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Assistant Regional Coordinator/USA
For some regions in the United States, one or more assistants may be necessary or desirable to support the workload of a Regional Coordinator. The role of an Assistant Regional Coordinator (ARC) is defined below.
Regional Coordinators (RCs) can assign one or more current Local Champ(s) (LC) to be their support person (ARC) with the consent of the active US Champs. The ARC's primary goal is to assist with the RC duties, as agreed upon between the RC, and the ARC within the scope listed below. The RC assumes full responsibility for the actions of the ARC when the ARC is working on behalf of the RC. The ARC role can be used as training grounds for a full RC position, should one become available and the candidate is elected to the open position.
RCs often consult with their local SMs, CMs and LCs for advice, and the ARC would also use that same process as necessary.
If an RC nominates another RC from a different region to act as their ARC, the original RC will continue to be responsible for all actions of the newly appointed ARC even though they are an RC in another region. The original RC will also be the primary RC in situations requiring a final decision on actions in that region.
- Act as a shadow of the RC, with final decisions and responsibility held by the RC.
- Work closely with his/her RC and divide up responsibilities between each other as they desire. This list is neither exhaustive or required in its entirety, and ultimately is up to the RC:
- Process AM applications.
- Direct communications with SMs.
- Identify potential SMs and work with the RC to evaluate readiness.
- Make regional promotion suggestions to RC.
- Block editors as required after receiving approval from the RC.
- Focus on a particular state(s) in the region.
- In the event the primary RC will not be available for an extended period of time, the primary RC may identify that one or more ARC(s) will be acting on their behalf during that period. If there are verified reports from editors in the region of problems with the ARC, or there are justified concerns from other RCs, another RC will be selected by the active RCs to supervise the activities of the ARC in question until the primary RC returns. If the absence of the RC extends beyond that of an active champ, the primary RC position would be surrendered and actions would proceed to replace the primary RC as defined in that roll.
- Use the same tools available to the RC to conduct the agreed upon actions in the assigned area.
- Act in a temporary role as the RC in the event the current RC steps down, until a new RC can be elected. See the Succession section below.
- Any ARC who may also be a primary RC in another region, will keep their primary role in the other region, but will be secondary to the RC in the region they hold an ARC role.
- An ARC must be nominated by the respective RC. Other RCs may make recommendations, but cannot select one for a region outside their appointment.
- An announcement of the nomination should be posted in the US Champ forum including the following information:
- Information identifying the nominee.
- A scope description of the activities the RC expects of the ARC.
- A summary of why the RC thinks the nominee is a good/best choice for fulfilling the role.
- A summary of local community input that the RC has already obtained, particularly among State Managers (SMs) for the region; links to related state/region forum posts are acceptable if available.
- The "discussion" must stay open for 7 days before the nominee is approved.
- If there are no objections at the completion of this period, the nomination is approved with no further processing.
- If there are objections, necessary discussions will be conducted in the US Champ forum and consensus must be established for each item of objection. Should this not be accomplished in the time period, the nomination would move to a vote requiring a simple majority (>50%) of US champs who vote in a 7 day period on that nominee. Failure to pass would require a new ARC nomination.
- The nominee will have full access to comments in the US Champ forum to defend themselves from any objection.
- An ARC may serve multiple regions if the primary RCs of those regions approve.
- The RC has the ultimate responsibility for the region. For that reason, the primary RC has the power to remove an ARC from that region for any reason, including but not limited to the following events:
- Going against the primary RC's instructions without a proper forum discussion to support otherwise questionable situations.
- The promotion or demotion of SMs or Rank 5 editors without prior discussion with, or pre-approval from the RC.
- Undermining the RCs authority, or publicly shaming the RC for the benefit of the ARC or others.
- Failure to support and follow the Waze etiquette guidelines.
- If a dismissed ARC from one region holds an ARC or RC position in any other region, they will keep those titles and responsibilities in the other regions, but may not use the tools to act in the region for which they were dismissed.
- If an ARC is dismissed as an LC, they are immediately removed as an ARC and may no longer use any of the tools of the ARC or RC.
If the RC steps down or is removed, the ARC(s) for that region do(es) not automatically permanently replace the RC, but may be asked to perform some or all of the duties until the new RC is voted upon. The ARC(s) may apply for the role, along with any other qualified applicants, following the defined process for electing an RC.