Governance Administrator

Closed 11/09/2019

Calling all governance geeks and wonks; we're looking for a friendly and enthusiastic individual to join our Central Support Services as the Governance Administrator.

The role will be 15 hours a week and can be worked around university timetables and any other commitments. This role is perfect for those wishing to get a better understanding of governance, have a passion for engaging students in the decision-making of the Union and are looking to develop their administration skills and gain valuable experience for the future.

The Students’ Union is democratically-led with its direction determined by its members, the University’s students.  We are run by elected officers and representatives who are either recent graduates or undertaking the roles alongside their studies. They are elected every year by students to make sure that we’re doing what our members want. These officers and reps sit on a range of committees who make decisions on behalf of students.  

We are looking for a Governance Administrator to provide support to these representatives offering administrative and operational support for key meetings such as the Executive and Union Council. The post-holder will also help the Students' Union engage more students in our governance to ensure that we are representing the needs and interests of our members and ensure that students have a strong voice on campus and beyond. 

A key element of this will be the development of digital solutions to our governance processes, bringing the Union’s governance into the 21st Century.

We welcome applications from everyone, including but not exclusive to; postgraduates, 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 our interview panels have Unconscious Bias Training in order to support the above. We also offer 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:  Governance Administrator

Responsible to: Head of Central Support

Rate of pay: £10.25 per hour (made up of £9.15 basic rate, and £1.10 holiday rate).

Hours of work: 15 hours a week for 36 weeks. Hours should be agreed with your line manager in advance and will likely be flexible to include some evening and weekend work. Hours are flexible around fixed academic commitments.

Contract: Fixed term until 5th June 2020

Expected start date: September 25th 2019

Applicants: Current University of Sussex, IDS or BSMS students. The Union is committed to employing students; seeking to support them as active participants who are helping to provide services within the Union

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




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Applications close: 11th September 2019 9am

Interviews: 18th September (skype/phone interview available on request)

Start date : Wednesday September 25th 


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