Vacancies in the UpF board 11/5 2017; Apply today!


Are you interested in international affairs and the many perks of being involved in Umeå Association of International Affairs (great fun, new friends, sharing and contributing to knowledge)? Do you want to commit further to the association by becoming part of our incredible (but humble) board? There will be seats to fill at the annual meeting in May, which means that you can apply! The board positions that we are announcing:

– President
– Vice president
– Secretary
– Treasurer
– Board member and Head of programme (2)
– Board member and Head of Communication (2)
– Board member and Head of Activities
– Board member and Head of Travel
– Board member and Editor
– Board member and Head of Podcast
– A SAIA representative

Does any of these positions appeal to you? Then, please read on for important information.

HOW TO NOMINATE YOURSELF AND/OR OTHERS? Send us an e-mail and tell us you’re interested. It doesn’t have to be a long description, just include your contacts. We will respond to all e-mails and set up a meeting where we’ll answer your questions and you may tell us more about yourself. We will happily accept nominations before deadline so that we can start the interview process as soon as possible. It is possible to nominate yourself and/or others for the vacancies at the annual meeting.



1. The best university-experience and an unique way to turn your international affairs-interest into something bigger.

2. Invaluable board-experience and a true merit to your CV.

3. Education in board-work and the possibility to join the national association for a biannual weekend of workshops, commune and education.

4. Reserved spots to the national convention, the Almedalen-week and our own annual study-trip.

5. Lots of networking opportunities and events.

QUESTIONS? E-mail us:

Our best regards;

Elvira Fritzell, Tilda Molin and Clara Höglund
Election Committee   



The president has the outermost responsibility for the work of the board and the activity of the association. Amongst other things, you have the executive mandate to run the association and you share administrative work with the rest of the presidium. You should have leader qualities and organizational skills as well as a full spectrum approach, focus on cooperation and comprehensiveness to listen.

Vice President
As Vice President you have a great responsibility for the administrative work of the association. You should be well informed in the projects of the association so that you can assist the chairman as much as possible. Also, you are required to substitute the chairman when she/he is absent. You should have planning skills, taking initiative and a will to develop and improve both the administrative work of the association as well as the cooperation within the board.

Being secretary means a responsibility for documenting and scoring the work of the association. You have, together with the rest of the presidium, responsibility for the administrative work and translating various documents. Preferably, when applying you should have a drive to develop the work of the association and also show active participation in the duties of the board, and be able to read and write in swedish as well as english.

As treasurer you have the main responsibility for the economics of the association, together with administrative work of the board. For example, you will have extended contact with the accountant, bookkeeping and be in charge of payments to and from the association. When applying, you should have some experience of working with economy in any form.

Head of Activities
As head of activity you are in charge of social activities during the semesters. It includes planning and carrying out events such as meetings for discussion or member parties. Also, you will have the main responsibility for our newly started film club where once a month the members get the opportunity to participate in a documentary night and discuss current topics. Applying for this post you should have a commitment to the association and wanting to develop the activity committee, thus continue to create opportunities for the members to meet and hang out.

Head of Programme
Being head of program means responsibility for planning and arranging lectures. You will also be in charge of and lead a program-committee. The head of program is also a member of the board which requests active work within the board. Preferably, you should be creative and have ideas on how to develop the association. You should have good planning skills as well as social competence and collaboration skills.

Head of Communication
Being Head of Communication means responsibility for marketing the association. You will be in charge of the website and communication via social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Further, you will be responsible för creating a monthly newsletter and you will be in charge of and lead a committee. The position is a part of the board which requests active work within the board. You should have good planning skills as well as motivation to develop the association further. It is mandatory to be able to write and speak in English.

Head of Travel
As head of activity you will be responsible for leading, planning and working with a travel committee to each semester organize a trip for the members of the association. You will have the visionary and the practical responsibility for the trip and its implementation before and at the trip. Having experience of traveling and the capacity of guiding a larger group is meriting. Most importantly, you need to have the drive and the commitment to make the trip as interesting and pleasant as possible.

The editor has responsibility for distribution of the association’s’ magazine Utpost. Among other things, it is the responsibility of the editor to assemble editorial staff when creating the magazine; writers, graphic designers and photographers. Preferably, you should have an interest for reading and writing and have a vision for future editions of Utpost as well as the development of the editorial work. There has been a discussion about developing a web-based magazine and our vision is therefore that the editor is willing to start the procedure of transforming the magazine.

Head of Podcast
In this position you’ll have a lot of freedom to  develop both the podcast itself but also the position as a whole, and that requires that you have the ability to work independently. You will work closely together with the Heads of Programme and Head of Activity to create a common theme in the work of the association, for example by working on the same political themes and reaching specific target groups. Previous experience is a merit but not necessary. What’s most important is that you have ambition to develop the position and create a team that together can create this new platform for debate around international politics.

The Association of International Affairs Umeå is a part of the Swedish Association of International Affairs (SAIA) and therefore one person should be sent to represent the local association at the national level. Your task is to bring forward local issues and concerns to the national level and thus act as the central communication channel between the different levels. You should have ambition on how to develop the cooperation between the different associations. Preferably, you should have experience from working within an organization or association and furthermore you need to have the possibility to travel to attend meetings four times a year.

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