Open Executive Board Positions 2021-2022

Here you’ll find some brief information about current open positions on the executive board. These are simple outlines that emphasize some of the key tasks of each role, but flexibility within each position is allowed (and encouraged!). If you are interested in running for a position or nominating a friend, e-mail info@pdxgeu.org

Vice President for Communications
The VP of Communications strategizes and executes union communications, both internal (such as newsletter and bargaining updates) and external (communications with media, social media, GEU’s website). They work closely with all other positions, especially the VPs of Social Engagement and External Relations. This is a position for individuals who can communicate in a variety of different tones and condense important information about union ongoings and meetings into concise messaging.  It’s also a unique opportunity for someone with an eye for design (flyers, anyone?) and a love of tweeting and ‘gramming. This is a great position for someone new to GEU.

Vice President for Social Engagement
The VP of Social Engagement plans and executes GEU social outreach events, including the General Membership Meetings (GMMs) as well as smaller, more intimate events. Our current VP of Social Engagement has adapted to remote engagement via Zoom workout, hangout and cookout events (and more!). This position is for the flexible party-planner who strives to foster an inclusive and fun culture and bring love of GEU to our members! They work closely with VPs of Communications, Organizing and External Relations. This is a great position for someone who is new to GEU.

Vice President of Membership
The Vice President for Membership focuses on bringing new members into our union, particularly during graduate employee orientations at the beginning of the academic year. The VP for Membership also helps to increase outreach and steward presence in small or underrepresented departments and helps maintain the database of union membership alongside Operations. They work closely with Organizing and co-chair the Steward Council. This is a great position for someone new to GEU or for stewards and activists looking to increase their involvement. 

Vice President for Collective Bargaining
The Vice President for Collective Bargaining is responsible for leading the bargaining process and serving as Chair of the Bargaining Team. They oversee and coordinate the monitoring, investigation, and research on relevant issues for bargaining sessions. They work with partners and affiliates for bargaining as needed, including cooperation with AFT and other union affiliates. They are the liaison between the Bargaining Team and the Executive Board. And they coordinate and facilitate updates to the general membership on bargaining proceedings. This is a great position for someone with union or other organizing experience interested in building relationships across the university.

Vice President for External Relations
The VP of External Relations chairs the External Relations (Solidarity) Committee and coordinates with other locals, including PSU-AAUP, PSUFA, SEIU, GTFF, and CGE. They work with the President to maintain communications and relations between the GEU and its affiliate organizations or other external organizations (not including the University or its agents). They assist with the organization of other graduate employee unions, with support from the VP for Organizing and they assist the VP of Politics in establishing and maintaining contact with external political organizations. This is a great position for someone with union or other organizing experience interested in building relationships with partners.