Student Community Organiser

Closed 20/01/2020

Do you think Sussex University and the Students’ Union could do better to meet the needs of students? 

You could help your student communities’ voices be heard within these institutions and in the wider community to help build positive change. 

We are recruiting 8 Student Community Organisers to work with our existing team who are already listening to and working with students to implement changes in how the Students' Union and University run. You will use Community Organising techniques and models to support students to challenge and/or collaborate with the Students’ Union and University to bring about changes that benefit more students with a particular focus on marginalised student communities.

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

Organisers are required to attend a 1 day training in Community Organising delivered by Citizens UK, a national broad-based community organising organisation, on Tuesday 11th February 

We are looking for students who:

  • Identify as and are embedded within one or more of the following specific students communities: Chinese, Parent, PGR, Foundation, Trans Man, Trans Woman, Muslim, Jewish Sussex students
  • Are willing to challenge the status quo.
  • Want to learn, and take 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 community organiser and as a leader.
  • 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 and

For other information about the role contact: Monique 07711376844 or


Job Title:  Student Community Organiser

Responsible to: Student Engagement Manager

Rate of Pay:  Your pay will be £8.62 per hour. This is made up of £7.70 basic rate, and 92p holiday pay. The rate of pay is £9.19 (made up of £8.21 basic rate plus 98p holiday pay)if you are over 25 in order to meet the increase in national minimum wage for staff over 25

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

Contract: Fixed term 11th February - 31st May 2020

Applicants: We are looking for students who are embedded in one or more of the following communities and who can facilitate open conversations with them. As such you must identify as part of one or more of the following demographics in order to apply for these roles: Chinese, Parent, PGR, Foundation, Trans Man, Trans Woman, Muslim, Jewish 

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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Applications close: 9am Monday 20th January 2020

Interviews: Monday 3rd February and Tuesday 4th February 2020 (Skype and telephone interviews available where necessary)

Start date: Tuesday 11th February 2020 for Induction and Community Organiser Training


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