Getting Involved with the GSA

There are numerous ways for graduate students to get involved with the GSA. Each of these positions offers students the opportunity to expand their network, try something new, and to experience professional development themselves.


President & CEO

Applications for President & CEO are available in the Winter Semester each year. A hiring model for this position is in its' second year. You can read about it here. The President & CEO dedicates 25 hours per week of paid GSA related work. You must be a registered graduate student.

Coordinator POSITIONS

Applications for all coordinator positions are now open. We accept applications from registered graduate students and people with acceptances to begin graduate studies at Laurier the following September. The application deadline was Friday, March 31st by 3 pm to hiring@wlugsa.ca.

There will be six coordinator positions that make up the Operations Team, along with the President. Coordinator portfolios will be:

  • Advocacy Coordinator
  • Events Coordinator
  • Professional Development Coordinator
  • Research Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Wellness Coordinator

Position Overview:

  • Member of the Operations Team
  • Executes departmental objectives from the Annual Plan
  • Ensures activities are evaluated and leveraged for maximum organizational impact
  • Chair of portfolio committee

Responsibilities:

  • Collaborates within the Operations Teams
  • Implements the departmental activity objectives from the annual plan
  • Monitors departmental budget: communicating any expected overages immediately to the President
  • Creates and promotes a positive, diverse work environment that supports consistency throughout the organization's strategy and operational methods

Committee participation (commitments may change as required):

  • Operations Team
  • Operational Committees – chair of departmental committee
  • Other committee vacancies as needed

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment
  • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, transparency, and accountability
  • Ability to effectively chair meetings
  • Knowledge of GSA policies and procedures
  • Interpersonal skills required to effectively interact with staff, volunteers, members, and the University Community
  • Past participation with the GSA is an asset
  • Experience working in a University environment is an asset
  • Experience managing volunteers and staff is an asset

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

Term of office: May 1st 2017 until April 30th 2018 (training in April 2017)
Honorarium: $1200/semester
Training:

  • Participate in Operations Team and Board training
  • Participate in sensitivity training
  • Complete AODA training
  • Complete Health and Safety training

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Self-directed position: flexibility in determining some working hours
  • High amount of unexpected work and time demands
  • Must be able to cope with the multitude of demands required of the position
  • Work is often required during weekends and evenings
  • Work will take place primarily in a controlled office environment, but also in a variety of event locations around campus
  • Efficient use of word processing (Word), spreadsheet (Excel), presentation (PowerPoint), email (Gmail) and social media (Facebook, Twitter) required to fulfill many communication functions
  • Use of general office equipment: Mac computer, photocopier, fax machine, etc.

The GSA is committed to equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of a visible minority. To obtain a copy of this application package in an accessible format, please contact hiring@wlugsa.ca

President’s Council Member

Applications for all president's council member positions are now open. We accept applications from registered graduate students and people with acceptances to begin graduate studies at Laurier the following September. The application deadline was Friday, March 31st by 3 pm to hiring@wlugsa.ca.

The GSA President will convene a council between the months of September and April to discuss GSA initiatives and hear from members of the graduate student community. Council positions will be:

Faculty Representatives:

  • Arts
  • Balisillie
  • Education
  • Human and Social Sciences
  • Lazaridis
  • Liberal Arts
  • Music
  • Science
  • Seminary
  • Social Work

Constituency Representatives:

  • Aboriginal Students
  • International Students
  • Part-time Students
  • Social Justice & Equity

Responsibilities:

  • Connect with graduate students within the faculty/constituency and bring forward ideas and concerns to the council
  • Identify thematic institutional barriers to graduate student success and help develop strategies to advocate for change
  • Create/continue partnerships within the Laurier community to enhance the graduate student experience
  • Partner with other council members to deliver programming

Committee participation (commitments may change as required):

  • Will sit on one operations team committee (PD, Wellness, Research or Events)
  • Faculty representatives will serve on Graduate Faculty Council
  • Other committee vacancies as needed

DESIRED SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE

  • Ability to exercise sound judgment
  • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism, transparency, and accountability
  • Interpersonal skills required to effectively interact with staff, volunteers, members, and the University Community
  • Past participation with the GSA is an asset
  • Experience working in a University environment is an asset

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT

Term: September 1st 2017 until April 30th 2018
Honorarium: $600/semester
Training:

  • Participate in GSA training
  • Participate in sensitivity training
  • Complete AODA training
  • Complete Health and Safety training

WORK ENVIRONMENT

  • Self-directed position: flexibility in determining some working hours
  • Work is often required during weekends and evenings
  • Work will take place primarily in a controlled office environment, but also in a variety of event locations around campus
  • Efficient use of word processing (Word), spreadsheet (Excel), presentation (PowerPoint), email (Gmail) and social media (Facebook, Twitter) required to fulfill many communication functions
  • Use of general office equipment: Mac computer, photocopier, fax machine, etc.

The GSA is committed to equity and values diversity. We welcome applications from qualified individuals of all genders and sexual orientations, persons with disabilities, Aboriginal persons and persons of a visible minority. To obtain a copy of this application package in an accessible format, please contact hiring@wlugsa.ca


The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors represents the interests of graduate students at Laurier who are members of the GSA, provides strategic direction expressed in broad policies, and offers clear future oriented leadership, outward vision and a broad range of viewpoints. Composition of the Board includes character, talent, and loyalty to the GSA, and fosters diversity into the whole of the organization.

The Board directs, monitors and inspires the organization through strategies and policies that are forward looking, including the influence of external factors and trends and capturing relevant values for the successful outcomes and conduct of the GSA.

The Board is accountable to the GSA membership through the following areas of focus:

  • Member and Stakeholder Representation
  • Setting Strategic Direction
  • Financial and Risk Oversight
  • President Succession Planning and Monitoring
  • Governance and Policy Development

The Board must act in a manner that is consistent with the Corporations Act of Ontario, and the GSA's Letter Patent and Constitution.

The Board consists of nine members; chair, vice chair, treasurer and six directors-at-large. The Board meets once per month to discuss generative topics relating to the membership, governance and strategy items, and to monitor the President.


COMMITTEES

The GSA has open positions on several committees for graduate students to join on a volunteer basis.  Each committee meets for approximately 1 hour each month. The committees are: Research Committee, Events Committee, Wellness Committee, and Professional Development Committee.

Board Level Committees

Members of the Board of Directors are required to sit on the following committees. However, each of these committees are also open to the general membership.

Management Resources Committee
The purpose of this committee is to ensure that the Board fulfills its responsibilities with regards to managing the President. The committee is responsible for the maintenance of a Presidential job description, facilitating the election of a President, and ensuring an annual review process takes place.

Governance Committee
The purpose of this committee is to ensure that the Board fulfills its legal, ethical, and function responsibilities through governance policy development, recruitment strategies, training programs, monitoring of board activities and evaluation of board members performance. The committee is responsible for creating governance policy and procedures, recruiting and orienting new board members, and conducting annual assessments of the Board’s strengths and weaknesses.

 

University-wide Committees

The GSA has a Memorandum of Understanding with Laurier detailing our right to have graduate student representation, determined by the GSA, on a number of university-wide committees. Committee openings are advertised to the membership on an as-needed basis. Some committees that require graduate student representation are:

  • Graduate Faculty Council
  • Graduate Student Appeals
  • Student Affairs department sub-committees
  • Senate Student Appeals
  • Mental Health Task Force
  • Senate Committee on Research and Publications
  • Library Council
  • Senate Finance Committee
  • Gendered Violence Task Force