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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.

Applications close Monday 11 November, by 5.00pm


Critic Editor

Critic is an award winning student focused publication including its magazine, web and video media.

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 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; our radio station, Radio One 91FM; and Critic magazine.

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.

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

Critic needs a person who can build relationships with students, businesses, staff & volunteers as well as across the wider OUSA organisation.

The editor will require outstanding time management skills with an ability to work to strict production deadlines while ensuring that Critic is produced on time, as a high quality publication, every week.

The editor will also need to build relationships with 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.

The role has three core staff direct reports and a wider group of paid staff and volunteers.

This is a full-time permanent role commencing November/December 2019.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

  • The desirable personality traits
  • An affinity with a student culture
  • Outstanding People management skills with an ability to motivate, develop and retain staff and volunteers
  • Good business management capability
  • Sound planning and reporting expertise including budget planning
  • Leadership skills to contribute to the whole OUSA

To apply, please send your CV, cover letter and completed OUSA application form to the HR Coordinator Brett Robertson, brett@ousa.org.nz by 5:00pm Thursday November 14 2019.

Applicants should note that psychometric and practical proficiency tests may be required.

Job Description here


Clubs and Societies Centre Supervisor

The Clubs and Societies Centre Supervisor is a central figure within the “Clubs and Socs” team. The role is tasked with “holding the fort” from late afternoon until the sun goes down. The hours of work are 4 pm to 10:45 pm* Monday to Friday (31.25 hours). Proven experience leading others, providing excellent customer care, being an administrative genius and an organisational superstar is what we are after. If this sounds like you read on.

The Organisation

OUSA provides a diverse range of facilities and services to its 20,000 members at the University of Otago. This includes political representation and campaigning, a Student Support Centre, the Clubs and Societies Centre, the Starters Bar, Radio 1, the Critic magazine and an extensive events programme. The Clubs and Societies Centre more specifically is a large scale multi-purpose facility spread over three floors. Averaging 1000 visitors a day, across over 160 groups you’ll never be twiddling your thumbs. OUSA is a unique and dynamic environment to work in with no two days the same!

The Position

This is a fixed-term role. You will be expected to start early January and work through until November 6th, 2020. *There are periods within this timeframe where the shift will start and finish earlier (with total hours remaining the same). This is due to a reduction in services, primarily summer school, the mid-semester and semester breaks.

This role is responsible for:

  • Supervising the running of the OUSA Clubs and Societies Centre during the evening
  • Supervising the OUSA Clubs and Societies Centre Student Receptionists (a team of six)
  • Supervising reception operations of the OUSA Clubs and Societies Centre during the evening
  • Facilitating the delivery of a Clubs and Societies Centre that is welcoming, safe and inclusive.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • Substantial experience in customer service roles
  • Proven experience in human resources, operations or related disciplines
  • Working knowledge of the Health and Safety at Work Act 2015 and the Employment Relations Act 2000
  • An understanding of the tertiary sector and the students live within
  • A first aid and fire warden certificate
  • A clean full, manual driver’s licence

The role also demands applicants be systemically organised, a problem solver by nature, positive, a great communicator, committed, self-driven, resilient, creative, flexible, tech. savvy and an all-around team player.

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

Applications close at 5.00pm on Thursday, 28 November, 2019.

Download Job Description Here


OUSA Student Receptionist

We are looking for a team (yes multiple vacancies) of student receptionists to lead us into 2020. You'll have a minimum of 5 – 10.25 hours per week* with opportunities to take up additional work as it arises. Shifts include Monday to Friday 5:00 pm – 10:45 pm, weekend mornings 9:45 am – 3:15 pm and weekend afternoons 3:00 pm to 8:45 pm. All shifts include a half-hour unpaid break.

The Organisation

OUSA provides a diverse range of facilities and services to its 20,000 members at the University of Otago. This includes political representation and campaigning, a Student Support Centre, the Clubs and Societies Centre, the Starters Bar, Radio 1, the Critic magazine and an extensive events programme. OUSA is a unique and dynamic environment to work in with no two days the same!

The Position

This is a part-time, fixed-term position which sits under the Clubs and Societies Centre Department. Training commences early to mid-February with the contract ending November 6th, 2020. *There are times where your shifts are not required or reduced. These are during the mid-semester and semester breaks.

This role is responsible for servicing all customer enquiries, general reception duties, assisting our Clubs Development Officer and Recreation Programme Coordinator, facilitating the delivery of a welcoming, safe and inclusive facility, on the odd occasion cleaning.

As an applicant, you will be:

  • Familiar with the Otago University environment
  • A people person
  • Customer-orientated
  • Reliable
  • Professional
  • Organised
  • Proactive

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

Applications close at 5.00 pm on Thursday, 28 November 2019.

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Promotions Assistants

2 required

Average 7hrs per week each

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

Two people are required to assist the OUSA Events team with OUSA promotional activities throughout the year by assisting with various promotional tasks including primarily placing posters in and around the University area during the academic term time.

The successful applicant must be available to work on a casual basis for approximately 7 hours per week, throughout the year, for the OUSA Marketing & Communications department. Hours are “normally” 9am to 12pm on a Monday and 9am to 11am, (ish) Tuesday to Friday, shared between two promotional assistants. Flexibility with time is an advantage.

The applicant(s) must be prepared to work in all weather outdoors, and also inside using glue and staple guns.

The positions are fixed term and part-time.

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

Applications close at 5.00pm on Thursday, 7 November.

Download job description.


Marketing Coordinator - 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 possible experience while studying.

Our services include famous events such as Orientation, 160 clubs on offer to suit every taste; Student Support providing advocacy services; the infamous Critic magazine and our live and local radio station, Radio One 91FM.

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

With approximately 90 staff and annual revenue of in excess of $5M we are a significant not-for-profit organisation in Dunedin.

Reporting to the Marketing & Communications Manager, the Marketing Coordinator will play a significant role in helping to manage and maintain OUSA social media, promoting the OUSA brand & corporate identity including:

  • Social Media content creation
  • Social pages maintenance and posting
  • Website maintenance
  • Marketing channel scheduling and maintenance
  • Positively promoting the OUSA brand in line with CI
  • Supporting the Communications & Marketing Manager and wider team to deliver effective marketing for OUSA

Skills and Experience

The OUSA Communications & Marketing team plays a vital role in ensuring the OUSA brand serves the University Student.

You will have:

  • Previous professional experience within the Communication, Advertising and/or Marketing industries
  • Social media knowledge and understanding
  • Amazing attention to detail and proven ability to multi-task
  • Excellent communication skills and experience working in a team
  • A love of the busy fast-paced nature of student life and excellent people skills; and
  • Be tech savvy with a willingness and ability to learn new systems and processes quickly

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 full-time, permanent position based in Dunedin. Given the nature of marketing and communications, a flexible approach to working hours is necessary.

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

Applications close at 5.00pm on Thursday 14 November

Download Job Description


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