Research and Policy Writer

Brock University Student's Union - St. Catharines, ON (30+ days ago)

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Supervisor: Director, Governance and Advocacy

Start Date: ASAP

End Date: April 2021

Hours: 10 hours/week summer ; 20 hours/week fall/winter


The Research and Policy Writer is primarily responsible for conducting research, drafting and creating of policy as it pertains to the Provincial advocacy work of BUSU. Further to the research and policy duties, the Coordinator will act to assist the Director, Governance and Advocacy and Vice President, External Affairs (VPEA) with lobby efforts and advocacy campaign creation.

Note: This years policy paper is Environmental Sustainability and preference will be given those who have an interest in this topic

Responsibility 1: Research and Policy Writing

Conduct research as directed by the Director, Governance and Advocacy, with support from the Vice President, External Affairs
Reviews Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance (OUSA) policy and position as well as other governing documents
Reviews Federal government policies as it pertains to post-secondary education
Compiles research findings into reports or briefing formats for future uses
Works in conjunction with the Vice President, External Affairs in the development of OUSA policy papers
Attends OUSA lobby meetings and conferences as needed with the VPEA

Responsibility 2: Advocacy Integration

Prepare preliminary campaign outline for the Fall and Winter Semesters, focusing particularly on OUSA campaigns and issues pertaining to post secondary education
Works with the BUSU Marketing department on the creation of campaign
Collect data from each campaign and compile a report to be shared with the BUSU team


Daily contact with Director, Governance and Advocacy and VPEA
Occasional contact with members of the Board of Directors and/or BUSAC
Occasional contact with Brock University faculty and staff members
Ability to provide and receive feedback in a positive and constructive manner
Manage the various tasks and projects assigned at once
Resolve logistical conflicts that may arise



The majority of the work does not require a high level of physical activity. However, from time to time some physical labour may be required i.e. moving materials around the office or other items for special events


Standard office environment, occasional driving to off-campus business, community events or conference.


Working on a computer, working with and communicating with students, staff and community members. Job requires a high level of concentration and focus.


The Federal and Provincial Research Coordinator must be able to work flexible hours in order to be successful. Must be able to work in fast paced environment and work through complex situations.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.

BUSU is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
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