Executive Positions

PRESIDENT

Honoraria: $29,720.25

Terms of Work:

  • 2-week scheduled shadow period: 17.5 hrs/wk

  • April & Academic term (30 weeks): 35 hrs/wk (minimum 10 hours in TCSA office)

  • Summer Term (18 weeks): 30 hrs/wk (minimum 10 hours in the TCSA office)

  • Reading Weeks (2 weeks): 20 hours/wk

  • 20 days paid vacation (10 to occur during winter break)

  • 5 paid sick days; access to additional paid sick days for appropriate medical issues

  • Statutory holiday pay if holiday falls on a vacation day (20% of 4-week average of hours)

  • Vacation pay (4% of gross)

  • Days in Lieu available as determined by Operating Policy

Description Summary:

  • Be ultimately responsible for the overall functioning of the Association. 


  • Be the primary contact between the Association and the university administration. 


  • Oversee and support the work of the Association’s Vice Presidents and Directors.

  • Assist the Operations and Services Manager to prepare and recommend to the Board of Directors 
a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd draft Operating budgets for the Association. 


  • Ensure that all money controlled or allocated by the Board is used for and does not exceed the 
purposes or amounts that were designated. 


  • Be responsible for the review of existing services and acquisition and implementation of new 
services for the Association with the Operations and Services Manager. 


  • Attend the proceedings of the Trent University Board of Governors and report to the Board of 
Directors on those proceedings as well as being responsible for establishing and maintaining 
relations with members of the Board of Governors. 


  • Work to strengthen the communication and collaboration between the Association and the Graduate Student Association (GSA) and the Trent in Durham Student Association (TDSA). 


  • Be responsible for all communications of the Association in consultation with the Communications Coordinator.

  • Be responsible for the due observance of the Association’s By-laws, Operating Resolutions and 
Policy Resolutions in consultation with the Association Resource Manager. 


  • Be responsible for the production of the Executive Committee Strategic Plan on an annual basis. 


  • Maintain open communication and active ties with local members of parliament and local members of the Ontario Legislature. 


  • Maintain open communication and active ties with local city councillors and the DBIA; attend relevant City Councillor meetings and report to the board.

  • Be responsible for sitting on the administrative and operating committees of the Trent Student Centre alongside the Operations & Services Manager.

  • Chair the Standing Committee on Finance and Operations. 


  • Chair the Standing Committee on Organizational Review and Development. 


  • Call emergency meetings of the Board of Directors, in conjunction with the by-laws. 


  • Act as, or ensure the appointment of a Chief Electoral Officer in the event the Association Resource Manager is unable to perform their duties 


  • Act as Deputy Speaker. 


  • Share front desk responsibilities when needed.

Vice-President Student Health and Wellness

Honoraria: $18,207.00/year 

Work Terms: 

  • 2-week scheduled shadow period: 10 hrs/wk 

  • April to Turnover (50 weeks): 20 hrs/wk (minimum 10 hours in TCSA office)

  • 20 days paid vacation (10 to occur during winter break)

  • 5 paid sick days; access to additional paid sick days for appropriate medical issues

  • Statutory holiday pay if holiday falls on a vacation day (4-week average @ hourly wage)

  • Vacation pay (4% of gross)

  • Days in Lieu available as determined by Operating Policy

Description Summary:

  • Assist in the organization of the Association’s efforts/role in Orientation activities & programming, including O-Week and Frost Week.

  • Work with campus and community partners to increase student involvement in wellness initiatives, combat wellness-related stigma, and educate students about resources available to them on campus, and in the community.

  • Sit on the Events Committee to ensure the organization of at least one wellness-related event, campaign, or education activity per month during the academic year on behalf of the Association, including but not limited to de-stress events, seminars, workshops, performances, and other activities as deemed appropriate.

  • Support the Association’s Equity Commissioners in the organization of wellness-related activities that are specific to various student demographics on campus.

  • Regularly check in with Board members regarding their well-being and plan at least one board social per semester.

  • Collaborate with Centre for Human Rights, Equity, and Accessibility, and the Wellness Centre to address barriers to accessing services including the physical accessibility of Trent’s facilities.

  • Develop a yearly Wellness Campaigns Delivery Strategy (as part of the executive strategic plan) to be presented to the Board of Directors for approval by the first meeting in October. The document shall include at least one major campaign regarding mental health.

  • Sit on all Trent University and Association committees related to Student Health and Wellness on which the TCSA is given a voting seat.

  • Act as chair of the Trent Student Health and Dental Benefits Plan Special Committee as outlined in the Association’s Operating Resolutions.

  • Liaise with the Association’s Operations and Services Manager, and benefits provider, to ensure the benefits being provided by The Association are appropriate, this may include data collection and presentation to the benefits provider, the wellness centre, and the Board.

  • Be aware of applicable wellness related policies within Trent, the City of Peterborough, as well as the Provincial and Federal Governments, and lobby and advocate for change where appropriate/necessary.

  • Receive the following training that will be funded by the association: ASIST (or Safetalk), Mental Health First Aid, Standard CPR and First Aid, and any other training offered by Trent University or in the community that is deemed necessary.

  • Be responsible, with the assistance of the Association Resource Manager, for completing the Executive exit survey & any transition documentation.

  • Shared front desk responsibilities when needed.

VP CAMPAIGNS & EQUITY

Honoraria: $18,207.00/year

Work Terms:

  • 2-week scheduled shadow period: 10 hrs/wk

  • April to Turnover (50 weeks): 20 hrs/wk (minimum 10 hours in TCSA office)

  • 20 days paid vacation (10 to occur during winter break)

  • 5 paid sick days; access to additional paid sick days for appropriate medical issues

  • Statutory holiday pay if holiday falls on a vacation day (4-week average @ hourly wage)

  • Vacation pay (4% of gross)

  • Days in Lieu available as determined by Operating Policy

Description Summary:

  • Assist in the organization of the Association’s Orientation activities & programming, including O-Week and Frost Week.

  • Be the principal organizer of campaigns and lobby efforts led by the Association.

  • Be responsible for chairing the Standing Committee on Grocery Assistance, and the organization & administration of the Grocery Assistance Program.

  • Sit on the Events Committee, and organize at least one social, campaign, or educational activity per month during the academic year on behalf of the Association.

  • Assist the Vice President of Student Health & Wellness in the organization & promotion of campaigns and initiatives supporting members of the Association.

  • Develop a yearly Campaigns Delivery Strategy (Part of the Executive Strategic Plan) to be presented to the Board of Directors for approval by the first meeting in October. The document shall include at least one major campaign regarding issues of accessibility to and funding for post-secondary education.

  • Sit on the Executive Committee of the Ontario Component of the Canadian Federation of Students as the Local 71 Representative.

  • Be responsible for knowing & implementing CFS services for the Association in consultation with the Operations and Service Manager.

  • Be responsible for ensuring that the Association remains in good financial standing with the Canadian Federation of Students.

  • Maintain reasonable contact with other post-secondary student unions in support of common student issues. 


  • Coordinate delegations to national and provincial general meetings of the Canadian Federation of 
Students.

  • Work to increase engagement of students in the political process. 


  • Support the Association’s Equity Commissioners in the organization of relevant campaigns and in conjunction with external organizations where possible. 


  • Be responsible for writing public statements in defense of student rights on behalf of the Association and its members.

  • Be responsible for meeting with Equity Commissioners on a regular basis to provide support and encourage collaboration.

  • Be responsible for connecting Equity Commissioners with Trent University’s Administration to address issues facing their respective constituencies.

  • Be responsible for meeting with the Trent University Human Rights Advisor to review any applicable issues regarding discrimination, harassment, and oppression and to develop strategies for their improvement.

  • Be responsible for sitting on PACHREA and liaising between it and the Board.

  • Collaborate Work with campus and community partners to work towards a campus free from racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia and other forms of oppression.

  • Be responsible, with the assistance of the Association Resource Manager, for completing the Executive exit survey & any transition documentation.

  • Shared front desk responsibilities when needed.

VP UNIVERSITY & COLLEGE AFFAIRS

Honoraria: $18,207.00/year

Work Terms:

  • 2-week scheduled shadow period: 10 hrs/wk

  • April to Turnover (50 weeks): 20 hrs/wk (minimum 10 hours in TCSA office)

  • 20 days paid vacation (10 to occur during winter break)

  • 5 paid sick days; access to additional paid sick days for appropriate medical issues

  • Statutory holiday pay if holiday falls on a vacation day (4-week average @ hourly wage)

  • Vacation pay (4% of gross)

  • Days in Lieu available as determined by Operating Policy

Description Summary:

  • Be the chief organizer for the Association’s Orientation Week activities & programming and assist the Association in Frost Week.

  • Shall represent the Association on relevant university committees and task forces concerning the colleges, residences, food, and licensing. 


  • Shall liaise between the Colleges of Trent and the Association, including college cabinets and college offices. 


  • Sit on Events Committee and support the events running on behalf of the Association.

  • Be responsible for the supervision and management of the Brand Ambassador team including scheduling, training, and promotional materials required to engage with the membership.

  • Be responsible for organizing Dionysus with support from the Events Committee.

  • Sit on the Colleges and Student Services Committee as the Association’s representative. 


  • Work to engage students in the formation and review of University policies.

  • Attend the proceedings of the Trent University Senate and relevant committees and report to the Board of Directors on those proceedings. 


  • Create and maintain coalitions with groups on campus such as but not limited to the Ontario 
Public Service Employees Union, the Canadian Union of Public Employees, and the Trent 
University Faculty Association.

  • Be the Association’s primary contact for students seeking assistance with academic matters.

  • Investigate and address curriculum concerns through the existing channels, and where none exist 
through the lobbying of new policies. 


  • Be responsible, with the assistance of the Association Resource Manager, for completing the Executive exit survey & any transition documentation.

  • Shared front desk responsibilities when needed. 


VP CLUBS & GROUPS

Honoraria: $18,207.00/year

Work Terms:

  • 2-week scheduled shadow period: 10 hrs/wk

  • April to Turnover (50 weeks): 20 hrs/wk (minimum 10 hours in TCSA office)

  • 20 days paid vacation (10 to occur during winter break)

  • 5 paid sick days; access to additional paid sick days for appropriate medical issues

  • Statutory holiday pay if holiday falls on a vacation day (4-week average @ hourly wage)

  • Vacation pay (4% of gross)

  • Days in Lieu available as determined by Operating Policy

Description Summary:

  • Be the chief organizer for the Association’s Frost Week activities & programming and assist the Association in Orientation Week.

  • Maintain open communication and active ties with Trent University’s Levy Groups.

  • Seek to promote accountability and transparency between students and the University’s levy groups, by sitting on the Levy Council for TCSA. 


  • Be responsible for supervising and management of the Clubs Coordinator.

  • Coordinate with the Communications Manager to provide the student body with accurate and up-to-date information about levies

  • Oversee the club’s services of the Association, including Clubs and Groups Day, registration, funding, leadership assemblies, workshops, and year-end appreciation initiatives. 


  • Be responsible for the organization of all club space on behalf of the Association.

  • Chair the Clubs & Groups Funding and Approval Committee.

  • Actively promote and increase the benefits available to student clubs registered with the Association.

  • Be responsible for raising awareness of all club events in an effort to reduce scheduling conflicts between clubs, as well as the Association.

  • Publish the financial support provided to registered clubs and groups by the Association.

  • Sit on Events Committee and support the events running on behalf of the Association.

  • Be responsible, with the assistance of the Association Resource Manager, for completing the Executive exit survey & any transition documentation.

  • Shared front desk responsibilities when needed.

EQUITY COMMISSIONERS

All Equity Commissioners, in addition to that stated in their individual descriptions, shall:

i) Run at least one awareness campaign or three events pertaining to their portfolio per year;
ii) Represent the interests and concerns of their constituency regarding regular Association business;
iii) Be a member of the Association’s Orientation Week staff, if available;
iv) Be entitled and encouraged to form working groups related to the issues of their portfolio;
v) Wherever applicable, work with related Canadian Federation of Students caucuses and components on activities related to their portfolios;
vi) Assist in the development of issues policy related to their portfolio

Further, all directors shall:

i) Sit on at least one Standing Committee of the Association and at least one other committee that may be of the University or the Association, attend meetings of these committees as required and create a written report that can be presented to the Board of Directors;

ii) Attend the Board of Directors Orientation Retreat;

iii) Participate in weekly check-ins with a member of the Executive Committee;

iv) Assist with and attend two (2) Association events per semester

v) Attend meetings of the Association Board of Directors and provide a brief, verbal report detailing work completed on behalf of the Association at each meeting.

Positions:

Ethical Standards Commissioner

The Ethical Standards Commissioner shall:

  1. Act as a liaison between the Association and the Trent University Administration to ensure fair and ethical standards in the procurement of goods and services by the University and in the operation of Trent University;

  2. Ensure compliance with policies on ethical purchasing including non-sweatshop apparel and fair-trade certified products;

  3. Promote solidarity campaigns that support labour unions and fair working conditions, both within and outside of the University;

  4. Engage in outreach activities to Trent University student organizations to raise awareness about ethical procurement practices;

  5. Work with allied Trent University and Peterborough community groups to further issues of social and economic justice;

  6. Sit as the Association’s representative on the Fair Trade Task Committee of the Colleges and Student Services Committee.

Environment & Sustainability Commissioner

The Environment & Sustainability Commissioner shall:

  1. Act as a liaison between the Association Board of Directors and various environmental organizations within Peterborough and Trent University such as the Trent Nature Areas, Sustainable Trent, and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group, on the organization of events actively publicizing environmental concerns and promoting environmental preservation;

  2. Sit as the Association representative on the University Environmental Advisory Board;

  3. Work with the University’s Physical Resources Department and the University’s food service provider to ensure environmentally friendly operations and advocate for changes as necessary.

Indigenous Students Commissioner

Appointed by the Trent University Native Association, the Indigenous Students Commissioner must be a North American aboriginal student (status or non-status) and shall:

  1. Act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and aboriginal groups on campus, in the Peterborough community, and national organizations such as the Assembly of First Nations;

  2. Work with aboriginal student groups such as the Trent University Native Association on the organization of events actively publicizing aboriginal student issues;

  3. Attend, if possible, the annual meeting of the Aboriginal Caucus of the Canadian Federation of Students.

International Students Commissioner

Appointed by the Trent International Students Assocaition, the International Students Commissioner must be a student holding citizenship in a country other than Canada who has lived abroad for the majority of his or her life or who is an elected member of the Executive of the Trent International Student Association at the time of nomination and shall:

  1. Investigate and act on disputes concerning the international student body both within and outside of the University;

  2. Act as a liaison between various organizations representing the interests of international students within the University, such as the Trent International Students Association, the Trent International Program, Amnesty International, and the Trent Chapter of the World University Service of Canada, and the Association;

  3. Represent and promote international education at Trent University and within the Peterborough community;

  4. Sit as a non-voting member of the Trent International Students Association Executive, unless otherwise elected to that body;

  5. Act as a liaison between the Association and various internationally oriented organizations within the Peterborough community such as the Kawartha World Issues Centre and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group.

Mature and Transfer Students Commissioner

The Mature Students Commissioner shall be a student who is registered as a mature student with the University and shall:

  1. Act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and groups working on issues relevant to mature students on campus, in Peterborough, and nationally, and provincially;


  2. Assist mature students in pursuing a barrier-free education through advocacy and representation;

  3. Work with the Part-Time Students’ Commissioners on issues relating to mature students.

Queer Students Commissioner

The Queer Students Commissioner shall be a self-identified member of Trent’s queer and / or trans community who shall:

  1. Act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and individuals and groups working on issues relevant to the queer community on campus such as the Association’s Women Students Commissioner, the Trent Queer Collective, the Centre for Gender and Social Justice, and the Office of Student Affairs;

  2. Work with relevant off-campus organizations such as the Rainbow Service Organization, Parents Family & Friends of Lesbians and Gays-Peterborough, the Peterborough AIDS Resource Network, and the Peterborough Pride Commission;

  3. Work to create “positive space” and queer and trans support services both within the Association and Trent University;

  4. Work to inform the Trent community on issues of sexual health and safety as well as to publicize information on local health support services;

  5. To co-ordinate queer and trans positive events during Orientation Week and, if possible to be present on campus to serve as a resource for new queer and trans students during Orientation Week.

Racialized Students Commissioner

The Racialized Students Commissioner must be a student who self-identifies from a historically marginalized “racial” group and shall:

  1. Work to address and raise awareness of issues of racism on campus and in the

  2. Peterborough Community;

  3. Work with relevant groups and organizations on and off campus such as the Ontario Public Interest Research Group and the Race Relations Committee of Peterborough;

  4. Act as a liaison between the Board of Directors, the Office of Student Affairs, the Human Rights Advisor, and the Ontario Public Interest Research Group on campus regarding issues of racism;

  5. Assist racialized students in pursuing a barrier-free education through representation and advocacy.

Students with Disabilities Commissioner

The Students with Disabilities Commissioner shall be a student who is registered with Student Accessibility Services of the University and shall:

  1. Act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and groups working on issues relevant to students with disabilities on campus, in Peterborough, provincially and nationally;

  2. Work with on-campus organizations such as the Trent Student Accessibility Services;

  3. Assist students with disabilities in pursuing a barrier-free education through advocacy and representation;

Women's Student Commissioner

The Women's Student Commissioner will identify as a woman and shall:

  1. Act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and the Centre for Gender and Social Justice and other women’s groups on campus, women's groups in the City and County of Peterborough and external women's issues organizations;

  2. Inform students of women's issues and events through the campus media;

  3. Work with the Association’s Women’s Issues working group and other women's groups on the organization of events actively publicizing women's issues.

Gender Issues Commissioner

The Gender Issues Commissioner will identify as a member of Trent’s trans and/or gender variant community and shall:

  1. Act as a liaison between the Board of Directors and individuals and groups such as the Association’s Queer Issues Commissioner, the Women Students Commissioner, the Centre for Gender and Social Justice, the Office of Student Affairs, Counseling Services, and Health Services;


  2. Work with relevant off-campus organizations such as the Peterborough AIDS Resource Network and the Rainbow Service Organization;


  3. Work to create a positive and inclusive space within the Association and Trent University;


  4. Work to develop trans and or gender variant resources within the Association and Trent University;


  5. Coordinate trans and or gender variant positive events during Orientation Week and create a visible presence for new students;


  6. Coordinate trans and or gender variant awareness campaigns and events such as the Trans Day of Remembrance and a Trans Access.

Part-Time Student Commissioners (2 seats)

Each Part-Time Student Commissioner shall be a student registered in less than 1.5 credits per semester with the University and, working together, shall:

  1. Endeavour to liaise with other part-time students for the purposes of outreach, polling, and other related matters;

  2. Run at least one activity or service for part-time students;

  3. Hold a voting seat on Senate to represent the interests of part-time students;

  4. Work to educate and inform part-time students about such issues and information as necessary including items related to Trent University, and the activities, services, advocacy and political work of the Association and the Canadian Federation of Students.

First-Year Student Commissioners (2 seats)

One of the First-Year Commissioners will serve as the On-Residence First-Year Commissioner, and must be living in a residence owned or operated by Trent University. One of the First-Year Commissioners will serve as the Off-Residence First-Year Commissioner, and must not be living a residence owned or operated by Trent University. Each First-Year Commissioner will be elected in the fall by-election and shall be in their first year of studies at Trent University while in office, and shall:

  1. Consult with First-Year Representatives on College Cabinets on matters of mutual concern through such channels as are available;

  2. Endeavor to liaise with other first-year students for the purposes of outreach, polling, and other related matters;

  3. Run at least one activity or service for first-year students;

  4. Work to educate and inform first-year students about such issues and information as necessary including items related to Trent University, and the activities, services, advocacy, and political work of the Association and the Canadian Federation of Students.