Department: Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association (WUSA)
Reports to: WUSA President, WUSA Board of Directors, WUSA Students’ Council
Jobs Reporting: Commissioners: Municipal Affairs, Provincial & Federal 
Affairs, Co-operative and Experiential Education
Salary (2019-2020): $49,336.83 + $4,735.96 in benefits, annually
Employment Type: Full-time, 1-year contract (May 1, 2020 – April 30, 2021)

To Serve, Empower, and Represent the Undergraduate Students of the University of Waterloo

Primary Purpose

The VP Education is an elected student leader who acts as an official de-facto student representative to the University of Waterloo. They are responsible for advocating on behalf of undergraduate students to the University of Waterloo, the Government of Ontario, and the Government of Canada, on all matters relating to post-secondary education. The VP Education is also expressly responsible for stakeholder relations, student disciplinary practices, and WUSA’s involvement in external political organizations.

The Federation of Students, University of Waterloo, operating as the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association is the official collective voice and legal representative of undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo. Since 1967, WUSA has provided undergraduates with the services and support they need to reach their academic goals and make the most of their university experience.

Key Responsibilities

  1. Student Advocacy
  • Promotes a high-quality academic and co-op environment for all students
  • Advocates for financially accessible post-secondary education
  • Ensures that students’ views are represented accurately and fully to the Department of Co-operative and Experiential Education
  • Conducts research into post-secondary education and uses data and information available to develop policy and stances for WUSA
  • Fulfills additional duties as required, including involvement with teaching awards, curricular changes, academic committee work, and various other duties
  1. Stakeholder Relations
  • Maintains and promotes relations between undergraduate students and the University of Waterloo and various levels of government
  • Represents WUSA to various community organizations established to promote student welfare
  • Fosters relationships between undergraduate students at the University of Waterloo and students of other universities to enhance academic pursuits on campus
  • Provides representation for WUSA when the President is unable or when more than one representative is required at official university functions and on public occasions
  1. Student Academic Support
  • Aids students facing difficulties in interactions with the University and any level of government on matters of a general academic nature
  • Administers the Centre for Academic Policy Support, which offers direction to students undergoing academic appeals, petitions, and grievances under UW’s policies
  • Encourages the evaluation and formulation of academic policies, procedures, and grading practices that promote and reflect academic excellence and integrity
  • Represents undergraduate students to any body dealing with program quality or accessibility
  • Serves as the Students’ Council’s advisor on all issues academic, co-op, and external in which WUSA participates
  1. Management
  • May establish commissions to assist with the fulfillment of any of their duties
  • Serves as the primary executive liaison for the Stakeholder Relations Officer and the Research and Policy Officer
  • Oversees and assists with the evaluation and management of all stakeholder and advocacy-focused staff and initiatives

Qualifications

  • Candidates for Executive Positions must be full members of the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association as defined in the bylaws, which includes:
    • Each undergraduate student currently registered at the University f Waterloo 
    • Each undergraduate student currently engaged in a c-operative work term 
    • Each undergraduate student wh is not registered in the current term but who was registered in the previous term and has shown intention to register in the next term
    • The President and Vice-Presidents f the Corporation
  • The Vice President, Education is an ex-officio Director on the Board of Directors, which has the following legal requirements:
    • Must be at least 18 years f age
    • Must nt have been declared incapable under the laws of a Canadian province or territory, or by a court in a jurisdiction outside Canada
    • Must nt be an undischarged bankrupt or expect to become bankrupt during the duration of the term of office

Upon receiving a nomination package for Vice President, Education, the Chief Returning Officer confirms the eligibility of the candidate according to the above criteria.

Beneficial Experiences and Skills*

  • Strong leadership experience in volunteer positions
  • Experience working with or for WUSA
  • Engagement with student government
  • Experience managing students and/or staff
  • Strong analytical, technical, communication, and organizational skills are essential
  • A high level of knowledge in the structure and use of policies, procedures, and bylaws of WUSA and the University of Waterloo is preferred
  • Strong ability to connect and engage with students and other stakeholders with a high degree of professionalism
  • Strong interpersonal and public speaking skills an asset
  • Effective time management required

*This job is an elected position and these are only suggested experiences and skills that may prove to be beneficial in the completion of duties and ease of transition into the role.

Nature and Scope of Role

  1. Contacts

A range of University staff, faculty, and students, as well as leadership in student advocacy organizations, administration at the University of Waterloo, and staff within WUSA. WUSA is uniquely positioned at the interface of students, university administrators, faculty, and various government and media parties. The Vice President Education is, in absence of the President, the official representative of students and must be prepared to speak with authority on various student issues and concerns.

  1. Decision-Making Authority

The VP Education makes decisions on the nature and extent of strategic objectives for the Corporation’s advocacy goals and targets. The VP Education has final decision-making authority on items pertaining to government relations and student academic or co-op related issues.

  1. Physical and Sensory Demands

Minimal demands typical of an administrative role within an office environment. May occasionally be subject to heavy lifting, long hours, and other conditions characteristic of volunteer experience.

  1. Working Environment

High stress work environment with some exposure to disagreeable conditions both typical of and unique to a supervisory position. WUSA is a student organization, and the staff, especially the executive, are often expected to pivot and respond quickly to emergent student needs and shifting organizational priorities.

  1. Mental Stress

This position requires attending meetings outside of work hours from time to time and regularly requires working on weekends. It also includes traveling to and from conferences and retreats. A successful candidate should be able to practice effective self-care and delegation of duties to avoid job burnout. There may be a perceived requirement to act as a mediator or a confidant for others outside of management duties, but such a role should only be taken on if the successful candidate has a strong support system and the confidence to shoulder such burden.

 

All WUSA employees are expected to follow WUSA’s bylaws, policies, and procedures and work practices at all times. Employees are also responsible for the completion of all health and safety training, as assigned. Employees with staff supervision and/or management responsibilities will ensure that assigned staff abide by the above, and actively identify, assess and correct health and safety hazards, as required.

The above is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. All personnel may be required to perform duties outside of their normal responsibilities from time to time, as needed.

 

How to apply


This is a student-elected role, check out wusa.ca/elections to learn more about elections and the nominations process. This position is only open to current Waterloo undergraduates (including those who are in their last year of study). Nominees require 100 signatures from Waterloo undergraduates. Nominations close on Jan 23, 2020 at vote.wusa.ca