Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs


Term: May 1, 2021-April 30, 2022
Hours: Variable, averaging 14 hours per week
Wage: $17.00-19.00/hour, based on experience
Reports to: Vice President, Education
**This role is anticipated to be remote for its full duration**


The Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs (AVPAA) works with the Vice President, Education to improve the quality of education and teaching at the University of Waterloo, as well as advocate on academic issues. The AVPAA builds and maintains relationships with key on-campus stakeholders and serves as the student voice on a variety of university committees and groups. Through research & policy development, the AVPAA supports the Vice-President, Education in proposing effective evidence-based solutions that both address students’ concerns and are likely to be adopted by the university.

Relevant topics in this portfolio include quality of teaching, academic freedom, and academic accommodations. Leveraging the experience gained in this role, the AVPAA will have the opportunity to pursue research, advocacy or outreach projects in areas of their interest.

Beyond this, the AVPAA will use their skills and expertise to support on-going advocacy work occurring on the faculty/program level. The AVPAA will engage in regular communication with Faculty Society VPAs and VPEDs, and- upon request- work with them to address any barriers impeding their advocacy work. The role will also act as a point of contact for students and student groups interested in pursuing advocacy related to academic affairs.

This position offers some flexibility in working hours. Nonetheless, successful candidates should remember that this is a part-time position for one year and should be willing to plan academic and extracurricular commitments accordingly.



  • Attends advocacy meetings with university administrators
  • Maintains and builds relationships with important university stakeholders
  • Represents undergraduate students on committees as assigned by the Vice President, Education

Project Work

  • Develops and undertakes research, advocacy or outreach project(s) in alignment with the executive action plan
  • Assists in the coordination of ongoing academic advocacy and outreach initiatives
  • Organizes the Teaching Awards Program


  • Assists in research and writing of academic advocacy-related documents
  • Contributes to consultation and research carried out by partner organizations, such as the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance


  • Develops understanding of policy on matters relating to academic issues, and acts as a resource in relevant policy development
  • Supports Faculty Society VPAs/VPEDs in the development and execution of academic advocacy initiatives
  • Serves as a support to the Vice President, Education, and is a primary designate upon request, on university policy reviews, student course perceptions, student academic experience and other topics as assigned
  • Acts as a point of contact for students/student groups interested in pursuing academic advocacy 

Knowledge and Skill Transfer

  • Meets with Faculty Society VPAs/VPEDs to discuss ongoing advocacy work
  • Creates a forum for VPAs/VPEDs to exchange knowledge, best practices, and identify opportunities to collaborate (where appropriate)
  • Following consultation with the VPAs/VPEDs, develops resources and skills workshops that aid them in their work


  • Meets regularly with the Vice President, Education to discuss advocacy priorities
  • Provides regular reports to the Students’ Councils on advocacy and other activities

Additional duties

  • Additional duties as assigned by the Vice President, Education


  • Current undergraduate University of Waterloo student
  • Understanding of university administration and academic policy is a significant asset
  • Previous experience as a VPA/VPED at a program/faculty level not necessary, but helpful


  • Passion and motivation to advocate on behalf of students
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Exercises tact and diplomacy when working with stakeholders
  • Able to provide constructive feedback and compile helpful resources
  • Strong initiative: can identify problems and formulate potential solutions independently
  • Knowledge of mixed methods research methodologies
  • Able to identify confidential and sensitive information and understand its reasonable use


Please submit a cover letter and resume to Stephanie Ye-Mowe prior to Monday, April 12th , 2021 at 11:59pm. Interviews will be in the following two weeks. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Stephanie Ye-Mowe at