2021 Student Assembly Cabinet Application

The Student Assembly is comprised of student leaders from across the SUNY system to collectively advocate on behalf of student needs and concerns. This year we will work together to fight for the resources and investment needed to enhance academic excellence and student success in public higher education.

 

The following are various involvement opportunities for this academic year for eligible students to participate within the Student Assembly Executive Cabinet. Please read through the qualifications and details and share with your SUNY student colleagues. In order to serve as a member of the Executive Cabinet applicants must be currently enrolled in a State University of New York Campus for at least one credit hour, be in good standing at their campus, and hold a cumulative GPA of at least 2.25. GPA and enrollment verification will be conducted by the SUNY System Administration. The stipend associated with each position is listed with respect to weekly time commitment and may fluctuate due to the level of support from the State University System.

 

Please submit applications using this link: https://forms.gle/pHkuG9SrRpdNaJ8N7 by 12/3/2021. For questions please email applications@sunysa.org

 

Listed below are the positions within the cabinet application.

Chief of Staff
15 hours per week ($3,000)
The Chief of staff will supervise the Executive Cabinet. They will ensure that the staff complete assigned work in a timely manner, and that they have all the necessary resources to perform their roles. The Chief of Staff will also serve as an advisor to the President and may be asked to complete special projects. A strong candidate will have prior experience working in campus student government leadership in a supervisory role. Travel to Albany or other areas around New York State may be required. *Deputy may be appointed

Director of Policy
10 hours per week ($1,500)
The Director of Policy will supervise the work of three policy committee chairs to help develop Student Assembly policy stances on issues relative to diversity, equity, and inclusion, safety and wellness, and student success. The Director will coordinate the development of Student Assembly resolutions as a result of committee discussion. A strong candidate should demonstrate a well-developed understanding of higher education policy, and an ability to learn quickly and conduct research. Travel to Albany or other areas around New York State may be required. *Deputy may be appointed

Parliamentarian
10 hours per week ($1,000)
The Parliamentarian will serve as the principal officer and expert in rules of order and proper procedures for the conduct of meetings of the Student Assembly. The parliamentarian will carry out the following responsibilities: Assist the President to manage meetings and advise on parliamentary procedure, chair a Rules Committee for review of matters, arrange the nominating committee’s first meeting and provide information on nomination and election processes. A strong candidate should demonstrate a well-developed understanding of how organized meetings are run through Robert’s Rules of Order and/or Mason’s Manual of Legislative Procedure.

Director of Government Relations
10 hours per week ($1,000)
The Director of Government Relations will coordinate advocacy for the Student Assembly. The Director will develop legislative strategy, brief the President on political and policy developments, help coordinate meetings for student leadership, and participate in the drafting of advocacy documents and testimony. The Director will work with other members of student leadership to develop Student Assembly advocacy priorities. A strong understanding of the mechanics of NYS government and familiarity with the New York State budget process are essential for success in this position. Candidates should also possess a strong understanding of higher education policy. Travel to Albany or other areas around New York State may be required. *Deputy may be appointed

Director of Communications and Public Relations
10 hours per week ($1,000)
The Director of Communications will coordinate external communication for the Student Assembly. The Director will manage media relations, draft press releases, and social media content relevant to higher education advocacy, politics, and public policy. A strong candidate should demonstrate advanced writing talent and have a well-developed understanding of public policy as it relates to higher education. The Director will also supervise two communication specialists. Travel to Albany or other areas around New York State may be required.

Communication Specialist (2)
5 hours per week ($500)
The Communication Specialists will assist the Director of Communications and Public Relations in coordinating external communication for the Student Assembly. The specialists will help manage media relations, draft press releases, social media posts, flyers, and content relevant to higher education advocacy, politics, and public policy. A strong candidate should demonstrate advanced writing talent and have a well-developed background in graphic design or other communication technologies.

Chair of Diversity Equity and Inclusion (Vice Chair - $500)
5 hours per week ($750)
The Chair of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee serves as the Student Assembly’s point person on promoting initiatives and addressing student concerns related to DEI. The chair will directly oversee the committee and facilitate discussion that may include topics such as gender equity, lgbtq+ rights, interfaith and BIPOC concerns, and how we can work together to ensure SUNY is a welcoming place to study for students of all backgrounds. A strong candidate may have familiarity with key issues relevant to the promotion of diversity, equity, and inclusion within higher education. Applicants may also apply for the Vice Chair position within this committee.

Chair of Safety and Wellness (Vice Chair - $500)
5 hours per week ($750)
The Chair of the Safety and Wellness Committee serves as the Student Assembly’s point person on promoting initiatives and addressing student concerns related to safety and wellness. The chair will directly oversee the committee and facilitate discussion that may include topics such as mental health counseling, sustainability, Title IX policy, domestic and interpersonal violence, and student conduct policy. A strong candidate may have familiarity with these issues and experience working with students in these areas on a campus level. Applicants may also apply for the Vice Chair position within this committee.

Chair of Student Success (Vice Chair - $500)
5 hours per week ($750)
The Chair of the Safety and Wellness Committee serves as the Student Assembly’s point person on promoting initiatives and addressing student concerns related to safety and wellness. The chair will directly oversee the committee and facilitate discussion that may include topics such as mental health counseling, sustainability, Title IX policy, domestic and interpersonal violence, and student conduct policy. A strong candidate may have familiarity with these issues and experience working with students in these areas on a campus level. Applicants may also apply for the Vice Chair position within this committee.

Chair of State Operated Campus Caucus
Only current representatives are eligible
The Chair of State Operated Campuses Committee serves as the leader of the State-Operated Campuses Committee, which will consist of the elected Representatives from SUNY’s Doctoral Granting Institutions, University Colleges, and Agriculture and Technology Colleges. The Chair will work with the Committee to set advocacy priorities specific to the needs of state operated campuses. The Chair may also represent Student Assembly on various SUNY task forces and working groups throughout the year. A successful candidate may possess the ability to facilitate discussion in group settings and be familiar with the ways in which State Operated campuses are unique.

Chair of Community College Caucus
Only current representatives are eligible

The Chair of Community Colleges Caucus serves as the leader of the Community Colleges Committee, which will consist of the elected Representatives from SUNY’s Community Colleges. The Chair will work with the Committee to set advocacy priorities specific to the needs of community college students. The Chair may also represent Student Assembly on various SUNY task forces and working groups throughout the year. A successful candidate may possess the ability to facilitate discussion in group settings and be familiar with the ways in which community college campuses are unique.