Executive Board Elections

Scripps PRSSA Executive Board elections happen every spring semester, in order for successors of the executive board to fully transition their predecessors before their term begins on June 1st. Members can apply to serve on the executive board by submitting a cover letter to scrippsprssa@ohio.edu. After submitting cover letters, applicants must prepare and present a one minute speech that outlines their desire and ideas for the position. For each position a member applies to, there needs to be a tailored cover letter and speech. Interested in learning more about Scripps PRSSA executive board and the roles of each board member? Ask any of our current executive board members or read below for position descriptions.

Position Descriptions

President

The Scripps PRSSA President is responsible for overseeing the executive board, general operations and successes of the Chapter. Several duties of the position include leading general and executive board meetings, creating meeting agendas and decks and designating any upcoming Chapter events. In addition, the Chapter President serves as a liaison between any outside entities of the Chapter. As the leader of the organization, the Chapter President is in charge of making adjustments and/or executive decisions that will best benefit the Chapter. Ultimately, the Scripps PRSSA President is the face of the Chapter and must respectfully reflect Scripps PRSSA in all they do.

Skills Gained: Leadership, team management, event planning, networking

Works Closely With: Faculty Adviser, Professional Adviser, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, PRSSA National, Executive Vice President

Time Commitment: 8-10 hrs/wk


Executive Vice President

The Scripps PRSSA Executive Vice President establishes new and maintains current relationships with alumni and professionals by scheduling the Chapter’s weekly speakers. Several duties of this position include overseeing all Chapter programming, inviting speakers to a networking dinner after each meeting, leading Scripps PRSSA Diversity Committee and being in constant communication with any potential speakers. In addition, the Executive Vice President of the Chapter assists and stands in for the Chapter President during any absences. Ultimately, the Scripps PRSSA Executive Vice President’s top priority is taking into consideration the interest of the Chapter and programming new, innovative speakers that cover a variety of industries, backgrounds and topics.

Skills Gained: Leadership, project management, event planning, networking

Works Closely With: Professionals/Alumni, Chapter President, VP of Public Relations, VP of Member Relations, VP of External Relations

Time Commitment: 4-5 hrs/wk, in addition to hours over summer break for fall programming and hours over winter break for spring programming


VP of Member Relations

The VP of Member Relations serves as a liaison between PRSSA members and the executive board. This position communicates with members and transcribes feedback, by conducting surveys to gauge chapter performance. This position constructs the mentor/mentee program, and serves as a mentor for students interested in joining

The Scripps PRSSA VP of Member Relations serves as a liaison between the executive board and Chapter members. Several responsibilities include networking with current members, recruiting new members, constructing the Chapter’s mentor/mentee program, taking meeting attendance, updating dues-paying members list, classroom pitching and sending out weekly emails that cover the Chapter’s upcoming events. In addition, the VP of Member Relations is tasked with Scripps PRSSA’s Weekly Member Spotlight, where they spotlight a new member at every Chapter meeting. Ultimately, the VP of Members Relations has an emphasis on not only maintaining relationships with current members but also recruiting new members to join Scripps PRSSA.

Skills Gained: Event planning, networking, email marketing

Works Closely With: Chapter Members, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism (during recruitment), Chapter President, VP of Visual Communication, VP of Social Affairs

Time Commitment: 4-5 hrs/wk


VP of External Relations

The Scripps PRSSA VP of External Relations is responsible for informing members of professional opportunities in the school and industry. Each week, the VP of External Relations sends out a weekly external update email that outlines job and internship opportunities on both the local and national level. In addition, the VP of External Relations must construct the professional mentor/mentee program, where Chapter members are paired with an alike professional. Other duties of this role include sending the weekly speaker a thank you note and serving as the liaison between Central Ohio PRSA (COPRSA).

Skills Gained: Email marketing, networking, event planning

Works Closely With: Professionals/Alumni, COPRSA, Chapter President, Executive Vice President, VP of Member Relations

Time Commitment: 4-5 hrs/wk


VP of Finance

The Scripps PRSSA VP of Finance is responsible for any financial actions on behalf of the Chapter. Several duties of this position include noting any expenditures and/or deposits made from the Chapter’s bank account, reimbursing any executive board members or general members for Chapter purchases, ensuring PRSSA National receives all of Scripps PRSSA’s dues-paying members information, planning Chapter fundraisers, showcasing any scholarship opportunities and managing the Chapter’s budget. In addition, the VP of Finance is in charge of communicating with the Student-Activities Commission (SAC) for funds every semester and attending any necessary SAC audits or meetings. Ultimately, the VP of Finance is monetarily responsible for Scripps PRSSA.

Skills Gained: Monetary management, budgeting, event planning, fundraising

Works Closely With: Faculty Adviser, Chapter President, Executive Vice President, PRSSA National, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, Student-Activities Commission

Time Commitment: 4-5 hrs/wk


VP of Public Relations

The Scripps PRSSA VP of PR has the primary role of serving as the editor-in-chief of Scripps PRSSA’s PR Success, a bi-semester newsletter filled with members’ writing contributions. As editor-in-chief of PR Success, the VP of Public Relations is responsible for recruiting writers and photographers, brainstorming each newsletter theme and copy editing stories. Several other responsibilities in this role include writing each week’s speaker recap, monitoring Scripps PRSSA’s blog, heading Scripps PRSSA’s Publications Committee, updating the Chapter’s website and writing any press releases about the Chapter’s successes and/or important events.

Skills Gained: Writing, copy editing, project management, organization

Works Closely With: Chapter Members, VP of Social Media, VP of Visual Communication

Time Commitment: 5-7 hrs/wk


VP of Social Media

The Scripps PRSSA VP of Social Media is responsible for managing and monitoring all of the Chapter’s social media channels, which includes: Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn). In addition, the VP of Social Media is tasked with live tweeting during each Chapter meeting, creating monthly content calendars and aligning the Chapter’s channels with any social media trends. Ultimately, the VP of Social Media is the face of all of the Chapter’s social media channels.

Skills Gained: Copy writing, social media management

Works Closely With: VP of Visual Communication, Executive Vice President, VP of Member Relations, VP of Social Affairs

Time Commitment: 4-5 hrs/wk


VP of Social Affairs

The Scripps PRSSA VP of Social Affairs is responsible for planning and executing all social events outside of weekly Chapter meetings. Several events include informational sessions, professional workshops, new member socials, member bonding events (i.e. Halloween movie night) and executive board bonding events. In addition, the VP of Social Affairs is tasked with planning all of Scripps PRSSA’s annual traditions which includes: pumpkin carving social, homecoming alumni breakfast, Thanksgiving dinner, ugly Christmas sweater social and the end of the year awards banquet. As the leader of the Chapter’s events, the VP of Social Affairs is responsible for overseeing Scripps PRSSA’s Social Affairs Committee and delegating members’ tasks.

Skills Gained: Leadership, event planning, project management, networking

Works Closely With: Chapter President, VP of Finance, VP of Social Media, VP of Visual Communication

Time Commitment: 8-10 hrs/wk


VP of Visual Communication

The Scripps PRSSA VP of Visual Communication is responsible for any of the Chapter’s visual assets, including (but not limited to): social media content (images and/or graphics), promotional material (i.e. flyers for involvement fair), blog headers and website graphics. In addition, the VP of Visual Communication is headed with designing and assembling four editions of PR Success, Scripps PRSSA’s Chapter Newsletter, throughout their term. Graphic design experience is required, photography experience is a plus.

Skills Gained: Graphic design, content creation, copy editing, project management

Works Closely With: Executive Vice President, VP of Social Media, VP of Public Relations, VP of Social Affairs, VP of Member Relations

Time Commitment: 8-10 hrs/wk

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