[ANSTHRLD] Job Posting - Tressure Herald
Etienne de St. Amaranth
star at ansteorra.org
Wed Feb 2 13:45:48 PST 2005
It is my great pleasure to announce that I am opening applications for the
office of Tressure Herald. Applications are due to me by March
28. Applications should include the usual information on the generic
kingdom application for office, a copy of a current membership card, a copy
of a photo ID, and a letter explaining how the submitter would implement
the job description below.
The letter should include a division of duties explanation. The scope of
this position may well be beyond any one person. In all cases below where
a duty is ascribed to Tressure, please insert "or designated deputy" when
reading. Applicants are encouraged to describe how they would divide the
duties (need two deputies, which duties are assigned to which, etc.) and
which they would perform personally. As this office will be starting many
of these duties effectively from scratch, some thoughts on the applicant's
priorities and immediate roadblocks that they discern would be welcome. It
is expected that the new office holder may have to adjust their priorities,
expectations, and plans after taking office; but proof that the applicant
has considered how to do this job will be critical in the decision. The
office holder will become a central nexus for heraldic and scribal
educational efforts and must have ready access to phone and internet and email.
Additionally, previous experience in education (in or outside of the SCA)
will be an advantage. This position can be considered in many respects to
be like a university provost, a chief academic officer. The office holder
will need a lot of drive, attention to detail, and administrative
experience. Previous heraldic offices, especially that of a local branch
herald, will have some preference.
Tressure Herald is the head of the educational branch of the College of
Heralds of Ansteorra. As such, Tressure is directly responsible to
encourage and facilitate heraldic education in Ansteorra. Tressure is
expected to interview and appoint deputies, with approval of the Star
Principal Herald, to ensure the smooth functioning of heraldic education in
the kingdom. Specific duties of Tressure include (but are not limited to):
1. Maintain a directory of Ansteorran instructors of heraldic and scribal
classes. This is a private, unpublished directory to which Tressure, Star,
and the Regional Heralds can refer when seeking an appropriate instructor
to address heraldic and scribal educational needs for collegiums, symposia,
or local classes. Those seeking an instructor should provide Tressure with
the specifics of their need and Tressure will coordinate finding an
instructor who is able; Tressure will then have the instructor contact the
requestor directly. Requests could come from any officer or group in
2. Maintain a library of class syllabi and handouts (with the appropriate
permissions for reprint, etc.) that can be used by various heralds or
scribes to teach classes on a variety of topics related to heraldry and the
scribal arts. Some materials may be appropriate for posting on the college
web site for public download, others may be best given to an instructor by
Tressure after verifying adaquate knowledge to teach the related
material. Tressure will be responsible to periodically review the
materials contained in the library to verify that the material is still
current; original authors may need to be contacted on occasion to freshen
their material or some materials may need to be retired and replaced. When
allowed by the original authors, permission to have a second author revise
and update their work should be retained as well. It is desireable to have
multiple syllabi or handouts on similar topics for perspective. It is
Tressure's duty to maintain all retired or historical documents of this
library for reference.
3. It is the duty of Tressure Herald to encourage instructors of heraldic
and scribal classes to teach at collegiums or symposia located near them
and to recruit instructors on these topics for any kingdom educational
event where such classes would be appropriate and welcomed by the event staff.
4. It is the duty of the Tressure Herald to, in coordination with Star and
the regional heralds, annually revise, update, and edit the warranting
class packet of materials and the exam used in that class. This shall
ideally be done during the fourth quarter of each calendar year for
implementation in the next calendar year. Tressure shall maintain the
masters for the packet and the exam with copies given to Star, the
regionals, and any other herald that Star authorizes to teach the course
for that year. Historical copies of previous packets and exams shall be
retained by this office for reference. Tressure shall maintain, in
coordination with the regional heralds, a directory of all attendees who
have passed the warranting class.
5. It is the duty of the Tressure Herald to annually update, revise, and
issue to Star and the regional heralds, those exams known as "PE Exams"
(title subject to change). Versions of these exams shall be issued
annually; test takers who do not pass an exam shall not be entitled to a
"retake" of the exam until the next revisionis issued. Tressure shall
maintain, in coordination with the regional heralds, a directory of all
attendees who have passed "PE exams". All exams taken are to be retained
and filed with the Tressure Herald office.
6. Tressure Herald shall serve as editor of the "Ansteorran Book of the
Herald." The book may be updated and published at any time but shall be
required to go through a formal review for out-of-date, missing, or unclear
material once per year. Tressure should also maintain permissions on file
for each article for publication to the college's web site and
reprinting. Permissions for editorial review and adjustment (as material
needs updating) is desirable from authors who will allow.
7. The Tressure Herald shall serve as editor of the "Frequently Asked
Questions" (FAQ) section of the college web site and shall coordinate this
with the maintainer of the college web site.
8. It is expected that Tressure will maintain a communication relationship
with the Kingdom Arts & Sciences Minister, or appropriate deputy, as to
collegiums and symposia and other opportunites to encourage heraldic and
9. Tressure Herald is expected to maintain a regular dialog with Star
Principal Herald to further efforts of heraldic and scribal education and
recruitment and training of new heralds.
10. Tressure Herald is expected to annually conduct a review of each
region with Star, Star Signet, Asterisk, Zodiacus, and the appropriate
regional herald and scribe to identify and target educational "hot topics"
related to heraldry and scribal arts. Not all regions should be reviewed
simultaneously though completing these reviews before the annual editing of
the warranting packet and exam are desirable.
11. The Tressure Herald is expected to be, or to provide, the class
coordinator for the Ansteorran Heraldic and Scribal Symposium.
12. Other duties as assigned by Star Principal Herald are to be
expected. The Tressure Herald is expected to be proactive in addressing
educational issues as they are discovered.
Questions on this position description and its contents should be forwarded
to the Star Principal Herald.
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