Executive positions are filled in the Spring after the new administration is announced.
Description: The Cabinet Director is responsible for managing a passionate and diverse group of USG executives, in collaboration with the President and Vice President. This position requires the management of competing priorities, the efficient communication of expectations within the Executive Branch regarding the planning and implementation of projects, the execution of productive meetings, and the ability to work independently. This position serves a minimum of 15 hours per week.
Knowledge of general functions of USG
Understand scope and priorities of USG
Management of large groups
Conflict resolution and management
Ability to work with others positively
Specific Job Tasks:
Facilitate weekly Executive Cabinet meetings
Hold all executives accountable for fulfilling their responsibilities and initiative progress
Create a comprehensive semesterly report (Fall, Mid, and Final) chronicling all USG
achievements and initiatives
Ensure USG Strategic Plan is implemented within the Executive Branch
Help hold the Cabinet accountable for transparency
Assist executives in setting and achieving goals
Track Executive office hours and provide warnings when necessary
Maintain organizational calendar with the help of the Speaker
Description: The Director of Finance collaborates with the President, Vice President, and the Student Budgeting, Allocation, and Auditing Committee to manage internal USG funding, as well as external student organization funding. This position requires critical thinking and efficient communication with student organization leaders. This position serves a minimum of 15 hours per week.
General knowledge of how the Student Activity Fee is administered
Understanding of how Student Organization Business Office policies work and relate to work with both student organizations and USG
Experience with the student organization funding process
Have experience budgeting
Specific Job Tasks:
Work with President and Vice President to establish annual budget
Collaborate with SABAC to allocate funds to student organizations
Collaborate with the Student Organization Business Office to help student organizations utilize their funds and accounts
Attend SABAC Senate committee meetings
Attend CSIL grant funding meetings
Help educate student organizations and students on USG funding and usage of those funds
Advise and guide the financial health of the organization
Sit on the Dance Marathon Allocations Committee (alternating membership yearly with GPSG)
Collaborate with Graduate Professional Student Government Chief Finance Officer
Advise the President and Vice President on contracts between the organization and vendors
Ensure USG members get reimbursed when they spend money on organizational activities
Present at Mandatory Funding Meeting for student organizations
Description: The Director of Communications works with USG Executives and Senators to promote the work of student government. The Director of Communication manages the USG Communications Team - including a deputy director of communications, media relations manager, social media manager, graphic designer(s), photographer(s), and videographer(s). The Director of Communications has direct oversight over all USG social media accounts and the USG website. The Director of Communications main objective is to communicate information about USG and USG-sponsored activities to all outside parties, including the University of Iowa and Iowa City communities. This position serves as the official liaison to IMU Marketing and Design to coordinate marketing efforts and student government-led campaigns. This position serves as official liaision to the Office of Strategic Communications to properly respond to media on local, state, and federal issues relevant to The University of Iowa undergraduates. The Director of Communications works to form relationships with various media outlets - especially the Daily Iowan. Additionally, this position advises USG members on how best to engage with the press. The Director of Communications sets goals for all promotional campaigns for both Executive and Legislative platform initiatives pertaining to strategic communications, digital marketing, and public relations. This position serves a minimum of 15 hours per week.
Time and project management
Able to work productively in a fast-paced, high pressure environment
Specific Job Tasks:
Leads Communications Team, including Media Relations Manager, Social Media Manager, Graphic Designer(s), Photographer(s), and Videographer(s)
Oversees all USG promotional campaigns
Liaison to Office of Strategic Communications
Liaison to IMU Marketing + Design
Establish guidelines for USG promotional campaign projects
Assist in the creation of public statements and talking points for President and Vice President of USG
Submit all marketing to printing
Submit mass email requests
Maintain current and establish new relations with local news outlets - including but not limited to -The Daily Iowan, Iowa City Press-Citizen, Des Moines Register
Understanding of news cycle and media ethics
Look for press opportunities to promote USG and USG-sponsored efforts
Create a biweekly internal newsletter
Description: This position executes USG efforts in Federal and state advocacy. This position requires frequent communication to elected official, their staffs, and members of University Administration. This position is responsible for the creation of USG legislative priorities. Director of GR collaborates with the Governmental Relations Committee, the President and Vice President, the Deputy Director of Governmental Relations, the Director of Communications, and the University’s Office of Governmental Relations. This position serves a minimum of 10 hours per week.
Advocacy and political experience
Familiarity with the policy implementation process
Passionate about student political engagement
Awareness of the University's relation to the Board of Regents
General understanding of the Federal government and Iowa General Assembly
Understand USG and the University of Iowa’s statewide impact
Specific Job tasks:
Build a legislative agenda to execute at state and national levels
Collaborate with Peter Matthes and the UI Office of Governmental Relations
Collaborate with Association of Big Ten Schools to establish united, national advocacy efforts
Facilitate and attend regular meetings with state and U.S. representatives
Plan and execute legislative summer and/or winter road trip
Organize voter registration efforts and work to increase student voter turnout
Remain updated and knowledgeable on national and state legislation affecting college students
Ensure USG activity does not endanger relationships with state or federal government
* The City Council Liaison is the Deputy City Council Liaison from the previous year. They continue the work and responsibilities of the previous year. This position serves a minimum of 10 hours per week.
Description: The Deputy City Council Liaison works with the City Liaison to provide student input on relevant issues to the Iowa City Council. This position focuses on the functions of the city and its impact on student life in the Iowa City area. This position attends biweekly City Council meetings, attends meetings with all city councilors once a semester. With an application of this position, you are committing to a two-year position. This position is unpaid and serves a minimum of 5 hours per week.
Interest in understanding complex effects of city policy on student body
Ability to effectively and respectfully communicate both internally, with City Council members, and other city organization members
Knowledge of student issues as it relates to students (housing affordability, off campus safety, etc.)
Awareness of general city operations and recent events
Specific Job Tasks:
Attend biweekly Iowa City Council meetings which take place on the first and third Tuesday of the month
Stay informed about happenings at the Iowa City local level by reading information and agenda packets before all Iowa City Council Meetings
Attend Governmental Relations Senate Committee meetings as an ex-officio member on weeks that City Council does not meet
Assist City Liaison in their work and advocacy
Should explore and research initiatives that impact students that could be pursued at the city government and local level
Be able to navigate complex issues that the city is pursuing relating to students
Work with local organizations like Greater Iowa City Apartment Association, Iowa City Downtown District, and Johnson Affordable Housing Coalition on issues and advocacy affecting students
Update USG on city government and local organization happenings and vice versa
Serve as an alternate to the City Liaison when they are unable to make it to make the work session meeting in City Council
Develop relationships and an understanding of the City Liaison position so that the Deputy City Liaison can take the place of the City Liaison the following year
Description: The Director of Academic Affairs works to advocate and improve current academic experience for UI students. This position works to improve current academic support offices and resources on campus, with an eye towards national trends. This position focuses both on academic support, as well as academic costs, and available academic resources. This position serves a minimum of 10 hours per week.
General awareness of academic resources offices on campus (Academic Support & Retention, TRiO Student Support Services, Academic Advising Center), Governing student bodies (Tippie Senate, Dean Student Advisory Committee, Engineering Council, etc.), and available supplemental resources for students (Writing Center, Speaking Center, Math lab)
Understanding and experience within undergraduate academic systems
General knowledge of recent Academic Affairs news and changes within UI
Knowledge of cultural competence in relation to underrepresented students and the University of Iowa SDS policy
Experience in public speaking and professional communication
Knowledge of the academic structure of various programs, departments, colleges, and other applicable academic entities
Specific Job Tasks:
Act as liaison between USG (Exec, Academic Affairs Committee, and Senate) and Administration relating to Academic Affairs
Collaborate with other execs and senators when such actions relate to Academic Affairs
Collaborate with other student organizations (academic focused) and/or departments
Support the Academic Affairs Committee in senate (ex-officio, non-voting status)
Advocate for student voice and perspective in academic spaces and communities
Support student success and advocate for college affordability (textbooks, tuition, etc.)
Support and advocate for the academic success and retention of First-Gen, Transfer, and historically marginalized students
Communicate and support the Office of Academic Support & Retention (AS&R)
Work with Director of Governmental Relations when focusing on state/federal academic legislation (HEOA, HEA, etc.)
Work with President to serve on search committees for relevant academic/research-based university positions
Assist and communicate with the Academic Affairs Committee Chair
Communicate and collaborate with various groups among campus (Academic, Faculty, Staff, etc.)
Description: The Director of External Relations is tasked with regular communication to student organization constituency, through attendance in meetings, and outreach events. This position focuses on the collection of feedback from students regarding potential USG improvements or initiatives. External Relations in the ambassador of USG to students, in a structured capacity. This position serves a minimum of 10 hours per week.
General knowledge of student organization operations
Knowledgeable of basic email, online communication, and meeting etiquette
Effective relationship building to diverse communities
Ability and experience answering difficult and targeting questions
Public speaking experience and expertise
Well versed in interpersonal connections with a wide net of students and administrators
Specific Job Tasks:
Attend regular student organization meetings, bringing information pertaining to organization topic, as well as gather for feedback
Work on transparency initiatives, specifically with the Communications team
Facilitate events to create more connections between USG representatives and students.
Organize tabling efforts during Orientation Program, OnIowa!, etc.
Invest in highly informational, engaging tabling materials
Ensure USG is represented in the Homecoming Parade
Attend Community & Outreach Senate Committee meetings
Communicate USG programs to student organizations
Maintain strong relations with USG alumni
Coordinate events and outreach efforts to thank campus and community partners who support USG
Organize outreach and collaboration with Iowa State University and University of Northern Iowa
Assist in the recruitment of new student candidates
Host panels, Town Halls, informational events, and marketing for election requirement and deadlines
Overall knowledge of happenings in USG in order to communicate with student organizations effectively
Respond to all emails in a timely fashion
Description: This position collaborates with campus partners and student organizations dedicated to the improvement of health and safety. This position advocates for tangible changes to campus and student organization functions with an eye towards improvements of health and safety on campus through event planning, public speaking, and administrative advocacy. This position serves a minimum of 10 hours per week.
Previously served on any committee or organization related to an issue under the Health & Safety topic area
Knowledgeable on current campus efforts to improve health and safety
Awareness on national health and safety campus issues (food insecurity, sexual assault prevention, etc…)
Ability to research safety and health issues and find tangible action items for the Iowa campus
Specific Job Tasks:
Plan and execute It’s On Us efforts, such as It’s On Us Welcome Week and the Fall and Spring Weeks of Action
Support campus Sexual Assault Awareness month efforts
Assist University Counseling Services with the Mental Health Fair (“Fresh Check Day”)
Connect and collaborate with:
Rape Victim Advocacy Program
Women’s Resource Action Center
Office of Sexual Misconduct Response Coordinator
University of Iowa Department of Safety
Domestic Violence Intervention Program
Student Advisory Committee on Sexual Misconduct (SACSM)
Related student organizations
Be up to date and knowledgeable on sexual assault policy, alcohol harm reduction plan, Anti-Violence Coalition plan, Annual Safety Reports, Iowa City safety efforts
Execute and complete campus initiatives pertaining to safety
Attend Health & Safety Senate Committee meetings
Sit on Campus Education Subcommittee
Collaborate with Monsoon, NISSA, GPSG Safety Liaison
Attend relevant town halls
Work with Student Health and Wellness about high risk alcohol drinking prevention and drug use on campus
Continue research about initiatives from peer institutions to see what can be implemented at Iowa
Description: The Director of Justice and Equity works on internal USG projects to constantly advocate for the concerns of students who have been minoritized and oppressed historically on campus. This position works on social justice campus issues in collaboration with diverse student organizations and communities to effect change on campus, including internal USG Constituency Senators. Strong interpersonal skills, empathy, and patience are ideal in executing the work of justice and equity. This position serves a minimum of 10 hours per week.
Basic principles of social justice, and experience with social justice advocacy
Knowledgeable of local and national events to marginalized groups and how they affect marginalized groups on campus
Strong interpersonal skills to build trusting relationships, especially within cross-cultural communication
Familiarity with offices under the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (formerly the Chief Diversity Office), International Student Scholar Services, and Cultural and Resource Centers, and others
Specific Job Tasks:
Collaborate and connect with:
USG Constituency Senators
Student Disability Services
International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) and the International Student Advisory Board
The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (formerly the Chief Diversity Office) and the Center for Diversity and Enrichment
Multicultural student organizations
Culture and Resource Centers coordinators
Help organize and facilitate community discussions pertaining to relevant campus climate issues with campus leaders
Host NCBI trainings throughout the year
Ensure all UISG Executives are trained in NCBI by the end of the first semester
Offer opportunities for Senators to be trained
Attend Justice and Equity Senate Committee meetings
Help communicate resources for students like the Campus Inclusion Team (CIT)
Represent USG on the Office of Student Life’s MLK Day planning committee
Assist with Diversity networking nights and similar events, as necessary
Oversee ISAB (until ISAB is self-sufficient and established)
Develop organizational outreach and response to major bias incidents on campus and national happenings affecting marginalized communities
Advise and advertise USG Constituency Senator election
Oversee, advertise, and lead ISAB board elections
Organize Multicultural Formal
Assist in International Student Initiatives
Ex. International Student Orientation Tours
Connect and collaborate with various offices and students addressing the support of marginalized communities.
*The Director of Operations serves longer than other executives. Bylaws:
"The Director of Operations shall serve a term lasting one year and one month, in order to ensure the successful transition of the new administration.
The Director of Operations will serve a term beginning at the start of the presidential term and ending one month after the inauguration of the President, Vice-President, and Executive Cabinet.
The new Director of Operations shall be selected by the Office Administration Committee at the same time as the other Executive Officers.
Therefore, the one month following the inauguration of the President shall have 2 Directors of Operations serving in the position;"
Description: The Director of Operations works to ensure the long-term organizational success of USG. They ensure the USG Governing Documents are being followed and updated as necessary, update the document archival system for USG, oversee transitions for USG, and generally ensure that USG is running in a way that will guarantee long-term success. This position serves a minimum of 10 hours per week.
Thorough understanding of USG Constitution and Bylaws
Ability to view the long-term consequences of various actions
Strong organizational skills
Strong communication skills, with customer service experience preferred
Technical knowledge of Microsoft Office 365, including SharePoint
Specific Job Tasks:
Review the USG Constitution, Bylaws, and other internal documents and offer suggestions to the Internal Affairs Committee at the beginning of each administration on what should be changed.
Maintain and update the internal documentation and archival system for use by future administrations, including the archiving of meeting notes, legislation, initiative information, and reports in conjunction with the Secretary.
Maintain and improve the internal communications and document-sharing services for USG, which is currently the USG SharePoint site.
Assist the Speaker of the Senate and the Cabinet Director with ensuring the process of transitioning between administrations within USG runs smoothly and efficiently.
Coordinate and oversee the transfer of initiatives that are recurring or long-term (more than one administration).
Assist and advise the President and Vice President in organization functions including the USG email, voicemail, and mailbox.
Assist the President and the Vice President with duties relating to the Association of Big Ten Students.
Communicate USG priorities to the Presidential Charter Committee student representatives and ensure that these representatives present to the Student Senate at least once per year.
Serve as an ex-officio, non-voting member of the Internal Affairs Committee.
Description: The Director of Student Services manages and improves current and future USG student services. This position is focused on analysis of data and financial success, marketing of student services, and ability to assess student impact from services. This position serves a minimum of 10 hours per week.
Knowledge of current USG services, and campus student services
Data analysis experience
Effective and respectful internal and external communication
An interest in restoration and improvement of current projects
Experience working with qualitative and quantitative research
Specific Job Tasks
Assess and improve student services provided by USG
Assessments should incorporate the Platforms overall goals in its implementation (sustainability, inclusivity, financial goals, etc…)
Facilitate and improve initiatives similar, but not limited to:
IMU Charger and Umbrella check out
Lockers on Campus
Free Coral Ridge Bus Route
Student Organization Website
Maintain SAC Craft Station
Attend Student Life Senate Committee meetings
Maintain focus and marketing of Student Organization discount at C-Stores
Create and manage new initiatives regarding student organizations and general student life when needed
Collaborate with UI’s Information Technology Services
Description: The Director of Sustainability focuses on the advocacy and campus improvements regarding sustainability on campus. The Director of Sustainability collaborates with the Sustainability senate committee on various projects. This position advocates for tangible changes to campus and student organization functions with an eye towards holistic environmental improvements through event planning, public speaking, and administrative advocacy. This position serves a minimum of 10 hours per week.
Versed and knowledgeable on the comprehensive ideal of sustainability
Social, environmental, and economic crossover
Previous/current work with sustainability orgs on campus
Previous/current work the Office of Sustainability
Has complemented sustainability project/ event
Basic understanding of sustainability services available to students and campus (including Green Initiatives Fund)
Specific Job Tasks:
Connect and collaborate with Office of Sustainability
Oversee and facilitate the allocation of Green Initiatives Fund
Execute projects creatively integrating sustainability into all areas of campus
Attend Sustainability Senate Committee meetings
Responding to student body concerns about sustainability on campus
Serving as a general campus sustainability information resources for senators.
Collaborate with local partners to create sustainable events
Communications Team Positions
Description: The Social Media Manager creates engaging content to publish on the USG social media platforms, including - Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. They should be devoted to maintaining active social media accounts by posting content on all the aforementioned platforms and managing interactions on those pages. Their main goal is to promote the work of USG and sharing information on student issues as well as strive to spread the reach of USG social media platforms. Additionally, they set specific quantitative social media engagement goals and works towards these goals throughout the year, making adjustments in strategy to achieve those goals when needed. This position is unpaid and serves a minimum of 5 hours per week.
Specific Job Tasks:
Create and execute weekly social media posting schedule
Effectively share relevant information with Student Body (ex: Iowa City updates, University updates etc.)
Create Facebook events for USG events
Analyze social media metrics and adjust goals accordingly
Description: The Graphic Designer designs graphics and infographics about USG's progress and student issues that are used on social media platforms, print and digital marketing campaigns, and the USG website. Interested applicants should have experience with graphic design, including programs such as Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. This position is a good opportunity for students wishing to further their graphic design portfolio. This position is unpaid and serves a minimum of 5 hours per week.
Description: The Photographer captures the moments of student life at the University of Iowa for USG to feature on all social media platforms and marketing materials. This includes photographing USG meetings/ and events as well as University-wide events. Interested applicants should have some experience with photography and editing programs. This position is a good opportunity for students wishing to further their media portfolio. This position serves about 5 hours per week.