Nominations - 2019

The SFU Alumni Association is a group of volunteers who are passionate about SFU and who are relied upon by the University to provide an alumni perspective towards advancing SFU’s vision to be Canada’s leading community-engaged University.

Update April 17: Nominations have closed.

We are currently seeking a minimum of four (4) SFU alumni to fill elected positions on the Alumni Association Board of Directors for the three-year term of office from June 2019 to May 2022.

The SFU Alumni Association (SFUAA) is a registered Society governed by a Board of Directors that works in collaboration with SFU’s Alumni Relations team. The Board consists of (13) elected members by the alumni membership for a three (3) year term, and two (2) appointed positions, as the Board deems necessary, in accordance with Bylaw 7.7.

Key dates for 2019

March 6: nominations open

April 17: nominations close, 12 p.m. (PST)

Week of April 30: candidate profiles available

May 23-30: online voting

May 30: AGM - save the date!

Overview

Eligibility

To be eligible, candidates must have been awarded a Senate-approved degree, diploma, certificate or PDP at SFU before February 2019.

Additionally, candidates must sign up to be registered members of the SFU Alumni Association (included within the Nomination process).

Commitment

Most Board members will devote an average of 5-8 hours per month during the three-year term:

  • Board meetings & planning sessions: Board members are expected to participate in the majority of Board meetings – held approximately five times per year. This generally includes two all-day Saturday planning sessions (September and January), and three evening meetings (November, March and June).
  • Committee meetings: Board members also serve on a minimum of 1-2 Committees of the Board, which meet separately from regularly-scheduled Board meetings.
  • Events: Board members are expected to attend Alumni Association and university activities and events when possible.  

Board composition

Continuing members:

 

SFUAA Board

 

Alumni Community

Ages

 

 

 

25-29

10%

 

14.2%

30-44

50%

 

39.2%

45-59

10%

 

26.1%

60+

30%

 

16.9%

 

 

 

 

Faculty

 

 

 

Applied Sciences

10%

 

4.5%

Arts & Social Sciences

30%

 

38.6%

Business

50%

 

11.8%

Communication, Art & Technology

0%

 

6.2%

Education

10%

 

22.5%

Environment

0%

 

4.7%

Health Sciences

0%

 

0.8%

Science

10%

 

10.8%

 

 

 

 

Credential type

 

 

 

Undergraduate

70%

 

80.3%

Graduate 

30%

 

16.1%

 

 

 

 

Alumni by decade *based on first/earliest credential

 

 

 

2010s

40%

 

26.8%

2000s

20%

 

29.8%

1990s

10%

 

22.3%

1980s

10%

 

11.9%

1970s

10%

 

8.4%

1960s

10%

 

0.9%

 

 

 

 

Roles and responsibilities

This is a governance and advisory Board. Directors are responsible for providing an alumni perspective to University decision-making processes, and contribute towards providing feedback and suggestions towards advancing SFU’s vision to be Canada’s leading community-engaged University. Directors are expected to be active participants in discussion and debate during meetings, including proposals brought forward or decisions that need to be made. SFU also looks to Directors to help inform long-range objectives and strategic plans for student and alumni engagement.

Please read the full position description for a complete list of responsibilities.

Skills/experiences wanted

Key skills that we are actively recruiting for in this nomination cycle:

  • Strategic planning
  • Corporate or Board leadership
  • Legal and compliance
  • Risk assessment and management
  • Partnership development
  • Volunteer leadership and management
  • Accounting/Finance
  • Policy development

Experiences that are being sought in this nomination cycle:

  • Having worked for a public or crown corporation
  • Having worked with multi-cultural and Indigenous groups
  • Operating in a non-profit environment
  • Raising the profile of new and existing initiatives to diverse stakeholders

Nomination instructions

To be nominated, you must:

  1. Complete the candidate form that consists of three sections (details below), and
  2. Have two fellow members of the Alumni Association fill out the nominator form - link provided at the bottom of the page.
 
NOTE: Once you start the nomination form, you will not be able to save and come back to it. We STRONGLY recommend that you prepare the information required in advance and then proceed to filling out the form. Details below.

Part A:

Part A consists of:

  • Accepting the membership terms
  • Accepting the nomination
  • Providing your candidate information: name, SFU credentials earned, SFU student ID number or birthdate, home address, email address and phone number
  • Providing your current candidate employment information, if applicable: employer name, position title, address, LinkedIn profile link if applicable

Part B

Part B consists of answering two questions, with a maximum of 250 words.

1. Why do you wish to serve on the SFU Alumni Association's Board of Directors (versus on the Board of another organization?)

2. Based on the Board's current composition and the skills that the board is seeking (both are noted on the top of this page), how will your experience and background add value to the Board?

Part C

Part C consists of three things:

1. Candidate photo

  • a digital file (.jpg or .png)
  • high resolution (no photo copies)
  • orientation = portrait (vertical), note, we may crop your photo
  • size = a minimum of 500px (w) x 600px (h), larger photos are preferred
  • to see an example of what makes a good profile photo, please visit our Alumni Association page here (opens new tab/window.)
 
2. Resume/outline of experience
  • Maximum two pages
  • Provide as a PDF or Word doc; this will be posted on our website (we'll make sure it's PDF'd before it's posted)

Ensure the following elements are included:

  • Education/Professional Designations: degrees/designations with dates and institutions
  • Occupational Background: occupation/job title, employer, dates
  • Volunteer/Board Experience: community service, board/committee roles, volunteer leadership
    • Interests/Activities while a student at SFU: club involvement, RHA, SFSS, sports, etc.
     

3. Nominator form: two are required

All candidates must be nominated by two fellow members of the Alumni Association. Nominator information is to be filled out by the nominator.

The form is located below. Once the form is complete, you may ask your nominators to submit their form directly to alumni@sfu.ca by the nomination deadline, or you may include them as an attachment with your own nomination form.

Nomination forms

Nominations close on Thursday, April 17, 2019 at 12 p.m. (PST). NOTE: Once you start the nomination form, you will not be able to save and come back to it. We STRONGLY recommend that you prepare the information required in advance and then proceed to filling out the form. Details above in "Nomination instructions".