Student Application for Committee Chair Positions

Several local high school students will be selected to serve in co-chair positions for the 13th Annual Teton County Model United Nations Conference. Partnering with three local high schools in Jackson Hole, the Jackson-based non-profit InterConnections 21 (IC21) will coordinate organization of the conference scheduled to take place at Jackson Hole High School on November 11-13, 2018. Applicants for these positions must be enrolled in a participating school, and should be highly respected at school and in the community.

Duties and responsibilities of the Chairs:

The chairs will work collaboratively with the committee co-chairs (teachers or other adults who have previous Model UN experience) to ensure that the proceedings during the TCMUN conference committees run smoothly. Specifically, the committee chairs will:

  1. May – June: meet with all other 2018 chairs and Secretariat to discuss the 2018 conference and preparation plans
  2. Between mid-August and early November: participate in the TCMUN training workshop in Jackson and, occasionally, the bi-weekly TCMUN steering committee meetings, as well as, possibly, traveling to other schools to help train students new to TCMUN;
  3. Just before and after the conference: volunteer for at least eight hours with tasks such as finalizing the conference program, making participant name tags, placards, and setting up and taking down the conference meeting rooms;
  4. During the conference:
  • Run committee proceedings
  • Help maintain the speakers list and keep track of timing
  • Help organize and print the draft resolutions
  • Run errands for the co-chair

Qualifications and criteria for selecting the Chairs:

  • Proficiency with MUN Rules of Procedure
  • Experience with Model UN (preferably Teton County Model UN)
  • Leadership experience/skills
  • Knowledge about world issues
  • Good standing in school and the community
  • Comfort and experience with public speaking
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a team with other student leaders and the conference organizers
  • Time and commitment to give priority to conference-related activities that may come up and are particularly suited for student leaders, e.g. training students from other schools prior to the conference, occasional participation in steering committee meetings, and 8 volunteer hours for tasks during the two weeks before the conference
  • You must be available for TCMUN training workshop in mid-August, 2018

Personal Responsibility

Each student is expected to take ownership of her or his participation in TCMUN  and IC 21 programs. This includes attending required meetings, appropriate and timely communication with other students, faculty, or IC 21 staff, and being prepared for events. If you are unable to attend or participate in an event or meeting, it is each student’s responsibility to communication with IC 21, not a student’s parents. If a student is overwhelmed or feeling overextended, it is the student’s obligation to reach out and communicate that to IC21 staff. IC 21 considers open and direct dialog and feedback with students important for developing personal responsibility and honing of their leadership skills.

Applications for the student positions of Committee Co-chairs are due by Wednesday, April 11th, 2018, by noon. Current sophomores and juniors are encouraged to apply. If you are interested, please complete the application below.

Selection of participants will be based on:

  1. Leadership positions in previous MUN activities
  2. Behavior and level of commitment in prior TCMUN events
  3. Prior MUN experience and recognitions
  4. Public speaking and non-MUN leadership experience
  5. International experience or connections
  6. Reason for wanting to attend this year’s TCMN Conference

If you have questions about the application or position, please email Lindsey Ehinger (lindsey@ic21.org).