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Student Leadership

Student Government is comprised of student leaders who seek to provide the ultimate college experience and uphold the mission and vision of Associated Students. Student leaders encourage shared governance, student advocacy and collaboration with other campus and community entities.

Student Government also hosts a variety of student activities, including events with guest speakers, community outreach efforts and open forums. Associated Students is the official seat of student governance for the campus; student leaders are elected every spring semester.

Open Student Leadership Positions

Judicial Court

  • Associate Justice

Cabinet

  • Chair of Commissions
  • Chair of Sustainability
Finance Committee
  • Assistant Chair of Finance
  • Committee Member: College of Arts, Media and Communications
  • Committee Member: College of Business and Economics
  • Committee Member: College of Education
  • Committee Member: College of Engineering and Computer Science
  • Committee Member: College of Health and Human Development
  • Committee Member: College of Humanities
  • Committee Member: College of Science and Math
  • Committee Member: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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Student Leadership Job Descriptions

Senate Members

Members of the senate develop skills in parliamentary procedure, decision making, critical analysis, goal setting, communication, group processing and multiculturalism. Serving on the senate enables students to apply what they learn in the classroom to real-life situations as they gain a more thorough understanding of fiscal issues, personnel matters, marketing and public relations.

Senate members have the opportunity to:

  • Serve as one of the 24 students representing a student body of more than 33,000
  • Gain valuable leadership experience
  • Initiate and approve policy and legislation
  • Preside over a multimillion dollar operating budget
  • Serve on committees that affect change on campus
  • Network with people from various backgrounds
  • Work with faculty and campus administrators
  • Must attend weekly senate meetings on Mondays from 9 am - 12 noon

Attorney General

The attorney general serves as a member of the president’s cabinet and an ex officio member of the A.S. Senate. Duties include but are not limited to the following.

  • Attends weekly cabinet meetings
  • Implements the use of parliamentary procedure in the A.S. Senate
  • Warns and dismisses senators for excessive absences
  • Helps oversee and conducts the student judicial process
  • Keeps and codifies the codes passed by A.S. Senate
  • Writes the script for and coordinates the weekly “Senate in a Minute” series, which requires interpreting the language in the A.S. bylaws, policies and codes
  • Attends campus events and meetings as determined by the A.S. president and vice president
  • Must attend weekly senate meetings on Mondays from 9 am - 12 noon

Chief of Staff

The chief of staff serves as a member of the president’s cabinet and as primary liaison between the A.S. president and vice president, and other executive cabinet members. Duties include but are not limited to the following.

  • Manages branding and public relations for the A.S. president and vice president
  • Creates innovative ways to engage the student population
  • Attends weekly Senate meetings and reports on the progress of cabinet members
  • Serves as the chair of weekly cabinet meetings on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 pm and ensures proper records of proceedings are kept
  • Develops an achievement plan with periodic benchmarks to be met by each cabinet member
  • Attends committee and board meetings at the discretion of the president and vice president
  • Plans and organizes cabinet retreat
  • Evaluates cabinet progress, benchmarks and attainability of goals
  • Must attend weekly senate meetings on Mondays from 9 am - 12 noon

 

Chief Justice

The chief justice serves as a member of the president’s cabinet and is responsible for ensuring that A.S. actions, policies and procedures are in alignment with the terms and spirit of the A.S. Constitution. Duties include but are not limited to the following.

  • Attends weekly cabinet meetings
  • Remains knowledgeable of the A.S. Constitution, codes and policies
  • Serves as the chair of weekly judicial court meetings
  • Prepares and distributes agendas of judicial court meetings and proceedings
  • Ensures that majority and, if applicable, minority-dissenting opinions are written and published for distribution
  • Presents pending constitutions for approval and addresses questions from senators related to those constitutions
  • Remains knowledgeable of all judicial court proceedings as outlined in the A.S. code on judicial court

Chair of Commissions

The chair of commissions serves as a member of the president’s cabinet and an ex officio member of the A.S. Senate. Duties include but are not limited to the following. 

  • Must be able to attend weekly cabinet meetings Wed from 3 - 4 pm.
  • Provides opportunities for equal involvement and informal representation of specific student communities
  • Connects with various CSUN student groups, advisory councils and university committees pertaining to the existing commissions (deaf and hard-of-hearing, students of all abilities, veterans and LGBTQ communities) and researches new ones, such as housing or international
  • Serves as the chair of weekly meetings with the commissioners

Obtains reports from all commissioners on a weekly basis and reports updates at cabinet meetings

Commissioner

The commissioner serves as a representative of a respective community at CSUN (spirit, LGBTQ, students of all abilities, veterans, deaf and hard-of-hearing, and international communities). Duties include but are not limited to the following.

  • Attends weekly commissioner meetings Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m.
  • Acts as a liaison between the commission and Associated Students
  • Researches resources and ideas that would benefit students belonging to a respective community
  • Creates ways of providing better opportunities for the commission
  • Provides and reports updates during the weekly commissioner meeting

Chair of Clubs and Organizations

The chair of clubs and organizations serves as a member of the president’s cabinet and as primary liaison between A.S. and more than 300 clubs and organizations on campus. Duties include but are not limited to the following.

  • Attends weekly cabinet meetings
  • Conducts University 100 class presentations
  • Organizes Annual Recognition Conference workshop with the A.S. president and vice president
  • Gathers and maintains an active database of club and organization contacts
  • Develops a monthly calendar of club and organization activities
  • Maintains a close relationship with the Matador Involvement Center to increase awareness of and provide on-campus advertising sources for clubs and organizations
  • Holds round-table discussions with the CSUN university president and club and organization leaders
  • Attends campus events and meetings as determined by the A.S. president and vice president

Chair of Elections

The chair of elections serves as a member of the president’s cabinet and administers the A.S. elections process to ensure all election publicity and campaigning is carried out according to the rules, regulations, procedures and policies of A.S. and the university. Duties include but are not limited to the following.

  • Must be able to attend weekly cabinet meetings Wed from 3 - 4 pm.
  • Serves as chair of elections for the Elections Committee meetings
  • Recruits, trains and evaluates all paid elections employees, and  processes payroll documents
  • Prepares all content for the online voting system, including ballot preparation, candidate statements and pictures, email alerts and requests for voter information
  • Arranges for preparation of all election materials, including packets and fliers
  • Recruits candidates to run for office through creative and innovative marketing and publicity
  • Presides over all complaints regarding election conduct, violations of the A.S. Elections Code, and applicable university policies and procedures
  • Maintains documentation of all election committee agendas and minutes, including those that address election irregularities
  • Supervises voting and balloting during election days
  • Arranges for the secure handling of election materials, including confidential information
  • Arranges, publicizes and mediates all press conferences and presidential debates
  • Oversees the purchase, management and storage of all election-related supplies
  • Presides over mandatory candidate orientation meetings
  • Presides over mandatory street team training
  • Submits election summary report to the senate
  • Submits an election evaluation report to the senate
  • Attends campus events and meetings as determined by the A.S. president and vice president

Assistant Chair of Elections

The assistant chair of elections assists the chair of elections in carrying out his or her duties. Duties include but are not limited to the following.

  • Prepares and distributes agenda and minutes of all Elections Committee meetings and hearings
  • Serves as the chair of meetings when the chair of elections is unable to attend regular meetings or hearings
  • Maintains a historical archive of elections committee documents, election results and marketing plans

Chair of Athletics

The Chair of Athletics serves as a member of the President’s Cabinet and as primary liaison between the A. S. Student Leadership, A. S. Sports Clubs and CSUN Athletics. Duties include but are not limited to

  • Attending weekly Cabinet Meetings
  • Represent the Associated Students on the Athletics Department Executive Cabinet, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), Matador Athletics Staff Council, and the Sports Clubs Council.
  • Participate in the Strategic Planning process for CSUN athletics.
  • Provide feedback from A. S. to the Department of Athletics on meaningful ways to market to and program for the students at CSUN.
  • Keep the A. S. Student Leadership and staff informed of NCAA, Big West Conference and all other policy/procedure changes involving CSUN Athletics.
  • Keep the A. S. Student Leadership informed of all Sport Clubs matters.
  • Attend selected campus and community meetings with the CSUN Director of Athletics.
  • Work with the A. S. Chair of Clubs and Organizations to inform campus clubs and organizations about upcoming athletic contests and events.
  • The Chair of Athletics may have the opportunity to travel with CSUN Director of Athletics to selected games.

Chair of Sustainability

The chair of sustainability serves as a member of the president’s cabinet and address environmental issues on campus. Duties include but are not limited to the following.

  • Must be able to attend weekly cabinet meetings Wed from 3 - 4 pm.
  • Serves as chair of the Environmental Affairs Committee meetings
  • Addresses environmental  issues  pertaining to the campus, surrounding community or the global community
  • Increases awareness by conducting and organizing campus forums as well as booking speakers on environmental issues
  • Leads the Earth Week and Earth Fair efforts
  • Works with university boards to assess and improve campus sustainability and environmental health
  • Suggests sustainable recommendations, policies and direction to A.S., CSUN and the California State University system
  • Acts as a liaison for and works with individual students on matters of environmental concerns
  • Attends campus events and meetings as determined by the A.S. president and vice president

Chair of Legislative Affairs

  • Must be able to attend weekly cabinet meetings Wed from 3 - 4 pm.
  • Must be able to attend external affairs committee meetings Wed from 5 - 6 pm
  • Serves as the chair of Lobby Corps meetings
  • Prepares and distributes Lobby Corps meeting agendas  
  • Trains Lobby Corps members
  • Travels to California State University campuses one weekend per month with the California State Student Association (CSSA) to discuss legislation and issues pertaining to the entire California State University  system
  • Demonstrates knowledge of legislative news affecting CSUN
  • Finds ways to further advocacy efforts by undertaking studies, conducting surveys, researching, writing letters, initiating Mailgram campaigns, etc.
  • Organizes voter registration drives and political awareness events
  • Establishes and maintains working relationships with government bodies and officials, including the CSUN Government Affairs director, the Legislative Aides Association, CSU Board of Trustees, the governor, state legislators, and other state entities and associations.
  • Attends campus events and meetings as determined by the A.S. president and vice president

Chair of Finance

The chair of finance serves as a member of the president’s cabinet and is the primary individual that aids students, departments and other campus entities in raising awareness about the A.S. budget and funding process. Duties include but are not limited to the following.

  • Attends weekly cabinet meetings
  • Demonstrates abundant knowledge regarding the six different A.S. funding accounts — assigned contingency, unassigned contingency, academically related reserves account, clubs and organizations travel, capital improvement and The University Corporation
  • Serves as the chair of weekly finance meetings and prepares agendas
  • Works closely with the A.S. controller and fellow accounting staff
  • Leads the annual budget process
  • Innovatively spreads on-campus awareness of funding outlets
  • Leads A.S. finance information sessions at the Club and Org Annual Recognition Conference
  • Serves on the Instructionally Related Activities Board
  • Serves on the Student Fee Advisory Committee
  • Serves on the University Planning Budget Group
  • Demonstrates knowledge of the philosophy governing the evaluation of budget requests as outlined in the A.S. Finance Committee Code
  • Attends campus events and meetings as determined by the A.S. president and vice president 
  • Must attend weekly senate meetings on Mondays from 9 am - 12 noon

Assistant Chair of Finance

The assistant chair of finance assists the chair of finance in carrying out his or her duties. Duties include but are not limited to the following.

  • Attends weekly finance meetings
  • Prepares minutes of weekly meetings and maintains documentation of finance committee information
  • Demonstrates abundant knowledge regarding the six different A.S. funding accounts — assigned contingency, unassigned contingency, academically related reserves account, clubs and organizations travel, capital improvement and The University Corporation
  • Assists with innovatively spreading on-campus awareness of funding outlets

Chair of Personnel

The chair of personnel serves as a member of the president’s cabinet and is an ex officio member of the A.S. Personnel Board. Duties include but are not limited to the following.

  • Attends weekly cabinet meetings
  • Recruits qualified applicants for chair, senate and committee seats as vacancies occur
  • Conducts interviews for qualified applicants
  • Facilitates the process of A.S. Member of the Month
  • Attends campus events and meetings as determined by the A.S. president and vice president

Chair of Technology

The Chair of Technology serves as a member of the president’s cabinet and address technology issues on campus. Duties include but are not limited to the following:

  • Attends weekly cabinet meetings
  • Advocate for student access to technology
  • Work to ensure student concerns are heard within each institute and academic department
  • Work with the AS Coordinator for Information Technology to ensure the functionality of all Associated Students technological resources
  • Works with the AS and campus leadership on making policy recommendations regarding technology services on campus. It works with CSUN staff to promote accessibility and efficacy of technology services.
  • Solicit student input on technology issues.

It is the role of the Chair of Technology to serve the A.S. Executive Board by reporting on any technology issues on campus, advise on technology related purchases, and run A.S. meeting equipment make sure AS meetings have appropriate IT equipment reserved/available, and that someone is present to

  • Run and return the equipment.
  • Serve on relevant committees.
  • Report to the Senate on CSUN’s and the CSU’s information and technology strategies, priorities and policies, improvements to services like Moodle and the CSUN Portal, and emerging learning solutions through technology.
  • Enable academic and administrative leaders to recommend the AS/student priorities for technology investments and confirm they are consistent with the strategic plan and institutional priorities.
  • Helps the IT Department anticipate new student-focused IT needs and priorities by engaging leaders from around the University in regular conversations about their future needs.
  • Enables effective decision-making by directly engaging the constituents who are impacted by them.
  • Provides the IT Department with constructive feedback on how and where to improve its services which increases overall satisfaction.