gives you a whole new perspective on the activities you enjoy, and you may learn valuable skills. You can learn about conventions, how they run, behind-the-scenes information about the various industries you are interested in, etc. You can add your volunteer work to a resume or application, including any staff titles you have earned. In addition, you can build a diverse network of friends, colleagues, and industry professionals.

 

Now for the fun stuff:

 

-discounts at local vendors during the convention (varies by vendor)

-if you volunteer for ConnectiCon during other events and conventions, you may be reimbursed to attend those events (a free badge, gas, etc.) if given prior approval.

-access to the staff after party (free food!)

-commission on advertising sales (see offers for details.)

-Per Diem for one 6-hour shift per day from $45 to $85 a day depending on the number of days worked  (you must pick up your Per Diem following the completion of your hours failure to pick it up by the end of the event will result in forfeiture) 

-Free Staff T-Shirt or Management Polo

-Membership Reimbursement 

 

You must purchase an all weekend membership badge to the current event prior to being hired

IN ADDITION, you will receive the following benefits based on the number of hours you commit to working

(you are required to work minimum 6-hours per day i.e... one 6hr shift per day or two 3hr shifts per day)

 

 

One Day  (6 hours) - compensation rate equivalent to ~ $15/hr.

Compensation as follows:

Badge Reimbursement upon completion of 6 hours work 

Souvenir Staff Tee Shirt (valued at $15)

 

 

Two Days  (12 hours, 6 hours each day) - compensation rate equivalent to ~ $15/hr.

Compensation as follows:

Badge Reimbursement upon completion of 12 hours work

Souvenir Staff Tee Shirt (valued at $15)

CASH Per Diem $45 paid upon completion of 12 hours work (max $90)

 

 

Three Days  (18 hours, 6 hours each day) - compensation rate equivalent to ~ $16.67/hr.

Compensation as follows:

Badge Reimbursement upon completion of 18 hours work 

Two Souvenir Staff Tee Shirts (valued at $15 each, total value $30) OR Two Souvenir Manager Polo Shirts (valued at $30 each, total value $60)

CASH Per Diem $65 paid upon completion of 18 hours worked (max $195)

 

 

Four Days  (24 hours, 6 hours each day) compensation rate equivalent to ~ $18.54/hr.

Compensation as follows:

Badge Reimbursement upon completion of 18 hours work 

Two Souvenir Staff Tee Shirts (valued at $15 each, total value $30) OR Two Souvenir Manager Polo Shirts (valued at $30 each, total value $60)

CASH Per Diem $85 paid upon completion of 18 hours worked (max $340)

 

(you must pick up your Per Diem following the completion of your hours failure to pick it up by the end of the event will result in forfeiture)


Volunteer Terms and Conditions and Release

***By applying to be a Staff you agree to the all of the terms and conditions in the application

Rules

 

All Staff are subject to the rules and policies of the Convention, the Convention Center, as well as any laws in the state of Connecticut. As a Staff Member, you are considered a public face of the organization and will be expected to conduct yourselves in a professional manner. The rules in this section apply at all times; during events/meetings and outside of the context of the convention (online, other conventions, etc.) This is to protect the convention, its staff, affiliates, and its members from harm and legal ramifications.

 

AS STAFF, YOU WILL NOT

 

-steal money or items from the convention, its staff, volunteers, attendees, sponsors, vendors, business associates, etc.

-endanger, harass, or threaten other staff members, attendees, guests, vendors, affiliates, etc. verbally, physically, or sexually. Be aware that if you take physical action (even attempting to restrain or subdue a member), you take legal responsibility upon yourself. Contact venue security first.

-grossly abuse your authority.

-attend any ConnectiCon events while intoxicated, bring alcohol/illicit drugs/contraband onto the premises, or attempt to sell contraband items at events. In addition, you are not permitted to consume alcohol/illicit drugs while in your ConnectiCon uniform. Make sure you are fit to work on-call throughout the duration of ConnectiCon events.

 -participate in or become an accessory to any rule or law violations. This includes not handling or reporting misconduct.

-allow non-staff members into staff/guest of honor hotel rooms or other staff areas unless instructed to.

-abandon your duties without prior notification.

-handle duties and situations in an unprofessional manner. This includes, but is not limited to: yelling/screaming, physical contact, accusations, public defamation/gossip, insubordination, etc.

-solicit guests, vendors, businesses, make managerial decisions (how to handle challenges or emergencies, confiscate badges, expel someone from the premises, or strip anyone of their position) or make public statements (this includes interaction on any community outlets) unless you have the authority to do so.