Vice President, Health Sciences

Advocacy, Student Representation and Inter-Campus Connectedness


Position Requisites:

Elected position as determined during Spring Elections.  Must be 18 years old. Must meet all MSA eligibility requirements. Must be a current full-time student enrolled at Mohawk College.

Reports to:

MSA President

Direct Reports:

IAHS Student Reps


As a student leader who is part of a governance board, our responsibility is to provide strategic direction for the MSA, delegate staff to carry out governed tasks and to represent the student voice in all matters.

Responsible for working cooperatively the VP Fennell, VP Marketing & Communications, MSA staff, student-staff and Student Reps to ensure effective student representation.

Skills & Experience:

Leadership experience; proficient with computers and Microsoft Office Suite; experience with event planning or public outreach an asset; proficient public speaker; creative and innovative; excellent interpersonal and verbal/written communication skills.   

Performance Measurables:

Attends all meetings/events/conferences as required; effectively communicate and cooperate with MSA Board members, MSA staff, and student-staff; maintain regular office hours, maintain regular and effective contact with President, VP’s, College faculty/staff (as needed), and Student Reps; compile and submit reports, paperwork, etc., in a timely manner.


Time Commitment:

Can expect a minimum of ten (10) hours per week of office hours PLUS any meetings as may be required of the position.  Office Hours must be scheduled during regular business hours (8:30 am – 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday, September through April) with one day per week extending until 6:00 pm if necessary.   

  • May require late nights or weekends;

  • Minimum 10 office hours per week, September through April;

  • Must complete 5 office hours per week in August;

  • Attend a minimum of 5 events per month, September through April, in addition to regular office hours, meetings, conferences, etc.;

  • Must attend any MSA/College meetings as may be required in addition to regular office hours;

  • Expected to attend April and January retreats (may involve weekends and overnights);

  • Responsible for attending Board of Director meetings and/or training sessions as required;

  • Attendance at conferences as directed by Board and/or President;

  • Participation and/or attendance at additional major events as required e.g. ABCD, MSA Day, KPI’s, Awareness Campaigns


NOTE: It should be understood that the MSA is a student organization and as such it should be expected that this is not an hourly position and that MSA members and MSA representatives are awarded an honourarium (not an hourly salary) based on execution of tasks and responsibilities of the position.


Committee Requirements:

As directed by the Board of Directors and the MSA President

Position Specific Responsibilities:
  • Represent the IAHS campus and its student body to the MSA Board of Directors or any Fennell Campus or College committees;

  • Must be willing and able to utilize August Office Hours in preparation for Orientation events; etc.;

  • Compile and retain on file complete reports of all MSA programming and meetings on campus;

  • Meet weekly with the Student Services Assistant to ensure open lines of communication and to plan out upcoming events and activities;

  • Meet regularly with the VP Marketing & Communications, as well as College faculty/staff as required, to plan events specific to the IAHS campus;

  • Meet on a regular basis with College faculty deans/or departments heads to discuss pertinent matters as they relate to the IAHS campus;

  • Continuously recruit new Student Reps with an aim of increasing representation across all programs;

  • Organize and chair the Student Rep meetings to ensure a successful Student Rep program;

  • Report at every Student Rep meeting the proceedings of the MSA on the IAHS campus;

  • Manage, train and evaluate Student Reps;

  • Maintain an electronic data base for continuous and ongoing communication with the Student Reps;

  • Act on behalf of constituents in matters such as academic appeals or other issues as required;

  • Be available for consultation on College matters as the need arises;

  • Be the initial point of contact for students on behalf of the MSA on all matters of academic concern.


Generic Responsibilities:
  • All MSA representatives are expected to participate in at least five (5) MSA special events per month and must attend committee and/or College meetings and events, conferences, etc. in addition to any normally scheduled office hours and/or duties;

  • Complete evaluation reports for all conferences attended during the year;

  • Provide a progress report to the Board of Directors of all activities, functions and events over the course of the previous month no later than ten (10) days prior to a Board meeting;

  • Document and maintain the required office hours per week as scheduled throughout the academic year;

  • Educate and advise the incoming person on duties of the position;

  • To meet regularly with the MSA President to discuss duties of office and other pertinent issues;

  • Must prepare for and attend all related committee meetings and be prepared to be an active participant in such committee meetings;

  • Represent the students of Mohawk College in all matters as required and report as necessary;

  • Consult with and provide input to the MSA President with regards to any contentious issues that may, from time to time arise within the scope of responsibility;

  • Prepare for and attend all MSA Board of Directors meetings;

  • Vote at such meetings in the best interest of the MSA, recognizing that the Corporation should embody the best interests of the students of Mohawk College;

  • Adhere to all MSA policies;

  • To complete all other duties as reasonably assigned.