Political Engagement Officer (PEO)

Hours: 10 hours (voluntary, but eligible for performance based-bonus)

Key Working Relationships:

  • AUSA Officers
  • AUSA Executive
  • AUSA Staff
  • Political clubs and youth wings on campus
  • Members of Parliament, NGOs and other political organisations

SUMMARY/PURPOSE OF ROLE: The PEO is responsible for ensuring that all students are aware of, and engaged with political happenings across Auckland, New Zealand and on the world stage, and will organise a number of events across the year, including seminars and debates, as well as Politics Week. They’ll also be doing fun stuff to engage students with political affairs too, including casual sit downs with MPs and other decision makers, to ensure that a whole range of students can be informed and aware.


Events and Engagement

  • Ensure that students are engaged with political issues through providing
  • Planning and implementing ‘AUSA Politics Week’
  • Organising a range of regular events and other initiatives based around political issues
  • Ensuring that students can regularly engage with decision makers and interest/lobby groups
  • Actively follow local, national and international politics and look for opportunities to raise awareness of issues amongst Auckland students
  • Assist the President and Education Vice President in the implementation of campaigns and other issues-based initiatives
  • Engage with passage of legislation in New Zealand, and under the supervision of the President, create and deliver submissions to Parliamentary Select Committees

Contacts and Networks

  • Establish and maintain positive and constructive relationships with:
    • Members of Parliament, particularly Tertiary Education representatives and local Auckland MPs
    • Political Party officials
    • Parliamentary Staff
    • Auckland Councillors and Local Body representatives
    • Any other lobby or interest group that may wish to collaborate with AUSA
  • Ensure that a contact list is accurately maintained to ensure that successive PEOs are able to continue contact

General Executive duties

  • Contribute to AUSA decision making using good governance techniques
  • Attend and contribute to weekly AUSA Executive meetings
  • Provide support and assistance for other AUSA Executive members during their events and other initiatives
  • Report on progress on a fortnightly basis

Reporting Duties

  • Create and speak to the following reports for the AUSA Executive
  • An Annual Plan, which includes all planned events, projects, key contacts and other goals for the year
  • A Semester One Report, tracking progress against the Annual Plan and analysing success
  • An Annual Report, tracking progress throughout the year and reflecting on success
  • A transition document, containing all information necessary to ensure that successive PEO’s are able to transition into the role smoothly and efficiently