Under the direction of the Executive Director, the Governance and Advocacy Coordinator is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU) governance and advocacy initiatives and strategies in order to enhance the overall experience of undergraduate students at Athabasca University. The Governance and Advocacy Coordinator will support the AUSU council in the development and maintenance of our bylaws, policies, and procedures, in order to ensure a solid governance structure to which the organization will adhere to.
AUSU is a statutory corporation, established by the Post-Secondary Learning Act of Alberta, representing the undergraduate students of Athabasca University. AUSU works to ensure the members receive an enhanced, quality educational experience. Our primary role for our members is advocacy – both for individual students and our membership as a whole.
Additionally, AUSU provides student services tailored to our unique online learning environment.
Our team consists of up to 13 council members located across Canada, as well as a team of dedicated local staff.
The Governance and Advocacy Coordinator position is a full-time position that supports the staff, executive team, and council of AUSU. Duties include, providing support in the areas of governance and advocacy, facilitate policy and procedure development, organize AUSU advocacy goals and initiatives, supporting our council, executive team, and executive director, support for our student services, and other general duties as required by this position.
Skills & Abilities:
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills
- Strong organizational, problem solving, and time management skills
- Excellent attention to detail
- Computer proficiency with experience using Microsoft Office & Adobe programs
- Works well in a team environment
- Ability to take initiative and work independently
- Experience with google apps (Gmail, google calendar) an asset
- Experience in policy development and/or working within a non-profit governance structure
- Preference given to Athabasca University students
Duties & Responsibilities:
- Bylaws, Policies, and Procedures
- Support the development, review, and maintenance of bylaws, policies, and procedures
- Maintain council approved policy review schedule
- Develop procedures outlining day-to-day operational processes and protocols
- Support executive team and executive director in accordance to all AUSU bylaws, policies, and procedures
- Ensure revised policies are updated to website and internally
- Update all policies and procedures to current formatting standards
- Advocacy management and coordination
- Provide support for all AUSU advocacy initiatives and goals
- Maintain status reports to track progress in accordance with the council approved goals and strategic plan
- Support AUSU as a member of the Canadian Alliance of Students Associations (CASA)
- Coordinate AUSU advocacy efforts with AU stakeholders and external partners
- Communicate effectively all governance related AUSU topics
- Communicate complex issues into a level appropriate for the AUSU community as necessary
- Prepare council meeting packages
- Play an integral role in the AUSU election process for both council and executive council and serve as main point of contact for CRO.
- Track council attendance and maintain council records
- Team Collaboration
- Advise AUSU team on governance and advocacy related topics
- Prepare talking points, when needed, for executive team prior to meetings/events
- Participate in special AUSU projects as part of small office team environment
- Back-up for day-to-day office coverage and general membership inquires
- Represent AUSU as required
- Demonstrate a strong commitment to our vision, mission, and values
- Council Meetings Support
- Collect meeting RSVP’s
- Send out complete meeting packages
- Follow up on action items created at council meetings
In order for a candidate to be considered for this position, they will possess a minimum diploma or university degree in a related area of study, with experience in a similar environment.
Hours of Employment
The Governance and Advocacy Coordinator will work 35 hours per week. The successful applicant will be required to work in our Edmonton area office during our standard business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30-4:30). Some evening work may be required.
The Athabasca University Students’ Union offers an attractive compensation and benefits package. The starting salary range for this position is $43,000 – $45,000 annually, depending on experience and qualifications.
To apply for this position, please submit a resume and cover letter to Mr. Jodi Campbell, Executive Director, at [email protected].
The deadline to apply is Friday, October 20 at noon (mountain time).