Head of Engagement & Volunteering (Maternity Cover)

Closed 18/01/2019

~ UPDATE (17/1/2019): DUE TO TECHNOLOGICAL ISSUES ON OUR WEBSITE THIS MORNING, WE'VE EXTENDED THE DEADLINE FOR THIS ROLE BY 24 HOURS. THE NEW DEADLINE FOR THIS POSITION WILL NOW BE AT 9AM ON FRIDAY 18TH JANUARY 2019. APOLOGIES FOR THIS INCONVENIENCE! ~


Exciting news! We are looking for maternity cover for a Head of Engagement and Volunteering to help transform the Students’ Union.

Who are we?

We are the heart and home of the student community at Sussex, and offer a space for every one of our members to make the most of their time at University.

The staff, officers and volunteers at Sussex dedicate their time, energy and work to making University the best it can be for all students.

We set our ambitions high because we believe the incredible and passionate student community at Sussex deserves that, we want to make them proud to be part of Sussex.

We want all of our students to know that the Union has a positive impact on their life, both on their campus and in the city. We want them to feel that they can have an impact over what the Union offers, that they can effectively hold their representatives to account, and that through the Union they can be part of significant change on issues they care about.

The big changes in the world that we’re committed to;

  1. Improving education together with our students
  2. Supporting students to change the issues that matter
  3. Making your time at Sussex the best it can be
  4. Impact that lasts a lifetime

Our mission is to put students at the heart of everything we do, to be a Union our students are proud to be members of.

Who do we want to join us?

We are at a huge point of change and we are looking for a strong, dynamic leader to join the senior leadership team, playing a key role in making our ambitious plans for the next year a reality.

We need someone who is willing to bring their management skills and expertise in membership and community engagement, communications and volunteering to the party, and passionately share that knowledge and experience with their new Union family to take the organisation from good to great.

Working with the rest of the senior leadership team you will inspire Union staff and officers on how they can communicate their messages with students and drive up participation whilst improving our reputation, making sure the student community really do get the best of us.

You will take on all aspects of engagement and measuring impact and so will need a confidence in these areas to hit the ground running at a time of great organisational change. You’ll have a lot of scope to contribute your ideas and perspective whilst being flexible and incorporating others’ contributions.

This is an amazing opportunity for someone who is not afraid of change and being a key player in transforming an organisation, maybe looking for a new challenge or the next step in their career. Our expectations of this role are high because our ambitions are high, we want the very best and committed staff to help us get there.

We want Sussex to be a great place to work so that our staff are able to give the student community the best service possible. For this reason work life balance is extremely important to us so we have lots of great plans in place and support to make sure you are able to flourish in this role, including volunteering leave, staff drinks on a Friday and flexible work around your family.

Being a space for everyone makes us tick so 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. If you have any suggestions as to how we could improve our language or application process please let us know.

PURPOSE OF THE JOB

  • Develop, drive and monitor long-term strategic plans, and mid-term operational plans for the Communications & Marketing and the Communities & Volunteering teams.
  • To increase the outreach and engagement work of the Students’ Union to increase student participation and engagement and improving the perception of the Students’ Union amongst students and other relevant stakeholders.
  • To increase the outreach and engagement work of the Students’ Union in the local community, creating meaningful impact and improving the perception of students within the city.
  • To increase impact on students’ lives by building systems and methods of engagement that ensure the Union is the heart and home of student life.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Job Title:  Head of Engagement & Volunteering (Maternity Cover)

Responsible to: The Students’ Union Chief Executive

Responsible for: Marketing and Communications; and Community and Volunteering

Salary: £37,052 - £39,299 full time equivalent, per annum, pro rata. 

Contract: Fixed Term, ending 7th February 2020

Hours of work: Up to full time, 36.5 hours per week. Will more than likely be flexible to include some evenings and weekend work during term time.

Applicants: Anyone

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

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

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

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KEY DATES

Application Deadline: Friday 18th January 2019 at 9am

Interviews:  Friday 25th January 2019

Expected start date: Monday 4th February 2019 

HOW TO APPLY

Applications are now open. to apply please click 'Apply'. If you have any issues, email George on hradmin@sussexstudent.com or call 01273 873557