UW GPSS Officer Elections – Graduate Staff Assistantships

Nomination Deadline:  May 8, 2017

The University of Washington Graduate & Professional Student Senate (GPSS) has just opened applications for officer elections. The GPSS, comprising approximately 130 registered Senators from a vast array of programs, is an advocacy organization dedicated to improving graduate and professional student life at the University of Washington. The GPSS officers set the organization’s goals, implement Senate directives, communicate goals and actions to the University and students, and report on progress toward achieving these directives. To that end, the GPSS Officers hold regular meetings of the Senate, a forum for graduate and professional students to voice their concerns and give direction to the GPSS. GPSS officers are accountable for managing a budget of over $500,000 and ensuring GPSS representation on over 70 University committees.

To ensure that all officers have the capacity to complete these responsibilities, each position is compensated for working 19.5 hours a week for the entire year, starting in June. Officers earn a wage equivalent to the salary of a TA or RA, receive graduate appointment health insurance, and their tuition is paid by the GPSS. Due to the significant obligations of the positions, officers may not concurrently hold a TA/RA appointment.
Eligibility:
  • A candidate need not be a current Senator, but must be a full-time graduate or professional student in the 2017-2018 academic year.
  • A candidate must intend to maintain their status as a graduate or professional student and be on campus throughout the 2017-18 academic year.
  • A candidate cannot be a member of the Judicial or Elections Committee.
  • A candidate must be able to work for GPSS for 19.5 hours per week during the 2017-2018 academic year, including 8 hours per week in the office (4 hours for the President) between the standard business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • A candidate must be available to attend Senate meetings and other required meetings.
  • A candidate must have attended at least three (3) GPSS Senate or standing committee meetings during the 2016-2017 academic year prior to the Elections Meeting on May 17, 2017. The standing committees include the Executive Committee, the Finance & Budget Committee, and the Judicial Committee. Upcoming meeting dates are available in the GPSS Elections Guide.
  • Incoming students in a one-year graduate or professional program are eligible to run for office, but they must provide either proof of registration or proof of enrollment in the upcoming Summer or Fall term to the Elections Committee Chair.

For complete information about this opportunity, including how to apply, click here.

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