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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.


OUSA Student Support Advocate

Permanent part time – 0.5 FTE

OUSA Student Support is here to help students with anything life can throw at them. No matter what issue or challenge a student may be facing we are here to help! We focus on helping the student reach the best possible outcome for their situation. Our services are free, confidential, and available to any member of OUSA (Students’ at the University of Otago).

Student Support Advocates are our frontline support staff here to help students navigate life during their time at university, particularly when life is at its worst. The support we offer covers academic concerns, tenancy, financial hardship, wellbeing and pastoral care, safety, and general advocacy and support.

We are a unique support hub for students at Otago because our door is always the right door when you need help. We act as case managers when a situation involves different departments and agencies; making sure that the right connections are made and the best outcomes for the student is achieved. In the morning you might be helping a student to arrange the paperwork for next year’s flat, in the afternoon you could be supporting a student in a time of serious distress. This is a fast paced work environment and the nature of our work is extremely varied. You will need to be a dynamic and adaptable person who isn’t easily phased. 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.

You will be joining a committed team of people who genuinely care and are here to make a difference.

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:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification such as psychology, counselling, social work, community development/support or equivalent
  • 1-2 years’ experience in a support or advocacy position
  • Knowledge of the tertiary education sector, community services, and the student demographic
  • Written and oral communication skills, active listening/counselling skills, pastoral care skills, problem solving skills, flexible and adaptable
  • Professional presentation

Applications must include a CV, cover letter, and completed OUSA application form and be emailed to the HR Coordinator, Brett Robertson via jobs@ousa.org.nz .

Applications close Thursday 26th March at 5pm.

View the Job Description here.