Holborn, Greater London
£41,259 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Who we are

Part business, part charity, part membership body – students’ unions are all seriously fun places to work. They are organisations in their own right. Professionally run, but different. Professional teams support elected student leaders to make change, improve lives and fulfil potential; we help make it happen.

About the role

Arts SU has recently undergone both a democracy review and a staffing restructure with a sight to realigning our purpose and strengthening our commitment to improving the students’ academic experience at UAL. We are excited about the introduction of this new role with the successful candidate playing an integral part in bringing together the policy, advocacy, representation, and campaigning elements of our work to ensure we remain focused and ever evolving. This role will not only bring together our work in these key areas strategically but will also foster strong working relationships with key stakeholders within UAL, identifying where we can have the greatest impact as a students’ union. They will also lead on the union’s responses to sector-wide consultations on changes to policies affecting students and build strong relationships with the student officer team to empower them to deliver on the outcomes they wish to see for students.  We believe this is an exciting opportunity to feed into the wider work of UAL, the sector and drive the policy, representation, and advocacy work of the students’ union through supporting development of our new 3–5-year strategy.

Who we are looking for?

We are seeking a dynamic, inspirational and collaborative person to support our on-going journey to becoming the best students’ union possible for students at UAL. You may already be in a management role within a students’ union, but we are also interested in candidates from different vol­untary and third sectors who bring transferable skills and are motivated to lead a team that has the potential to make a significant impact in students’ lives.

You may have leadership experience in a membership/stakeholder focused organisation(s) with demonstrable experience of delivering effective services and of managing a variety of competing priorities and stakeholder perspectives. You should be a true people person, with a leadership style which both engages, coaches and empowers elected Student Officers, staff and stu­dent volunteers. With a collaborative approach, you will be able to build trust quickly and communicate credibly with a wide range of people.

The Higher Education sector, and by association the students’ union sector moves quickly. Students’ unions must be adaptable, flexible and responsive to members. Our ideal candidates will therefore have experience working in a dynamic environment with an unwavering commitment to seeking out, listening to and changing with stakeholder views.

We are committed to learning and development and work/life balance and would consider flexible working patterns for the right candidate(s).

Why apply?

Because you’re excited by the challenge! The exact opposite of corporate, we’re progressive, daring and creative individuals working to make a difference in unconventional workplaces.

Confidence can sometimes hold us back from applying for a job. However, there's no such thing as a 'perfect' candidate. Arts SU is a place where everyone can grow. We are committed to learning and development and work/life balance through professional qualifications, mentoring and flexible working patterns for the right candidate. We particularly welcome applications from the BAME, disabled, LGBT+ communities and are happy to discuss any requirements that you might have for the role or the application/interview process. So, however, you identify and whatever background you bring with you, please apply if this is a role that would make you excited to come into work every day.

Benefits and Perks

In return for your passion and experience we offer:

  • 25 days holidays per year
  • Additional closure periods at Christmas and Easter
  • Cycle to Work scheme enabling significant savings on bicycle purchase
  • Access to UAL staff training courses
  • Ability to purchase TOTUM (NUS) card giving wide range of discounts
  • Flexibility for work-life balance
  • Interest free Travel loan

How we recruit

We want to ensure all systems, policies and processes are free from bias or discrimination and are fair and accessible, therefore we ask that all candidates complete our Application Process in two stages:

Part 1 (Application Form) is all about you telling us about your suitability for the role and will be used to determine if you are shortlisted for interview.

Part 2 (Equal Opportunities Monitoring and Contact Form) is personal information – so we can contact you if you are shortlisted for the interview. It also helps us gather and analyse demographic information about our applicants. This part will only be seen by HR and will not have any impact on shortlisting.

Application forms are formatted to ensure the equality monitoring data is removed before applications are seen by the shortlisting panel. This process allows us to ensure that the shortlisting is done in a fair and consistent manner and all applicants are given the same opportunity to demonstrate their abilities.

Want to apply?

To apply please complete our online application which can be found on the 'Work with Us' section of our Arts SU website.

Job application timeline

Closing date: 10 am, 3rd August 2021

Intended Interview date: 9th August 2021








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Posted on: 21 July 2021
Closed date: 03 August 2021
Tags: Management, Advocacy