Position Descriptions (Committee)

Committee Director: The Director is the supervising substantive officer of their Committee. Responsible for authoring the majority of the Committee Background Guide; the portions the Director is responsible for are the topic summaries (on each topic the committee will be discussing) and the introductory letter, introducing themselves, the Assistant Director / Chair and the conference to delegates.

At the conference, the Director is primarily responsible for editing working papers as delegates submit them to the dais, and eventually approving them and giving them a document code, making them a draft resolution. The Director is also responsible for ensuring the substantive quality of the committee, which includes ensuring (with the help of the Director of Home Government) that delegates are representing a policy as similar to their countries’ true policy as possible. Finally, the Director is responsible for mentoring their Assistant Director, their Chair, and their Committee’s Special Advisor, to help ensure their growth as a staffer and preparation for future years as a member of the NWMUN Staff.

Committee Assistant Director / Chair: These positions serve as the Procedural Officer of their Committee. They are responsible for authoring one of the topics of the Background Guide. At the conference, the Assistant Director / Chairperson chair the meetings, and are responsible for ensuring the procedural integrity of the proceedings. The Assistant Director / Chair lead the committee without directing them, and are responsible for the integrity of the process, rather than the quality of the outcome, of the committee. In committees where there is both an Assistant Director and a Chairperson, the Chairperson will be primarily responsible for procedural matters, and the Assistant Director will aid the Director in the discharge of their duties.

Note: In the Security Council and Reformed Security Council, the Chair will rotate among the membership; this process will be coordinated by the Director and Assistant Director, who will aid the holder of the rotating Chairmanship in the discharge of their duties.

Special Advisor: This position serves as a Substantive Advisor to their Committee & Member of the Simulations Team. Prior to the conference, they are responsible for authoring a section of the Background Guide and assisting in developing any special simulations for the committee.

At the conference, the Special Advisor briefs their Committee as needed on relevant substantive issues, serving as a “Special Rapporteur” or “Special Advisor of the UN Secretary-General”. They also serve as a member of the Simulations Team and assist in the execution of any conference-wide special simulations.