The President is responsible for the overall operation of the Union and serves as the official spokesperson. This means that the President is responsible for communicating and advocating for students' interests not only to the University Administration but also external organizations such as other student associations. The President serves on multiple University committees, as well as the University Senate and Board of Governors, ensuring that students' voices are heard when decisions are made.
Vice President Advocacy
The Vice President Advocacy strives to promote a safe and equitable university experience for all students. The VPA holds a dual governance role at the University, sitting on the Board of Governors, the governing body that oversees the financial concerns of the U of M, as well as the University Senate, the governing body that oversees acadmic matters. The VPA also serves as the Chair of the Student Senate Caucus and the University Affairs Committee, working with Student Senators and other student representatives to discuss concerns of the student body. It is also the VPA’s responsibility to advocate for individual students, and to implement campaigns of the Union.
Vice President External
The Vice President External works directly with the UMSU Marketing department to coordinate all UMSU communications, as well as the promotion of all UMSU events, in conjunction with the President. The VPE is also responsible for the production of all UMSU materials for distribution such as the annual daytimer, as well as coordination of external sponsorships. The VPE also reports back to UMSU Council and the student body on the actions of any external organizations that UMSU may be a part of. This ties directly into the role the VPE has in coordinating external relations and advocating for students to external bodies.
Vice President Finance & Operations
The Vice President Finance and Operations serves as the main oversight for the finances of UMSU. Working alongside the General Manager and Accounting Manager, the VPFO prepares the annual budget for Council to approve. Together with the General Manager, the VPFO oversees the operations of all of the UMSU Businesses. Serving as the chair of the Finance Committee, the VPFO is responsible for keeping UMSU Council up to date on the financial activity of the Union.
Vice President Student Services
The Vice President Student Services oversees all of the interactions between UMSU and UMSU recognized student clubs and community groups, and serves as a liaison with Student Associations. The VPSS also oversees the Health & Dental Plan and the U-Pass program in conjunction with UMSU staff. Serving as the chair of the Member Services Committee, the VPSS oversees all services provided by UMSU to the membership.