NABO Facilitator Position

The facilitator position was created in 2006 thanks to the generosity of the Basque Government which provides the salary (sum not posted here online but you can inquire) and it remains contingent on that support without which NABO could not afford the position. The title itself attempts to describe what the position is about: working to support NABO officers and member organizations in our shared goal of promoting "Basqueness."

As information comes to N.A.B.O. in multiple languages, it requires the Facilitator to be conversant in English, Spanish and/or Basque and/or French. Furthermore, familiarity with N.A.B.O. inner workings helps to be able to quickly answer questions that arise. What follows are some general observations of what the position entails:
THICK SKIN. There will always be someone who knows how things could be done better. Thus in a job such as this, one needs to have thick skin. A candidate should be someone with a good degree of confidence tempered by humility: knowing that two heads are better than one. Whereas NABO officers "will have your back," what is also important is to have some people in your own life who are there to support you. Here's a discussion of an example at "Catch 22."

TEAM PLAYER. Former basketball great Michael Jordan was told by an assistant coach that there is no "i" in team, to which he responded but there is in win! Jordon learned the coach's lesson and then went on to win many championships. In an organization such as NABO, the same applies because so much of the facilitator's job is based on collaboration. To get most things off the ground requires the ability to work well with people--and have patience.

ACCOUNTABILITY. There is no one watching over your shoulder and that is a good and bad thing: you are mostly on your own. But at the end of the day you remain accountable to the NABO delegates who elect the facilitator. In general, however, the immediate source of accountability is the NABO president. Needless to say that a good working relationship between you and the president goes a long way to making your life much better. But since the salary is paid by the Basque Government, the facilitator is also tasked with working well with the Basque Government's Department for Citizens & Basque Communities Abroad and assisting on some of their initiatives. Every NABO meeting is an opportunity to inform directly (see Delegate reports).

REPRESENTATIVE. The facilitator often speaks on behalf of NABO, and serves as one of the organization's representatives. This is one of the reasons all the NABO delegates vote to select this person. The position is essentially that of an administrative assistant, and consequently the facilitator does not independently implement plans without a degree of checking off with NABO delegates at the tri-annual meetings.

SALARY. The salary is based on the average between Idaho and California for a similar part-time position of 20 hours a week (with no benefits); the sum (not posted online) has not changed in seven years. Payment of your salary is dependent on when the money comes in from the Basque Government so flexibility in reimbursements is pretty a much a job requirement. At present one payment is for the initial 75% of the salary, with the second payment of 25% following later in the year. It is your responsibility to take care of reporting this income to the IRS for tax purposes as hobby income, private consultant, etc. Note that the position is based on funding by the Basque Government, and the payment for services is made only after the funds have been granted. The term runs from January through December.

VOLUNTEER vs. EMPLOYEE. One of NABO's great strengths, like that of most Basque Clubs, is its volunteers. But in this sea of volunteers the facilitator is one of the very few paid workers. This adds some pressure. Most folks, however, will not begrudge you this opportunity to get paid to do Basque things. The position of Facilitator originated to help fill in some of the holes of a volunteer organization where sometimes things get left behind because there was not time for a volunteer to attend to the extra non-paid tasks.

Probably the best analogy of what this position is about is a Swiss army knife, because the job by definition is about multi-tasking and being able to do many different things fairly well. You'll be tasked with various projects that you'll need to see through creation and distribution (e.g., see Kantuketan|Photo Exhibits|Mini-songbook|Entertainment Tours|Educational Workshops). Some of the requirements and duties of the facilitator are included below, but these are flexible in that subtractions and additions are possible--hence the flexibility of the Swiss army knife.

The position entails transporting and setting up equipment (computers for the online broadcast of meeting and a second for the PowerPoint presentations, decorations and banners, producing the delegate booklets and when necessary the sound system and projector) for the tri-annual NABO meetings. Another central task is to serve as webmaster for the NABO website (so web skills are needed), and to respond to online inquiries which is nearly a daily endeavor. You will also be tasked with preparing necessary grant requests and coordinating cultural tours.
The Facilitator sometimes follows and sometimes leads: it can be a fine dance step. Here are some examples:

Assist/Backup Coordinate/Direct
Basque Government
__B.G. grant
__B.G. grant receipts
__B.G. relations
__B.G. culture tour
__Implementation of 4 year plan
Basque Diaspora
__Urazandi oral history projects

Assist as needed NABO Officers:

Assist as needed NABO Chairpersons:
__Kantari Eguna

__Internal communication among N.A.B.O. members

__Website updates; potentially own website creation
__Email responses
__Arrange teleconference access
__BG grant application process
__EuskalEtxeak updates

__Astero weekly updates
__Transport meeting materials
__Gurea programs (Workshops, lectures, travel arrangements)
__ International communication with the Basque Government & Basque Diaspora
__ N.A.B.O. Focus (Advisory) Group meetings