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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, Brett Robertson (brett@ousa.org.nz).

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


Events Assistant - Otago University Student's Association

About the Otago University Students Association (OUSA) Events Department

The Otago University Students Association delivers a varied range of events focused on providing a unique campus experience for all students as well as building a strong connection between students and city. The events team run a multitude of events throughout the year, from the nation’s largest Orientation week program, the award-winning Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival, week-long events such as Art Week, daytime events such as Market Days, and assisting with logistics at other events such as graduation parades and the on-campus ANZAC commemoration.

About the Role

We are currently recruiting a pool of on call events assistants to support our event coordinators and wider events team to deliver our popular events programme. Reporting to the OUSA Events & Venues Operations Manager, the Event’s Assistants will play a significant role in helping to shape, create and successfully deliver a program of diverse event which may include:

  • Assisting with the set-up of on Campus Activations/Events such as Anzac Day Service, BBQ’s, Market Days, and Competitions.
  • Supporting s campaigns such as Art Week and The Capping Show.
  • Supporting some of Dunedin’s most iconic major events including the Dunedin Craft Beer & Food Festival, Hyde Street, and Orientation.

You will be working with a dynamic & experienced team and supporting OUSA events provides our event assistants with a great opportunity to get a foot in the door of the event’s industry.

Skills and Experience

The OUSA Events team plays a vital role in ensuring the OUSA provides the ultimate student experience for University of Otago students.

You will have:

  • Ideally previous experience within the events industry.
  • An attention to detail and proven ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent communication skills and experience working in a team.
  • Enthusiasm and initiative.
  • A love of the busy fast-paced nature of events and excellent people skills,
  • Be Health & Safety focussed experience maintaining a safe work environment.
  • Punctuality and reliability are essential to these roles.

Structurally, OUSA is divided into 8 departments: Corporate support; Events; Communications and Marketing; Clubs and Societies; Critic; Planet Media Sales; Radio One and Student Support Centre. With approximately 70 staff and many more volunteers, OUSA is a substantial 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.

Given the nature of events, a flexible approach to working hours is necessary, as events often occur on evenings and weekends.

To apply please send your CV, cover letter & completed OUSA application form (available here) to the HR Coordinator, Brett Robertson (jobs@ousa.org.nz).

Applications close at 5.00pm on Thursday, 6th February 2020.


Radio One 91FM Production Manager - Otago University Student's Association

The Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) has been around for 129 years and still going strong! 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; Critic magazine and our radio station, Radio One 91FM.

Have you heard of the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival? - that’s us too.

With approximately 75 staff and annual revenue of in excess of $5M we are a significant not-for-profit organisation in Dunedin.

About Radio One 91FM:

Drawing from the thriving creative cultures surrounding our base in Dunedin’s tertiary institution, the station is a cultural hub for diversity, creativity and uniqueness, ultimately represented by our on-air programming and local attitude. We playlist approximately 50% New Zealand music content across the station throughout the year, as we continue to be inspired to find new ways of contributing to and representing the amazing sounds of Ōtepoti and Aotearoa.

Key operational policies:

  • Engage, represent and encourage our local music scene
  • Provide links to connect and promote Dunedin’s music nationally and internationally
  • Actively source music from diverse genres to challenge and satisfy our wide audience
  • Connect the student audience to the city and the non-student audience to university
  • Strive to remain free from commercial constraints and political Interference
  • Cover issues specific to the tertiary student audience
  • Offer volunteer opportunities for tertiary students in all aspects of radio broadcasting
  • Offer training for our volunteers and staff in all relevant areas of the wider broadcasting and music industries

The Role:

We are looking for a production superstar to manage the production of advertising and live to air content for Radio One; and our Planet Media sales team.

You will have:

  • Diploma in audio engineering and music production or equivalent experience
  • The ability to work unsupervised, and as part of a team
  • 2 years’ minimum experience in freelancing (with a portfolio of work available), or relevant equivalent experience
  • Outstanding communication ability

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.

This is a part-time permanent position over 20 hours per week, based in Dunedin.

For a job description and to apply, please visit the OUSA website for an application form and send your cover letter, CV and completed OUSA application to the HR Coordinator, Brett Robertson (jobs@ousa.org.nz).

Applications close at 5.00pm on Thursday 13 February 2020

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OUSA Capping Show 2020

The OUSA Capping Show is a traditional annual student review for students at Otago University, produced as a comic cabaret-style show with various skits relating to student life.

Capping Show has evolved since its debut in the late 1890’s to challenge the views, boundaries and ‘norms’ of the day. 2020’s show will be no exception and a big event! The annual Capping Show is ingrained into the culture of the university and at the forefront of Scarfie life.

Are you interested in working with the OUSA and be part of a passionate team working behind the scenes to ensure Capping Show runs smoothly and is an enjoyable, memorable experience for all?

Capping Show 2020 will run during May and we are looking to fill the following fixed term positions as soon as possible.

For all the positions, excellent people skills are a must! To fit in at OUSA you must be open minded, easy going and able to get along with people from all walks of life. A great sense of humour is critical! If you think you have what it takes we want to hear from you!

The Roles Available Right Now (check back here for more positions in the future!)

Musical Director

The Musical Director is an essential support to the event. As Musical Director you will be passionate about the success of Capping Show dedicated to the adaptation of music for the event. You will be experienced with managing and forming a band, and confident of working to strict deadlines. An outstanding sense of humour is essential to creating adaptations of music for Capping Show. You will be able to relate well to students, cast, crew and musicians, in achieving the common interest of great comedy.

Job Description

Set & Props Designer

The Capping Show Set and Prop Designer has an essential role in adding to the humour of the show, and ensuring crucial parts of the story are shown. Past capping shows have been successful with minimal yet effective set designs which suit the comedic cabaret-style performance. You will be confident working with multiple teams, including film crew, with the ability to create an effective setting which reflects the theme of the show. You will have experience in construction, and happy to get your ‘hands dirty’. You will possess a can-do attitude and be solution focussed. It goes without saying that you will have a great scene of humour which will be reflected in your designs. You will be a punctual and reliable team member who works well to achieving strict deadlines.

Job Description

Sound Designer

Essential to the team, the Capping Show Sound Designer works closely with the Directors and Videographer to produce a full and coherent sound design for the Show. Quality sound and reliable sound equipment is critical to the success of the Show. The sound designer role will also include acting as an ‘operator’ for the Show and will aid in video production. You will be passionate about both sound and theatre production, and be experienced in the basic technical areas of sound. You will have an outstanding sense of humour, ‘can do’ attitude and the ability to add comedic value through sound, throughout the production. You will be a punctual and reliable team member who works well to achieving strict deadlines.

Job Description

Lighting Designer

Essential to the team, the Capping Show Lighting Technician works closely with the directors, Sound Designer and Videographer to produce effective lighting for the Show. Quality lighting and lighting rigs and equipment are critical to the success of the Show. The Lighting Technician will also include acting as an ‘operator’ for the Show. You will be passionate about both lighting and theatre production, and be experienced in the basic technical areas of sound. You will have an outstanding sense of humour and ‘can do’ attitude and the ability to add comedic value through lighting, throughout the production. You will be a punctual and reliable team member who works well to achieving strict deadlines.

Job Description

Wardrobe (Costume Designer)

Critical to providing outstanding visual vibrancy, the Capping Show Wardrobe Manger is essential to the team, responsible for creating/making and/or obtaining all the costumes for the Show. You will work closely with the Directors and Choreographer to ensure that all costumes are of high quality and humorous in style. You will be experienced in costume design and confident with sewing skills with the ability to fashion costumes that reflect the theme of the Capping Show. You will enjoy inspiring others by sharing your creative ideas. You will have an outstanding sense of humour and ‘can do’ attitude and the ability to add comedic value through costume design, across the production. You will be a punctual and reliable team member who works well to achieving strict deadlines.

Job Description

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 Capping Show Coordinator, Shannon Van Rooijen (shannon@ousa.org.nz).

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

Applications close Friday February 21st, by 5.00pm


OUSA Starters Bar – Head Cook

The Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) has been around for 128 years and still going strong! 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; Critic magazine and our radio station, Radio One 91FM.

Have you heard of the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival? - that’s us too.

In November 2018 we purchased one of the last remaining bars in the University precinct, ‘Starters’. Starters had been a scarfies favourite for generations and we aim to reinvigorate the bar as a safe environment and eventful venue for students and the local community.

With approximately 70 staff and annual revenue of in excess of $5M the OUSA is a significant not- for-profit organisation in Dunedin.

The Role:

OUSA is looking for experienced, Head Cook to join the team at our popular student bar, Starters Bar on a casual basis. You will be part of a team that helps OUSA provide the ultimate student experience at our popular student events.

You will need previous experience as cook and possess a ‘can do attitude’.

You will need to be reliable & trustworthy, health & safety savvy and have a great sense of humour. You will also need to be open minded and inclusive; we offer a fun and supportive work environment with plenty of opportunities for development.

Still interested? Please visit the OUSA website www.ousa.org.nz to apply.

All applications must include a cover letter, CV, and completed OUSA application form (available here) and be forwarded to the HR Coordinator (jobs@ousa.org.nz) by 5pm Thursday 6 February 2020.

Job Description


OUSA Designer

Make the OUSA look good

Be part of the OUSA Marketing team!

Work alongside a fellow designer, and marketing coordinators, to ensure OUSA is best represented in line with Brand CI and Marketing Strategy across all relevant channels

From Ori, to Executive campaigns, to Starters to Beerfest! No 2 days are the same.

Join a busy and prosperous environment

The designer:

  • Ensures OUSA brand consistency across all campaigns
  • Supports OUSA departments with their CI’s and in line with OUSA umbrella brand
  • Creates collateral for all channels across all departments

What we also want to see from candidates is evidence of

  • Creative Flair
  • Collaborative working
  • Communication skills
  • Planning and Organising
  • A positive attitude
  • Problem Solving and Results Focused
  • Deadline driven
  • Work within departmental systems
  • Operate under pressre

Applicants should send a CV covering letter and short portfolio of previous work to ingrid@ousa.org.nz by Friday 10 January 2020.

A practical test will be required.

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OUSA Starters Bar – Sound & Lighting Technicians

The Otago University Students’ Association (OUSA) has been around for 128 years and still going strong! 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; Critic magazine and our radio station, Radio One 91FM.

Have you heard of the Dunedin Craft Beer and Food Festival? - that’s us too.

In November 2018 we purchased one of the last remaining bars in the University precinct, ‘Starters’. Starters had been a scarfies favourite for generations and we aim to reinvigorate the bar as a safe environment and eventful venue for students and the local community.

With approximately 70 staff and annual revenue of in excess of $5M the OUSA is a significant not- for-profit organisation in Dunedin.

The Role:

OUSA is looking for experienced, fun and enthusiastic sound and lighting technicians to join our pool of technicians at our popular student bar, Starters Bar on a casual basis. You will be part of a team that helps OUSA provide the ultimate student experience at our popular student events.

You will need previous experience as either a sound or lighting technician and possess a ‘can do attitude’.

You will need to be reliable & trustworthy, health & safety savvy and have a great sense of humour. You will also need to be open minded and inclusive; we offer a fun and supportive work environment with plenty of opportunities for development.

Still interested? Please visit the OUSA website www.ousa.org.nz to apply.

All applications must include a cover letter, CV, and completed OUSA application form (available here) and be forwarded to the HR Coordinator (jobs@ousa.org.nz) by 5pm Thursday 6 February 2020.

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