The Athabasca University Students’ Union (AUSU), is seeking a creative and self-motivated individual to fill the position of Executive Director. AUSU is a non-traditional students’ organization representing approximately 26,000 distance education students from across Canada and internationally. The AUSU office is based in downtown Edmonton, and under the guidance of a nine-member elected Council, provides services at a distance to Athabasca University students including: advocacy, representation, communication, student clubs, and scholarships & bursaries.

Under the direction of the AUSU president, and working closely with the executive committee; the Executive Director will provide support to the AUSU Council team in achieving our vision. Working within established policies and guidelines, the Executive Director will oversee AUSU activities through liaison between staff, students, the university and AUSU Council. While primarily responsible for overall administration and management of the AUSU office and its services, the position encompasses a wide variety of duties, including (but not limited to): research, basic website maintenance, bookkeeping, external representation, preparation of reports and news releases, records maintenance, and policy development. The successful candidate will possess multiple and diverse skills, and will be willing to grow and develop this new position to best meet the needs and goals of our unique student organization.

The position will be of interest to highly motivated, enthusiastic individuals who are seeking a unique employment opportunity that will allow personal growth and skill development in all aspects of organizational management within a dynamic student service environment.

Executive Director position requirements include:

“¢ An undergraduate degree in administration, arts, finance, or the equivalent.
“¢ Excellent organizational, presentation, interpersonal, problem solving, and team building skills
“¢ Basic accounting skills in a computerized environment
“¢ Ability to understand and interpret legislation and policy
“¢ Competency in research and Internet search tools
“¢ Adaptable and flexible; an independent self-starter who is ready to learn and meet new challenges.
“¢ Excellent written and verbal communication skills
“¢ Accuracy and attention to detail
“¢ Experience in providing leadership and coordination in a team environment
“¢ Awareness of post secondary education issues
“¢ Computer aptitude and proficiency in Windows, MS Office, and Internet-based computer environments.

Previous experience in board management in a post secondary educational environment or non-profit organization would be an asset. The position requires flexible work hours.

Starting salary is $30,000 plus a benefit package.

Preference will be given to an Athabasca University student or alumnus.
Athabasca University Students’ Union is an equal opportunity employer.

For further information regarding this position, contact Debbie Jabbour, President, at 780-497-3413 or email

Competition closes September 23, 2003. Letters of application, accompanied by resume and three references should be sent by mail, courier, or email to:

Debbie Jabbour, President
Athabasca University Students’ Union
2nd Flr, North Tower
10030 – 107 Street
Edmonton AB T5J 3E4

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