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President: Elaina Marshalek, Kingman
VP Capital Affairs: Jeffrey Joh, Kingman
VP Education & Training: Daniel Kronovet, Castro
VP External Affairs: Stephanie Altamirano, Rochdale
VP Financial Affairs: Tom York, CZ
VP Internal Affairs: Ben Perez, Cloyne
VP Operations: Max Baroi, CZ
Cabinet Members-at-Large: Mallory Russell, Castro; Emma Tome, Davis

Member Advocate: Jorge Pacheco, Castro
ASUC/BSC Liaison: Alex Ghenis, Castro

President: Daniel Kronovet, Castro
Summer VP: Max Baroi, CZ
Cabinet Members-at-Large: Stephen Cambell, CZ; Alex Ghenis, Castro; Caroline Peake, Cloyne

Member Advocate: Caroline Peake, Cloyne

HOLY CRAP! Elections for Summer and Fall are on April 30th! At Castro! Excitement! Intrigue!

Do you really, really love the co-ops and want to pour your heart into making them thrive... now's your chance!

Do you laugh at how things are run at the central level? Think you can do better? Want to gather some housemates and shake up the central leadership of the BSC? That's a good reason too :)

Now first things first: memorize the mission statement!

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.

Running Instructions

If you want to run for one or more of these positions (you can run for as many as you want!) here's what you need to do:

Submit a one-page statement by April 22nd answering the following questions:
- Your name, expected graduation date, and unit
- Your history & experience with the co-ops
- What you hope to accomplish with the position
- Your relevant experience
- A major obstacle you've overcome
- Your favorite Rochdale principle and why

Email your answers to Daniel at by Friday, April 22nd!

Show up on April 30th and run! You can still run without submitting the statement, but it's highly, highly encouraged.

You're also encouraged to contact the person currently in the job you're interested in to learn more about the position--it'll reflect well on you :)

Finally, Cabinet (the BSC's executive committee) is meeting on April 14 and 21, at 7pm at the Central Office. Cabinet is a big part of the executive jobs, so come by and see how it's done!

Schedule of Elections

Fall 2011
11:00 - President
11:30 - VP of Capital Affairs
12:00 - VP of Education & Training
12:30 - VP of External Affairs
1:00 - VP of Financial Affairs
1:30 - VP of Internal Affairs
2:00 - VP of Operations
2:30 - Member Advocate
3:00 - ASUC/BSC Liaison
3:30 - Cabinet Members-At-Large (2)


Summer 2011

4:30 - President
5:00 - Vice President
5:30 - Member Advocate
6:00 - Cabinet Members-At-Large (3)

Meet the Executives Night

On April 14th, everyone is invited to Cabinet to meet the current executives and ask us questions. Or, you can just come and observe. We're all super friendly and care a lot about our jobs, so feel free to grill us about whatever. Also, we like people who show interest!

So April 14th, 7pm at the Central Office Conference Room.

Elections Format

  • Review Job Description
  • Take Nominations (anyone can run! Anyone can nominate!)
  • TWO MINUTE opening statements
  • TWO MINUTES questions per candidate
  • ONE MINUTE closing statement
  • TWO MINUTES deliberations per candidate
(ask your Board Member for details)

General Job Descriptions

    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
    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
    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
    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, CODA, 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
    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
    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
    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;;
    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.

Member Advocate
    The Member Advocate is the primary resource for members with administrative problems or questions with the BSC, under the supervision of the Member Resources Supervisor.  The Member Advocate also assists members in resolving Central Level issues such as payment schedules, student status, and membership eligibility.  The Member Advocate is obliged to attend all Administrative Committee (AdCom) meetings and act as the representative of members with cases that come before this committee, and to represent members at house- and central level termination hearings.  The Member Advocate is expected to exercise a reasonable level of advocacy on behalf of the members; the member advocate for policy does not have to provide advocacy for members with unreasonable or repetitive cases.

The Member Advocate is a student position, set at 11 hours per week. The first 5 hours will fill your workshift requirement, and you will be paid for the rest.

ASUC / BSC Affairs Liaison
    The chief responsibility of the ASUC BSC Affairs Officer (hereinafter ASUC Affairs Officer) is to serve as the official liaison between the BSC and the ASUC.  The ASUC Affairs Officer will ensure representation of the BSC and its interests in the ASUC by: maintaining consistent visibility in the ASUC Senate, investigating modes of ASUC resources and support for the BSC, supporting any and all BSC Senators in the ASUC, and communicating to the BSC Board of Directors all relevant ASUC activity.  The ASUC Affairs Officer will also work with the BSC External Affairs Committee in exploring how the BSC can outreach to the greater U.C. Berkeley campus community through networking with various on-campus groups.  S/he will attend all BSC External Affairs Committee meetings and will meet regularly with the BSC Vice President of External Affairs.

The ASUC / BSC Liaison is a student position, set at 5 hours per week.

Summer Vice President
    The chief responsibility of the Summer BSC Vice President is to assist the President to ensure the smooth functioning of the Board of Directors and the corporation in general. The Summer Vice President is to ensure continuity of the Board of Directors by keeping records of all Board actions. S/he is also responsible for reporting on BSC Safety issues and the needs and status of the Physical Plant to the Board of Directors. S/he is the chairperson of the BSC Safety and Maintenance Committee and, in this capacity, supervises BSC safety by working and evaluating and reporting on house level safety. S/he is also responsible for supervising BSC long term Physical Plant asset preservation and preventative projects, and working with and evaluating and reporting on needs of House Level maintenance programs. S/he is the liaison between the BSC and its insurance companies. S/he works with the Emergency Services Coordinator on issues concerning BSC Emergency Services and preparedness. The Summer Vice President oversees the enforcement of the Habitability Code and Party Policy and brings problems with these codes and policies to the attention of the Safety and Maintenance Committee and Board of Directors as necessary.