If you’re looking for an opportunity to get involved that both looks great on a resume and is a lot of fun, then you’re in luck! We are officially looking for executives for next year’s ESA. This is a great way to develop new skills and actually have an influence on campus. As an executive you will collaborate with the team to organize events ranging from ice cream cake socials to The Colloquium and also support initiatives like The Garden Statuary. Of course if you have new ideas, they are more than welcome and this is a platform that can help you realize them. Find more information below:
What positions are available? You can run for any ESA executive position. We currently elect the following: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Social Coordinator.
Who can run? Any UBC English student can run for any position.
When will elections be held? Elections will take place at our General Meeting on Friday, March 20th from 3-6pm in MASS. It’ll be fairly informal, but we will ask to you to (briefly) say a few words. If you can’t make it to the GM, you can still run. We’ll share your information with the attendees and will let you know the results of the vote.
When is the deadline? Please send us an email that tells us a bit about yourself and which position you are interested in by Thursday, March 19th at midnight.
How do I nominate myself? Email us to let us know what position you’ll be running for and to tell us more about yourself (eg. Why are you interested in the ESA? Do you have any particularly pertinent skills? What year are you in? What is your favourite book/author? etc.)
What are all the different positions? Technically, the Treasurer is responsible for financial matters, the Secretary takes meeting notes and sends newsletters, the Social Coordinator spearheads event planning, the Vice President provides general assistance, and the President oversees and manages everything. In reality, no one really sticks so their “official” duties; instead, we collaborate as a group and everyone does what they can. The one exception to this is the Treasurer, who really does have to manage the ESA’s finances. Generally though, it really is a team effort and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to take on various responsibilities.
Do I need any particular skills? Not really. Other than a willingness to work with a team, we love having a wide variety of people collaborating on our projects. Having said that, if you have experience with event management, marketing, social media, graphic design, or are a WordPress wizard, do let us know.
What does the ESA do anyways? We are a departmental club supported by the Arts Undergraduate Society (AUS) and Alma Mater Society (AMS). We provide specialized programming designed to engage English literature and language students at UBC. We host a variety of events, including: ice cream cake socials, trivia nights, Halloween parties, movie nights, PAPERS (People Attempting Prose and Eating Replenishing Substances), and The Colloquium. We also support The Garden Statuary and collaborate with other on-campus groups. Don’t like what we’re currently doing? Become an executive and change it!
Being an executive sounds like a lot of work. Is it a lot of work? That all depends! It is up to each year’s executives to decide how many events to organize and what other initiatives to take part in. The main commitment is to an hourly once-a-week executive meeting, during which you will plan said events and initiatives. Otherwise, you will be expected to attend some ESA events and contribute to their organization. Different positions have different time commitments as well. For example, the Treasurer is the only person qualified for financial matters and the Secretary has some administrative duties. As such, those positions require a few extra hours a month. The most time consuming position is likely President because you’ll be overseeing everything, but these positions are flexible and can catered to your schedule as need be.
I don’t want to run for an executive position this year, but are there other ways I can be involved? We always love connecting with new people who want to collaborate in some way, shape, or form, so yes! In the past we have had the non-executive roles of blogger and graphic designer, so if you’re interested in either that may be an option. If you’re involved with another initiative and want to collaborate, you’re always free to reach out from that perspective. Alternatively, if you have a specific idea in mind then don’t hesitate to contact us.