The application period for staff positions is now over. We thank all interested candidates for applying, and shortlisted individuals will be contacted for an interview in the next two weeks. Please direct any questions regarding interviews to Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. We are an open community of like-minded students at UofT. While we have a common interest in Model UN, our members major in fields as diverse as Engineering, Life Science, International Relations, Peace, Conflict & Justice, Political Science, Architecture, and Commerce. We come together to plan an annual conference for high school delegates to share our passions and to influence others to develop as global citizens.
2. We are a fun bunch of people. Being a part of the Model UN community is an enjoyable and unforgettable experience. You will have a blast doing one or all of the following: attending our many social events (including private sessions with top recruiters like Deloitte!), planning an elaborate hostage scene for a crisis committee, or watching your own delegates excel on the negotiating floor.
3. Working with us = great training & networking for summer jobs & future careers. Many roles involve teamwork, leadership, research, planning, quick thinking skills as well as business and logistic abilities--which are all useful for many different fields. We have former & current staff interning at the Canadian Embassy in Beijing, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General, & the Hong Kong Economic & Trade Office. Staff are encouraged to request reference letters from the Secretariat, and the best staff will receive awards.
Throwback to 6 months ago (Feb 2014). Can you picture yourself here with us?
2015 Staff Positions
If you are new to MUN or MUN at UofT, scroll down to the next section to read more about the differences between the three committee types.
Operations Deputy Director
The is a newly created position aimed at grooming you towards Secretariat-level positions. You will be reporting to Yahani, a veteran in running the logistics division. It is a demanding role that requires strong organizational skills & a cool head in high-stress situations. Apply if you are interested in an accelerated mentorship aimed at training you in the areas of: registration, distributing delegate communications & handbooks, securing AV needs, renting our very own UTMUN car, and coordinating committee room supplies.
Every conference has an A-team, and this is it. You will work collaboratively with all the other staff members to disseminate important information related to registering 425+ delegates at 8am on a cold wintery morning, spearheading opening & closing ceremonies, assisting in committee room setup, and ensuring the delegate social(s) are a wild success. It's crazy fun & we guarantee that it's well worth your time.
The Envoy: Editor-in Chief
The Envoy, UTMUN's flagship conference journal, saw a comprehensive revamp last year. Our relaunch in 2014 was an amazing success, with incredible stories of how our high-quality & fun coverage impressed both delegates & teachers. We are expecting great things this year, and we need your talent & leadership to manage the journal's content, social media, and quite possibly your very own committee of delegate journalists!
The Envoy: Design & Editorial Team
The Envoy is the Sec-Gen's favourite wing of the entire conference. Your team members are focused, hard-working, creative and intelligent people with a heart for ensuring that the best moments of the conference don't go uncovered. This is a great position to get familiar with all the different committees, delegates, and teachers.
Director (GA & Specialized)
You are primarily responsible for everything...academic. Your most important task is to produce a background guide that will serve as the first point of reference for delegates in your committee. Academic Directors Daksh & Meerah will be on hand to ensure that the guide is academically solid & stellar before it is released to delegates in December. You will also work with your Moderator & Vice-Director on assigning awards to your best delegates & position papers.
Moderator (GA & Specialized)
When the committee is in session, the Moderator is the most important staff member in the room. You (& your trusty gavel) are responsible for ensuring that delegates adhere to procedure, and steering the discussion to keep it interesting. It is the ultimate test of one’s interpersonal, teamwork and leadership skills. The close rapport you build with delegates makes it a truly rewarding experience.
Vice-Directors are the jack-of-all-trades. You will assist both the Moderator & Director with the running of the committee and responding to questions of academic nuance. This position is perfect for UofT students without any prior Model UN experience. You will get to experience and take part in the two main roles of running a committee, and thus be thoroughly exposed and immersed in the MUN experience.
The role of Directors in Crisis differs slightly from GAs & Specialized because they need to plan a committee that is constantly changing. This requires mapping out how they see it going and by coordinating with the Crisis team. You will be responsible for preparing the background guide under the guidance of Academic Director Maddy before it is released to delegates in December.
This position is not so different from those in the GAs & Specialized. Moderators in a Crisis setting will have to deal with changing circumstances and help plan the course of the committee with their team. You will be an individual who thrives in high-energy & chaotic situations, with the ability to guide delegates to cope with never-ending crisis updates.
You will be responsible for figuring out how the various crisis will pop up unexpectedly during the conference. You will have the additional perk of managing a brilliant team of Crisis Analysts. Managers will help lead the creation of faux news articles, videos, acting in the committee room and announcements - all to further the many Crisis subplots. This role requires significant creativity, an ability to work under pressure, and great team management skills. Model UN and Crisis experience is strongly recommended.
You will work in a team to create the plot for Crisis Committees as well as the materials in order to communicate the crisis to the delegates. This role requires staff to work under pressure, research effectively, and use strong creative skills. Ability to use Microsoft Office and photo/video editing software is a plus. A standard day can involve filming a hostage video, creating a realistic looking newspaper article, dressing up and acting in a committee, or charging into a committee to assassinate a delegate.
GAs are the meat and potatoes of a MUN conference. They represent committees actually present and affiliated with the United Nations, follow closely to the rules and procedures, and tackle contemporary world issues. These are the most traditional committees and often quite large (up to 45 delegates). Directors, Moderators and Vice Directors can expect very strong committees and will be putting their skills to the test in managing a large but fascinating group.
- Disarmament and International Security Committee (DISEC)
- Economic and Financial Committee
- Social, Cultural and Humanitarian Affairs Committee (SOCHUM)
- Special Political and Decolonization Committee (SPECPOL)
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNDOC)
- World Health Organisation
Specialized committees are a great choice for novice MUN-ers. They are much smaller in size than GAs (up to 20 delegates). They often focus on intriguing & important historical events that go uncovered in regular history textbooks. These committees can span both space and time and can often take on different rules to fit their respective needs. Great for history buffs.
- Camp David Accords
- Six-Party Talks: September 2005
- Committee on Central and South Asian Affairs
- UN Security Council: Rwanda 1994
- Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) 1991- 1996
Crisis committees are high-energy, fast-paced sessions that require delegates to think quickly on the negotiating floor. While they often operate at first like a traditional Model UN committee, they are different because anything can change at any time. In addition to the Director & Moderator, a Crisis Team will be researching and creating in the background to throw in new challenges that delegates will have to react to. They are best suited for delegates/staff with prior experience in debating or MUN.
- Putin’s Russia: 2008-2014
- II Principe
- Ad Hoc
- Literary Committee: Animal Farm
- The Fall of Rome
*Please note that the committee line-up is subject to change based on ongoing feedback from the Academic Staff & Secretariat. Last updated: Sept 12th, 2014. Contact email@example.com for queries or suggestions regarding the above.