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Apply to join the UA’s next leadership team.
The best year you’ll spend at MIT.
Priority Application deadline
Wednesday, May 2nd, 11:59pm
Final Application deadline
Friday, May 4th, 11:59pm
We will select candidates for positions on a rolling basis, so apply early!
Principal Officers, including the President, Vice President, and Chief of Staff, are involved in high-level strategic planning and decision-making for the UA. Internally, these officers often function as mentors to new members and tend to be the most experienced members within the organization. Executive Officers typically spend between 10-20 hours each week completing their duties.
As the Chief Financial Officer of the UA, the Treasurer works to ensure sound management of the UA’s finances and is involved in key discussions regarding spending on events and projects.
- Prepare semesterly budget: Work with the UA’s committees to develop the UA’s budget for presentation to Council
- Monitor spending: Provide advice to committees and officers regarding spending on events & projects
- Process reimbursements: As one of the UA’s financial signatories, manage reimbursements for the organization
The Secretary works to ensure records of the UA’s business are created and managed while also coordinating many of the UA’s internal communication channels.
- Prepare minutes: Record minutes for meetings of the UA Council and Executive Committee
- Assist with Council: Assist in maintaining relations with UA Council Representatives and recording attendance records
- Institutional Memory: Work to develop processes for maintaining long-term knowledge of major campus issues & events in UA history
AVP for Engagement & Member Development
This newly created position will be responsible for promoting a sustainable model of member engagement and creating opportunities for ongoing member involvement across the UA.
- Organize UA Retreat: Plan and organize the UA’s Fall Retreat, including site arrangements and logistics
- Launch Campus Leaders in Policy program: Coordinate a new initiative designed to develop & equip the next generation of the student leaders
AVP for Institute Events + Chair, Events Committee
The AVP for Institute Events, as Chair of the Events Committee, will work to expand the UA’s event offerings by encouraging collaboration between the UA and student groups and among the Class Councils.
- Fall Festival & Spring Weekend: Develop new methods for enhancing the Fall Festival & Spring Weekend experience by collaborating with Student Groups
- Class Council Collaboration: Support the class councils in planning joint events, including use of seed funding for events
AVP for Alumni Relations & Public Service
The AVP for Alumni Relations & Public Service will identify new opportunities to engage alumni in student groups & professional development as well as to promote & support public service events on campus.
AVP for Resource Development
The UA maintains major relationships with outside companies including Shaws, Kaplan, The Princeton Review, and Local Motion (shuttles). The AVP for Resource Development works to maintain these relationships and develop new partnerships for the provision of services for students.
- Target/Costco/Home Depot Shuttle
- 5% discount for Students at Shaws
Chair, Committee on Athletics
The UA’s Athletics Committee strives to ensure a high level of student satisfaction with Athletics programs (Varsity, Club, IM, PE, etc.), recreational spaces (Z-center), and support for. To achieve these goals the committee’s chair maintains relationships with many administrators & staff members in DAPER & the Division of Student Life.
Chair, Committee on Educational Policy
MIT’s reputation for educating students is one that is world-known, and the Committee on Educational Policy uses student feedback to ensure that MIT’s curriculum and regulations surrounding coursework continue to work for students. There is significant student involvement on the Faculty’s committees regarding these topics, and the Chair would be responsible for managing the UA committee’s work and maintaining relationships with key committee representatives.
Chair, Committee on Space Planning
Space for students on campus is an ongoing concern for the UA, and this committee works to identify opportunities for better space utilization on campus for students. This committee’s Chair will focus the committee’s work on goals that are more short-term (next 5-10 years) in nature while maintaining contact with the UA’s Working Group on MIT2030.
Chair, Finance Board
The finance board is responsible for allocating nearly $300,000 each year to the campus’ many student groups (400+). The Chair of the Finance Board must work to manage a committee responsible for soliciting and reviewing applications from these groups, including meetings with the groups to discuss their applications. Further, the Chair will work with the UA Treasurer to present the Board’s allocation decisions to Council for final review.
Chair, Public Relations
As your student government, good publicity programs are critical to accurately representing student opinion and in informing students about the issues that affect them (and how they can help!). The UA Committee on Public Relations is responsible for developing the UA’s communication strategy on campus and executing it through the development of posters, blog posts, Facebook events, e-mails, videos, and much more.
The Chair of the Public Relations Committee must be capable of articulating a broad-based strategy for engaging students in the UA’s work to improve student life.
Chair, Technology Systems Group
The Technology Systems Group is an initiative designed to train a group of web developers in cutting-edge web technologies to support the UA’s strategic goals in student engagement. Members will gain not only technical skills applicable after MIT, but valuable experience in project management and team collaboration. The Chair will supervise multiple projects leads on projects including a new UA website and a redesigned elections platform. The group will also be able to demonstrate the feasibility of next-generation and paperless platforms for use by the administration for the benefit of students.
Chair, Working Group on MIT 2030
This working group will be collaborating with the GSC in developing a vision for student space at MIT within the context of the MIT2030 planning initiative.
Chair, Working Group on MITx
Also collaborating with the GSC, the MITx working group will seek to develop a set of statements regarding both student contributions to MITx and a set of ideas for best utilizing MITx in education at MIT.
Chair, Working Group on Orientation
Many new changes are scheduled for the 2016 Orientation, and this working group, working with DormCon, IFC, Panhel, and the LGC, will seek to use surveys and other measures to understand freshmen perspectives on orientation. The committee will also endeavor to create a set of solutions which maximize the orientation experience for students while respecting the time and cost constraints of high importance for administrators.
Chair, Working Group on Residential Dining
The dining plan–and the system in general–has, and will for the foreseeable future be a hot topic on campus. The role of this Working Group will be to engage DormCon and the Dining Chairs of the House Dining dorms in an assessment and review process to understand student concerns with the dining plans. The group will also develop solutions for these problems within the constraints of MIT’s 5-year contract with Bon-Appetit.
Chair, Working Group on Campus Dining
MIT maintains 3-5 year contracts with the restaurants in the student center, and with a number coming due this year and in the years to come, this Working Group will investigate student preferences for dining options. After conducting a survey, the group will work with the Office of Campus Dining & individual restaurants and franchisees to identify opportunities to improve the W20 dining experience.