Associate Vice President, Government 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, Government Affairs (AVPGA) works with the Vice President, Education to advocate on behalf of UW undergrads to the relevant municipal, provincial, and federal bodies. The role consists of two major parts: i) research & policy development and ii) advocacy on issues facing students. Major topics that the AVPGA’s work addresses are: off-campus housing, public transit, OSAP, community relations, and quality of life for students and graduates in the Region of Waterloo.

Through events, campaigns, and direct lobbying of decision-makers, the AVPGA acts to voice students’ concerns to key players in the post-secondary sector. The AVPGA will also be heavily involved in the research, consultation, and writing of evidence-informed policy recommendations for the government. Leveraging the experience gained through these activities, the AVPGA will have the opportunity to pursue research, advocacy, or outreach projects in areas of their interest. 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 lobby meetings with government representatives and other external stakeholders
  • Builds strong relationships with key decision-makers on behalf of WUSA
  • Represents undergraduate students on committees as assigned by the Vice President, Education

Project Work

  • Assists in the research and writing of academic advocacy-related documents
  • Works with the Vice President, Education, to develop and execute portions of the executive action plan
  • Develops and undertakes research, advocacy or outreach project(s) in alignment with the executive action plan
  • Coordinates education, campaign and outreach efforts, in collaboration with support staff


  • Performs research as necessary, in collaboration with support staff
  • Contributes to consultation, writing, and research carried out by partner organizations, such as the Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance and the Undergraduates of Canadian Research-Intensive Universities


  • Develops understanding of policy on matters relating to the post-secondary experience as overseen by the federal, provincial, and municipal governments, and acts as a resource in relevant policy development
  • Provides support to Students’ Council on government policy development matters, in collaboration with support staff
  • Serves as a support to the Vice President, Education, and is a primary designate on request, on topics relating to federal, provincial and municipal affairs


  • Meets regularly with the Vice President, Education to discuss advocacy priorities
  • Provides regular reports to the Students’ Council on advocacy and other activities
  • Serves as a point of contact for students with ideas for municipal, provincial and federal advocacy

Additional duties

  • Additional duties as assigned by the Vice President, Education


  • Current undergraduate University of Waterloo student
  • Understanding of municipal, provincial and/or federal affairs as they pertain to post-secondary students is an significant asset
  • Understanding of post-secondary education policy


  • Passion and motivation to advocate on behalf of students
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Exercises tact and diplomacy when working with stakeholders
  • Strong mixed methods research skills ● Strong initiative: can identify problems and formulate potential solutions independently
  • Ability to act in a non-partisan manner while conducting duties of the job
  • Familiarity with workings of all levels of government is an asset


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