Carnegie Mellon University

Staff Council

The voice for staff at Carnegie Mellon University

General Elections

Staff Council conducts elections of campus representatives on an annual basis. Elections for Divisional Representatives are held biennially and elections for At-Large Representative are held in alternate years. All full-time and part-time Carnegie Mellon staff who are not represented by Faculty Senate or a collective bargaining unit are eligible for nomination. Staff Council seeks representatives from all departments and areas and encourages you to nominate yourself!

Officer Elections

Staff Council officers are the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Elections for officers is held every year in May with the exception of the Chair who automatically becomes Chair after serving as Vice Chair. Officer Position Descriptions [pdf version 2014].

How Does Staff Council Operate?

Staff Council meets on the third Thursday of each month at noon. Representatives are expected to actively participate in meetings and on standing committees. They are responsible for maintaining the communication link between Staff Council and staff. Officers are elected at the Staff Council General Body meeting following the general election.

What Do Committees Do?

Committees work on issues and prepare recommendations to the council. Standing committees are: Benefits, Communications, Constitution, Elections, Food Drive, Kennywood & Entertainment Discounts, Relations & Grievance Advisory, Rewards & Recognition, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work, Sustainability, and Wellness.

Representative Duties and Responsibilities

There are three main responsibilities of a staff council representative:

  1. Communication with Constituents
    The Staff Council representative’s most important role is to serve as a conduit to your constituents, providing important information about opportunities for personal and professional development, ways to become more involved on campus, and university policies which affect staff members.
  2. Service on a Committee
    The work of Staff Council is accomplished through committees. A committee structure is a time- honored way to spread the responsibilities among all members. You are required to serve on one standing committee, but you are free to serve on additional committees.
  3. Attendance at Meetings
    Be present at General Body meetings so that you remain informed for your constituents. Absence from four meetings within the Staff Council business year (August – July) without appropriate notice is cause for dismissal from Council. Prior notice about an absence should be directed to the president and/or secretary.