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  • GSA Board of Directors Recruitment

    It’s that time of year again – the GSA is recruiting for its Board of Directors! Are you a new or returning graduate student and have an interest in student advocacy, the graduate student experience or, perhaps you just want more insight into how the GSA and Brock University operates together? Then please consider applying by October 2, 2020, 5:00pm to gsaoffice@brocku.ca with a cover letter and resume/CV.

    About Us

    The Graduate Student’s Association (GSA) at Brock University is a student run, not-for-profit organization that represents the interests of all graduate students. We are the independent voice of graduate students on campus and is recognized by Brock University as the official representative of Brock graduate students. As the GSA, we are committed to graduate student needs and concerns, and use our platform for advocacy, awareness, inclusion, and community building for the graduate student population at Brock University.

    Your Opportunity

    The GSA Board of Directors is made up of current, full GSA member graduate students who have been appointed/elected to act on behalf of graduate students from their Brock faculty. Board members are responsible for managing the high-level operation of the organization, including the implementation of the annual budget and the strategic plan.  Directors will also sit on various GSA committees, which are focused on the individual portfolios of executive and provide support to various members of the executive team.  This is a critical opportunity for students to have an impact on the long-term vision of the Graduate Students’ Association.

    Your Responsibilities Will Include

    • Reading monthly executive reports and coming to each meeting prepared with questions or concerns;
    • Actively engaging in the voting process when needed;
    • Following all relevant legislation impacting the word of the association more broadly as well as individual directors specifically;
    • Commitment to attending GSA events whenever possible and promoting these events within their faculties;
    • Ensuring all members from the Board of Directors faculties work cooperatively to ensure that their needs are represented at the Board level;
    • Notifying the GSA Executive Director or the VP Communications in advance if they are unable to attend Board meetings;
    • Actively encouraging members to participate in GSA Committees and GSA events;
    • Encouraged to bring initiatives to the Board of Directors for consideration
    • Expected to work approximately 5 hours per month

    Essential Qualifications

    • Must be a current graduate student at Brock University (Masters or PhD);
    • Maintains graduate student status for the duration of the 2020-2021 academic term;
    • Must be a full member of the GSA

    Other Preferred Qualifications

    • Past experience in student governance;
    • Experience working in a collaborative and diplomatically complex multi-stakeholder environment;
    • Creative and solution-oriented individual;
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
    • Basic knowledge of student governance;
    • Ability to build and strengthen relationships with stakeholders and partners of strategic importance;
    • Ability to collect, analyze and present data to determine trends, needs or gaps;
    • Ability to present data cohesively and with consideration of other members it may implicate;
    • Ability to express the needs of yourself and others

    To Be Successful in This Role You Will Be

    • Articulate
    • Passionate
    • Insightful
    • Cooperative
    • Team Player
    • Excited for student advocacy and governance

    Pay-Scale

    This is a non-paid position and considered volunteer in nature.

    Diversity Statement

    The GSA is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous, persons with disabilities, LGBTQIA2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas and membership.

    Accessibility Statement

    The GSA strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to the graduate student experience. We are committed to the principles of the Accessibility of Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants. If you require any accommodation at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact gsaoffice@brocku.ca.

  • GSA Events

    Be sure to visit ExperienceBU to view upcoming events for graduate students.

    (https://experiencebu.brocku.ca/organization/brockgraduatestudents)

    Connect with us on social media – links below!

     

     

  • GSA Health and Dental Opt-ins and outs

    The next opt-in and opt-out period is open from September 1 to 30, 2020.

    Full-time domestic students, and all International students are automatically billed for the plans on their tuition in the fall term. Part-time domestic, and students who want to add family, can opt-in.  Opt-ins are available online until September 30, 2020.  Cut-off dates are final.

    Students with proof of alternate Canadian health & dental coverage (spouse, self or parents) may opt-out of the plan. The GSA will not directly reimburse graduate students; their Brock accounts will be credited.  To opt-out online go to the Student VIP site. The September 30th deadline is firm.  UHIP is not considered alternate coverage.

    Health and dental coverage is effective from September 1st to August 31st of the following year.  Check your tuition billing to determine if you have been assessed the GSA Health and Dental fee.  Details of the plans can be found at www.studentvip.ca/brockgsa .  You can print a copy of your benefit card there and set-up your Medavie Blue Cross account.

     

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