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position: Vice President, External Advocacy

Advocacy, Student Representation and Connectedness. Elected position as determined during Spring Elections

Position Prerequisites:

Elected position as determined during Spring Elections. Must be 18 years old. Must meet all MSA eligibility requirements. Must be a current full-time student enrolled at Mohawk College. Must be returning as a full-time student for the 2021-22 academic year.

Reports to:

MSA President.

Note: Although there is an organizational reporting structure, it is important to note that all Board members, regardless of position, are equal and have an equal vote at the Board Table.

Direct Reports

Stoney Creek Director, IAHS Director, Fennell Directors (5).


As a student leader who is part of a governance board, our responsibility is to provide strategic direction for the MSA, direct the Executive Director to delegate staff to carry out governed tasks and to represent the student voice in all matters.

Responsible for working cooperatively with VP’s, the MSA Board, MSA Staff and MSA student-staff to ensure effective operations and student representation across all campuses.

Skills & Experience:

Leadership experience; proficient with computers and Microsoft Office Suite; experience with event planning or public outreach an asset; proficient public speaker; creative and innovative; excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills.

Performance Measurables:

Attends all meetings/events/conferences as required; effectively communicate and cooperate with MSA Board members as well as MSA staff, and the student-staff; maintain regular office hours; maintain regular and effective contact with Directors, VP’s, College Faculty/Staff (as needed); compile and submit reports, paperwork, etc. in a timely manner.

Time Commitment:

Part time (August – April) with a minimum of twenty (20) office hours per week PLUS any meetings as may be required of the position, according to the Office Hours’ policy.

  • May require late nights or weekends;

  • Must attend any MSA/College committee meetings as may be required;

  • Expected to attend April and January retreats (may involve weekends and overnights);

  • Responsible for attending Board of Director meetings and/or training sessions as required; 

  • Attendance at conferences as directed by Board and/or President;

  • Participation and/or attendance at additional major events as required o e.g. ABCD, MSA Day, KPI’s, Awareness Campaigns

Note: It should be understood that the MSA is a student organization and as such it should be expected that this is not an hourly position and that MSA members and MSA representatives are awarded an honourarium (not an hourly salary) based on execution of tasks and responsibilities of the position

Committee Requirements:

As directed by the Board of Directors and the MSA President.

Position Specific Responsibilities:

  • Lead of external advocacy work performed by the MSA (Government/elections, MTCU Policy, external research/reports, community engagement, ABCD, and other matters related to external organizations such as the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations, etc.);

  • Represent all Mohawk Students in College/City/other meetings as required;

  • Develop Terms of Reference for all external advocacy committees;

  • Lead and facilitate Student Advisory Committees of the Board that require action off-campus (i.e. municipal, provincial and federal government matters; community engagement and relations);

  • Implement actions/projects resulting from committees;

  • Bring recommendations and other matters resulting from Student Advisory Committees to the attention of the Board of Directors through updates/reporting;

  • Provide assistance and support to the MSA President;

  • Represent MSA on committees as directed by the President;

  • Assist in all external matters involving the MSA with the President;

  • Provide a progress report to the Board of Directors of all activities, functions and events over the course of the previous month no later than ten (10) days prior to a Board meeting;

  • Lead Campus Directors supporting external advocacy committee;

  • Work with VP Internal Advocacy to develop brief monthly survey for Student Reference Panel members;

  • Works out of the Fennell Campus (primary office) with regular visits to satellite campuses;

  • Prepare a report to present to the MSA Stakeholders at the annual General Meeting

Generic Responsibilities:

  • All MSA representatives are expected to attend committee and/or College meetings and events, conferences, etc.;

  • Complete evaluation reports for all conferences attended during the year;

  • Provide a progress report to the Board of Directors of all activities, functions and events over the course of the previous month no later than ten (10) days prior to a Board meeting;

  • Document and maintain the required office hours per week as scheduled throughout the academic year;

  • Educate and advise the incoming person on duties of the position;

  • To meet regularly with the MSA President to discuss duties of office and other pertinent issues;

  • Must prepare for and attend all related committee meetings and be prepared to be an active participant in such committee meetings;

  • Represent the students of Mohawk College in all matters as required and report as necessary;

  • Consult with and provide input to the MSA President with regards to any contentious issues that may, from time to time arise within the scope of responsibility;

  • Prepare for and attend all MSA Board of Directors meetings;

  • Vote at such meetings in the best interest of the MSA, recognizing that the Corporation should embody the best interests of the students of Mohawk College;

  • Adhere to all MSA policies;

  • To complete all other duties as reasonably assigned.

To apply for this position, please send your resume and cover letter, indicating the position you are interested in to