SFUFA is a non-profit Society under the BC Societies Act, and is governed ultimately by its members. An elected board manages the affairs of the Association between General Meetings, and hires staff people to administer the day to day work of the organization.

As per the SFUFA Constitution and By-Laws, the Executive Committee is comprised of a President, Vice President and nine Directors, all elected by the membership. The Director positions will include one Director,  Teaching Appointments, one Director, Librarian and Archivists, one Director, Human Rights and Equity at one Director, Community Relations, who shall represent the Association at various University Committees as determined by the Executive.

The ultimate authority of the organization is always its members, who may provide direction to the Executive through duly-constituted referenda or votes, or through a vote at a duly-constituted meeting of the Association.