Northern Iowa Student Government

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Upper Cabinet Application

Your newly elected NISG President, Samantha Bennett and Vice President, Alisanne Struck, are looking for highly motivated and passionate students to join their Upper Cabinet. These are paid positions whose salary will be finalized later this semester through the NISG Budgetary Process. For estimates on salary amounts, please email current Director of Finance, Cole Passick, at nisg-finance@uni.edu.

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS: Candidates must be University of Northern Iowa students now through Spring 2021, however do not need to be full-time. Candidates must be in good standing at time of application submission. Candidates must be able to commit roughly 15 - 20 hours each week, including weekly Senate meetings on Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Below are position duties and responsibilities as defined in the NISG By-Laws. Further descriptions can be found in the NISG Constitution. Position requirements are also available.​​​

  • Chief Justice

    • ​Duties and responsibilities
      • The Chief Justice shall be the presiding officer of the court.
      • The Chief Justice shall be the official representative of the court.
      • The Chief Justice, along with the Clerk, shall maintain the informational affairs of the court.
      • The Chief Justice shall act as the Election Commissioner and fulfill their election duties.
      • The Chief Justice shall sit on at least one university committee, and arrange for each Associate Justice to sit on a university committee with the Vice President of Student Affairs. 
      • The Chief Justice shall serve as a non-voting member of the Governmental and Legislative Affairs Committee.
    • Requirements
      • Strong professional writing skills
      • Strong organizational skills
      • Strong teamwork skills
      • Commitment to equity and inclusion
      • Demonstrates impartiality when required (elections, cases, etc.)
      • Attention to detail
      • Adaptability
      • Preferred: 
        • Familiarity with NISG by-laws, NISG constitution, and UNI Policy
        • Experience revising policy
        • Experience leading meetings and discussions, with attention to equal opportunity for participation
  • Director of Finance

    • Duties and responsibilities
      • Serves as a financial advisor to all student organizations requesting funding.
      • Monitors all requisitions, expenditures, deposits, transfers, and receipts for all Northern Iowa Student Government controlled accounts.
      • Serves as Northern Iowa Student Government Liaison to the Student Accounts Coordinator and Student Life Staff.
      • Serves as an ex-officio/non-voting member of the Organization and Finance Committee. In this capacity, the Director shall be responsible for:
        • Sending notice to all student organizations, at the beginning of every academic semester, regarding the availability of Committee funding.
        • Sending notice to student organizations regarding Organization and Finance funding approval or denial, including the rationale for the denial.
        • Reviewing changes to student organization constitutions to ensure that changes do not violate the Funding and Recognition Guidelines.
        • Informing student organizations of policies and procedures regarding using student organization funding (incurred or contracted, funded in part by, hearing times and dates, etc.)
      • Prepares the Northern Iowa Student Government Budget.
      • Serves as an ex-officio/non-voting member of the Pepsi Fund, Student Fees Committee, and Intercollegiate Academic Fund.
      • The Director of Finance, Student Life Staff, and the Student Life office workers will be the only ones to handle any amount of finances. 
      • Represents Northern Iowa Student Government in matters concerning the laws and by-laws before the Northern Iowa Student Government Supreme Court.
    • Requirements
      • Necessary skills:
        • Strong commitment to equity and inclusion
        • Strong verbal and written communication 
        • Highly organized
        • Experience leading meetings 
        • Experience with Excel
        • Level-headed
        • Willing to be impartial
      • Preferred skills:
        • Experience handling large budgets 
        • Student Fees knowledge/experience
        • NISG budgetary experience
  • Director of Diversity

    • Duties and responsibilities​​
      • Shall address and provide insight on the enhancement of diversity through academic and social venues. 
      • Shall serve on academic, social, and institutional committees geared towards the enhancement of diversity and a positive student-life experience. In this way, serves on the following committees and attends the following meetings: 
        • Vice Chairs Coca-Cola Fund Committee
        • Disability Advisory and Advocacy Committee
        • Chairs International Advisory Council, or appoints another student to serve in this position
        • Student Leadership Advisory Committee
        • Any multicultural student organization alliance council
        • Other boards and committees as needed
      • Will facilitate diversity-focused programming that enhances student body wide recognition and appreciation of acceptance and diversity. 
      • Shall establish communication between and report to student groups for the purpose of aiding in and enhancing a positive student-life experience. 
      • Shall keep the student body updated on activities of diversity through newsletters, posted announcements, and any other media outlets available.
      • Shall serve as ex-officio/non-voting member of the Campus Relations Committee.
    • Requirements
      • Necessary:
        • Strong commitment to equity and inclusion
        • An understanding of different types of diversity (not just racial and ethnic diversity)
        • Knowledge of social justice topics and current events
        • Important for them to take initiative to constantly learn
        • Willingness to educate and support students with empathy
        • Ability to navigate difficult conversations and be willing to confront administrative positions with tact  if need be
        • Willingness to not be impartial
        • Have initiative to go forth with projects/ideas
      • Preferred:
        • History of participating in areas of diversity/community (CME, GSS, ISO, SAS)
        • History of participating in in organizations of diversity (BSU, UNIdos, ASU, AU, MSA, ISP, ISA)
        • Networking with other areas, departments, offices on campus to connect students to or to use when putting on events for students
        • Be able to mentor/advice directors and students who come to you for help 
  • Director of Governmental Relations

    • Duties and responsibilities
      • Meets regularly with members of the state legislature to promote student interests.
      • Coordinates Federal activities with the President of the University and the Assistant to the President for Board and Governmental Relations to promote student interests to the federal delegation
      • Plans and coordinates with University Relations and student organizations for lobbying activities to the State of Iowa and an annual “UNI Day at the Statehouse.”
      • Shall keep the student body updated on activities of the state government through newsletters, posted announcements, and any other media outlets available.
      • Serves as an ex-officio/non-voting member of the External Relations Committee.
      • Plans and coordinates voter registration efforts for students at the University.
      • Serve as a leader of the Legislative Liaison Team and sets the lobbying agenda for the year.
      • Oversee the City Council Student Liaison and attend City Council as needed. 
      • The Director of Government Relations shall be non-partisan and shall keep opposing views from infringing on the position’s responsibilities.
    • Requirements
      • Strong commitment to equity and inclusion
      • Necessary skills:
        • Understanding of the Iowa political process
        • Willingness to be impartial
        • Attention to detail
        • Knowledge of the big picture
        • Knowledge of Iowa’s role in federal politics
      • Preferred skills:
        • Familiarity with the Iowa legislature
        • Knowledge of Iowa’s political history
        • Connections to a variety of students
        • Strong time management
        • Advocacy experience
        • Legislative Liaison Team experience
  • Director of Public Relations  

    • Duties and responsibilities
      • Serves as a public relations officer for the Northern Iowa Student Government and will advertise services and programs to the student body. 
      • Shall create, update, and maintain the Northern Iowa Student Government website.
      • Post the reports of the Executive Officers on the website for public viewing.
      • Will keep social media platforms up to date on events and relevant issues in the Northern Iowa Student Government.
    • Requirements
      • Required skills
        • Strong commitment to equity and inclusion
        • Strong verbal and written communication skills
        • Strong management skills
        • Ability to work within a team environment
        • Attention to detail
        • Being able to adapt to changing situations
        • Social media engagement and management
      • Technical skills:
        • Having a portfolio is greatly advantageous
        • Graphics design
          • Experience of Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop is preferred
          • Experience of Canva or any other content creation platform is preferred
        • Photography and Videography
          • Ability to operate photographic equipment (i.e. cameras, lenses, tripods, mic, etc.) is preferred
          • Ability to use post-processing software, such as Adobe Lightroom, is preferred
          • Editing skills using video editing suite, such as DaVinci Resolve or Adobe Premiere Pro and/or After Effects, are preferred 
        • Web Design
          • Knowledge of coding languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript is preferred, but not required
      • Other
        • Familiarity with productivity software such as Microsoft Office and Google Suite.
        • Familiarity with collaboration tools, such as Microsoft Teams or Slack, is preferred.

The deadline for applications is April 11th, 2021 at 11:59pm. Questions can be directed to nisg@uni.edu.

Northern Iowa Student Government does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in any student organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.