Student Programming Agency Director Search Completed (UPDATE)

New SAB/SPA

As you may already know, the Undergraduate Student Government (USG) recently passed legislation to completely restructure the Student Activities Board. The new Student Activities Board (SAB) is a small decision-making board made up of elected officials, and the Student Programming Agency (SPA) will now plan events. The Senate believes this will be a major step in a fresh, new direction to better operate and organize events for students on campus. The USG is looking to appoint a well-qualified person to the newly established position of Director of the Student Programming Agency.

Director’s Responsibilities

For this position, we are looking to find a very talented student with experience in management, event planning, and administration. As Director, you will be accountable for a budget potentially exceeding $500,000 while hiring and managing several event planners. The aim of these changes to the SAB is to create student life more organically at Stony Brook and to lay the foundation for events that will create new traditions at our university. As Director, you will also need to implement a marketing strategy to attract more than 5,000 students to several events each semester. We are looking for someone who is passionate and has a keen insight into what Stony Brook’s student life is lacking in order to creatively work towards a solution. As Director, you will manage a team comprised of some of the most talented and enthusiastic students at Stony Brook. You will oversee event committees chaired by your event planners in order to achieve specific goals regarding cost and student turnout. You will also attract and assist regular students in joining these event committees and bring event proposals to the Board. USG will provide support teams for marketing and financial matters, but the responsibility ultimately falls on the Director to seek and utilize this support. The primary responsibility will be to plan and manage student life on campus.

Search Criteria and Qualifications

The scale of these events will require a serious time commitment from everyone involved, as well as substantial cooperation with administration. USG encourages Club E-Board members to apply, or anyone who already has experience planning events on campus with USG funding. We are also seeking anyone who is familiar with the local and national entertainment industries. Candidates must be able to begin event planning for the fall in August. Since the Director will be involved in hiring and supervising event planners, we will also look for management skills and ideas to attract the best candidates for the positions.

Summary

  • Research, assess, and execute large-scale events for two semesters
  • Manage a budget potentially exceeding $500,000
  • Oversee the planning of campus wide events that could accommodate upwards of 5,000 students

Compensation

The director will be offered free on campus housing or a weekly salary for their work over the summer.

There will also be a reasonable non-negotiable stipend during the semester comparable to that of most USG members for an anticipated 15 hours per week. This stipend is provided to assist with college expenses because it will be difficult to hold another job. It should be made clear that this stipend is not intended to compete with other jobs of a similar nature and workload. We are seeking students who are specifically interested in dedicating their time to creating student life at Stony Brook.

Please fill out the attached application and email your resume to

Deadline

We expect to receive the majority of applications by the end of the week. We will look favorably on applications received by May 5th, but we will ultimately choose the best candidate that we can find in any reasonable time frame. Do not hesitate to submit your application after the deadline.

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UPDATE 5/10/10

The President Elect has made his selections for the 2010/11 SPA Directors. See the Press Release for more inforamtion on the selected candidates.

We are still looking for event planners, and everyone who applied for the director position will be considered for selection as an event planner. We may request additional information from you soon. Check back for an online application to become an event planner this summer, with opportunities to be hired again in the fall.

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