The Executive is the governing body of the RFA between General Membership meetings. It consists of the President, the Vice-Presidents Internal and External, the Treasurer, the Secretary, four Chairs of Standing Committees (Negotiating, Grievance, Equity, Professional Affairs), the Health and Safety Officer and two Members at Large. It meets every two weeks during the academic year and reports to the membership at the General Membership meetings.
For a complete description of the duties of each office see the RFA bylaws.
President & RFA Rep. to Senate
The President is the chief executive officer, chief administrator, and general spokesperson for the Association. Responsibilities include chairing all General Membership Meetings and meetings of the Executive Committee. They are responsible, in conjunction with the Executive, for the effective operation of the Association, and, with the treasurer, for the accounting of RFA funds. As spokesperson for the RFA, the president normally represents the RFA at CAUT and/or OCUFA, acts as liaison between the RFA and other unions or organizations at the university, and represents the RFA as a voting member of the Academic Council of the University. For a complete list of all duties and responsibilities of the present see the RFA bylaws 10.7.
Vice President Internal
The Vice-President Internal chairs the Representatives’ Council and is responsible, among other duties, for calling meetings of the Council, preparing and circulating the Council’s agenda, and keeping a record of Council proceedings. The VP Internal also acts as a liaison between the RFA and other University organizations and between the RFA Executive and Members who represent the RFA on various University committees. For a complete list of all duties and responsibilities see the RFA bylaws 10.8.
Vice President External
Computer Science, FoS
The Vice-President External represents the RFA on various bodies external to the University, including the CAUT and/or the OCUFA. Where appropriate they monitor developments in the faculty associations of other universities and stay informed on legislative and regulatory developments at the provincial and national levels. They also bring to the attention of the Executive or other levels of the RFA appropriate requests for financial and other aid from other faculty associations. Ad hoc committees that address issues external to the University are chaired and recorded by the VP External. They report at least once a year, or by request, to the Representatives’ Council on matters external to the University. A complete description of all duties of the office can be found in the RFA Bylaws 10.9.
Health & Safety Officer
Mech and Industrial, FEAS
The Health and Safety Officer represents the Association on the Joint Occupational and Safety Committee and works with the Representatives’ Council on matters relating to the occupational health and safety of members.
The Treasurer is the Chief Financial Officer of the Association.
Chemistry & Biology, FoS
The Secretary is the custodian of all books, papers, records, documents, contracts, and correspondence belonging to the RFA. Their duties include, but are not limited to, keeping an impartial account of all proceedings of membership and Executive meetings, seeing these proceedings are distributed to members in a timely fashion, answering and keeping record of correspondence on behalf of the RFA. The Secretary assumes primary editorial responsibility for communications with members as determined by the Executive. For a complete description of all the duties of the Secretary see RFA Bylaws 10.10.
The Grievance Chair oversees the handling and processing of all grievances and other related actions undertaken by the Association and/or its Members to enforce the Collective Agreement.
This Chair is the Chief Negotiator for the Association
Chair, Equity Issues
The Chair of Equity Issues takes a leadership role in promoting the implementation of the guiding principles of the Equity Committee.
Chair, Professional Affairs
The Chair of Professional Affairs takes a leadership role in promoting creative and collegial exchange amongst Members and between Members and other professionals through such measures as determined by the Professional Affairs Committee.
Members at Large
One Member at Large attends, as an observer, all meetings of the Board of Governors. The other Member attends, as an observer, all meetings of the Senate of the University.