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UXPA UK Committee Elections 2015

The Usability Professionals’ Association UK Chapter (UXPA UK) committee is undergoing some changes and needs your participation in shaping its future.

We are looking to fill in the following positions:

All the details on the election process and the role descriptions are below. We are all volunteers and we don’t receive any funding, so we need your help in taking the UXPA UK forward.

Getting involved is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and experience to help the industry, not only that but it will help your CV and is a bit of fun too, lots of opportunities for meeting like-minded people. If you are motivated to help and have a few hours free each week then we need your help.

Each role will be filled by an individual who has been appointed by a voting process. Nominees must be UXPA UK members (you can join straight away if necessary!) – as must voters. Membership will be checked during the process.

The key dates for the election are as follows:

  • Nomination open – Thursday 26 November 2015
  • Nomination close – Thursday 17 December 2015
  • Voting opens – Friday 18 December 2015 (11.55pm)
  • Voting closes – Friday 8 January 2016 (11.55pm)
  • Notification to applicants – Monday 11 January 2016
  • Notification to community – Monday 11 January 2016

We are looking for people with a passion for UX/Usability, a passion for seeing the UXPA UK succeed and grow, and a real desire to support colleagues in the industry. Being a committee member does require a reasonable time commitment, but it is a truly rewarding and social experience!

The successful applicant will be the applicant with the highest number of valid votes. The current UXPA UK President and Vice-President will adjudicate and will have the final say on whom is appointed to the positions.

General Commitment Required of Committee members

  • Attend monthly committee meetings (at least 8 per year)
  • Engage and vote in UXPA UK matters, and report on progress on responsibilities and actions
  • Attend monthly events (at least 8 per year)
  • Organise and host 1 or 2 events per year
  • Encouraging growth in your specific area of responsibility
  • Bringing your own ideas on how to fulfil your role best, and picking up recommendations from the committee and the community

The Role Summaries:

Professional Development

  • Be the first point of contact for jobs & professional development queries (e.g. from individuals who are looking for a way in the industry) 
  • Collate information on professional development resources 
  • Create & monitor UXPA UK website content on professional development topics 
  • Manage the jobs board 

Industry Liaison

  • Seek out collaboration opportunities with local chapters of international sister organisations, such as IxDA, HFI, IAI, Product Managers’ associations etc.
  • Actively communicate to these groups our openness to potential collaborations that are aligned with UXPA UK objectives
  • Respond to them when reaching out to us

UK Liaison

  • Seek out collaboration opportunities with local UX communities
  • Liaise with non-London UX communities (e.g. Brighton, Bristol, Oxford, Cambridge, Manchester) to carry out collaborative events (UXPA UK to source and fund speakers, local community responsible for everything else)
  • Attend non-UXPA UK events in and outside London when possible, and promote UXPA UK to UK practitioners

Communications Officer

  • Collect and collate newsworthy items for the UX community (with the support of all committee members, and volunteers)
  • Write and send the monthly newsletter
  • Monitor and manage the @UXPAUK Twitter account
  • Address any communication-related enquiries

Nominations:

If you would like to nominate yourself, please send an email to: president@uxpa-uk.org with the following information by Thursday 17th December.

  1. Your Name
  2. Your long-term vision for the position (up to 200 words)
  3. Your goals for the position during the 1st year of the term (up to 200 words)
  4. Previous UXPA (or other relevant) volunteering experience (up to 200 words)
  5. Short professional bio with one link to your online presence (up to 100 words)
  6. Your mugshot photo

Please try to be concise and use bullet points where appropriate. This information will be used to populate the voting forms; therefore, it is important your copy is useful and usable to edge people to vote for you!

If you think you’re ready to help us shape the future of the UK’s largest user experience group, we’d love to hear from you. Please send an email to president@uxpa-uk.org.

If you feel being on the committee is too much of a commitment for you at this stage, you could always get involved in other ways.

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