ACSS 2021 Team Applications

After the success of ACSS 2020, the team is excited to announce that we will be pursuing the Summit as an annual event. We are looking for a group of hard working, committed team players to take on the enormous challenge of organising the next ACSS on the 2021 ACSS Team.

Eligibility:

  • Enrolled at the Australian National University in 2021;
  • 2nd year or above (postgraduate students are welcome to apply); and
  • Studying International Security Studies, International Relations, Strategic Studies, Law, Finance, Accounting, Economics, Languages, Science, Computer Science, Engineering, Arts, Media, Politics or a related discipline.

Unfortunately, we will not be considering applications from students from other Universities to join our team at this stage. However, early next year we will be considering establishing “hubs” in capital cities around the country. We will communicate further details about this through our social media channels. 

Team Application & Selection Process

To nominate yourself for an ACSS 2021 Team please submit this form by COB on Monday, 23 November. Following a review of the nominations by our ACSS 2021 Executive Team, you will be informed if you have progressed to the next round. Applicants will be interviewed for their positions either in person or via Zoom. Applicants who have successfully secured an interview will be contacted on Thursday 26 November with further details for the interview process.

Important Dates in the Selection Process

Applications Close: COB on Monday 23, November 2020

Applicants Proceeding to Interviews Contacted: Thursday, 26 November 2020

ACSS 2021 Role Description Positions

Education and Research Portfolio

Insights and Education Officer

  • Liaise with academics and other stakeholders;
  • Produce Insight and Analytics Reports that assess delegate performance in each of the three simulations during the Summit;
  • Lead production of ACSS Journal;
  • Operating the Data and Analytics Hub during the ACSS Summit.

Commitment:

  • November 2020 – April 2021: 3-5 hours per week
  • May 2021 – August 2021: 5-7 hours per week
  • September 2021: 10-20 hours per week in lead-up to Summit, full-time in Summit Week

Research Officer

  • Liaise with academics and other stakeholders;
  • Curate pre-readings and podcasts to prepare the delegates for their simulation experiences;
  • Lead production of the ACSS Podcast;
  • Assisting with the ACSS Journal;
  • Operating the Data and Analytics Hub during the ACSS Summit.

Commitment:

  • November 2020 – April 2021: 3-5 hours per week
  • May 2021 – August 2021: 5-7 hours per week
  • September 2021: 10-20 hours per week in lead-up to Summit, full-time in Summit Week

Careers Consultant

  • Organise and coordinate the ACSS Young Professionals Network/ Mentors Week;
  • Collaborate with ANU Careers to produce an engaging Virtual Careers Fair;
  • Liaise with academics and other stakeholders;
  • Assist with podcast curation and the ACSS Journal;
  • Operating the Data and Analytics Hub during the ACSS Summit.

Commitment:

  • November 2020 – April 2021: 3-5 hours per week
  • May 2021 – August 2021: 5-7 hours per week
  • September 2021: 10-20 hours per week in lead-up to Summit, full-time in Summit Week

Crisis Operations Portfolio

Head Crisis Writer (1 per crisis)

  • Oversee the development of one crisis;
  • Assist a small team of crisis writers with researching and writing the crisis narrative and associated documents, directives and other resources as required;
  • Delegate tasks amongst writers;
  • Input the crisis scenario into the Conducttr Team XP simulation software;
  • Liaise with Conducttr team to resolve any technical issues experienced with the software;
  • During the Summit, run the delivery of the simulation through the software during the crisis.

Commitment:

  • November 2020 – June 2021: 3-4 hours per week (flexible – could be more or less depending on the week);
  • July 2021- August 2021: 7 – 10 hours per week (predominantly inputting crisis into the software)
  • September 2021: 15 + hours per week in lead-up to Summit, full-time in Summit Week

Crisis Writers (3 per crisis)

  • Develop, research and write the crisis narrative;
  • Write position descriptions, team descriptions, documents (e.g. maps, intelligence, news articles), directives and other resources as required;
  • Assist with the writing of scripts for the live TV Studio;
  • Liaise and attend meetings with academic consultants and other stakeholders;
  • During the Summit, assist with the delivery of the live TV, the coordination of mentors and roleplayers, and/or otherwise assist in the running of the simulation.

Commitment:

  • November 2020 – June 2021: 3-4 hours per week
  • July 2021- August 2021: 6 – 8 hours per week
  • September 2021: 15 + hours per week in lead-up to Summit, full-time in Summit Week

Finances Portfolio

Finance Officer

  • Assist the Chief Financial Officer in any and all duties as required;
  • Research options for ACSS suppliers to minimise expenditure;
  • Assist with bookkeeping processes, especially preparation of statements for financial reporting obligations;
  • Develop, design, and deliver partnership prospectus;
  • Liaise and attend meetings with stakeholders;
  • During the Summit, assist with stakeholder management, transactional requirements and budgetary oversight, and/or otherwise assist in the running of the ACSS;
  • After the Summit, assist with processing final transactions, budget reporting, and stakeholder report preparation.

Commitment:

  • November 2020 – April 2021: 3-5 hours per week
  • May 2021 – August 2021: 5-10 hours per week
  • September 2021: 10-20 hours per week in lead-up to Summit, full-time in Summit Week
  • October 2021 – December 2021: 3-10 hours per week

Technology and Analytics Portfolio

Technical Services Officer

  • Assist the Chief Technology officer in any and all duties related to technical services and play a key role in the planning and implementation of such services;
  • Research, coordinate and implement the necessary technical support services required for the Summit, including at a minimum, an online helpdesk website and virtual support meeting rooms (Zoom or similar);
  • Lead the deployment of chosen technical services to scalable web servers. This may include server management and configuration;
  • Organising equipment for the summit, including monitors, computers, headsets, etc. that may be required during the event;
  • During the summit, oversee the technical support team, including triaging support requests, organizing the team, and providing technical support.

Commitment:

  • November 2020 – April 2021: 3-5 hours per week
  • May 2021 – August 2021: 5-10 hours per week
  • September 2021: 10-20 hours per week in lead-up to Summit, full-time in Summit Week
  • October 2021 – December 2021: 3-10 hours per week

Media Production Officer

  • Research, coordinate and implement a live-streamed studio production;
  • Assist in planning the studio setup, including organising required equipment and labour;
  • In the lead up to the summit, work with the crisis writers to ensure the production can fulfill their vision. This may include ensuring the studio has certain capabilities. For example, being able to host a 6-person discussion panel;
  • Training and preparing the production crew on their required roles;
  • During the summit, coordinate the delivery of the live-streamed production in all aspects. This includes directing the production crew.

Eligibility: Some prior experience with media production is required.

Commitment:

  • November 2020 – April 2021: 3-5 hours per week
  • May 2021 – August 2021: 5-7 hours per week
  • September 2021: 15+ hours per week in lead-up to Summit, full-time in Summit week

Delegate Experience Portfolio

Social Officer

  • Communicate with delegates, through emails and other forums, leading up to and during the Summit;
  • Review application and interviews delegates;
  • Monitor delegate welfare and wellbeing, particularly during the Summit;
  • During the summit, manage delegate logistics e.g. accommodation, dietary requirements, role allocation;
  • Organise events to facilitate mixing between delegates and professionals;
  • Create, distribute and enforce ACSS policy documents.

Commitment:

  • November 2020 – July 2021: 3-4 hours per week
  • August 2021: 6- 8hours per week
  • September 2021: 15+ hours per week in lead-up to Summit, full-time in Summit Week

Marketing and Communications Portfolio

Social Media Officer

  • Assist in operating the ACSS social media accounts (Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter);
  • Developing creative and professional marketing content; and
  • Providing general communications support for marketing campaigns. 

Eligibility: Experience in graphic design will be of high advantage but not necessarily required.

Commitment:

  • November 2020 – April 2021: 3-5 hours per week
  • May 2021 – August 2021: 5-7 hours per week
  • September 2021: 15+ hours per week in lead-up to Summit, full-time in Summit week

Communications Officer

  • Assist with the planning of marketing campaigns;
  • Developing a strategy for promotional networks and sponsorships; and
  • Engagement with prospective delegates and stakeholders.

Eligibility:  Previous experience in marketing, customer service or public relations will be of high advantage but not necessarily required. 

Commitment:

  • November 2020 – April 2021: 3-5 hours per week
  • May 2021 – August 2021: 5-7 hours per week
  • September 2021: 15+ hours per week in lead-up to Summit, full-time in Summit week