Job Vacancies

Job Vacancies

Job Vacancies

Work at OUSA!

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.

Clubs and Societies Centre 2IC

At 2300m2, hosting 200,000 people annually and catering for 150 plus user groups, “Clubs” and Socs is a one of a kind facility. Fitting is that we now require a one of a kind person, an all-rounder to provide leadership and contribute to our team.

2IC responsibilities will include managing front of house operations, managing reception staff, supervising centre operations (in the evening), managing the centre’s social channels and providing support to the Manager and auxiliary services. You’ll also fulfil specified duties of the Manager in their absence. This is a multi-faceted role, perfect for those with an operations background and likes to dabble in many areas. Of importance is a positive attitude, a willingness to learn, proven leadership, organisation and the ability to perform under limited supervision. If this sounds like you we welcome your application.

This role is full time and permanent starting at 2:15 pm and running through to 10:45 pm weekdays. There’s an expectation you’ll also be available to assist with emergencies remotely outside of these hours and on the odd occasion work overtime.

Applications for this role close December 13th, 5 pm. We do however encourage prompt applications. Should we find a suitable candidate this vacancy will close early. Applications can be sent to our HR Coordinator, Lauren Williams at jobs@ousa.org.nz .

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We need a positive and friendly receptionist to join our team, working from 8:45am to 2:30pm Monday to Friday (through our academic year*).

You’ll play an essential role in facilitating a centre that is welcoming, safe and inclusive for users and staff. You’ll be a team player, customer and improvement focused and an administrative wiz. Familiarity with the tertiary environment is particularly useful alongside culturalism and an appreciation for diversity. If that sounds like you, we welcome your application.

*Our academic year is late February through to early November. The role will be permanent but have a annual close down period from early November to mid-February. This correlates with a reduction in operating hours and services. We would like to commence training for this role mid-January 2021.

Applications close December 10th. To apply please email our HR Coordinator Lauren Williams at jobs@ousa.org.nz

Applicants for this position should have NZ residency or a valid NZ work visa.

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Radio One News Reporter

Radio One 91FM is has been broadcasting from the hallowed grounds of the University of Otago for nigh on 40 years. Fiercely independent, and largely a space where students with media aspirations can develop lifelong skills, the station prides itself on being an incubator of contemporary culture, taste and style. Samantha Hayes, Kanoa Lloyd, John Campbell and Wallace Chapman all got their start behind the mic in student radio. Now it's your turn!

In 2021, the station is expanding it's News Room capacity, with the creation of five News Reporter roles. Recruits with an interest in current events and local news can be fully steeped in news gathering, reporting, interviewing and production skills, in order that they commit the freshest, most student relevant content to the airwaves. If you're looking for that spark on the pathway to a career in media and journalism, this is the opportunity for you! 

These roles are part time / fixed term. Please refer to the position description for more detail.
Applications close Friday 15th January at 5pm. Please send cover letter, Resume/CV and any support material to sean@r1.co.nz

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Custodial Manager Job Advert

This role is full time, permanent.

The aesthetics and condition of a building reflect on the owner and influence the experiences of users. We need someone to champion this concept! Someone who is goal oriented, works hard and takes pride in what they do.

The custodial manager for the Clubs and Societies Centre will clean, complete minor maintenance works, manage a team of cleaning staff and assist the Clubs and Societies Centre Manager (with compliance aspects of the role).

While physical 85% of the time, you will take ownership of the role from a managerial level. You will often work alone and have limited direct supervision. Because of this, the level of entry for the role is experienced. Applicants must be competent with best practice cleaning/custodial concepts from the get-go (and relevant legislation/standards), have proven administrative experience and be in a position to apply that knowledge leading others. Important too are the personal attributes of drive, computer literacy, physical capabilities, communication, leadership, organisation and work ethic.

In return you will have competitive salary (and provisions surplus to minimum standards), a respected employer and positive workplace.

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Seeking receptionists for 2021

OUSA are looking for both casual and fixed-term receptionists to join the Clubs and Societies team. Fixed-term receptionists will work through the academic year and be allocated 1 – 2 shifts per week (with the opportunity to pick up additional work). Typical shifts run 4:30 – 10:45 pm weekdays and between 9:45 am and 8:45 pm weekdays. Shifts are negotiated at the start of each semester (to accommodate changes to changes to availability). It is expected that you will pick up at least one-weekend shift.

Receptionists play an essential role in facilitating a centre that is welcoming, safe and inclusive for users and staff members alike. A friendly and customer-focused attitude then is imperative. Receptionists must be confident interacting with the student population, including those who may have a disability or for whom English is not their first language.

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Critic Editor

Critic Te Arohi is an award winning student focused publication.

We are currently looking to recruit a collaborative, empathetic, self-aware and accountable editor.

The Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) has been around for 129 years. We are a passionate group of people providing services to the students of the University of Otago, ensuring they have the best experience possible while studying here.

Our services include famous events such as Orientation and the Hyde Street Party; Recreation services and club support; our Student Support Centre provides advocacy services; our radio station, Radio One 91FM; and Critic magazine.

With approximately 94 staff and annual revenue of in excess of $7M we are a significant not-for-profit organisation in Dunedin.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the Critic Editor will lead the Critic Te Arohi team, working with staff and volunteers to produce consistently outstanding content.

The editor will require outstanding time management skills with an ability to work to strict production deadlines, ensuring that Critic Te Arohi is produced on time, as a high-quality publication, for 26 weeks/issues.

The editor also requires outstanding self-motivation to ensure that outside of publication weeks you maintain Critic Te Arohi’s active online presence and chase news stories that may arise, all while working on the external summer publications with the Critic Designer.

The editor will also need to build relationships with staff, volunteers and advertisers in order to achieve planned business outputs.

Working with the Chief Executive, the Critic Editor will take responsibility for financial performance, business reporting, staffing, service delivery, planning, and team leadership.

This is a full-time permanent role commencing December 2020/January 2021.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • A passion for media and the importance of student media
  • Outstanding people management skills with an ability to motivate, develop and retain staff and volunteers
  • An affinity with Otago student culture
  • The ability to develop a digital strategy
  • Good business management capability
  • An interest and capability of planning and reporting, including budget planning
  • Strong leadership skills and work ethic

To apply, please send your CV, cover letter and completed OUSA application form to the HR Coordinator Lauren Williams, lauren@ousa.org.nz by 5:00pm Thursday November 14 2020.

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