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About the OUSA

Structurally, OUSA is divided into 8 departments: Corporate support; Events; Communications and Marketing; Clubs and Socs; Critic; Planet Media Sales; Radio One and Student Support Centre.

With approximately 70 staff and many more volunteers, OUSA is a substantial organisation.

Managers of each department report to the CEO, who is responsible to the Student Executive for the overall management of the organisation.

OUSA is a dynamic environment to work in – no two days are ever the same! We are an inclusive and supportive employer who values inputs from all staff.

How to Apply

Applicants must send their CV, completed OUSA application form (available here) and a cover letter to the HR Administrator, Lauren Williams (lauren@ousa.org.nz) .

Please clearly indicate the position(s) you are applying for.


Senior Student Support Advocate, OUSA Student Support Centre

The OUSA Student Support Centre provides advocacy, support and welfare services to students at the University of Otago.

Our Student Support staff are on the frontline of student life and experience, helping students to navigate whatever life may throw at them during their time at university, particularly when the going is tough or the pathway ahead unclear. The support we offer covers academic concerns, tenancy, financial hardship, wellbeing and pastoral care, and general advocacy and support.

We are currently seeking a Senior Student Support Advocate who will be able to provide student focussed advocacy and support services to OUSA members, promote student welfare and wellbeing, and support the Student Support Manager and operations of the Student Support Centre.

As a unique support hub for students at Otago we are a one stop shop for anything life can throw at them. We act as case managers when a situation involves different departments and agencies; making sure that the right connections are made and the best outcome for the student is achieved

Because of the varied nature of what we do (and we literally do almost everything) you will need to be a dynamic and adaptable person who isn’t easily phased and who takes a pastoral approach. You will also need to be able to see the big picture and make the right connections in a particular situation, and at the same time be able to get amongst the nitty gritty.

OUSA is a dynamic environment to work in – no two days are ever the same! We are an inclusive and supportive employer who values inputs from all staff.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • A relevant tertiary qualification such as psychology, counselling, social work, community development/support or equivalent
  • Written and oral communication skills, active listening/counselling skills, pastoral care skills, problem solving skills, flexible and adaptable
  • Professional presentation
  • Knowledge of the tertiary education sector, community services, and the student demographic
  • An empathy with young adults and the pressures of University study
  • Comfortable in a workplace that uses support dogs

Applicants should send their CV, completed OUSA application form (available here https://www.ousa.org.nz/about/vacancies) and a cover letter to jobs@ousa.org.nz. Applications close Friday 14th October 2020 at 4pm.

Click here to download a Job Description.