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Judge Advisor Jul. 21 2017| 0 KB

Content Type: FIRST Robotics Competition
Tags: Training, Volunteer
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The Judge Advisor for FIRST Robotics Competition is a Key Volunteer position. They are responsible for training the Judge Panel pre-event and leading the Judge Panel on-site. Judge Advisors do not vote on awards but rather facilitate that process. This position requires a high level of organization and interpersonal skills, and can affect the quality of the event.

The Judge Advisor is nominated by the Planning Committee. Once nominated, the individual must be approved through FIRST; including the Chief Judge Advisors. Once approved the candidate will be contacted and assigned by FIRST Headquarters.

Rookie (new) Judge Advisors must attend a Judge Advisor training session held in January, conducted by the Chief Judge Advisors and FIRST Headquarters, prior to serving in the role. Veteran Judge Advisors must attend this training session at least once every two years to remain qualified to serve as a Judge Advisor (exceptions may be approved through FIRST).

*Must sign a Conflict of Interest and Disclosure Statement prior to start of service.

Responsibilities

  • Participate in all required Judge Advisor training provided by FIRST Headquarters, including conference calls and webinars
  • Training the Judge Panel pre-event
  • Leading the Judge Panel on-site
  • Facilitating award decisions & clarifying award guidelines and ensuring the overall consistency of the awards process in accordance to FIRST policy and guidelines
  • Opportunity to contribute to the successful execution of the competition
  • Opportunity to cultivate support for FIRST programs
  • Must communicate with their group of Judges prior to their event. This may include email or phone communication starting at least one month before and leading up to the event.
  • Judge Advisors may be asked to recruit, or help recruit Judges.  Judge Advisors should work with their Planning Committee and Volunteer Coordinator to understand who will be doing the Judge recruiting.
  • Supply FIRST Headquarters with Judge Evaluation forms post-event
  • Must pass the JA Certification prior to the start of events

Experience and Skills Needed

  • Minimum of two years as a Judge at the regional and/or championship level (exceptions may be granted by FIRST Headquarters)
  • Minimum suggested age: 30
  • Understand the FIRST mission
  • Excellent organizational and communication skills required
  • Strong assessment skills
  • Strong critical thinking skills
  • Strong interpersonal/communication skills
  • Ability to work as a member of a team
  • Ability to move about the facility

Volunteer Time Commitment

  • Attendance at the January Judge Advisors (JA) training every other year
  • Pre-event Conference Calls & Email correspondence
  • Pre-event administrative work starting ~3 months prior to the event
  • Minimum 2 full day commitment at event
  • Must complete Post-Event Judge Evaluation

Note: Event schedules vary. Please check the event schedule and talk to your Volunteer Coordinator for detailed information on when you are expected to arrive. Volunteers should arrive on site 15-20 minutes prior to the start of every shift to allow time to check in at the Volunteer Registration table.

Training

Pre-event training by Chief Judge Advisors and FIRST Headquarters, weekly conference calls and email blasts throughout the season.

Reporting Relationships and Supervision

Support by Planning Committee, FIRST Headquarters, Chief Judge Advisors, and Veteran Judge Advisors if desired.

 

* Must read and comply with the FIRST Code of Conduct