How to run for a SEDS USA Position
SEDS USA doesn't run itself! It takes a team of dedicated students around the country to ensure the mission of SEDS continues onward. Do you think you would like to become a part of the team and assist in all SEDS USA activities? Read below to learn how!
Every year, elections are held at SEDS USA’s SpaceVision conference for the Board of Directors, which includes the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Chair of the Council of Chapters (CoC), and two Member at Large positions. Each of these positions have a 1 year term, and begin and end at SpaceVision when the new board is elected. In order to be eligible for a board position, you must be a student for at least 50% of your term, which means that seniors graduating in the spring are eligible to run.
An announcement and a form will be sent out through the Council of Chapters in the weeks leading up to SpaceVision. The candidate will be required to fill out the form, submit a written testimony as to why they are qualified for the position, attach a resume, and give a short speech during the conference during November’s CoC meeting. Candidates do not need to be physically at SpaceVision to run for a position. If the candidate would like, they can create and submit a video to be shown during the elections, and the written testimony submitted in the form will be displayed online for chapters to read before submitting.
Each chapter that is in good standing will receive one vote per board position and winners will be announced on the Saturday of the conference.
SEDS is an opportunity to join a larger network of students with a passion for space exploration, running for a position allows you to expand your contacts and refine your leadership skills. It is the chance to influence how the organization is run, make it better than the previous year, and impact thousands of other students as you strive to provide more opportunities, greater connections, and new ideas! Being on the board and staff is an incredible chance to give back to the space community and your fellow peers all while building your resume. It is a lot of work and the reward is in the service you give and relationships you build. So if you think you have what it takes to lead the world's largest student run non-profit, then give it a try and put your name on the ballot, because it can be a life changing experience!
If anyone has any questions, or wants to learn how they can help the team with or without being on the board or staff, do not hesitate to contact any of the current board members that you are most interested in connecting with! We won't bite, I think.