With soaring tuition fees, more and more students are seeking part-time or even full-time jobs while they study. LUSU is the biggest provider of student jobs at Lakehead University, offering a variety of employment opportunities conveniently located on campus.
Working at LUSU, you gain unique skills and experiences, build your resume, work on things you're passionate about, and help your fellow students in a fun and professional environment!
Lakehead University Student Union welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.
Whether you're looking to work for The Outpost or The Study, or you're looking for more involved leadership opportunities, LUSU has a number of part-time positions available for students. Part-time hours offer the flexibility of working around your hectic class schedule, while giving you a great learning experience and an awesome resume item.
The LUSU Office Assistant helps out primarily with duties at the front desk, answering students’ questions about major services and directing more specific questions or concerns to the appropriate LUSU staff. The Assistant also may be asked to support LUSU student leaders in preparing projects or campaigns, by conducting general research, correspondence, etc.. Other duties will include general office work such as filing and photocopying.
The assistants of the Food Bank, Gender Issues Centre, Pride Central, Multicultural Centre, and Sustainability Initiative help the Coordinators of those centres execute their campaigns, events, and programming. Centre Assistants will be expected to perform a variety of tasks, including operating the centre, assisting with events and campaigns of the centre, and coordinating volunteers. Successful applicants must have some level of familiarity with the mandate of the centre to which they are applying, are highly motivated, take initiative, and work well both independently and as part of a team.
The Campaigns Coordinator works with the LUSU President to coordinate campaigns work of the student union. This includes facilitating meetings of the student-run campaigns committee, doing background research on issues relating to LUSU campaigns, and organizing campaign-related events such as teach-ins, movie showings, rallies, sit-ins, and other actions. The Campaigns Coordinator will have valued input into what kind of campaigns work is pursued and what tactics will be used in the course of those campaigns.
The Student Outreach Coordinator works with LUSU’s student leaders to communicate directly with the student union’s over 8,000 members. The Coordinator will help get the word out about important issues affecting students and LUSU’s events and campaigns, using class talks, tabling, postering, social media, and other methods.
The Events Coordinator works with the Vice-President Advocacy to coordinate a range of events put on by the student union. This includes holding meetings, planning events, making arrangements, facilitating events, advertising events and engaging with students. The Events Coordinator will play a role in choosing what events will take place in the year and when.
Poll clerks assist in running the annual LUSU elections in January-February. Primary duties are to set up and staff polling booths, engage and assist students in voting, and otherwise assist the Chief Returning Officer as needed.
The Chief Returning Officer (CRO) coordinates LUSU’s elections. The CRO is responsible for planning for the smooth operation of the elections and recruiting students to fill Poll Clerk positions over the fall term, and overseeing the LUSU elections in January-February. This includes supervising the elections team of Deputy Returning Officers (DROs) and Poll Clerks, organizing candidates’ debates, handling complaints and violations during the campaign period, ensuring smooth voting days, conducting ballot counting with the Elections Committee, and producing a final elections report. The CRO may also be called upon to administer a limited number of LUSU club elections.
The members of the Elections Committee and the Deputy Returning Officer (DRO) assists the Chief Returning Officer (CRO) in running the LUSU elections. Duties include elections planning and recruiting students to fill Poll Clerk positions in the fall term, assisting the CRO with complaints and violations during the campaign period, supervising Poll Clerks and ensuring smooth operations of polling stations on voting days. The DRO also assists with ballot counting after the elections.
If you're looking for a challenge, LUSU's full-time Coordinator positions will put you at the helm of some of the most important campaign and advocacy work undertaken by the student union. Requiring a full-time commitment, Coordinator positions are a challenging but rewarding opportunity to engage students on issues that make the world a better place.
The Aboriginal Awareness Centre is a space open to all members regardless of ethnic background. The Centre provides education, support and referral service. In addition, the Centre promotes, advocates and lobbies on Aboriginal issues.
The Gender Equity Centre is a support, referral, lobbying and advocacy service open to all Members regardless of gender. The Centre is to be a safe and inclusive space on campus that empowers, respects and supports people who are experiencing oppression related to sex and gender among other forms of oppression.
The Pride Central Centre is a safe space where students can pursue personal and educational issues that concern sexual orientation, sexual identity and/or gender identity. The Centre is open to all Members, with a focus on ending discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, sexual identity and /or gender identity.
The Sustainability Initiative is an Action Centre that provides education and advocacy, committed to promoting self-sufficiency and sustainable living. The Centre resources are available to all Members and advocates for environmental and social sustainability within the Corporation and the University.
The Food Bank provides short-term emergency food to Lakehead University students in need. In addition, the Food Bank promotes healthy eating practices within the University Community.
The Multi-Cultural Centre provides a welcoming space for students to learn about cultural diversity. The Centre provides resources that empower and support students who are experiencing oppression related to race and culture.
If you're passionate about the issues that matter the most to students and are ready to lead the charge towards improving student life and postsecondary education, LUSU offers several opportunites for you to do just that. Elected by popular vote every year, LUSU's Executives set the direction of the student union and make sure it works in the best interests of students.
The LUSU President is the Chief Executive of the student union, serving as the voice of students to Lakehead University, the community, and government. The President is responsible for the general oversight and strategic direction of the corporation. They lead LUSU’s campaigns and advocacy work, are in charge of coordinating LUSU’s communications strategy, and serve as the union’s primary liason with media.
The VP Operations & Finance is LUSU’s Treasurer, responsible for overseeing the corporation’s multi-million dollar budget, investment portfolio, businesses (The Outpost and The Study), and services (Universal Bus Pass, Health & Dental Plan, Handbook). The VP Operations & Finance also works with LUSU’s General Manager and other senior managers to oversee the student union's internal practices.
LUSU’s VP Advocacy spearheads student life, and is in charge of academic advocacy at the individual and policy levels. They serve as the main support for students with academic grievances, and are the LUSU liaison to the Lakehead Senate, the body responsible for the university’s academic policies. The VP Advocacy oversees LUSU’s student centres and events programming, including Orientation and Winter Carnival, and is the primary support for student clubs organized through the student union.
LUSU’s VP Orillia is in charge of the corporation's operations in Orillia. The position is the Orillia equivalent of a hybrid between the VP Advocacy and President, putting them in charge of Orillia's student life and advocacy, as well as leading campaigns and community relations at LU's Southern Ontario campus.