How We Work
This page outlines the structure in which the AMS functions!
The three-person AMS Executive is elected annually and is comprised of the President, the Vice President of Operations, and the Vice President of University Affairs.
Vice President (Operations)
The Vice President (Operations) is responsible for all day-to-day operational and financial matters of the Society. They oversee the three Directors and the SLC Managing Director. Additionally, the Vice President (Operations) administers and facilitates the AMS Health & Dental Plan, the Bus-It program, and the consolidated budget for the Society.
The five commissions represent six different facets of student life at Queen’s. The Commissioners are ultimately responsible to Assembly for ensuring that the activities and affairs which occur under the jurisdiction of their respective commissions comply with AMS policy. Each commission is made up of a number of Deputy Commissioners and committees.
Academic Affairs Commissioner
This commission deals with issues related to educational quality and financial accessibility of a Queen’s education. The commission lobbies and advocates internally within the University and externally to the provincial government. It also provides services and administers committees that assist students in navigating academic life. Learn more here!
Campus Activities Commissioner
The Campus Activities Commissioner leads a primarily events-based commission that is responsible for organizing events to promote school spirit and enhance student life. This commission also has a significant role in preserving and facilitating the Queen’s tradition of student-run orientation. Learn more here!
Commissioner of the Environment & Sustainability
The Commissioner of the Environment & Sustainability works to create a culture of sustainability and environmental consciousness, both at Queen’s broadly and within the AMS specifically. It is responsible for administering committees, funds, projects, workshops, and conferences that seek to address environmental issues on campus. Learn more here!
Municipal Affairs Commissioner
The Municipal Affairs Commissioner is responsible for external advocacy on behalf of students at a municipal level. The commission facilitates opportunities for students to connect with the Kingston community, offers extensive resources for all housing related matters, and provides services to better the University District for all community members. Learn more here!
Social Issues Commissioner
The Social Issues Commissioner seeks to facilitate dialogue, education, and engagement on all matters related to equity, identity, and anti-oppression. The commission strives to represent the diversity of students at Queen’s through advocating for social change by lobbying the administration and raising awareness in the University community. Learn more here!
The Human Resources Office serves as a resource to all AMS employees and volunteers who seek assistance with recruitment, hiring, training or disciplinary procedures. They oversee all recruitment initiatives and training procedures, and provide consistency to the employment practices of all AMS services and ensure that the AMS as a whole is providing equitable opportunities for involvement.
The Marketing and Communications Office serves as the public relations channel for the AMS, the MarComm Office engages in the drafting of press releases, coordination with local and national media outlets, supervision and creation of AMS publications and web content, and marketing research. The MarComm Office exists as a resource for services, clubs and societies looking for assistance in event promotion, information and awareness campaigns, and media relations. The Office also works to enforce AMS visual identity standards and to ensure the messaging of the AMS is consistent between our different offices and services.
The Information Technology Office works internally, on both the government and corporate sides of the AMS, to ensure the continued function of IT equipment and services. The Office also works to develop applications and databases for AMS services as well as provide full account management and troubleshooting support. Part-time IT staff are employed during the school year.
The Advancement Office (ADO) is responsible for ensuring that the AMS has a cohesive strategy for fundraising, sponsorship, and meaningful engagement with AMS alumni. In doing so, this position works to build and maintain relationships with donors, sponsors, and the alumni community, and works in close coordination with the Queen’s Office of Advancement towards this goal. The ADO will support the functions of the AMS by securing financial contributions and mentorship opportunities that will enhance the programming and services provided by the Society
These three Directors are responsible for the proper administration of their respective services on a day-to-day basis including financial management, evaluation of management personnel, and implementation of policies as recommended by the Vice President of Operations and approved by the Board.
Hospitality & Safety Services Director
The Hospitality & Safety Services Director oversees the operations, finances, and strategic management of The AMS Pub Services (TAPS), Queen’s Student Constables (QSC or StuCons), and Common Ground Coffeehouse (CoGro). The Director acts as an advisor, advocate, facilitator, and evaluator for the managers of each of the respective services. They are also a bridge between the services and the AMS Board of Directors.
Media Services Director
The Media Services Director oversees the operations, finances, and strategic management of the Queen’s Journal, Studio Q, and Walkhome. The Director acts as an advisor, advocate, facilitator, and evaluator for the managers of each of the respective services. They are also a bridge between the services and the AMS Board of Directors.
Retail Services Director
The Retail Services Director oversees the operations, finances, and strategic management of Tricolour Outlet and the Publishing & Copy Centre (P&CC). The Director acts as an advisor, advocate, facilitator, and evaluator for the managers of each of the respective services. They are also a bridge between the services and the AMS Board of Directors.