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GSS Elections 2021 Nominations

[vc_row type=”vc_default” css=”.vc_custom_1561941696994{padding-right: 50px !important;padding-left: 50px !important;}”][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading main_heading=”GSS Elections 2021″ main_heading_color=”#1e1e1e” sub_heading_color=”#85868c” alignment=”left” spacer=”line_only” spacer_position=”middle” line_height=”3″ line_color=”” line_width=”200″ el_class=”accent-border-color color-title” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:34px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:44px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:15px;” spacer_margin=”margin-bottom:35px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:40px;”]The annual GSS sections are grad students’ chance to elect who leads the work of the GSS, or stand for election themselves. Each spring we elect four Executives and two Senators to coordinate and lead the development of the GSS, and our grad student community at UBC.

Be sure to get involved and have your priorities heard, and VOTE![/ultimate_heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1565301393691{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1579655717700{padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;}”][vc_single_image image=”24760″ img_size=”large” css=”.vc_custom_1612206635310{margin-bottom: 30px !important;}”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”KEY DATES” heading_tag=”h4″ main_heading_color=”#008186″ sub_heading_color=”#85868c” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-top:40px;margin-bottom:20px;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:40px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]

  • Jan 22-Feb 19: Nomination period
  • Feb 19-Feb 28: Campaign period
  • Mar 1-Mar 7: Election voting period

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Positions Open for Nomination


 

 

  • President
  • Vice President External Relations
  • Vice President Students
  • Vice President University and Academic Affairs
  • Student Senator (2 roles)

Nomination for Senator[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner css=”.vc_custom_1565301393691{padding-bottom: 30px !important;}”][vc_column_inner width=”2/3″ css=”.vc_custom_1579655717700{padding-top: 0px !important;padding-bottom: 40px !important;background-color: #ffffff !important;}”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”WHY STAND FOR ELECTION?” heading_tag=”h4″ main_heading_color=”#008186″ sub_heading_color=”#85868c” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-top:40px;margin-bottom:20px;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:40px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]You can work to improve the lives of graduate students by tackling the issues they face. Whether its improving funding, housing availability, mental health resources on campus, career opportunities or anything else, standing for election will give you the opportunity to voice your vision and take action to lead the work of the GSS.

By taking on an executive role, you will have a range of opportunities to refine your skills, for example by:[/ultimate_heading][dt_vc_list]

  • Developing demonstrable leadership and teamwork skills
  • Gaining experience making policy and coordinating negotiations
  • Coordinating initiatives with senior leaders both within the University and externally
  • Experience managing staff members

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There is a simple procedure to become a candidate. Simply fill in the form below. We’ll be in touch about how to formally certify your nomination. Problems? contact our Elections Officer

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You must be a registered Masters or PhD student to be eligible to run for the elections. This status should not change during the term.

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The term for each executive is one year, starting in April 2020 and ending in April 2021.

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Yes, there is an honorarium for each position.

  • President: $16, 508.40 dollars per annum;
  •  Vice ­President, Academic and University Affairs: $13,155.36 dollars per annum
  •  Vice ­President, Students, $13,155.36 dollars per annum
  • Vice ­President, External Relations, $13,155.36 dollars per annum
N.B. Figure is based on the base amount listed in the Bylaws, adjusted annually based on the CPI Consumer Price Index (CPI)

[/vc_column_text][/ultimate_exp_section][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column css=”.vc_custom_1579655560388{margin-left: 20px !important;}”][ultimate_heading main_heading=”NOMINATION FORM” heading_tag=”h4″ main_heading_color=”#008186″ sub_heading_color=”#85868c” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-top:40px;margin-bottom:20px;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:40px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]Please complete the following form to nominate yourself. We understand that COVID-19 may make the process of getting witness signatures more difficult, so we’ll be in touch to help you complete this requirement.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_exp_section title=”Nomination Form”][vc_column_text][wpforms id=”24715″][/vc_column_text][/ultimate_exp_section][ultimate_heading main_heading=”DUTIES OF GSS EXECUTIVES” heading_tag=”h4″ main_heading_color=”#008186″ sub_heading_color=”#85868c” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-top:40px;margin-bottom:20px;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:40px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]Find out more about what is required of GSS Executives and how their roles fit into the work of the Society.[/ultimate_heading][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][ultimate_heading main_heading=”PRESIDENT” heading_tag=”h4″ main_heading_color=”#008186″ sub_heading_color=”#85868c” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-top:40px;margin-bottom:20px;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:40px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”][/ultimate_heading][vc_column_text]The President’s role includes many important tasks including being public face of the GSS and the Spokesperson for Council and the Society. This involves important leadership responsibilities including managing the Executive Team to make sure the Society’s leadership is effective, and chairing GSS Council.  You’ll also be working closely with Council to deliver the Society’s goals in support of our Strategic Plan. The President is paid $16,508.40 for their term of work.[/vc_column_text][ultimate_heading main_heading=”VP STUDENTS” heading_tag=”h4″ main_heading_color=”#008186″ sub_heading_color=”#85868c” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-top:40px;margin-bottom:20px;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:40px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”][/ultimate_heading][vc_column_text]The Vice President of Students is responsible for creating social, recreational, and educational programs for graduate students. You’ll be working with our network of Affiliated Organisations to develop events and to understand what programs grad students want. You’re also responsible for managing and developing relationships with our AO’s and helping then apply for the GSS Event Fund to support their own events and programs. The Vice President Students is paid $13,155.36 for their term of work.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][ultimate_heading main_heading=”VP EXTERNAL RELATIONS” heading_tag=”h4″ main_heading_color=”#008186″ sub_heading_color=”#85868c” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-top:40px;margin-bottom:20px;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:40px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”][/ultimate_heading][vc_column_text]The Vice President External Relations leads the Society’ relationships with external stakeholders. You’ll be responsible for lobbying local, municipal, provincial, and federal governments about the issues that matter to graduate students and highlighting the value of graduate education to Canada. You’ll also be required to build links with other external stakeholders, including provincial or national student groups, to amplify the GSS voice. The Vice President External Relations is paid $13,155.36 for their term of work.[/vc_column_text][ultimate_heading main_heading=”VP UNIVERSITY AND ACADEMIC AFFAIRS” heading_tag=”h4″ main_heading_color=”#008186″ sub_heading_color=”#85868c” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-top:40px;margin-bottom:20px;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:40px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”][/ultimate_heading][vc_column_text]The Vice President of Academic Affairs is responsible for representing graduate students to campus partners, including the University Administration, Faculty Association, Graduate Council, and teaching assistants. You’ll be working to ensure graduate student concerns on issues like funding, academic freedom, and equity are heard and that graduate students are represented in University decision making. You’ll also be responsible for managing our Peer Support service to ensure grad students can get help dealing with problems they encounter.  The Vice President Academic Affairs is paid $13,155.36 for their term of work.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][ultimate_heading main_heading=”FULL JOB DESCRIPTIONS” heading_tag=”h4″ main_heading_color=”#008186″ sub_heading_color=”#85868c” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:22px;” main_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:16px;” sub_heading_line_height=”desktop:24px;” main_heading_margin=”margin-top:40px;margin-bottom:20px;” sub_heading_margin=”margin-bottom:40px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”][/ultimate_heading][vc_tta_accordion style=”modern” active_section=””][vc_tta_section title=”President” tab_id=”1610406159499-e383df4f-29d5″][vc_column_text]The President is paid $13,000 for their term of work

The President shall:

  • be the public face of the Society, speak on behalf of the Society, and be responsible for communications of the Society;
  • be responsible for the communication between the Society and its members, including but not limited to responsibility for the website, e­mail notices, advertisement of Society events, and print publications;
  • be responsible to Council:
  • for the execution of Council decisions by the Society; and
  • as the Spokesperson for Council and the Society;

  • be responsible for the operation of the Society, including:
  • co­ordinating the Executive Officers of the Society;
  • ensuring that Executive Officers satisfactorily perform all duties assigned to their positions;
  • chairing and setting the agenda for the Executive Committee;
  • ensuring that all Society Departments liaise appropriately with the Executive Committee;
  • ensuring operations are in accordance with the Constitution, Bylaws and Policies; and
  • being an ex­officio member of every committee, taskforce, and working group of the Society;

  • be responsible for Meetings of Council, including:
  • chairing meetings of Council or appointing a designate to do so;

(ii)   ensuring Council meetings occur at least once per month, pursuant to Bylaw 7.6.1;

  • setting the agenda for meetings of Council;
  • ensuring the proper operation of the meetings of Council;
  • taking minutes at meetings of Council or appointing a designate to do so;
  • ensuring copies of the minutes of the previous Council meeting, the agenda of the upcoming Council meeting, and any other relevant material is delivered to each Councillor in advance of each regular council meeting; and
  • signing Council Minutes and maintaining a minute book containing true copies of all signed Council minutes;
  • be responsible for Annual General Meetings in accordance with Bylaw 5.1., including setting of the date and agenda for the meeting;
  • be responsible for the Constitution, Bylaws and Policy Manual including:
  • interpreting the Constitution, Bylaws, and Policy Manual as needed, subject to review by Council; and
  • ensuring that the Policy Manual is current and that all Councillors receive notice of the amendments made thereto;

  • provide ten hours of office presence per week, excluding the time required for committee meetings pertaining to their other duties; the time shall be used to perform normal presidential duties and official functions;
  • be responsible for implementing the Strategic Framework in accordance with Bylaw article 14;
  • ensure liaising occurs with University Administration; and
  • perform such other duties as directed by Council or the membership in consultation with the Executive

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Vice-President External Relations” tab_id=”1610406159649-41751a52-fc70″][vc_column_text]The Vice- President External Relations is paid $10,000 for their term of work

  • The Vice­-President, External Relations, shall:
  • be responsible for external affairs of the Society, including but not limited to:
    • being responsible for the representation of the Society to external organizations that deliberate on the affairs relevant to graduate students, developing links with such organizations, and being responsible for the promotion of and communication of information on the Society’s activities to other organizations excluding UBC organizations;
    • being responsible for the Academic and External Affairs Committee;
    • being responsible for community outreach and external political events of the Society;
    • liaising with residence associations; and
    • being responsible for lobbying local, municipal, provincial, and federal governments;
  • provide eight hours of office presence per week, excluding the time required for committee meetings pertaining to their duties; the time shall be used to perform other normal duties of the position; and
  • report to the President on a regular basis, work collaboratively with the Executive Committee, and perform such other duties as directed by Council or the membership in consultation with the President or the Executive

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Vice-President Students” tab_id=”1610406159800-e0a7e8aa-4c7e”][vc_column_text]The Vice- President Students is paid $10,000 for their term of work

The Vice­-President, Students, shall:

      • be responsible for supporting the Society’s affiliated organizations (as per Bylaw 3.5) through:
        • enabling members to create social, recreational, and educational programs sponsored by the Society;
        • investigating the needs, in terms of services and programs, of the Society’s members on a regular basis;
        • encouraging and facilitating AO applications for the GSS Event Funding; and
        • liaising regularly with AO to:
          • assist in the formation of new departmental organizations;
          • hold and administer Society elections of Departmental and AO Councillors whenever required;
          • coordinate Orientation activities for incoming graduate students;
          • maintain communication channels with the existing Departmental committees that have not formally become organizations;
          • assist in the formation of new Departmental organizations and keep a process document outlining the steps for creation of new Departmental organizations;
          • provide six hours of office presence per week, excluding the time required for committee meetings pertaining to their duties; the time shall be used to perform other normal duties of the position; and
            1. inform graduate student leadership on initiatives being undertaken by the Society;
            2. enhance relationships between executives and AO members and the Society; report to the President on a regular basis, work collaboratively with the Executive Committee, and perform such other duties as directed by Council or the membership in consultation with the President or the Executive Committee

[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Vice-President University and Academic Affairs” tab_id=”1610406159953-63bf72b9-f336″][vc_column_text]The Vice- President University and Academic Affairs is paid $10,000 for their term of work

  • The Vice­-President, External Relations, shall:
  • be responsible for external affairs of the Society, including but not limited to:
    • being responsible for the representation of the Society to external organizations that deliberate on the affairs relevant to graduate students, developing links with such organizations, and being responsible for the promotion of and communication of information on the Society’s activities to other organizations excluding UBC organizations;
    • being responsible for the Academic and External Affairs Committee;
    • being responsible for community outreach and external political events of the Society;
    • liaising with residence associations; and
    • being responsible for lobbying local, municipal, provincial, and federal governments;
  • provide eight hours of office presence per week, excluding the time required for committee meetings pertaining to their duties; the time shall be used to perform other normal duties of the position; and
  • report to the President on a regular basis, work collaboratively with the Executive Committee, and perform such other duties as directed by Council or the membership in consultation with the President or the Executive

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