Liberation Coordinator

Closed 25/10/2021

The University of Sussex Students’ Union is looking for a Liberation Coordinator to support our liberation work across all our activities. In this role, you will build links with relevant individuals and schools to improve the incorporation of independent student voice and feedback from marginalised student groups into University decision-making processes. You would be perfect for this role if you understand the impact of intersectionality and have experience in designing, delivering and evaluating training for others. Naturally, social justice, equality and human rights must be important to you.

The Student Engagement team works with diverse and marginalised student communities on issues they face while studying at Sussex University or when engaging with the Students’ Union. Our aim is to continuously push to be an inclusive organisation, meeting the needs of students from a diverse range of backgrounds and lobbying the University to do the same for an improved student experience and a better education.

“Fair isn't everyone getting the same thing. Fair is everyone getting what they need in order to be successful!” - Rick Riordan

The Student Engagement team is a diverse staff team and we are really committed to maintaining a diverse workforce because we know how important it is to have decision makers and collaborators with varied lived experiences and backgrounds that reflect the range of needs from our diverse student community.

We welcome applications from everyone, and we want to strongly encourage applications from; 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.

As a representative body one of our key aims is to increase applicants that identify as Black, Asian or a minority ethnic to work in the Students' Union. To support this we will ask you an optional question about your ethnic origin. Not providing this information will not adversely affect your application for the role. This information will be hidden during the application process. Staff who identify as Black, Asian or minority ethnic are also welcome and supported to join our BAME Staff Network.

Job Description

Job title: Liberation Coordinator

Responsible to: Student Engagement Manager

Responsible for: Race Equity Advocates, Liberation Graduate (supervisory)

Salary: £22,196-£23,507 full time equivalent, per annum, pro rata. It is normal to be appointed at the first point of the scale. 

Hours of work: Full time or part time up to a maximum of 36.5 hours per week, but will likely include some evening and weekend work during term time.

Contract: Fixed term ending 31st July 2022 (Extension depending on funding.)

Applicants: Anyone 

Location: Falmer House, University of Sussex, BN1 9QF. However we are supportive of hybrid working

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




Staff and Applicants with Long Term Conditions

The Students’ Union aims to implement reasonable adjustments for all staff and applicants with disabilities, creating a culture of cooperation, shared responsibility and proactiveness to ensure equitable access to jobs. We want to make sure everyone is supported in our selection processes, and are equipped to work safely and get as much as possible out of their role as possible. 

For more information about the support we have available follow this link

Getting Paid

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:

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Key Dates

Application deadline: 9am Monday 25th October 2021 

Interviews: Friday 5th November (Interviews will take place via Google Meet but if you require an interview in-person as a reasonable adjustment please make a request)

Task: The task will be a written task following the interview. We will present you with a situation and are looking for your take on reacting to the situation.

Start date: As soon as possible 

More Information

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