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Nominations Open for Board of Directors, Students For Barrier-Free Access - University of Toronto

Students for Barrier-Free Access (SBA) at the University of Toronto has announced that it is now receiving nominations for the 2014-2015 SBA Board Positions.

Thinking about Joining SBA’s Board of Directors?

SBA is a student run levy organization that advocates for access and the rights of students with disabilities at U of T through the provision of non-academic programs that raise awareness. SBA works towards eliminating physical, informational, economic, and attitudinal barriers on campus. The SBA Centre is located at 215 Huron Street, Suite 924. Our hours are Monday to Thursday from 9 AM to 5 PM and Friday 9AM to 2PM.

Campaign Procedures and Important Dates:

Applications will open Tuesday, April 22nd and close on May 9th, 2014. PLEASE NOTE: All applications must include personal statement and a resume. To qualify for Executive Board Member it is preferred that candidates have previous board experience, however this is not mandatory. All applicants and nominators must provide University of Toronto email account.

The official nomination form will be sent out on April 22nd , 2014.

How the Annual General Meeting (AGM) works:

SBA’s Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for the Board of Directors to meet with our membership in order to communicate and report on the organizations past and future strategies and activities. The meeting follows the standard Robert’s Rules of Order. Please read our by-laws located on our website at www.sba.sa.utoronto.ca  The AGM will be held on May 15th, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:00pm at the Hart House Debates Room. Each candidate will deliver a 5 minute speech. U of T students, alumni faculty and staff (with valid UToronto email) are eligible to vote.
You will be asked to include a personal statement on separate page explaining why you want to be a part of the SBA Board of Directors. Candidates may wish to include interests or connection to the disability community, past experience on a board, and what they can bring to the organization, etc.
 
Excerpt from SBA Bylaws describing Board of Director Roles: 

APPENDIX A: TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR BOARD OF DIRECTORS
All of the following positions are one (1) year terms.  The elected incumbent shall not hold the same position for more than three (3) consecutive years.
As Chair, the incumbent will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:
•    To set agendas and facilitate monthly board and executive meetings ;
•    To oversee all human resource matters including hiring, training, and supervising employees, contractors and consultants;
•    To evaluate the work performance of staff, contractors, and consultants;
•    To work a maximum of five (5) hours per week on SBA related business;
•    To act as a signing authority for the organization;
•    To participate in a board retreat;
•    To participate in anti-oppression training;
•    To actively participate in the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan;
•    To foster and maintain partnerships from within and outside of the university community;
•    To foster and maintain a working relationship with the General Manager of the University of Toronto Student Union (UTSU);
•    To respond to emails and other board correspondence in a timely manner;
•    To attend and serve as SBA representative at no less than three (3) outreach events during the current academic year; and
•    To serve as the public figure of the organization.
•    To engage in board committees work as needed.

As Vice-Chair, the incumbent will be responsible for, but not limited to, the following duties:
•    To attend monthly board and executive meetings;
•    To manage the internal affairs of the organization;
•    To coordinate and oversee the work of all advisory committees;
•    To work a maximum of five (5) hours per week on SBA related business;
•    To update the SBA board handbook on an annual basis;
•    To participate in a board retreat;
•    To participate in anti-oppression training;
•    To respond to emails and other board correspondence in a timely manner;
•    To attend and serve as SBA representative at no less than three (3) outreach events during the current academic year;
•    To actively participate in the development and implementation of the organization’s strategic plan; and
•    To assume the role and authority of the Chair in their absence.

For further information and/or a copy of the SBA board of director's nomination form contact:

Aisha Raja
Centre Director
Students for Barrier-free Access,
University of Toronto
215 Huron Street, Suite 924
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A2
T: 416-967-7322
sba.sa.utoronto.ca
 



 




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