Circle Coordinator

Congratulations to your circle for having you as circle coordinator! You make sure that the circle is achieving its aims - not by doing everything yourself - but by supporting your teammates and keeping everyone working towards a shared goal. Often, you’re the person people both inside and out come to first for feedback, help, and understanding.

Role Description

Aims: What you do

  • Basics

    • Plan for the future
    • Clarify who is doing what and by when
    • Check-in with people
    • Notice when items are not getting done and deal with them or bring them to the circle
    • Attend both the circle’s meetings and the meetings of its next broader circle
  • Advanced

    • Actively recruit new members
    • Train others in the coordinator role

Domains: What you manage

  • Overall circle strategy/plan
  • Member growth and development

Related Circles, Roles, and Policies

  • Collaborate closely with the facilitator and secretary role holders to plan meetings

The First 30 Days

1. Share your new role
Let people know about your new role as circle coordinator. This helps folks know who to go to for help and makes leadership transparent.

YPC Specific Directions
  • Update the members and roles section of your circle’s meeting notes
  • Post in #announcements (or make sure another member of your circle, does!)

2. Join Circle Role Holder Groups
Get to know other coordinator role holders! We learn so much from the community.

YPC Specific Directions

3. Become an expert in the top how-tos and policies related to your role
Your project/team/organization will have how-tos and policies related to your role. Learn and follow them, then make them better!

YPC Specific Directions

As you grow in your skills, check out all the docs

4. Ask your circle to give you feedback after you’ve been a coordinator for about 3 meetings.

  • How am I doing with attending meetings of both our circle and the next broader circle?
  • How am I doing with following up, tracking tasks, and checking in?
  • How well am I reporting what’s going on in the rest of the organization?
  • How well am I supporting the creation of the agenda?
  • How well am I supporting the circle’s effectiveness?
  • Anything else? Anything I need to do more or less?

5. Update this post to make it even better for future coordinators.

Learning Resources

There is a lot of information out there on how to be a good coordinator. Here are some favorites from Sociocracy for All, which calls this role the leader role.


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I was in a Sociocracy Academy session and we all brainstormed things different role holders need to know! Putting a link here so that we have raw material to draw from in writing our own guide.

Circle Roles

@saf Here’s a guide on being circle coordinator. Let me know what you think!

@erinac4163 and @Carlee123, the tips section isn’t filled out, yet. What tips do you have for Samantha and any future circle coordinators?

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Yes! I would definitely say checking up on each member of your circle regularly helps to understand how/where they’re feeling on the circle, but just life in general (which helps to build community). Also, having a strategy already figured out helped me to understand what long-term goals should be, so always reach out to the facilitator about how to meet those long-term goals throughout agendas to meet progress.


@alexandrastillman Welcome to the coordinator role-holder community! Please check out this guide and follow the YPC-specific directions!