BSC Elections will be taking place sometime during the spring 2015 semester at a location and time TBD.
Don’t want to run for a position? You should still come! Positions are elected by a roll call vote – that means one vote per member – so if you don’t attend, your Board Member will be voting in your place.
Want to Run for a Position? Look below at 'Running Instructions' for more info!
The mission of the Berkeley Student Cooperative is to provide a quality, low-cost, cooperative housing community to university students, thereby providing an educational opportunity for students who might not otherwise be able to afford a university education.
Contact the person currently in the job you’re interested in: You are encouraged to do so to learn more about the position—it can greatly help you prepare for the elections and figure out what’s in store.
Cabinet members will be available for office hours during the weeks of April 1st & 8th. Details will be sent out shortly, but you can also contact VPs directly to set up a meeting. The President’s office hours will be on Friday, April 5th, from 2-4 at Brewed Awakening.
Come to Cabinet! Cabinet (the BSC's executive committee) is meeting on April 4, 7pm at Central Office, and all interested candidates (and all interested people) are invited to come. We will have time at the beginning for asking Cabinet members questions, or you can also just come and observe. This is a great opportunity to see a critical part of Cabinet’s duties, and to grill the people who are working for you! Cabinet includes the President and member-at-large positions at work.
Submit a one-page statement by Saturday, April 6th (Please!)
The statement may include items such as:
- Your name, co-op, and position you are running for
- What you hope to accomplish with the position
- Relevant experience
The elections packet will be sent out with statements sorted by position, so if you are running for more than one position, you may make multiple candidate statements.
Email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org by Saturday, April 7th!
Show up on April 14th to Rochdale and run! You can still run without submitting the statement or talking with Cabinet members, but it's highly, highly encouraged.
Elections will take place in the Rochdale Common Room at the April 13th BSC Board Meeting, and positions will be elected by the Board of Directors.
The schedule is as follows:
10:00 - President
10:30 - VP of Internal Affairs
11:00 - VP of Operations
11:30 - VP of Financial Affairs
12:00 - VP of Education and Training
12:30 - VP of External Affairs
1:00 - VP of Capital Affairs
1:30 - Cabinet Members-At-Large (2)
~ Break ~
2:30 - President
3:00 - Vice President
3:30 - Cabinet Members-At-Large
The President’s chief responsibility is to serve as the student leader and official representative of the BSC. The President is responsible for ensuring that the decision-making processes of the Board and its Committees function smoothly and for promoting the general welfare of the corporation. The President ensures the flow of information to the Board, the Central Office Staff, House Level Management, and Membership, and, as chair of the Cabinet, the President facilitates the communication among the other Executives. The President serves as an information resource for the Board, Staff, House-Level Management, and Membership. The President shall also ensure that our long-range planning needs are being met by ensuring that at least one of our major planning documents are reviewed each semester. The President is the supervisor of the VPIA, VPFA, VPEA, VPET, VPCA, and Board AA, and shall, therefore, supervise the performance of their duties and train, assist, fill in for them, and delegate duties as necessary. The President chairs Cabinet (the Executive Committee) and is responsible for Board and designating its Facilitator. The President shall meet regularly with the Executive Director and Operations Manager. The President is compensated at 100% of the Room and Board rate and is expected to work 18-22 hours per week.
VP of Capital Affairs - email@example.com
The chief responsibility of the Vice President of Capital Affairs is to coordinate the stability and improvement of the BSC facilities and infrastructure. This includes the following departments: Central Maintenance, Central Kitchen, Central Warehouse, and information technology. The VPCA also oversees safety issues, including the enforcement of Senate Bill 198, the implementation of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program, and the general safety of our facilities and operations. Selective emphasis based on the needs of the organization and appropriate delegation of responsibility is necessary. The VPCA chairs the Maintenance Committee (Maint Com) and the Capital Affairs Committee (CapCom). The VPCA is compensated at 75% of the Room and Board rate and is expected to work 15-18 hours per week.
VP of Education & Training - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vice President of Education and Training (VPET) is the head of member education. The chief responsibilities of the VPET are to organize and implement member education programs. The VPET also chairs the Education & Training Committee (ETCom). The VPET meets regularly with the Member Education and Resources Supervisor. The VPET is compensated at 75% of the Room and Board rate and is expected to work 15-18 hours per week.
VP of External Affairs - email@example.com
The chief responsibilities of the VPEA, according to the needs of the organization, are to: examine and direct the organization’s marketing, recruitment, public and community relations techniques; its development, fundraising, philanthropy and community service campaigns; and its relations with the University, City, and neighbors. In fulfilling these responsibilities, the VPEA’s aim is to ensure that the organization successfully functions as a respected, active, and vital member of the community in which it exists and serves. Furthermore, it is the obligation of the VPEA to take into consideration whether the “face” of the USCA is an accurate depiction of what lies at the USCA’s core. If the face does not reflect the core, the VPEA must consider what actions the External Affairs committee, Board, and Cabinet can take to rectify the disparity. The VPEA chairs the External Affairs Committee (EACom). The VPEA meets regularly with the President, Executive Director, Development Director, Communications Coordinator, Alumni Coordinator, and Recruitment Coordinator. The VPEA is compensated at 75% of the Room and Board rate and is expected to work 15-18 hours per week.
VP of Financial Affairs - firstname.lastname@example.org
The Vice President of Financial Affairs (VPFA) is the Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of the BSC. The chief responsibility of the VPFA is to monitor the status of and provide student input to the finances of the BSC. The VPFA also chairs meetings of the Finance Committee (FiCom). The VPFA meets regularly with the BSC Accounting Manager. The VPFA is compensated at 75% of the Room and Board rate and is expected to work 15-18 hours per week.
VP of Internal Affairs - email@example.com
The principal responsibilities of the VPIA are to monitor the status of and facilitate Board-level direction and oversight of the employment practices of the BSC. Accordingly, the VPIA is responsible for ensuring the effective functioning of the Human Resources Committee (HRCom), whose work it is to undertake the review and revision of all employment-related BSC policies, directives and agreements. The VPIA also oversees workplace safety issues, including ensuring compliance with Senate Bill 198, and the implementation of the Injury and Illness Prevention Program. In addition to HRCom, the VPIA chairs the Presidential Review Committee and Personnel Appeals Committee, and may be directed by the Board to serve on ad hoc committees.The VPIA is compensated at 75% of the Room and Board rate and is expected to work 15-18 hours per week.
VP of Operations - firstname.lastname@example.org
The principal responsibilities of the Vice President of Operations (VPO) are to monitor the status of and facilitate Board direction and oversight of the policies and directives governing all aspects of the program operations of the BSC. Accordingly, the VPO is responsible for ensuring the effective functioning of the Operations Committee (OpCom), whose work it is to undertake the review and revision of all program-related BSC policies, directives and agreements. In addition the VPO may be directed by the Board to serve on ad-hoc committees. As envisioned by the Board that adopted this committee description, program operations includes things such as food service, maintenance service, and a wide range of services directly affecting the member’s housing experience, such as managerial support, managerial accountability, house management structure, house-level IT service, member appeals processes, the member contract, house rules, conduct rules, workshift rules, disability rules, housing assignment rules, mediation / conflict resolution services, house-level safety and emergency services, etc. The VPO is compensated at 75% of the Room and Board rate and is expected to work 15-18 hours per week.
Cabinet Member at Large - email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com
Cabinet-at-Large General Description: Cabinet-at-Large members act as voting members at Cabinet meetings. During fall and spring semesters, 2 at-large members will be elected to Cabinet by the Board of Directors; during summer 3 will be elected. Cabinet’s responsibilities include setting agendas for Board meetings, evaluating AdCom appeals and referring them to Board, and directing motions or issues to committees. Cabinet is empowered to take emergency action on behalf of the BSC when there is no time to call a meeting of the Board of Directors. Cabinet can also discuss ideas of its own origination. At-large members are expected to make fair, judicious, and reasoned decisions in all voting matters. Cabinet Members-At-Large are compensated the workshift rate for every hour of Cabinet meeting attended.