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UPA Exec Team

Want to be on the exec team? Applications open up on March 21st! Keep your eyes peeled on our Instagram for the application package.

There are 9 positions to run for:


  • Candidates with at least one year of executive experience with another group may be considered.
  • Overall organization and coordination of the group and its activities
  • Lays out a plan for the year
    Schedules and chairs meetings, incl. executive and general
    Drafts a budget for the year (with VP Finance)
  • Amends the Constitution, and any other rules, bylaws, etc. (with VP Internal) as needed
  • Assists any VP that needs guidance or help in their role
  • Attends at least one meeting of each committee per semester
  • Holds at least one individual meeting with other VPs each semester
  • Represents the UPA to the department, university, and community in general
  • Is the representative at any departmental, faculty, or SGS meetings and relays relevant information to the executive board
  • Helps promote the UPA and recruiting new members
  • Writes reference letters for all Executive and volunteers upon request
  • Applies for group awards
  • Drafts agendas for Executive meetings


  • Compliments the roles of the President either in conjunction with or in their absence
  • Provides support and assistance to all UPA executives
  • Drafts UPA rules and bylaws (with President)

VP Academics:

  • Organizes numerous academic events such as study groups and forums, which may include: Graduate Studies, Honors Program, Internship Program, Individual Study, and Lab Volunteering
  • Provides grad school and other program-related information

VP Communications:

  • Promotes UPA to students and the campus community
  • Maintains UPA website
  • Advertises and promotes all UPA events and activities in collaboration
  • Creates monthly and special occasion newsletter to send out to Psychology students
  • Keeps in touch with departmental contacts
  • Works closely in Liaison with VP Marketing

VP Marketing:

  • Promotes UPA to students and the campus community
  • Maintains UPA presence on Facebook and Instagram
  • Advertises and promotes all UPA events and activities in collaboration
  • Designs UPA Logo and all marketing media
  • Works in liaison with VP Communications

VP Administration:

  • Responsible for intra-group communication
  • Keeps the office open and organized with other members
  • Keeps meeting minutes and other records of volunteer hours
  • Maintains member and executive contact lists
  • Maintains the UPA email account
  • Organizes office hours

VP Social:

  • Responsible for organization and planning of social events for UPA members (minimum of 2 per semester)
  • Must take SIPS/AA training before or during the Fall semester and be one of the designated SIPS/AA representatives at UPA hosted events
  • Must make certain that the UPA has the proper number of SIPS/AA representatives at UPA hosted events that include alcohol

VP Volunteers:

  • Recruits volunteers and schedules shifts
  • Coordinates UPA volunteers and assigns them to committees
  • Maintains a record of volunteer hours
  • Manages the Peer Mentorship program
  • Reviews mentor applications and matches mentors with mentee
  • Offers guidance and getting feedback for mentors/mentees
  • Writes reference letters for mentors if required
  • Organizes community service initiatives, such as Volunteer Fairs
  • Provides resources concerning employment and volunteer opportunities

VP Finance:

  • Responsible for finances and banking, including
  • Managing bank account, updating finance database, counting cash box once a month, going through receipts, making deposits, writing cheques, etc.
  • Drafts annual budget (with President)
  • Acquires sponsorship deals and discounts for UPA events and members, grant funding
  • Attends meetings that include relevant information to granting alongside the president
  • Works closely with the executives to ensure logistics of each event are confirmed, including costs, locations, dates, and times