Get involved with UT System Administration Staff Council!
The University of Texas System Administration Staff Council is charged with fostering a sense of community among staff members, improving communications with the UT System Administration executive management, and assisting with special projects developed by UT System Administration in support of its mission.
Staff Council members volunteer to represent their colleagues and work on their behalf to improve organizational culture and environment in a way that is mutually beneficial to the UT System Administration and its employees. Staff Council liaises with the Benefits Advisory Committee (BAC), the Employee Advisory Council (EAC) and the Diversity-Equity-Inclusion (DEI) working group to stay informed of matters that concern its employees. In addition, they may meet with the Chancellor and Chief Talent & Innovation Officer to discuss the things that are important to its employees.
Staff Council is One Voice. Your Voice.
Who is eligible to serve on the Staff Council? Any UT System Administration employee that satisfies the following eligibility criteria can serve on the Staff Council
- A full-time appointment to a benefits-eligible position at UT System Administration.
- At least 6 months of current, continuous service at UT System Administration.
- Not subject to an active Performance Improvement Plan.
- Supervisor approval to spend designated work hours on the Staff Council business (no more than 6-8 hours per month).
What do Staff Council members do?
- Be available to hear employees' concerns.
- Bring ideas and feedback from employees to Staff Council meetings.
- Disseminate Staff Council information to departments they represent.
- Serve on at least two standing committees.
- Volunteer to help with Staff Council events and programs (including SECC).
Why should anyone join the Staff Council?
- To be a voice for your colleagues (and surrounding communities).
- To make valuable contacts across the departments.
- To develop & hone your soft skills.
All staff council members are asked to commit to at least an one-year term, though a two-year term is preferred. As a member of the Staff Council, one is allowed to participate in the following committees: Communications, Elections, Fostering Community, Staff Development and Wellness.
- Communication Committee develops, maintains & handles communications on the behalf of the Staff Council for the use by UT System Administration employees.
- Elections Committee solicits nominations for Staff Council from each service area (departments), conduct elections for Staff Council executive positions, upholds the bylaws & guidelines the Staff Council operates by.
- Fostering Community Committee works to bring UT System Administration employees together through various events and activities throughout the year (e.g. SECC). All the Staff Council members are expected to help with the various events irrespective of their membership of this committee.
- Staff Development Committee liaises with the Office of Talent & Innovation (OTI) to offer staff development opportunities that are mutually beneficial to the individual & the UT System Administration.
- Wellness Committee plans and promotes wellness activities for UT System Administration employees that includes all the aspects of the wellness: emotional, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical & social.
How does one sign up?
Nominate yourself or a colleague today by sending in an email to email@example.com, subject line Staff Council Nomination. Nominations close May 31 of every year for the new members to start in June. Staff Council transitions are expedited to maintain continuity of departmental representation.
The Staff Council Chair will confirm with OTI that the employee is eligible to serve. Once approved by OTI, the Staff Council Chair will notify the employee that they are eligible and request that they seek permission from their supervisor. The employee then forwards their Supervisor's written approval to the Staff Council Chair for documentation. Once the process is complete, the Staff Council chair can start including the new representative in Staff Council meetings and correspondence.
Join the caring and committed colleagues working to ensure that your voice is heard!
If you are a System Administration employee and want more information, visit the Staff Council SharePoint site.