The Student Association Board is the student representative body at SSE Riga. The presidential team and the chairpersons of seven committees are elected by SSE Riga students and work for a year to benefit the lives of SSE Riga students. According to the articles of the Student Association of the Stockholm School of Economics in Riga, every person studying at SSE Riga is eligible to become a member of the Student Association. Currently the Student Association has more than 300 members.
The President of the Student Association is the person who is responsible for the strategic planning of the SA. The duties of the President include organising the SA internally and externally by conducting the Board Meetings, keeping close contact with SSE Riga administration and attending public events to exchange experiences with different student associations and other organisations. The President takes full responsibility for everything the SA does, therefore it is mandatory that the President has a good, well organised team that works efficiently to provide SSE Riga students with new facilities and great opportunities.
Vice President is a position with quite a wide range of tasks. Being Vice President of the Student Association requires creativity and motivation. It is hard to define the main responsibilities as it depends entirely on the person elected for the position. But students have high expectations concerning the job of the whole SA. Thus, it is important for the Vice President to know what the board members are doing, and encourage and motivate them in every possible way. As this position allows for a lot of freedom, one should be socially active and take part in school events to get familiar with all facets of student life. To make necessary improvements, it is important to know what the community is lacking. The Vice President must also replace the President if needed, and thus needs to have good presentation and communication skills.
The SSE Riga SA Business Committee Chairperson, who informally is usually called by the strange abbreviation 'buscom', has a quite pivotal role in the Student Association. The person in this position is responsible for providing the Student Association with financial means for operation. This includes both trying to establish new cooperation opportunities and attracting companies that are willing to support the SA, as well as communicating with current SA sponsors (E&Y, P&G and Linedata Services).
The Business Committee Chairperson is responsible for distributing sponsorsʼ promotional materials as well as fulfilling other obligations undertaken by the SA in partnership contracts. Sponsors must always be informed about events taking place at school in advance, no delays are tolerated.
The person in charge of the Business Committee cooperates closely with the Insider, the Yearbook and the Newcomer's Guide teams so to be able to deliver sponsorsʼ advertisements to the students. The chairperson also helps out in organizing Days of Opportunities.
When a party or event approaches, the Business Committee has to take care of providing beverages and food for students from sponsors. One of the most enjoyable and pleasant procedures is putting one's own signature on an important document. So if the SA or students need a piece of paper to be signed, they come to the Business Committee Chairperson, as this person has also a representative role with companies supporting the school and the association.
In short, this is very demanding position, but at the same time it gives lots of opportunities and experience in return.
The Public Relations Committee Chairperson is a rather demanding position for it is quite difficult to pinpoint what the exact tasks of the chairperson are; nonetheless, there is no doubt as to the fact that among other things the person in question has to able to maneuver between finding the best ways to channel information, assuring that all the involved parties receive the best treatment, checking in with the Latvian Student Union as well as taking care of the visual solutions of both the Student Association and any other organizations seeking assistance.
The position is as rewarding as it is demanding, for it is through this experience that a person can gather an impression of what it might be like to work in Public Relations.
The Education Committee is a link between SSE Riga students, administration and faculty. Its role is to bring student concerns to the attention of the faculty and to act as an advocate for student issues. The Education Committee chairperson participates in monthly Advisory Board meetings and takes part in the development of policies and strategies aimed at achieving the schoolʼs objectives in teaching and learning. It is done by conducting evaluations and feedback sessions for all the courses. Apart from these primary responsibilities, the Education Committee chairperson organizes preparatory sessions for re-examinations and leads a team of five people that manage the Master Study Project. The Education Committee is always open to suggestions and ideas.
You receive the “Newcomerʼs guide” when youʼre accepted to the school and the Yearbook when you graduate, see the birthday list in the lobby and read news from the Student Association every time you spread open the first pages of The Insider - these are things that every SSE Riga student is used to. And Iʻm the one who does the job. The duties of the Information Committee Chairperson are somehow similar to a secretary – taking notes, writing e-mails, transferring information from the Student Association to the student body and administration and vice versa. The credo of an Info.com would have to be “the Devil is in the details” as I do the everyday tasks you donʻt even notice but somehow would get lost without.
The Sports Committee is the one that is responsible for creating the most suitable and efficient training schedule according to the studentʼs needs. Right now there are frisbee, basketball, volleyball and football trainings available. The Sports Committee is also dealing with contracts between SSE Riga and different sports halls by trying to get the most beneficial agreements and keeping track of each one's validity.
The Sports Committee also organizes many different events. In addition to some traditional events like the Winter and Summer Symposiums, the Committee tries to implement new innovative ideas like the Spring Symposium in athletics and a paintball competition, and it is constantly looking for additional new ideas to put into action.
What is more, the Sports Committee is responsible for taking SSE Riga students to various competitions outside our community in order to compete with students from other universities.
There are many events and activities happening in SSE Riga that one may know about, but when it comes to parties it is clear they must be, and they must be phenomenal. This is where my job begins. The Party Committee Chairperson organizes most of the parties in the school starting from the Newcomers Camp and ending with the Graduation Party. Coming up with the right theme, getting the sound and light system, and inviting the best DJ are only a few things that have to be done during preparation time. The results of this job can be seen every month when for one night SSE Riga premises turn into the best party place in town.
Of course this cannot be done without help. As there are a lot of things that have to be done right before the party, the crew of the Party Committee is quite big. For helping one receives benefits - those who have helped know what they are. The most important member of the support crew is the Creative Coordinator who is responsible for setting the atmosphere at the party place. When you enter the lobby or go to the photo corner you know that all the decorations have been made by the Creative Coordinator.
Wireless connection is down? Printer is not working properly? Aloha, IT.com, where are you?.. As you have already understood, I am in charge of a lot small everyday things, in contrast to important projects other committees are working on. I also give IT support to other SSE Riga organizations and take part in their events. I'm not sure if it is my duty or not to run from the last row of seats in Soros to push a few buttons to make the projector work again, but I am always keen to do that (receiving your applause for both success or failure – thanks for that, whether it is ironic or not). In my opinion, the best IT.com would be the one that you would not even notice doing the job, and that is my goal, to make sure everything works without receiving any complaints. However, please keep in mind that I do not have any special IT aura - standing next to me will not make your wireless connection work faster.
Student Associationʼs Chief Accountant position is most suitable for a patient person who doesnʼt mind working with numbers. The chief accountant reports directly to the SA Board and is responsible for collecting checks, invoices and other documents from the board and all the committees. Furthermore, the chief accountant is responsible for communicating with the State Revenue Service (VID) as well as the Register of Enterprises (Uzņēmumu Registrs); therefore, this position calls for at least a basic knowledge of Latvian. The accountant has to prepare different statements during the year to show the legal authorities how the SA Board and the committees have performed throughout the fiscal year. The accountant has access to the SAʼs bank account and cash and is able to provide up to date information about the financial resources available to the committees and the SA Board.
And remember, the chief accountant receives a salary!
The position of Senior Accountant is not perhaps the most exiting one among the Studentʼs Association; however, probably many of you have felt a sense of triumph when after hours of rigorous work the Assets and Liabilities sides of the balance sheet eventually match. While the Chief Accountant is responsible for the external accounting (dealing with the Tax Revenue Service etc.), the Senior Accountant can be perceived as a trusty wingman, collaborating with internal accounting. Due to the fact that the Senior Accountant does not directly communicate with the Tax Authorities, the knowledge of Latvian is not of utmost importance and thus there are no apparent obstacles for non-Latvian students who wish to apply. Not only does the position help out the Student Association Board and therefore the whole SSE Riga community, but it also provides a valuable addition to oneʼs résumé.