2014 Exempt Staff Council Elections
Exempt Staff Council Nominations Requested
Interested in promoting the greater good for your colleagues, your department, and the University? Want to get involved with a cross-section of UST professionals?
Nominate yourself or someone you know to serve on the Exempt Staff Council! Nomination invitations were sent to exempt staff on Friday, February 28 with nominations closing March 14.
We are requesting nominations to replace three members from the Administrative area and two members from the Academic area. Nominees will be contacted by members of the current Council to confirm their approval to be placed on the ballot.
The election will begin on April 1. You will receive an email outlining the voting process and inviting you to vote. Newly elected council members will be notified after voting ends, and an announcement of the election results will be published in the Newsroom the following week and posted on the Council website.
Please consider serving on the Exempt Staff Council where you can contribute your energy and ideas on behalf of your peers. For more information or if you have questions, please send an email to the Council mailbox or contact a Council member.
About the Council
The Exempt Staff Council [ESC] meets monthly, organizes semi-annual forums and brown bag sessions, and other works on projects in the interest of exempt staff. Members serve for two years and are expected to represent the Council on a standing committee of the University. For more information, check out the Exempt Staff Council website and the Mission and Bylaws.
Membership information from the Bylaws:
The Exempt Staff Council [ESC] shall consist of ten (10) voting members elected for two year terms. An elected member may serve a maximum of two consecutive terms (4-years). A former ESC member may re-run for another single term of office (2 years) after being off ESC for at least one term (2 years).Representation shall be proportional from Academic Affairs (five seats), and Administrative Affairs (five seats). Council terms shall be arranged so that fifty percent of the members shall be up for election each year.
Fall Exempt Staff Survey Results
Thank you to everyone who completed our fall staff survey. Your feedback has helped the council to prioritize projects and better understand how we can best serve the needs of the exempt staff. In reviewing your responses, we found that most needs fit into three buckets: communication, human resources and events. In the coming months, the Exempt Staff Council plans to further breakdown this information into areas we can begin to improve upon.
We heard from you that additional communication to staff about campus resources, events and news would be of interest. As a start, watch for an increase in information within our regular council email newsletters as well as work being done to help improve staff communication between campuses.
Human Resources Information and Policies
Many of you had questions related to vacation time, benefits, best practices for hiring and how to handle situations with a challenging co-worker, supervisors, etc. This information has been presented to HR and we plan to work with the human resources staff to help share where to find information about these topics and who to talk with if you have questions.
Lastly, we appreciate your great ideas for our upcoming events which we plan to continue. This is a work in progress. If you have additional ideas, please feel free to reach out to one of the ESC council members, email us or submit an anonymous request.
HR Website and Resources
One of the main themes of the staff survey conducted last fall was the desire for more information about HR policies and resources. The HR website has been recently redesigned and there is a wealth of information to be found on the site. The council recommends looking there first as a resource for your HR-related questions.
On the site, you’ll find a toolkit for current employees including a link to vacation reporting, the employee handbook that has HR’s information regarding policies and addresses questions about absences from work, and a wealth of information about benefits, health and wellness, training and development opportunities, and a library of HR forms.
The Exempt Staff Council shall serve as a communicative and recommending body that will consider, discuss and seek to resolve issues that originate with its constituency, the council or the University of St. Thomas senior administration.
Strategic Planning Discussions
Strategic planning discussions will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 10 and 20, at St. Thomas, including a brown bag luncheon with President Julie Sullivan on Feb. 10.