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UXPA UK Committee Elections – Get Involved in 2017!

The (UXPA UK) committee is made up of enthusiastic volunteers from the community. We’re undergoing some changes in 2017 and we need your support to continue our work!

We are looking to fill in the following committee positions:

  • Secretary
  • Industry Liaison
  • UK Liaison
  • Communications Officer

You will need a passion for UX, a commitment to 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 and the standard term is 2 years. Committee members do not receive any personal remuneration, but it is a truly rewarding and social experience!

Getting involved is a great opportunity to share your knowledge and experience to help our industry. You’ll get lots of opportunities to meet like-minded people, it will help your CV and most importantly it is fun too! If you are motivated to help and have a few hours free each week then we’d welcome your help.

Each role will be filled by an individual who has been appointed by a voting process. Nominees must be UXPA UK members – as must voters. Membership will be checked during the process. Details on the election process and a summary of committee and role descriptions are below.

In addition, we are looking for Project Leads to support areas including, but not limited to:

  • Mentoring Program

Project Lead roles are not full members of the UXPA UK committee so do not require the same level of commitment, but carry many of the benefits!

Summary of the Required Commitment of Committee members
:

  • If based in London, attend a minimum of 8 monthly committee meetings a year (currently 1st Wednesday of month in the evening).
  • If based in London, attend a minimum of 8 of our regular monthly events a year (3rd Thursday of month in the evening).
  • Organise or host 1 to 2 events per year.
    • Decide the theme and format and secure speakers for the evening.
    • Organising an event requires roughly 10-20 hours.
    • Logistical assistance is provided by the Event Manager.
  • Encourage growth in your specific area of responsibility which will vary from role to role.
    • Actions and commitment will vary from role to role and from month to month.
    • You should allow about 10 hours per month.
  • UXPA objectives:
    • Ensure the organisation meets its objectives, and that it acts in the interests of the organisation’s beneficiaries.
    • Ensure that all the rules in the constitution are followed.
    • Promote the benefits of membership and participation.
    • Secure sponsorship and discount options wherever possible.

Role Summaries for Available Positions:

Secretary

  • Be familiar with the constitution and ensure that committee processes and activities follow required procedures.
  • Manage membership queries and issues.
  • Manage committee documentation, activities and meetings.
  • Manage the formation and publication of the Annual Report.
  • Manage requests to join UXPA UK LinkedIn Group.

Industry Liaison

  • In conjunction with the UK Liaison Officer, communicate with potential speakers or workshop facilitators for our regular monthly events.
  • Take every opportunity to let fellow UX practitioners know about our presence and successes
  • Seek out collaboration opportunities, and build relationships with industry partners.
  • Seek out collaboration opportunities, and build relationships with local chapters of international sister organisations (e.g. IxDA,
  • Seek out and manage UXPA UK sponsorship opportunities and subsequent agreements.

UK Liaison

  • In conjunction with the Industry Liaison Officer, communicate with potential speakers or workshop facilitators for our regular monthly events.
  • Take every opportunity to let fellow UX practitioners know about our presence and successes
  • Seek out collaboration opportunities, and manage relationships with other London UX communities and liaise with other non-London UX communities in the UK.
  • Attend non-UXPA UK events in and outside London when possible, and promote UXPA UK to UK practitioners.
  • This applicant need not be based in London.

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.
  • Periodically update and maintain content on other social media channels (including Flickr, Slideshare).
  • Monitor the situation in the wider UX community media (e.g. groups, forums, press).

Want to get involved, but not sure you suit those roles?

While some roles do have set responsibilities, individuals do have flexibility to tailor the duties to suit their expertise or area of interest. Applications for other named roles which are not part of the current Management Committee and Project Leads will be considered on a case-by-case basis. The applicant should make their own case for the role and apply using the normal process.

What is the process?

Let us know you are interested and request full details of the full responsibilities and role descriptions from secretary@uxpa-uk.org before you submit your application.

You will then need to prepare a short written application, which should be emailed to secretary@uxpa-uk.org before the nominations close.

The application should cover:

  • Your vision for the role (max 200 words).
  • Your goals for the 1st year of your term (max 150 words).
  • A summary of your related experience (e.g. role specific experience, voluntary experience or previous UXPA UK involvement) (max 200 words).
  • A short biography (200 words)

The key dates for the election are as follows:

  •      Nomination Open: Friday, 11th November 2016.
  •      Nomination Close: Sunday, 20th November 2016.
  •      Voting Opens: Monday, 21st November. Monday, 28th November 2016.
  •      Voting closes: Friday, 26th November. Friday, 2nd December 2016.
  •      Notification to applicants: Monday, 28th November 2016. Monday, 5th
    December 2016.
  •      Notification to community: Wednesday, 7th December 2016 (UXPA UK Christmas Party)

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.

Good luck!

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