Shape the future of the European Juggling Association as Country Representative
At the European Juggling Association (EJA), we believe in the power of juggling and performing arts to connect people across borders and differences, creating beautiful and joyful moments together. As a Europe-wide, volunteer-led organisation, we exists to stimulate and promote juggling in Europe and beyond. We do so primarily by maintaining the continuity of the European Juggling Conventions, aiming to take place in a different place in Europe every year.
We support the EJCs in many ways. We are closely involved with the organising teams, relaying information and experience from previous conventions. We also promote the EJCs locally in many European countries and languages by leveraging the EJA’s multinational board.
In August 2022, we are looking for the following Country Representatives:
- 🇨🇿 Czech Republic
- 🇫🇮 Finland
- 🇩🇪 Germany
- 🇭🇺 Hungary
- 🇱🇺 Luxembourg
- 🇵🇱 Poland
- 🇸🇰 Slovakia
- 🇸🇮 Slovenia
- 🇸🇪 Sweden
- 🇪🇸 Spain
- 🇹🇷 Turkey
If you are from another country but would like to get involved, please contact us anyway! We’ll find a way!
Country Representatives are the EJA’s link into their country’s communities. They give those communities a voice in the EJA, and vice versa.
What does success as the Country Representative look like?
If a Country Representative is successful, their country’s juggling and circus arts communities know about EJCs and the EJA’s work. Their communities feel connected and frequently volunteer at EJCs. In addition, other countries’ communities can find out about what is going on in the Country Representative’s country, for example if they are visiting, to foster international exchange between the countries’ juggling and circus arts.
What does a Country Representative need to do?
- Be connected with and listen to the juggling and circus arts communities in their countries, and share developments, insights and considerations with the EJA
- Promote the EJC and the EJA’s activity in their country
- Support with translations between English and their native language
This role is a volunteer position, and therefore unpaid. Reasonable and necessary expenses can be covered.
As a voting member of the board, this role (alongside several others) takes legal and fiduciary responsibility for the organisation. If you are interested in doing, or helping, with this work but would not like this level of responsibility, please get in touch, and we will find a solution!
What is this kind of role often called in other languages or organisations?
Community Engagement Officer
You could be a great Country Representative if…
You have a basic understanding of the European Juggling Convention, ideally having been to a few of them and understand their differences, similarities, and how they are organised. You have been around in the juggling and circus scene a bit, and you are passionate about it.
You are connected to your country’s juggling and circus scene, and willing and able to promote juggling, circus, and the European Juggling Association’s work in your country.
You can communicate in English, both in written and spoken form.
This is a voluntary role, so while it might go without saying, it’s worth noting: You also have all necessary equipment required to fulfil a role like this (e. g. a computer, internet, phone, etc) and you are willing to use this as part of your role.
(Disclaimer: We’re not necessarily looking for people with fully developed skills and experience in all these things. Rather, we are looking for people who want to do this kind of work, who want to learn and do a good job, who can dedicate the time and effort that the job requires, and who do things they see need to be done (or are able to find the right help they need to get it done). If you have loads of experience and want to use it for the benefit of juggling and circus arts, great! If you don’t have the experience but want to learn, and have the time and commitment to do well, also great!)
How to apply
If this sounds like you, or if you have any questions, send an email to the Executive Committee at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a little bit about why you’d be passionate about being a Country Representative for your country and how you fit the role.
Please send this email by the end of Friday, 5 August 2022.
Country Representatives are elected by jugglers from their country at the General Assembly, which will start on Tuesday, 9 August, 17:00 in the Arena. If you cannot come to the EJC, you may stand while absent, but you can only be elected if people present from your country elect you. If you are planning to be elected in absence, please ensure you give us enough notice that you want to stand.
And if you get elected, you can join the first board meeting right away at the EJC on Wednesday! It will be about 2h (including social time!) from 14:00. We’ll meet at 13:30 at the info point, and will go to an air conditioned room 🙃