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position: Governance and Advocacy Specialist

The Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA) was designed and created as a separate entity from Mohawk College. The Association was built for and is led by students.


We empower Mohawk Students to create a community they can lean on for positive experiences, relevant supports, a listening ear, and a strong voice so they can achieve personal success in their college experience and beyond.

Led by the Executive Director and an elected Student Board of Directors (BOD), we are a Non-Profit Organization that supports students through our Areas of Focus - Advocacy & Leadership, Engagement & Support, Sustainability & Operations. While we are separate from Mohawk College, we do work collaboratively with the college to reach our goals.

We believe in fostering an environment where all staff members feel Purposeful, Supported, and like they Belong. Together daily, we live and bring our values to life to ensure we achieve our student-centred Vision and Mission.


Every day is a new challenge, and you are continually looking for ways to help our team become more efficient and effective. As an asset to a team that is In This Together, you collaborate with our BOD, advocate for best practices, and pitch in where needed. You Believe it’s Possible and contribute in transformative ways within and beyond your department through insight and support.


Student Driven:

We are passionate about Mohawk Students and all our efforts are devoted to enhancing their experiences.


In This Together:

Collaboration built on trust across the Mohawk community is essential to ensure every student interaction matters.


Believe it’s Possible:

Fueled by outcomes and insight, we strive to find solutions for how we can meet the evolving needs of students.


Foster Belonging:

We connect the Mohawk Community to ensure everyone feels invited, welcomed, and included as their authentic self.



We strive to tell, share, and learn from stories in meaningful ways.

our values

MY student services TEAM

The Student Services Team provides relevant supports and services, including a health and dental plan, bus pass, and academic, wellness and life services, that meet the social, physical, mental and professional needs of students.

Watching students succeed, and knowing that we played a part in that success, is the best part of our job.


As the Governance and Advocacy Specialist, you will work closely with the Board of Directors and support them in their development as student leaders, as well as guiding them in their advocacy efforts. You act as a “connector” by paying attention to student concerns, offering information and documentation, connecting them to the Board for further support while connecting the Board to appropriate people and resources to assist.

What Success Looks Like in This Role:

You understand the issues and challenges post-secondary students can face. You thrive on helping student leaders develop their skillset because their success is our success. You recognize that student engagement is a priority and support those efforts, particularly around participation on committees, attendance at AGMs and throughout the election processes.  You have a keen eye for detail and policy writing/interpretation and researching industry best practices.

Primary Accountabilities:

  • Provide overall support to the Board and Executive Committee in onboarding and training and coordination of meetings.

  • Support the Board of Directors in their advocacy and governance functions.

  • Coordinate and oversee the functions of the Annual General Meeting and elections.

OUR mission

We empower Mohawk Students to create a community they can lean on for positive experiences, relevant supports, a listening ear, and a strong voice.

OUR vision

All Mohawk Students achieve personal success in their college experience and beyond.



  • Board Management

    • Coordinates and participates in the onboarding process and annual training of the Board of Directors.

    • Coordinates and documents meetings, retreats, training and supports all other activities related to the Board.

    • Provides non-political advice and acts as a mentor and resource to the Board of Directors.

    • Establishes best practices through research and networking, provides recommendations regarding events and conferences that support the MSA strategic plan.

  • Governance & Policy

    • Provides guidance to the Board of Directions regarding the interpretation and application of existing bylaws and policies.

    • Works with the Policy Committee, to develop and maintain governance documents including an appropriate review and revision schedule.

    • Facilitates the annual submission of governance documents to the appropriate government authorities.

    • Coordinates and oversee planning for the Annual General Meeting.

  • Advocacy

    • Supports the Board in their role in addressing student issues and concerns by advising on appropriate College contacts, supports and services.

      • Assists in the Academic Appeals process by triaging student issues, providing information, connecting students to the Board and scheduling Board attendance at appeals.

    • Maintains information related to government contact, public servants, relevant community partners, as well as documentation on past meetings with those groups.

    • Collaborates with the Board and relevant staff on planning, implementing and evaluating advocacy activities.

    • Supports the Board with the operation of the Student Rep Committees.

    • Offers strategic advice and support in the development and execution of an annual advocacy plan and multi-year advocacy projects for the organization, aligned to the strategic plan.

    • Coordinates and oversees research and reports on issues related to post-secondary education.

    • Supports the Board’s work with provincial/federal lobbying groups by reviewing and interpreting policy papers and attends relevant workshops/conferences as required.

    • Provides training and support to the Board with respect to advocacy.

What you Need in Education, Experience and Training for your Department:

  • A diploma or degree in the fields of Paralegal, Communications, Political Science, or Public Administration is preferred.

  • 3-5 years of experience in a governance and/or advocacy role.

  • Sound understanding of issues affecting post-secondary students.

  • Experience mentoring young adults and/or working with volunteers.

  • The ability to work in a political portfolio while maintaining an apolitical approach.

  • Proven general research skills that include the ability to conduct research, analyze information, articulate alternatives, draw conclusions and provide practical recommendations.

  • Experience working with community partners and institutional stakeholders.

What you Need in Training for Team MSA

  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Teams.

  • Ability to work with sensitive and confidential information.

  • Ability to work independently with minimal guidance.

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.

  • Exceptional organizational and multi-tasking skills.

Physical Demands/Work Environment

  • Standard work hours are 35 hours per week.

  • Travel between campuses may be required.

  • Able to sit for prolonged periods.


This position is entitled to the following comprehensive compensation package:

  • Health and Dental Benefits.

  • Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP).

  • Enrollment in the CAAT Defined Benefit Pension Plan.

  • 15 Paid Vacation Days and additional vacation for all college closures.

  • 12 Paid Absence days.

  • Staff Well-being Initiatives.

  • Support and celebrate an individual's authentic self.

  • Intentional professional development supports and opportunities.


Equity and Diversity are core values of the MSA and are engrained in the work we do to support Mohawk students.  At the MSA, we believe the dedication to our values of equity, diversity, and inclusion requires a continuous commitment. It’s about fostering a culture of open-mindedness, compassion, safety and inclusiveness among individuals and groups, where leadership is made up of different people with diverse perspectives. The MSA is actively building a community where everyone is encouraged and celebrated to be themselves and whose members have diverse cultures, backgrounds, and life experiences in order to challenge and dismantle systemic oppression.

We are looking for qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially encourage applications from Indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

Job Description


Reports To: Senior Manager, Student Services

Department: Student Services

Classification: Full-time, Permanent

Pay Band: $55,000 - $65,000

How to Apply:

  • Please apply to

  • Please include the title ‘Governance and Advocacy Specialist’, your last name and then your first name in the subject line of the email.

  • Include your resume, cover letter and create a work sample for the student employee framework based on the questions below (you may submit the answers in whichever format you wish).

Step 1:

Tell us your story as to why you would like to join the MSA team.

Step 2:

As the Governance and Advocacy Specialist, you will work closely with the Board of Directors and support them in their development as student leaders and in guiding them in their advocacy efforts, because you understand student issues. You recognize that student engagement is a priority and support those efforts around participation on committees, attendance at the Annual General Meeting and throughout the election process. 


Please submit a framework that supports both mentoring student leaders and engaging students to support our goal of empowering students by addressing the following questions:

  1. How would you guide and assist the Board in identifying student issues and determining what their advocacy priorities will be each year?

  2. What steps would you take to engage with students to increase participation in advocacy, elections, participation in committees, etc.?

  3. How would you measure success?

We will be accepting applications until July 30 or until the position is filled.

The expected, flexible start date is Sept 1, 2021.

As part of our commitment to accessibility for all persons with disabilities, The MSA will, upon the request of the employee provide accommodation.


Should you require accommodation at any point during your employment with the MSA please contact Human Resources at

The Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA) has an exciting opportunity for the right person to engage and work with students (with an emphasis on providing them with the supports, resources, and tools to enable them to perform as strong leaders and advocates). If you have a passion for working with students, and get great satisfaction from helping those around you succeed, the MSA is the place for you.