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Get first hand experience in student leadership and advocacy at our nation’s oldest public university. Experience a range of personal and professional engagements while gaining exposure to a variety of opportunities on campus and throughout the Chapel Hill community. The Richards Administration aims to ensure a more perfect Carolina – for all Carolina students. Work to bring forward a new Carolina that is student-centered, student-focused, and student-driven.

Learn More About Our Offices and Departments

Open Positions

  • Program Associates: A Program Assistant will be tasked with being the “point-person” for the specific programs that are being implemented by the Office of Programs and Policy Implementation. As the program associate, they will assist in developing the curriculum for their respective programs and receiving feedback as necessary. They will communicate with others across campus as needed in order to plan future events that will happen based on their respective program’s curricula. During internal and external meetings, they will provide updates on their specific programs and provide feedback on how to improve other programs.
    – Program Associate of the Richard Epps Emerging Leaders Program
    – Program Associate of the Pre-Professional Program
    – Program Associate of the Black Male Leadership Experience
    – Program Associate of the Distinguished Lectureship on Racial Equity
  • Executive Assistant to the Office of Programs and Policy Implementation: The Executive Assistant of the Office of Programs and Policy Implementation will be in charge of scheduling and organization. In addition, they will help communicate with others in the Executive Branch or the campus as needed in order to make sure events are officially planned. The Executive Assistant will also be in charge of taking minutes during meetings in order to keep a detailed record of matters discussed.
  • Assistant Director of Programs: The Assistant Director of Programs and Policy Implementation will help advise and support the Program Associates as needed. They will also meet with the Director of Programs in order to provide updates to each other. They will attend internal and external meetings with the Director of Programs. Finally, they will work with the Director of Programs to prepare for events in case of an absence from the Director.

Open Positions

  • Executive Assistant to the Vice President: EAs to the Vice President work directly under Undergraduate Vice President, Collyn Smith, to assist with projects and help him accomplish his duties, including overseeing External Appointments and Hardship Parking.

Open Positions

  • Executive Assistant to the Chief of Staff: Executive Assistants to the Chief of Staff work directly under Chief of Staff, Keisha Solanki, to assist her with the organizational work of the Executive Branch. Their responsibilities include serving as liaisons to policy areas, overseeing the structure and logistics of Student Government, and preparing the Chief of Staff for meetings within Student Government.

Open Positions

  • Content Creation Specialists: Content Creation Specialists are responsible for writing, developing, creating, and editing engaging content for the Branch website and social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, etc.) Content Creation Specialists will moreover support graphic design and promote organizational branding.
  • Messaging and Communications Specialists: Through building relationships and forging partnerships with Branch members, departments, and external organizations and parties, Messaging and Communications Specialists are responsible for executing the Executive Branch’s creative and communications strategy. Messaging and Communications Specialists will work alongside the Secretary, supporting special initiatives, communications campaigns, and additional projects.
  • Press Relations Specialist: The Press Relations Specialist is responsible for the development and implementation of the Richards Administration’s press relations strategy. Through promoting the Branch’s platform and strategic action plan, the Press Relations Specialist will execute media and public relations strategies to support organizational branding and external communications/initiatives through the use of press connections and media outlets.
  • Webmaster: The Webmaster is responsible for developing and managing the Executive Branch’s website and web presence, ensuring security, utility, and functionality. The Webmaster will work to ensure the Branch website is easy to use and visually appealing while improving layout and design and updating web content to reflect Richards Administration priorities. Experience with WordPress a plus.
  • Branch Videography Team Members: The Videography team is responsible for planning, executing, filming, and editing videos to be used to promote the Executive Branch and Richards Administration. In addition to executing shoots, the Videography team will conduct interviews, ensure capturing of policy or promotional sound bites, and perform video post-production tasks and editing.

Open Positions

  • State and External Affairs Team Member: SEA offers students an opportunity to utilize their interest in policy/politics and/or social issues to make a meaningful impact on the university as a student leader. SEA works to collaborate with both university stakeholders and political representatives to spearhead initiatives advocating for student needs. SEA members have the opportunity to serve in three divisions: Chapel Hill Town and Community Relations, State and Federal Relations, and International Relations where they will get hands-on experience with areas such as lobbying, policy and data analysis, project management, social activism, marketing, and more.

What does the Office do?

The Department of Academic Affairs and Professional Development is responsible for advocating for, progressing, and sustaining progressive academic policies that support all undergraduate students, especially underrepresented students. The Department will also work to ensure that the University’s academic policies are free from systemic barriers that often prevent marginalized students from succeeding. 

Exciting and Impactful Projects To Support:

  • Carolina Inclusive Recruitment Program
  • Research Scholars Program
  • Virtual Lecture Accessibility Initiative
  • Open Syllabi Initiative

Staff Projects and Policy Focuses

  • Assistant Director of Academic Advising and Registration Staff Projects: Ensure that all undergraduate students have effective and supportive advising and registration experiences, especially marginalized communities, including transfer students, international students, immigrant students, and first-generation students. Primary projects include Academic Advising & Peer Advising reform to better integrate practices that are more welcoming and inviting to marginalized communities while also fostering a more robust advising infrastructure to guide students throughout their tenure at Carolina.
  • Assistant Director of Admission and Enrollment Services Staff Projects: Work with the Office of Enrollment Services and the Vice Provost of Enrollment to create more inclusive practices in the admissions process and better support incoming students with programming and exposure to Carolina resources. Primary projects include collaboration with the Office of Undergraduate Admission to improve enrollment and retention rate of underrepresented, marginalized student populations and General Education Reform Review.
  • Assistant Director of Educational Policy and Curriculum Staff Projects: Advocate for inclusive course offerings, academic policy reform, and general education curriculum reform. The Assistant Director will also work to actively gain direct feedback from students on their course experiences and other educational policies (i.e. grading scale, etc.) that affect students. Primary projects include Grade Forgiveness and Course Repeat Policy to remove unnecessary barriers to students’ academic success.
  • Assistant Director of Professional Development and Career Services Staff Projects: Ensure that all students, regardless of access to resources, will have the opportunity to receive professional development, career advising, and be supported in their pursuit of post-secondary endeavors. Closely work with the Assistant Director of Research and Innovation. Primary projects include Lecture Capture project to require all faculty to offer online class recordings and professional preparation material affordability.
  • Assistant Director of Research and Innovation Staff Projects: Ensure that students have access to quality research opportunities and that marginalized students have access to those same opportunities. The Assistant Director will work closely with the Office of Undergraduate Research to identify ways and programming to secure more paid research positions for underrepresented groups. Primary projects include creation and implementation of Research Scholars Program to place more marginalized students in paid positions throughout campus and with our community partners.

What does the Department do?

The Department of Campus Life and Student Experiences is responsible for overseeing the Executive Branch’s efforts to engage and enhance student life on campus.

The Department will work closely with leadership with student organizations and advocates that support transfer students, first-year students, international students, and students affiliated with the military.

Exciting and Impactful Projects To Support:

  • Accessibility Guide Initiative
  • Peer Networking Initiative
  • Know Your Rights Seminar
  • Undocumented Student Support

Staff Projects and Policy Focuses

  • Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life: The Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life will work closely with Panhellenic, IFC, MGC, and NPHC leadership along with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life to bridge the gap between student populations. The Assistant Director will oversee discussions with members of Greek Life to increase safety and inclusion measures within these organizations. Early projects include sexual violence prevention training reform and discrimination analyses.
  • Assistant Director of First Year Student Experience: The Assistant Director of First Year Student Experience is tasked with creating policy initiatives to facilitate the first-year experience. This will be achieved by tackling special projects from the Richards Administration platform in conjunction with ongoing projects within the Branch. The Assistant Director will work with members within the Department of Campus Life and Student Experience to amplify the voices of first-year students. Early projects include orientation reform, first-semester pass/fail advocacy, and campus connection opportunities.
  • Assistant Director of Out-of-State and Transfer Life: The Assistant Director of Out-of-State and Transfer Life will be responsible for serving and advocating for out-of-state and transfer undergraduate students. The Assistant Director will be responsible for providing direct support and assistance to out-of-state and transfer students, while also directly working with student organizations that represent these students. The Assistant Director will also work with the Department of Campus Life and Student Experience to better cultivate a more quality Carolina experience for Out-of-State and Transfer students. Early projects include establishing a peer networking system, first-semester pass/fail advocacy, and improved welcoming techniques.
  • Assistant Director of Facility Services and Operations: The Assistant Director of Facility Services and Operations will work very closely with the Department of Campus Life and Student Experience and the Assistant Director of Accessibility to ensure that Carolina’s campus is not only up to date with appropriate and quality places to engage in scholarship, service, and campus life but to also ensure that students have the best experiences when engaging with Carolina’s physical infrastructure. This position will liaison with the University’s Department of Facility Services. Early projects include facility planning for events on the Quad and analyses of accessibility and equity in campus infrastructure.
  • Assistant Director of Event Planning and CUAB Liaison: The Assistant Director of Event Planning and CUAB Liaison will plan and coordinate events hosted by the Undergraduate Student Government Executive Branch throughout the school year while having the creative autonomy to brainstorm and create initiatives that connect the student body and meet the goals of one or more cabinet department objectives. This individual will be the primary liaison to the Carolina Union Activity Board, partnering with them and other entities on campus to enhance campus life. Early projects include a Week of Welcome celebration on the quad, as well as campus connection initiatives throughout the school year.
  • Assistant Director of the Arts: The Assistant Director of the Arts will work closely with the Fine Arts Departments on campus including the Department of Music, Department of Art and Art History, and Department of Dramatic Arts to bridge the gap between Student Government and Arts students on campus. The Assistant Director will also work with student organizations that represent these students in order to better recognize and respond to their perspectives and concerns. They will collaborate and promote events, resources, and opportunities for all students to pursue the Arts at UNC regardless of their majors. Overall, the AD will improve the visibility of Arts at Carolina so that more students can become better involved with any form of the Arts. Early projects include finding ways to promote and support arts in all forms, both through advocacy and through event planning.

What does the Department do?

The Department of Civic Engagement and Outreach Services is responsible for leading the Executive Branch’s efforts to increase student engagement in the civic and democratic processes on a local and state level. The Department will be responsible for executing the visions set forth in the platform pertaining to public service, sustainability efforts, and alumni outreach among other policy areas. 

Exciting and Impactful Projects To Support:

  • Civil Discourse Forum
  • Carolina Day of Service
  • Environmental Capstone Courses
  • Mask Recycling Initiative

Policy Areas Members Work Within:

  • Public Service and Community Engagement
  • Voter Registration
  • Alumni Relations
  • Environmental Affairs

Staff Projects and Policy Focuses

  • Assistant Director of Public Service and Community Service: The Assistant Director of Public Service and Community Engagement is responsible for offering the Undergraduate Student Body access to opportunities to engage the larger North Carolina community with public service and community engagement opportunities that will serve as opportunities for students to become better connected with surrounding communities. The Assistant Director also serves as a liaison with the Carolina Center for Public Service.
    Projects include creating the Carolina Day of Service, encouraging the Office of Research and the Office of Off-Campus Life to conduct a robust cost-of-living audit in Chapel Hill
, and hosting the Annual Civil Discourse Forum to foster a space for individuals to discuss and debate contentious topics affecting the Carolina community.
  • Voter Registration and Election Coordinator:
 The Voter Registration and Election Coordinator is responsible for working alongside the Department of Civic Engagement and Outreach Services and the Department of State and External Affairs to put forward rigorous, progressive strategies to increase voter turnout in school, state, local, and federal elections. The Voter Registration and Election Coordinator is also responsible for putting on programming in support of voter information and getting students registered to vote. Projects include assisting with the residence hall voter registration project , lobbying the UNC system to get Election Day off
, and working with the Institute of Politics to offer paid internship and employment opportunities related to public service
.
  • Assistant Director of Alumni Services
: The Assistant Director of Alumni Relations coordinates with the UNC General Alumni Association while also coordinating with other alumni-focused organizations. The Assistant Director works to better connect Carolina alumni with current undergraduate students and provides ample opportunities for networking, employment, and mentorship via robust alumni networks. Projects include planning and organizing networking events with UNC alumni and creating alumni-mentorship based advising programs to reform UNC’s academic advising experience
.
  • Assistant Director of Environmental Affairs: 
The Assistant Director of Environmental Affairs collaborates with students, faculty, and staff to create a more cohesive environmental presence on campus and promote key environmental principles amongst students. The Assistant Director sits on the Renewable Energy and Special Projects Committee and on the Environmental Stewardship Committee as an External Appointment. Projects include exploring and implementing policies related to environmental justice in the Chapel Hill community.
  • Sustainability Coordinator: The Sustainability Coordinator is responsible for overseeing UNC’s sustainability efforts, including drafting and implementing sustainable organizational policies addressing key environmental concerns. This individual will work alongside the Assistant Director of Environmental Affairs to evaluate the efficacy of sustainability programs and plan projects and events to combat environmental and sustainability concerns on campus. Projects include organizing and implementing a campus-wide mask recycling initiative and institutionalizing a sustainability training module to help students understand what sustainability at Carolina means
.

What does the Department do?

The Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion aims to further inclusion and equity work within the Executive Branch and to progress inclusion and racial equity throughout the University. The Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will also work to put forward inclusive programming to the University.

Exciting and Impactful Projects To Support:

  • Carolina Immersion Fund
  • Identity Based Roundtables
  • Textbook Library Initiative
  • Neurodiversity Support Initiative

Policy Areas Members Work Within:

  • Basic Needs and Affordability
  • Racial Equity and Inclusion
  • Interfaith and Religion
  • Sexuality and Gender Inclusion
  • Campus Accessibility and Disability Services
  • International Students and Immigrant Support

Staff Projects and Policy Focuses

  • Assistant Director of Basic Needs and Affordability: The Assistant Director of Basic Needs and Affordability will work to increase access to affordable course materials, financial resources, and other campus resources in an equitable manner, for all undergraduate students. Focus areas will include textbook affordability, food insecurity, financial aid, and increased access to internships and research opportunities for minority students. Staff will have the opportunity to work on the development of a textbook hub to provide free rental of course textbooks, creation of summer living aid, and many more projects in development
  • Assistant Director of Campus Accessibility and Disability Service: The Assistant Director of Campus Accessibility and Disability Services will serve as an advocate for the needs of students with disabilities and promote accessibility to spaces on campus. Through greater representation in policy-making spaces and creating community at Carolina, the AD will push to promote heightened accessibility to ARS services, advocate for reforms, and increase physical access to campus spaces. Some examples of projects that staff will have the opportunity to work on include creating a campus accessibility guide and the facilitation of collaborative spaces for students with disabilities.
  • Assistant Director of Interfaith and Religion: The Assistant Director of Interfaith and Religion will work to support the needs of marginalized religious and faith-based student groups on campus, as well as act as a liaison between faith-based student groups and the University to better accommodate students’ needs. Staff will be able to support these efforts by working on projects such as heightening accessibility to religious absence forms and planning a “break the fast” interfaith event.
  • Assistant Director of International Students and Immigrant Support: The Assistant Director of International Students and Immigrant Support will advocate for the needs of international students and immigrant students as they navigate a new cultural realm, by connecting these students with student-facing services across campus, providing spaces of emotional and cultural support, and working to adapt Academic Advising and other resources to better fit the needs of the international student and immigrant communities. Working in conjunction with the Office of International Students and Scholar Services, as well as international student organizations on campus, the AD will act to uplift the needs of international students in decision-making spaces. Some projects that staff will have the opportunity to work on include a Week of Welcome International Student Fair and undocumented student aid services.
  • Assistant Director of Racial Equity and Inclusion: The Assistant Director of Racial Equity and Inclusion will uplift and advocate for the needs of racial minorities at Carolina through increased representation in student-facing services, creating spaces of collaboration for all racial minorities, and increasing the retention and recruitment of underrepresented minority-identifying students. While advocating for equity-minded policies, the AD will also engage in projects that staff will have the opportunity to work on such as the Black Male Leadership Summit, Carolina Inclusive Recruitment events, and creating minority-serving organization collaboration spaces.
  • Assistant Director of Sexuality and Gender Inclusion: The Assistant Director of Sexuality and Gender Inclusion will work to advocate and serve the needs of the LGBTQ+, non-binary, and gender-inclusive communities of Carolina through working alongside the UNC LGBTQ center to increase the allocation of resources to students in these communities and ensure that the campus provides a safe space for students. The AD will pursue these goals through projects such as advocating for increased visibility and accessibility to gender-neutral restrooms and actualizing the use of preferred names in ConnectCarolina.

What does the Department do?

The Department of Student Wellness and Safety is responsible for leading the Executive Branch’s advocacy and strategic work centering around mental and emotional health, student wellness, campus safety, and health messaging. The Department is responsible for carrying out the strategic efforts in accordance with the Administration’s platform.

Exciting and Impactful Projects To Support:

  • SafeWalk Collaboration
  • Mental Health De-stigmatization Campaign
  • Sexual Assault Awareness Campaign
  • Mental Health in Educational Policy

Policy Areas Members Work Within:

  • Mental Health and Counseling
  • Sexual Violence Prevention
  • Campus Safety
  • Health Promotion
  • Mental Health Awareness and Stigma Reduction

Staff Projects and Policy Focuses

  • Assistant Director of Sexual Violence Prevention and EOC Liaison: The Assistant Director of Sexual Violence Prevention will work closely with the Offices of Diversity and Inclusion, Campus Health, and Equal Opportunity and Compliance to institute practices to better protect students from sexual violence, interpersonal violence, and gender-based violence. This role will work to reform the Sexual Assault and Violence reporting process to better protect and support victims of sexual violence. This role will also work strategically on ways to better hold the University accountable for enforcing rigorous anti-sexual violence policies, but also that the University supports survivors of such instances through direct assistance via the Office of EOC and Student Wellness. Projects include reform of training, resources, and accountability for sexual and gender-based violence within Greek life
 and institution of internal USG policy for sexual harassment and violence
.
  • Assistant Director or Mental Health and Counseling: 
The Assistant Director of Mental Health and Counseling will liaison strongly with the director of Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS). The Assistant Director will be responsible for establishing a strong relationship between the Department of Student Wellness and Safety and CAPS and keeping them updated on projects that the Department is pursuing. The Assistant Director will also sit on the Mental Health Task Force. Projects include rebuilding and rechartering of the Mental Health Coalition
, analysis and dissemination of best practices for wellness and inclusion support within academic departments
, and advocacy and support for additional CAPS resources, focusing on the Multicultural Health Program
.
  • Mental Health Awareness and Stigma Reduction Coordinator: 
The Mental Health Awareness and Stigma Reduction Coordinator will work with student organizations to help reduce the stigma surrounding Mental Health care. The Coordinator will attend meetings for various student organizations each month and inform students of the different counseling options on campus. They will also promote student-led initiatives and highlight Student Government efforts in improving care on campus. The Coordinator will work closely with the Multicultural Health Program and provide student feedback to help develop the program further. Projects include programming which promotes identity-informed mental health and wellness 
and improvement of resources for peer support within student organizations
  • Assistant Director of Health Promotion and Public Health Messaging
: The Assistant Director of Health Promotion and Public Health Messaging will work closely with Campus Health, Student Wellness, Campus Recreation, Carolina Dining Services, Healthy Heels, and student organizations to create policies and programs which promote healthy behavior among the student body. This role will address topics such as nutrition and eating disorders, body positivity and reimagined fitness, student alcohol use, social wellness, and holistic health through awareness messaging campaigns and health promotion advocacy. The Assistant Director will be responsible for developing and advocating for policies and strategies that improve the health of the student body and should be someone dedicated to envisioning a more equitable definition of health at Carolina. This position will also serve as a liaison to Student Wellness and will sit on the Student Dining Services Board of Directors. Projects include improved nutrition and food availability through campus dining services, reform of campus norms around physical health and wellness in campus recreation and LFIT requirements
, and advocating for additional social and emotional health supports in the context of COVID-19 impacts on campus.
  • Assistant Director of Campus Safety and Security: 
The Assistant Director of Campus Safety will liaison with the UNC Police Department, Chapel Hill Police Force, CAPS, and Facility Operations to institute more effective and practical efforts to protect the University’s campus at large. The Assistant Director will liaison closely with the Campus Safety Commission (CSC) and the Commission on Student Equity to better support ongoing efforts to redefine ‘safety’ in terms of Carolina’s campus. This role should be occupied by someone that believes the University benefits most when armed police officers are not present and a person who will creatively invest in coming up with unique ways to offer the Carolina campus access to services and programs that actively make them feel safe. Projects include creation of student experience-informed policing practices including unarmed officer response and mental health crisis response teams
 and development of a campus police advisory group.

How To Apply:  

Applications to be a member of the Richards Administration are currently closed! Specific detailed position descriptions can be accessed at the following link.

Have questions about Richards Administration onboarding and application logistics, the Cabinet restructuring, or positional descriptions? Contact Chief of Staff Keisha Solanki at usgcos@unc.edu! If you have any inquiries regarding External Appointments, please email Vice President Collyn Smith at usgvicepresident@unc.edu.

Department and Office Staff Applications External Appointment Applications
Application Opens: Monday, August 23, 2021 Application Opens: Monday, August 23, 2021
Application Due: Sunday, September 5, 2021 Application Due: Sunday, September 5, 2021
Application Review Period: Monday, September 6, 2021 – Tuesday, September 7, 2021 Application Review Period: Monday, September 6, 2021 – Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Interviews: Thursday, September 9, 2021 – Sunday, September 12, 2021 Interviews: Thursday, September 9, 2021 – Sunday, September 12, 2021
Final Decisions Released: Monday, September 13, 2021 Final Decisions Released: Monday, September 13, 2021
Point of Contact: Chief of Staff Keisha Solanki (usgcos@unc.edu) Point of Contact: Vice President Collyn Smith (usgvicepresident@unc.edu)

Undergraduate Executive Branch Organizational Structure