What is the Executive Committee?
The Executive Committee are in charge of the day-to-day running of the JCR. They make decisions on behalf of the JCR and are elected to represent the views of as many members of the JCR as possible.
Why run for the Executive Committee?
The Executive Committee is a serious commitment both in time and effort, but it is extremely rewarding. Being a member of such a highly involved committee gives you experience in a wide variety of areas and provides real world experience of how a large organisation is run. It’s also quite fun!
What are the time commitments?
The time commitment vary dramatically depending on the position, but each member of the Executive Committee is at the very least expected to attend an Executive Committee meeting each week and every JCR Meeting. Although this is the least that is expected of you, there are often random jobs that the Exec do to help the college and JCR which will all add to the time commitment of both your Executive Committee role and your primary committee role if there is one
How do I run for the Executive Committee?
Before you run for a position on the Executive Committee you need to know what position you are going to run for. You should have a strong passion for the position and all that it represents before committing to run for the position, but you need not have any previous experience within the JCR at all!
A full description of all of the positions within the Executive Committee can be found here.
It is good practice that all candidates that wish to run for the Executive Committee should talk to a previous position holder to get a true feel for what the job entails.
Once you have decided to run you will need to produce a Manifesto. If the position is sabbatical then you must produce a policy document as well. The manifesto and policy document should be no more than 1 side of A4 each and should print in grey scale reasonably well. A Manifesto must contain a proposer and seconder as well as a brief description of you, your policies and why people should vote for you. Previous manifestos can be found here.
The manifesto should be submitted to the Chair while nominations are open. Once this is done you will be expected to canvas the JCR by visiting everyone’s rooms within college to spread the word of your campaign. You will also be invited to an Executive Committee meeting to canvas the JCR Executive.
During the canvasing period you will have to attend a JCR Meeting and Hust for your position. A Hust contains a speech from your proposer, an optional Joke, a speech by yourself about your campaign as well as singing (or rapping) an optional song.
After a set amount of time after the Hust, canvasing will end and an online vote will take place. The results of this vote will be announced and, if successful, you will take part in a Kazu.
Is there anything else?
While a member of the Executive Committee you are representing the JCR. You must maintain a level of professionalism at the same time so as not to bring the JCR into disrepute.