Student Community Organisers

Closed 21/03/2019

The Union is undertaking a transformation project during the Spring and Summer of 2019 to become your union. We are recruiting 20 student community organisers to be part of this change and make the Union truly student-led.

The organisers will meet with students both in one to one meetings and using group activities, and feed-in their discussions to the transformation project. Through this, students will give a direct steer in what the Union needs to change to become your Union.

The organisers are required to attend induction on Wednesday 3rd April from 1.30pm-5.30pm.

We are looking for students who:

  • Are willing to challenge the status quo.
  • Want to learn, and take up on a role you might not have experience in.
  • Want to build their power and skills as leaders, as well as identify and support other student leaders in our community.
  • Are willing to start conversations with people you do not know, and be able to record and present the major themes of the conversations you’re having.
  • Will empower students to be involved in directing the changes in the Students Union. Giving a voice to students including students who are not typically heard within the university and union.
  • Will to talk and listen to people who may have different views.
  • Have a good work ethic and personal integrity, that will remain accountable and professional throughout your role.

What is in it for you:

  • Gain valuable skills as a leader and community organiser.
  • Develop your research, teamwork and storytelling skills.
  • Learn how to achieve change, motivate and activate people.
  • Earn money
  • Get to know some brilliant people and widen your networks, both social and professional.
  • Be part of shaping and improving the services and representation of a significant organisation. You will make the Union better for you and other students.

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.

For more information on Community Organising and how it makes change happen you can go to

For other information about the role contact: Monique 01273 678641 or


Job Title:  Student Community Organiser

Responsible to: Community Engagement Coordinator

Rate of pay: Your pay will be £8.26 per hour. This is made up of £7.38 basic rate, and 88p holiday pay. The rate of pay will be higher if you are over 25 in order to meet the increase in national minimum wage for staff over 25

Contract: Fixed term 3rd April - 31st May 2019 (9 weeks)

Hours of work: 5 hours per week. Hours are flexible around fixed academic commitments, but will more than likely include some evenings and weekend work, with hours to be agreed with your line manager.

Applicants: You must be a student of Sussex, BSMS, or IDS at the time of the start date in order to apply. The Students’ 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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Application deadline: 9am Thursday 21st March

Group interviews: Thursday 28th March

Right to work checks: Pop in for 30 minutes between 9.30am and 4.30pm Friday 29th March or arrange an appointment prior to 3rd April

Induction and start date: Wednesday 3rd April from 1.30pm-5.30pm