Board of Directors – Member Relations Officer

To Apply:

Submit a cover letter and resume to with a subject line of the following format: "First name Last name, Board of Directors - Member Relations Officer, Application 2019."

Applications will be accepted until February 10th, 2019 at 11:59 pm.
Embark is a student-led non-profit society that empowers the next-generation of sustainability leaders at SFU through grants, training, and engagement. SFU students are automatically members and eligible to be Directors of the society. Students contribute either $1.75 or $3.50 a semester to Embark through a student sustainability levy collected by the University and set by student referendum. We currently represent 35,000+ undergraduate and graduate student members. Up to two associate members (non-SFU student member) may be elected as a Director. New directors are elected at each Annual General Meeting of the society.

Open to Embark Sustainability Society members, which consists of undergraduate and graduate students at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and associate members.

Purpose of the Position
To communicate with the members of the organization, soliciting and integrating their feedback into Embark’s initiatives, and build positive relationships with student groups on campus.

  • Co-chair the Relations Committee together with the External Relations Officer. This includes but is not limited to: co-creating committee a work plan, calling the meeting, developing the agenda, and alternatively chairing the meeting with the External Relations Officer.
  • Overviewing communications with student body, including but not limiting to: preparing press releases and other communications materials as needed, organizing promotional campaigns, and assisting with the organization of the Annual General Meeting.
  • Answer any questions students have about Embark and the organization’s work.
  • Report relevant relations activities to the Board of Directors.

The week of a Member Relations Officer may include a meeting with the Executive Director to discuss ongoing or future campaigns. The officer may handle emails from students or organizations seeking partnership and prepares the agenda for the relations committee meeting. In addition, the officer might prepare press releases discussing Embark’s reaction to various sustainability-related news on campus.

Ideal candidates have:
  • Excellent social and relationship building skills
  • Ability to coordinate several projects at once
  • Adaptability and a positive attitude in the face of challenges
  • Communication skills, including the ability to draft timely and clear emails

Things to look out for
It would be useful for the candidate to have a working understanding of how student organizations are structured and operate as well as an understanding of on-campus student organizations and their respective work.