I want to get promoted to the next level up. The person to make that decision is leaving in a few weeks. That manager has already checked out, and is basically counting down the days to the final departure.
For the record, the person above me that I want to replace is completing his term (limited to 5 years in that position, then reverts down to my level again), so I feel it's either promote me or not have any representation here. This is also a volunteer organization, so pay is not an issue to me. The type of position I would be taking is necessary, as it eliminates someone traveling 400 km to my location, approximately 3-5 times per year during regular work hours.
Because of the vast distance between everyone, I would be emailing my request in, and following up a few days later with a phone call. According to all the documentation, I meet all the requirements and just need the OK to do so. I highlighted on an Email draft that I would be a great fit for the role, as well as my reasons why.
No one knows who will be taking the main manager's place, but I would like to move up in the interim to the position just below, which is still a level higher than what I am now. Would it be OK for me to contact the current management to request a promotion, or wait and see who the new manager is?