Executive Roles

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President

The President of AUSA is the Chair of the AUSA Executive, responsible for leading the Executive in its governance of the Association and in the development of the Executive’s goals. Every day as President is different, but ultimately its about bringing out the best in the Executive, supporting and working alongside the AUSA General Manager to run AUSA and representing our students. Responsibilities include: 

  • being the spokesperson of AUSA – representing students and AUSA in the media 
  • chairing Executive and Student Council meetings;  
  • supporting the AUSA General Manager in the management of AUSA; and 
  • representing students on University committees and working groups; 
  • leading AUSA’s governance of AUSA’s trusts and entities; and 
  • helping, as required, with any AUSA events or initiatives. 

This is a paid 40-hour week role, with the term running from 1 December 2020 to 30 November 2021. 

Treasurer-Secretary

The Treasurer-Secretary is the administrative right hand to the President, responsible for assisting the President in their management of the Executive and overseeing AUSA’s financial performance and strategy. Responsibilities include: 

  • working with the AUSA General Manager and Accountant to create the AUSA Budget; 
  • monitoring AUSA’s financial performance through the year; 
  • participating in the governance of AUSA’s entities (UBIQ, Shadows, bFM, Property Trust); 
  • compiling minutes and agendas for Executive and Advisory Board meetings with the President and General Manager; and 
  • helping, as required, with any AUSA events or initiatives. 

This is a paid 20-hour week role, with the term running from 1 December 2020 to 30 November 2021. 

Education Vice-President 

The Education Vice-President is AUSA’s representative on a variety of different academic decision-making bodies. The Education VP’s job is to voice the concerns and ideas of students to the University, often providing student feedback on consultation taking place across the University. The Education Vice-President works closely with the AUSA Student Council, regularly engaging with our Faculty and School Associations. Responsibilities include: 

  • being AUSA’s representative on academic decision-making bodies (Senate, Education Committee, Teaching and Learning Quality Committee, Academic Programmes Committee and many others); 
  • providing student feedback on policy development at the University; 
  • working with the President to represent students, especially on an academic basis; and 
  • helping, as required, with any AUSA events or initiatives. 

This is a paid 20-hour week role, with the term running from 1 December 2020 to 30 November 2021. 

Engagement Vice-President 

The Engagement Vice-President of AUSA is responsible for championing issues that students care about outside of the University sphere – these might be causes like Climate Change, elections participation and engagement or anything that we think students need to care about and engage in. The Engagement Vice-President does this by: 

  • leading AUSA’s campaigns efforts – directed either at the University, Local or National Government (for example, campaigns related to free public transport, etc); 
  • organising submissions on behalf of AUSA and the student body on consultation opportunities provided by local or national government; and 
  • organising events related to issues concerning students; and 
  • helping, as required, with any AUSA events or initiatives. 

This is a paid 20-hour week role, with the term running from 1 December 2020 to 30 November 2021. 

Welfare Vice-President 

The Welfare Vice-President of AUSA is responsible for advocating for student interests on issues of equity and student support at the University and for overseeing AUSA’s grants process. The Welfare Vice-President often co-ordinates various welfare initiatives alongside AUSA’s partners in the University (most often Campus Life and the Equity Office). Responsibilities include: 

  • managing AUSA’s grants process – seeing applications through from arrival through to completion; 
  • representing AUSA on decision-making bodies at the University related to student support and equity; 
  • working with AUSA staff to ensure that AUSA is providing the best student support that it can; and 
  • helping, as required, with any AUSA events or initiatives. 

This is a paid 20-hour week role, with the term running from 1 December 2020 to 30 November 2021. 

International Students’ Officer 

The International Students’ Officer of AUSA is responsible for advocating for and representing our International Students and working with the AUSA Executive and Staff to provide support to our International Students. Responsibilities include: 

  • representing international students on University decision making bodies (mainly, the International Committee); 
  • attending and participating in AUSA Executive and Student Council meetings; 
  • working with AUSA Staff (often the Buddies Manager) to run events to support international students; and 
  • helping, as required, with any AUSA events or initiatives. 

This role is 10 paid hours a week during the teaching weeks of Semesters One and Two. 

Requirements: Must be an International Student at the University. 

Queer Rights Officer 

The Queer Rights Officer of AUSA is responsible for advocating for and representing our LGBTQIATakatapui+ community here at UoA. In addition to this, the QRO is responsible for building a sense of community in Queerspace, our community space for queer-identifying students. Responsibilities include: 

  • representing our queer student community on University decision-making bodies (mainly in Equity related committees and working groups); 
  • attending and participating in AUSA Executive and Student Council meetings; 
  • working with AUSA Staff and Executive members to put on events; 
  • putting on events and developing a sense of culture in Queerspace; and 
  • helping as required with any AUSA events or initiatives. 

This role is 10 paid hours a week during the teaching weeks of Semesters One and Two. 

Women’s Rights Officer 

The Women’s Rights Officer of AUSA is responsible for advocating for and representing all self-identifying women on campus. In addition to this, the WRO is responsible for building a sense of community in Womenspace, our community space for self-identifying women on campus. Responsibilities include: 

  • advocating for gender equity at the University, particularly through University committees and decision-making bodies; 
  • attending and participating in AUSA Executive and Student Council meetings; 
  • working with AUSA staff and Executive members to put on events; 
  • putting on events and developing a sense of culture in Womenspace; and 
  • helping as required with any AUSA events or initiatives. 

This role is 10 paid hours a week during the teaching weeks of Semesters One and Two. 

The establishment of the following position is part of the proposed changes to the AUSA Constitution intended to be adopted prior to the election.

Postgraduate Student Officer 

The Postgraduate Student Officer is responsible for representing our Postgraduate Students at the University of Auckland, working with the Education Vice-President to ensure that postgraduate student perspectives are included in University decision-making. Responsibilities include: 

  • advocating and representing postgraduate students at the University, in conjunction with the Education and Welfare Vice-Presidents; 
  • attending and participating in AUSA Executive and Student Council meetings; 
  • working with the AUSA staff and Executive to put on events for postgraduate students; and 
  • helping as required with any AUSA events or initiatives. 

This role is 10 paid hours a week during the teaching weeks of Semesters One and Two. 

Requirements: Must be an Postgraduate Student at the University. 

We also have the following roles, however the Executive for 2020 are proposing changes to the AUSA Constitution that would disestablish these positions. If these constitutional changes are adopted prior to the election taking place (as is the intention), then any nominations received for this roles will be invalidated. 

 They are: 

Design Officer 

The Design Officer is responsible for coordinating AUSA’s social media presence, communicating with the student body about important AUSA and University updates and assisting in the creation of designs for campaigns and events in co-ordination with the appropriate AUSA staff. The Design Officer is present at all major AUSA events taking photos and ensuring the world at large (or at least the student body) is seeing all that’s on offer from AUSA during our major events and other initiatives. 

Reason for proposed disestablishment: the Design Officer’s responsibilities are carried out by professional, paid AUSA staff. 

Satellite Campus Representative 

The Satellite Campus Representative is responsible for representing and serving students studying at the satellite campuses which currently include Grafton, Epsom, Newmarket, Tamaki and Tai Tokerau. In their role, they work with students and the students’ associations at these campuses ensuring that AUSA has a presence, and is supporting, those students. This includes helping to run and co-ordinating various events at the Satellite Campuses and bringing the University’s attention to issues affecting students on other campuses. 

Reason for proposed disestablishment: the Satellite Campus Representative’s role is no longer needed as the AUSA Student Council has representatives from all Faculty and School Associations (including all FMHS, CAI and EDSW Associations). 

Campaigns Officer 

The Campaigns Officer of AUSA leads and co-ordinates AUSA’s campaigns initiatives. These campaigns can be anything ranging from a “Get Out the Vote” Campaign for the General Election in 2020, to an awareness campaign about an issue of concern. The Campaigns Officer also assists the Engagement Vice-President of AUSA in the delivery of AUSA’s political and sustainability focused events. 

Reason for proposed disestablishment: the Engagement Vice-President position covers this portfolio and is better places to look after campaigns responsibility, as a serious objective of AUSA.