Campaigns and Environmental Lead

Closed 16/11/2020

In this role you will work together with students to rally people and grow collective power in order to achieve positive change for the student body. Helping students to organise their own collective actions and events in order create tangible change to policy, law, practice or behaviour within the Students’ Union, the University and wider community.

We are looking for someone who has experience of supporting students to campaign and who can work with students to make change through community organising.

You would be great at this role if you’ve been involved in working on environmental issues and sustainability on campus. The successful candidate for this role will work with the elected student Sustainability Committee to use formal and informal University structures to improve sustainability and environmental issues at Sussex University. This role will be facilitating the Greens Reps in an exciting new scheme to make changes at a school level.

In this role you will be working with students who are passionate about campaigning on issues that affect them through providing advice, resources, training and access to funding, supporting these groups to become autonomous student-led campaigns.

You would be working within the Student Engagement department with the Community Organisers student staff team and there may be some collaborative work with the Race Equity Advocates as well as work across the Students’ Union.

This a graduate role that will be supported by a friendly manager. In addition to this, as a graduate role you’ll be granted access to LinkedIn Learning, an online Learning & Development platform containing thousands of courses ranging from advanced excel skills, content creation, photography, content creation and 100s more! Your manager will work with you to allocate time to make the most of relevant training as part of your working week. This will help launch you into your future role.

We welcome applications from everyone, including but not exclusive to; people with an ethnic minority or Chinese background, people with a disability, people with dependants, and people who identify as LGBTQ+. We conduct anonymous shortlisting and all of our interview panels have Unconscious Bias Training in order to support the above. We also consider flexible working for those with care commitments. If you have any suggestions as to how we could improve our language or application process please let us know.


Job Title:  Campaigns and Environmental Lead

Responsible to: Student Engagement Manager

Responsible for: Community Organisers (Supervisory)

Salary: £18,884 full-time equivalent, per annum, prorated for part-time staff

Hours of work: Up to full-time, (36.5 hours per week) but will more than likely be flexible to include some evenings and weekend work

Contract: Fixed Term ending 30th September 2021

Applicants: University of Sussex, IDS or BSMS graduates (graduated in 2018, 2019 and 2020), and Sussex students requiring a work placement year, or Sussex Students’ Union staff. The Union looks to employ these students, graduates and SU staff in order to provide valuable skills and experience to them, increasing their employability and personal development

For more details please see the full job description and person specification.


We really welcome applications from abroad for all of our vacancies.

Due to legal regulations we have to ensure that everyone is eligible to work in the UK and this would be done by us checking and making a copy of the correct original identification/documentation before your first day of work. You may also be limited in the number of hours you would be allowed to work.

Find out more information about applying to work in the UK.

In any case, we would encourage anyone to apply for a job in one of our friendly departments to give yourself the chance of being selected, and we would look to see the appropriate original documents before your first day of work





Everyone working in the UK needs a National Insurance number in order to get paid. If you are a UK citizen you will automatically have this, however if you are an international student you might want to apply for an NI number at the same time as you apply for a job so there is no delay in your payments. You can do so using this link: Please note you cannot apply for a National Insurance Number until you're in the UK, but this should not stop you from completing your application for this role. If you need support in applying for a National Insurance Number you may find that Sussex University's International Support Team can help:

Students discussing student campaigns


Application Deadline: Monday 16th November 9am

Interviews: Friday 27th November (Interviews will take place via Google Meet but if you require an interview in-person as a reasonable adjustment please make a request)

Expected start date: As soon as possible


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