Monica is currently serving her 8th year on the GIPA Board. With two children having gone through the German program, she has held several positions within the organization. Starting as a volunteer assisting the Board with different activities and events to better understand what GIPA is all about, she went on to be GIPA VP for GW Carver Middle school for two years, assisting the German teachers with numerous activities. At the same time, she was elected as Membership Coordinator and later as Secretary on the GW Carver PTSA Board, contributing numerous hours to both organizations. She then was voted to be Secretary for the GIPA Executive Board, a position she still holds today. This position was recently renamed as the Communications Manager to reflect its impact on all areas of communications within GIPA and with the membership at large. Born in Caracas, Venezuela to an Austrian family, her husband Angel is from Spain. She studied Hotel Management and Tourism in Salzburg, Austria and then worked for over 10 years at the Hotel Tamanaco in Caracas in different positions and latest as Guest Relations Manager. She is currently affiliated with Coldwell Banker as a Residential Realtor serving the Miami area. Her knowledge of the Spanish, German and English language as well as her exposure to these cultures through her work experience, have made her appreciate the enormous opportunities that the language programs at Sunset Elementary, West Lab, GW Carver Middle and Coral Reef High School present for all children. For that reason, her selfless contributions to the program have always been of the utmost importance to her.
Job Description: Communications Manager
GIPA Communications Manager is one of three Executive Board positions within the organization, besides the President and the Treasurer. As the title states, the Communications Manager is responsible for all communications within the Board and with the Board members at large. The scope of work within the Board involves the planning of monthly Board meetings, General membership meetings or any other special meetings that may be necessary from time to time, including any notifications, agendas and minutes related to these meetings. Communications with the membership at large should include overseeing and proof-reading of announcements to any events and activities to be broadcast to all members, as well as the channeling of events and news to the membership through newsletters, social media and other distribution avenues. In addition, the Communications Manager will also respond to any inquiries from any current or new families potentially interested in the German program at any of our schools, and should be able to provide ample information related to these. Ideally, this position should be held by someone with great organizational skills as well as a good understanding of the English language to be able to write and proof-read announcements and articles to be published and broadcast. The person holding this position should also be available to attend all Board meetings, General membership meetings as well as any special meetings, to ensure continuity in the maintenance of records related to the notices, agendas and minutes of these meetings. The Communications Manager also oversees the general activities of the newsletter, website and GIPA Book operations to provide quality control and guidance where needed.
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