University of Vermont

STAFF COUNCIL - Serving as a voice and advocate for all staff at UVM since 1971

2017 Staff Council Representative Elections

Staff Council Representatives are elected annually in April and represent staff from all corners of the University of Vermont (UVM). Using UVM’s Organizational Chart, we have established 19 Units which include all colleges and major divisions. Representation in these areas is determined annually by a staff census performed through Human Resource Services in accordance with our bylaws. (To find out who your current Staff Council Representative is, click here). Representative term years run from July 1st to June 30th, so representatives elected in Spring 2017 will commence serving on July 1, 2017.

Each representative is required to attend our monthly Staff Council Meeting and participate on one of our four Staff Council Standing Committees. The time commitment for both of these responsibilities is approximately 3 hours per month. In addition, each representative is also required to distribute information regarding Staff Council business, activities, and communications to their units (generally in the form of distributing materials provided by the Staff Council Office). Each representative serves a 3 year term, however, if changes occur in one's personal or professional life that make it difficult to maintain this commitment, one can step down from their position at any time and a new election in the unit will be held. Elections are staggered and on occasion there are terms that are less than 3 years. (If you are the only interested staff member in your unit, you may be confirmed without the need for an election.)

Funds are available to reimburse grants up to 3.5% of a grant-funded employee's salary for time spent engaged in Staff Council activities. If you are a fully grant-funded employee and win an election for a representative position, the Staff Council Office will work with your Unit/Division to address any release time questions or concerns as they relate to your grant funding.

Staff Council Representative Elections Process and Eligibility

The regular period for nominations closed on April14, 2017. However, we accept nominations on a rolling basis for any vacant representative positions (found below). If you are interested in serving on Staff Council, please download and complete a Staff Council Representative Self-Nomination Form.

As per Staff Council bylaws, you are qualified to serve as a representative if your record in Human Resource Services shows that you: (a.) are a regular full-time or part-time non-represented employee at the University of Vermont, who is not on probation at the time of election; (b.) whose job is part of the University’s Career/Pay System (including all grant-funded employees); and (c.) you are not employed in the Staff Council Office.

Current Staff Council Representative Vacancies
  • College of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences: 1 Representative, 3 year term
  • HRDMA: 1 Representative, 3 year term
  • Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources: 1 Representative, 3 year term

(If there is currently no vacancy in your unit, consider getting involved with one of the Staff Council Standing Committees instead!)

Please refer any questions or concerns to the Staff Council Office at 656-4493 or

*Although the Staff Council serves as the voice and advocate for all staff, it does not have the same function as Collective Bargaining Units to which some members of the UVM staff belong. Those staff  who belong to UE Local 267 are not permitted to participate in Staff Council at the request of  their union. 


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