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Elections

Thinking of Running for Election in March 2017

Do you think you could be the right person to represent more than 8,000 students at CIT? If so, then you’ve got to throw your hat into the ring for CIT Students' Union Officer Elections. The elections will see you  run a campaign across the CIT Campuses to show that you’re the right person for the job. Interested? Keep reading to find out how to run and exactly what is involved. You as a Union Officer will take on the responsibility of  representing students, ensuring they get the best deal from their college life. Whether you represent their academic or welfare needs or engage with clubs and societies it is your opportunity to make a difference.  The elections will take place on Thursday 8th March 2018 and nominations will close on Friday 2nd March 2018 at 5pm.

The Union Executive is elected by the members of the Union and is made of up to three Sabbatical Officers (President, Vice President Welfare and Vice President Education) and three Non-Sabbatical Officers (Projects Officer, Communications Officer and Entertainments Officer). The Executive is responsible for the initiation of policy of the Union subject to Union Council, General Meeting and Referendum. Becoming a Union Officer involves attending meetings regularly and speaking on behalf of students in areas which will directly affect them. The main role is to defend the rights of students on all fronts, as well as representing student views to college management and political figures. The Officers support/organise a number of ongoing Union projects and events including Freshers Week, RAG Week, and Orientations for first years, as well as a number of Welfare Campaigns. 

Could YOU be the next CIT SU President?
The President is the chief Officer of the Students’ Union and oversees all workings of the Union. The President is the main spokesperson of the students of CIT. This person communicates with local media, political figures and businesses where appropriate. The President is a member of many of the Institute’s boards including the Governing Body and its subcommittees. The main areas of concern for the President will be finance, representation, organisation, supervision and guidance of policy, and will also liaise with other SU Officers from around the country.


Could YOU Be The Next CIT SU Vice President Education Officer?

The role of the Vice President Education is very broad and includes everything relating to academia;

  • building positive relationships and partnerships between Institute staff and students,
  • enhancing  student engagement to develop and improve quality in education,
  • managing issues around course delivery, timetabling and exams.

The Vice President Education meets with students on a daily basis to assist them with their educational issues. Some projects include student education campaigns, student engagement projects including Sparq at CIT, and Class Rep training and organisation. The Vice President Education is a member of many of the Institute’s boards including Academic Council, the Appeals Committee and the Student Disciplinary Committee.


Could YOU Be The Next CIT SU Vice President Welfare Officer?
The Vice President Welfare delivers an educational and awareness programme throughout the year to help students to manage personal issues including sexual health, mental health, accommodation, finance, safety, bullying and addictions. The programme features campaigns such as S.H.A.G. (Sexual Health Awareness & Guidance) Week, Positive Mind & Body Week and Safety Week. These campaigns address different issues which may affect students in an attention-grabbing, fun and effective way.  Along with this, the Vice President Welfare sits on college committees which, this year, include Governing Body, Student Services Co. Ltd and the Safety Committee.


Could YOU Be the Next CIT SU Communications Officer?
The Communication Officer aids in the development of the Union’s information and communication policy. This Officer must be familiar with all the communication policies and all the communication media available to him/her and use them to their full potential. The Communication Officer will keep the membership of the Union informed through the provision of a regular Union publication “ExpliCIT” in conjunction with the Sabbatical Officers and Union Staff.


Could YOU Be the Next CIT SU Entertainments Officer?
The Entertainments Officer is responsible for the provision of entertainments and other forms of social and cultural activity for the members of the Union in conjunction with the Sabbatical Officers and Union Staff.


Could YOU Be the Next CIT SU Projects Officer?

The Projects Officer is charged with a number of one-off projects each year. These projects can be big or small, with the intention of freeing up time and resources for the other SU Officers. Also, the Projects Officer is often the Officer “on call” should the other officers need help. A vital resource to the working of the Union, and can be described as “The oil in the SU engine”.


What qualities are needed to be CIT Students’ Union Officer?

  • Focused/Dedicated: The Officers’ roles are extremely broad and they need to set out a strategy for the year with realistic and achievable goals.  Project management skills are vital. The summer is a great time to learn what they need to know as well as prepare for the year ahead.
  • Responsible: The Officers of the Union must oversee many activities so having a responsible attitude is vital. They must keep themselves informed of issues, while being responsible for the students’ views is imperative. They will also need to sit on boards that deal with sensitive issues
  • Innovative/Creative: New ideas for events, campaigns and promotion will truly benefit the Union as a whole.
  • Diplomatic: Good interpersonal skills are necessary to accomplish tasks and Officers need to be able to manage relationships with staff, students, management and others in a tactful way.  Often developing good relationships and gaining mutual respect is the key to affecting change and improvement.

  • Confident/Assertive/Influential: The Officers must often stand their ground when it comes to all sorts of initiatives, be it stand firm against Institute management, press or political figures. They will also need to become comfortable speaking in public and be able to influence the opinion of others.  

  • Self-Aware: Officers should understand their strengths and weaknesses and by doing so create an opportunity to grow as individuals and as effective Union leaders. It is important to put the needs of the students and the Union as a whole ahead of the needs of the individual Officer.
  • Realistic: The Officers must be able to assess the feasibility of projects, ideas or campaigns in terms of legal, financial and resource limitations. When dealing with students’ needs, an un-biased approach has to be brought to every specific case. Officers must check all the facts and hear everyone out before passing judgment. This will avoid leaping to conclusions based on incomplete evidence. Bringing every case to a fight will weaken credibility when a genuine case emerges.
  • Caring/Approachable: The Officers should be approachable, friendly, non-judgemental and welcoming to students. They also need to be able to keep their work with students confidential within reason. They must possess the ability to listen sensitively to people’s problems and be able to deal with them in a sympathetic, mature and non-judgmental way.

What’s in it for you?

  • Develop your management, communication, organisational, negotiation and leadership skills
  • Differentiate yourself from others on the jobs market
  • Expand your work experience profile
  • Join an energised team

What are the terms of employment?
For Sabbatical Officers including the President, Vice President Welfare and Vice President Education, it is a full time job, commencing on the 1st June  and ending 31st May. The pay is set for all Officers and can be found out by enquiry. The hours are generally Monday to Friday nine to five, but due to the nature of the job this can vary considerably from week to week depending on how busy it is along with various campaigns that may be running. You will occasionally have to work at night time events during Fresher’s Week and Rag Week and other projects.  The following document is important to take into consideration before running for a Sabbatical Role: Officer Code of Conduct

For non-sabbatical Officers, including the Projects Officer, Entertainments Officer and Communications Officer, the jobs are non-paid and hours of work will be based around the class time/free time of the non-sabbatical Officers.

Should you require information relating to election process and rules, please contact Vicky O’Sullivan, Assistant Returning Officer in the Students’ Union Office or by email at vicky.osullivan@cit.ie

 

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