Become a Chapter Director

Learn what it takes to be a Chapter Director for Techqueria and apply to become one. 🌱️

What does it take to run a Techqueria Chapter? 🔗︎

We cannot seek achievement for ourselves and forget about progress and prosperity for our community… Our ambitions must be broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others, for their sakes and for our own.

— Cesar Chavez

The ideal Chapter Director for Techqueria is scrappy, cares about D&I in all of its different aspects and is passionate about community.

They also respect our core mission and values and align with our overall nonprofit strategy.

You can find more details on our mission on our about page.

Techqueria Chapters are: 🔗︎

  • local city-based communities that are run by dedicated chapter directors and volunteers who want to nurture and grow the largest community of Latinx in tech in the world
  • focused on both technical and non-technical content
  • open to all and free to those who are interested in attending

Qualifications 🔗︎

  • a member of Techqueria for at least 6 months in good standing
  • at least 21 years old
    • some of our events have alcohol
  • at least 3 years of experience in the tech industry and/or at least 3 years of community building experience
    • so you’re familiar enough with companies and have built up your own network you can tap into
  • able to organize at least 2 events per year
    • if you just want to host 1 event, make it an informal one and invite local folks using Slack, social media, etc.
    • we do not create new chapters in Bevy for chapters that have had just 1 event
  • able to dedicate at least 5 hours per week
    • events take time to plan
    • how much time you dedicate will also depend on how frequently your chapter has events
  • (highly recommended) already planned at least two local informal events on your own

Responsibilities 🔗︎

  • build a group of volunteers
  • communicate with the national leadership team and ensure alignment of goals
  • develop and implement a strategic plan for chapter
  • initiate, develop and cultivate working relationships with allied organizations and other potential collaborators on behalf of the local chapter
  • oversee all chapter programs, services, and activities
  • plan events for the local Latinx in tech community to benefit and thrive from
  • prepare and manage chapter budget
  • provide internal team a weekly standup

Minimum Requirements 🔗︎

Progress will be tracked in quarterly check-ins. If you’re not meeting minimum requirements after 6 months, you will be warned and then removed.

  • help plan at least 4 events per year
  • attend monthly chapter director meetings
  • attend 1:1 quarterly meetings

Example Tasks 🔗︎

  • contribute to documentation in Google Docs
  • create marketing assets in Canva
  • create and assign tasks in Asana to manage local events or partnerships
  • follow Techqueria’s brand guidelines
  • get the help of a volunteer to take photos, upload photos to a Google Photo album and share with national org
  • host an organizer meeting every month via Google Hangouts Meet and take meeting notes in Google Docs
  • use Bevy to track RSVPs and attendance of local events
  • use Buffer to automatically schedule social media posts advertising the latest local event

Benefits 🔗︎

I think it’s important to move people beyond just dreaming into doing.

They have to be able to see that you are just like them and you made it.

— Sonia Sotomayor

Impact & Visibility 🔗︎

  • You’ll be helping grow the largest community of Latinx in tech
  • You can add this position to your LinkedIn profile and be recognized as a community leader
  • You will be helping facilitate events where you will be engaging and growing your local community of Latinx professionals in the tech industry

Org Support 🔗︎

  • There is a dedicated onboarding process where you will be introduced to tooling to make your life easier as a new Chapter Director for Techqueria
  • There are dedicated Slack channels where you can ask the national leadership team any questions and interact with other chapter directors

Financial Support 🔗︎

We want to set up you for success so we offer financial support for creating events and increased benefits as you grow out your chapter.

  • Based on the number of people per event and the number of events per year, your chapter falls into a certain tier where the benefits increase as you grow your chapter
  • You are discouraged from paying out of pocket costs as we have dedicated levels of event reimbursement we can provide depending on the number of attendees
  • See “Chapter Tiers” and “Reimbursement Policy” pages for more specifics

Chapters 🔗︎

Current Active Chapters 🔗︎

Chapters that have held at least 1 formal event in the past 6 months

  1. Atlanta, GA
  2. Austin, TX
  3. Los Angeles, CA
  4. New York, NY
  5. Orlando, FL
  6. San Francisco Bay Area, CA
  7. Washington, D.C.
  8. Virtual Webinars (Global)
  9. Miami, FL

Incubator Chapters 🔗︎

Chapters that have brand new leads and are planning towards their launch.

  • Boston, MA
  • Orange County, CA
  • Portland, OR
  • Salt Lake City, UT

Target Chapters 🔗︎

We are interested in growing in the following cities and will prioritize applications accordingly.

  • Albuquerque, NM
  • Boston, MA
  • Chicago, IL
  • Denver, CO
  • Houston, TX
  • Mexico City, MX
  • Phoenix, AZ
  • Seattle, WA
  • Tucson, AZ

How to Apply 🔗︎

We will review your application after you submit it using the link below and we will either approve or reject your application based on the answers you provided within 2 weeks.

We will then set up a 30-minute call for a short interview to expand on these questions and give you the opportunity to ask us any questions.

Finally, we will be onboard you with a 45-minute call to go through all the basics of running your first event and setting you up with all the relevant tooling.

Please account for holiday breaks when appropriate for getting back to you.

Due to COVID-19, we are not accepting applications for new Chapter Directors as of April 23, 2020.

The form will re-open in 2021.

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ℹ️About Techqueria

Techqueria is a 501c3 nonprofit that empowers Latinx professionals with the resources and support that they need to thrive and become leaders in the tech industry.

To that end, we work with both tech companies and employee resource groups (ERGs) to build Latinx-centered spaces that revolve around career advice, technical talks, mentorship, open jobs, networking events, speaking opportunities, and open-source in order to comprehensively affect change in the tech industry.

Coming from all walks of life, we believe that the diversity of our community is the most reliable asset we have. Our space aims to be inclusive so we invite Latinx from the regions of the Caribbean, Haiti, and Brazil as well as those who identify as Afro-Latinx, Asian-Latinx or LGBTQIA. The term Latinx is used instead of Latino or Latina because it is a gender-neutral and inclusive term.

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