ABOUT SMU STAFF

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Our paid staff consists of 28 undergraduate students who each serve this organization in a unique way! Here's what it looks like:

ABOUT OUR POSITIONS

PRESIDENT

The SMU President is elected during the Spring semester for the following academic year. The president oversees the functioning of the organization. Responsibilities include regular meetings with Biola leadership and SMU advisors, planning and facilitating meetings with the Board of Directors as well as SMU All Staff meetings and executing a vision for the year.

For more information about this position,

email smu.president@biola.edu

"MY PRAYER IS THAT WE WILL GLORIFY GOD IN ALL THAT WE DO - WE WILL SEND OUT TONS OF TEAMS, HIRE HUNDREDS OF VOLUNTEERS, MAKE TONS OF ADVERTISEMENTS, HAVE A BUNCH OF MEETINGS, AND PUT ON THE LARGEST STUDENT-RUN MISSIONS CONFERENCE IN THE WORLD... BUT IF GOD'S NOT AT THE CENTER THEN WE'VE ALREADY LOST. WE'VE MISSED IT. I PRAY HE IS GLORIFIED EVEN IN HIS MISSTEPS."

-CARLY MICHAEL

SMU PRESIDENT 2019-2020

VICE PRESIDENT /

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER

The Vice President and Financial Controller are the only positions within SMU which are a two year commitment. When someone is hired as Financial Controller, they become Vice President the following year. The Financial Controller spends a year working under leadership of the Vice President to learn the ins and outs of the financial responsibilities within SMU. The Financial Controller learns protocol for reimbursements and time cards for SMU employees, while the Vice President is responsible for external procedures and communication with Biola’s Finance Department.

For more information about this position,

email smu.vp@biola.edu

"THE FINANCIAL CONTROLLER WORKS TO ASSIST THE VICE PRESIDENT IN MANAGING THE BUDGET, TIME CARDS, AND OTEHR PROJECTS DESIGNATED BY THE VICE PRESIDENT. ONE OF THE BEST THINGS ABOUT BEING IN THIS POSITION IS THE OPPERTUNITY TO WORK BEHIND THE SCENES WITH EVERY DEPARTMENT OF BEING ABLE TO REBUILD RELATIONSHIPS WITH THEM!"

-DANIELLE GEORGIA

FINANCIAL CONTROLLER 2019-2020

LOCAL MISSIONS

Local Missions is made up of the Director, a Logistics Coordinator, and 3 Team Developers. The Director oversees this team as well as communicates with external missions organizations and other departments within SMU. The Logistics Coordinator handles things like trip proposals and other technical aspects that are required to send out teams. Team Developers get to be a resource for trip team leaders through building relationships, providing encouragement and prayer. They also get to lead the Missions class that preps leaders for their trips. NEW: Within The missions department there is now a position called Marketing and Events Coordinator that will work with both Local & Global Missions departments to assist with planning events and fundraising for teams.

 

For more information on positions within Local Missions,

email smu.localmissions.director@biola.edu

"THE GREAT COMMISSION ASKS US TO MAKE DISCIPLES. IN LOCAL MISSIONS OUR FOCUS IS WALKING ALONGSIDE PEOPLE AND MAKING DISCIPLES AND FRIENDSHIPS WITH PEOPLE FROM DIFFERENT COMMUNITIES THAT ARE ONLY A COUPLE MINUTES AWAY."

-JOE LEE 

LM DIRECTOR 2019-2020

Global Missions function similar to the Local Missions department in that there are 3 Team Developers and a Logistics Coordinator under Leadership of the Global Missions Director. The main difference is of course that this department focuses on international mission. The director communicates with organizations around the world and guides the team to plan overseas trips. Team Developers work alongside trip team leaders to provide prayer, leadership, and guidance through weekly meetings. The Logistics Coordinator handles the practical steps that it takes to get teams approved and sent out. NEW: Within The missions department there is now a position called Marketing and Events Coordinator that will work with both Local & Global Missions departments to assist with planning events and fundraising for teams.

For more information on positions within the Global Missions,

email smu.globalmissions.director@biola.edu

GLOBAL MISSIONS

"GLOBAL MISSIONS MOBILIZES STUDENTS TO FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION INTERNATIONALLY. I LOVE GLOBAL MISSIONS BECUASE I GET TO WORK WITH MOTIVATED INDIVIDUALS WHO CARE DEEPLY ABOUT SENDING OUT MISSIONARIES."

-SAMMY RUSSELL 

GM LOGISTICS COORD 2019-2020

MARCOM

The Marketing & Communications department creates and executes all the visual media for the entire organization. Everything from poster design to social media to the Missions Conference identity comes from MarCom. The Director acts as a creative director, building and maintaining a cohesive visual identity for SMU as well as communicating with other SMU departments to determine projects. 2 Graphic Designers are responsible for designing things like posters, mission trip shirts, and Missions Conference identity. Additionally there are 2 Media Coordinators who are in charge of all video content for SMU and Missions Conference. And finally the Communications Coordinator position runs all external communication for SMU such as social media, blog, and newsletters.

For more information about positions within MarCom,

email smu.director.marcom@biola.edu

"WORKING FOR MARCOM HAS BEEN ON OF THE BEST EXPERIENCES I'VE HAD AT BIOLA. GETTING TO WORK ALONGSIDE A TEAM OF ARTISTS TO CREATE FOR THE GLORY OF GOD AND THE FURTHERING OF HIS KINGDOM IS A PRIVILEGE. THE MARCOM STAFF QUICKLY TURNED INTO SOME OF MY FAVORITE PEOPLE TO BE AROUND."

-EMMA VELASCO

MARCOM COMM COORD 2019-2020

MISSIONS CONFERENCE

The two Missions Conference Co-Directors have the privilege of planning the entirety of our student-run conference that is held every Spring. The Co-Directors develop a theme, hire a staff, and oversee the planning of the conference. Under the Directors, there are six departments, led by twelve coordinators. For a list of these, feel free to explore our Missions Conference Staff page.

For more information about these positions, 

email mc.director@biola.edu

"MC DIRECTORS PLAN AND EXECUTE THE THEME AND VISION FOR MISSIONS CONFERENCE BY LEADING A STAFF OF 100 STUDENT VOLUNTEERS ORGANIZED INTO 6 DEPARTMENTS. WE ALSO WORK TO INVOLVE/INCLUDE DIFFERENT CLUBS AND DEPARTMENTS ON CAMPUS TO REPRESENT THE STUDENT BODY WELL AND TO HELP RELAY THE IMPORTANCE AND RELEVANCE OF THE GREAT COMMISSION TO ALL STUDENTS."

-BRYNN FIELDHOUSE AND JOSH SAUCY

MC CO-DIRECTORS 2019-2020

ADMINISTRATION

A team of four Office Assistants is led by the Director of Administration. This department is a bit different in that they work for both SMU and SGA (double the fun!). They are tasked with things like putting together our staff retreats, serving the various needs of both staffs, and being the friendly faces that greet you upon entering our office.

For more information about these positions,

email smu.director.admin@biola.edu

"OFFICE ASSISTANT SERVE SMU AND SGA AS THE ONES WHO CREATE EVENTS AND MAINTAIN THE OFFICE ENVIRONMENT. I LOVE THIS JOB FOR THE COMMUNITY OF BOTH THESE STAFFS AND OUR OA STAFF. WE ARE LIKE FAMILY. THIS IS PROBABLY THE BEST JOB ON CAMPUS."

-CHRISTIANNA MERSHON

OA 2019-2020

SMU's HR department consists of two positions: HR Director and Diversity Coordinator. The Director handles things such as hiring and applications. The Diversity Coordinator works with the SMU Board of Directors as well as other campus organizations to develop relationships and explore opportunities that would increase inclusivity and diversity within SMU. These two roles work together to make sure that things within SMU are organized and working smoothly. They do a lot of behind the scenes work to make our organization thrive.

For more information on HR positions,

email smu.recruit@biola.edu

"HUMAN RESOURCES AIDS ALL OF THE DEPARTMENTS IN SMU DURING THEIR HIRING SEASONS. HR IS A SPECIAL POSITION TO BE IN BECAUSE WE GET THE PRIVILEGE OF INTERACTING WITH A VARIETY OF DIFFERENT STUDENTS AND FACULTY THROUGHOUT THE YEAR AND SERVE AS A BRIDGE BETWEEN THE SMU STAFF AND APPLICANTS."

-BRIDGET GILLESPIE

HR DIRECTOR 2019-2020

HUMAN RESOURCES