Role Descriptions

General Secretary

As General Secretary, you would be one of LSESU's four full-time, paid Sabbatical Officers and the primary liaison between LSE and the Students’ Union,. The Sabbatical Officers represent all LSE students and lead on major campaigns, strategic developments, projects and events.

Specifically, your role involves representing the student body and setting the agenda within both the School and LSESU.

You will actively promote the needs and desires of students and lead on the development and delivery of initiatives, campaigns and projects to improve the overall student experience at LSE.

You will sit on LSE’s decision-making bodies: including LSE Council; Finance and Estates Committee; Ethics Committee, Honorary Awards Committee and Governance Committee.

In addition, you will be Chair of the following:

  • LSESU Trustee Board, which has the ultimate legal and financial responsibility for the Students’ Union
  •  Chair of the Executive Committee, which is responsible for defending the rights of student members and campaigning on issues affecting them.
  • Chair of the Students’ Union Fund
  • co-Chair of the Welcome Steering Group, along with the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of LSE.

You will also attend NUS National Conference during Lent Term to represent LSE students nationally.

You should nominate yourself if …

  • You are passionate about making a difference to the student experience at LSE, and about improving both the School and your Students' Union.
  • You’re interested in being a leader who is the voice for students during their studies at LSE both to the School and the wider world
  • You want to develop your communication, organisational, event planning, teamwork and leadership skills
  • You’re interested in gaining experience working in the third sector including sitting on a trustee board
  • You have ideas and desire to make positive change

Time commitment

You will hold the post from the start of July 2020 until the end of June 2021.

Before this date, it is likely that you  will work with current officers on some projects, and you will go through a period of handover shortly before the post begins.

Hours are full-time, but flexible. You will also have to work outside of these hours from time to time, meeting students, attending events or conferences.

Training and support

LSESU staff will support you in your role and you will receive:

  • Ongoing job-specific training throughout the year
  • Individual training & development to suit your needs
  • Opportunities to attend conferences and external training days

Benefits

  • The opportunity to make a lasting and meaningful impact on student life at LSE
  • You get to take action on the things you are most passionate about
  • Plenty of opportunities to develop your leadership, communication and organisational skills
  • Salary for this role is recalculated every year. It includes a Cost of Living Allowance based on the London Living Wage
  • 25 days holiday + Christmas and bank holidays
  • Free gym membership

 

Activities & Development Officer

You get to ensure the best interests of students are represented and taken into consideration by LSE and other stakeholders. You are able to develop your lobbying skills to ensure that a student focus is the primary consideration for all LSE decisions. You are able to affect real change. You gain experiences and are in a position to network with people that you would not usually encounter. You have the opportunity to develop a diverse range of skills that few graduate-level jobs can provide.

You lead LSESU.

You are a non-executive director of a not for profit organisation, turning over more than £5m p.a. You will be listed as a Company Director at Companies House and with the Charity Commission. You will have fiduciary and legal responsibilities that include ensuing LSESU remains financially sustainable and that appropriate risk control is put in place.

As one of the most senior members of staff, you will be supported by the organisation with individual staff on hand to provide you advice and guidance. You will have the flexibility to decide how you work and what you work on.

You go to a lot of meetings! You also get to immerse yourself in student life, from attending student-led events to empowering campaign groups. You’ll have a mandate to work on your manifesto promises alongside a duty to listen and respond to the changing needs of our members.

 

Education Officer

You get to ensure the best interests of students are represented and taken into consideration by LSE and other stakeholders. You are able to develop your lobbying skills to ensure that a student focus is the primary consideration for all LSE decisions. You are able to affect real change. You gain experiences and are in a position to network with people that you would not usually encounter. You have the opportunity to develop a diverse range of skills that few graduate-level jobs can provide.

You lead LSESU.

You are a non-executive director of a not for profit organisation, turning over more than £5m p.a. You will be listed as a Company Director at Companies House and with the Charity Commission. You will have fiduciary and legal responsibilities that include ensuing LSESU remains financially sustainable and that appropriate risk control is put in place.

As one of the most senior members of staff, you will be supported by the organisation with individual staff on hand to provide you advice and guidance. You will have the flexibility to decide how you work and what you work on.

You go to a lot of meetings! You also get to immerse yourself in student life, from attending student-led events to empowering campaign groups. You’ll have a mandate to work on your manifesto promises alongside a duty to listen and respond to the changing needs of our members.

 

Community & Welfare Officer

You get to ensure the best interests of students are represented and taken into consideration by LSE and other stakeholders. You are able to develop your lobbying skills to ensure that a student focus is the primary consideration for all LSE decisions. You are able to affect real change. You gain experiences and are in a position to network with people that you would not usually encounter. You have the opportunity to develop a diverse range of skills that few graduate-level jobs can provide.

You lead LSESU.

You are a non-executive director of a not for profit organisation, turning over more than £5m p.a. You will be listed as a Company Director at Companies House and with the Charity Commission. You will have fiduciary and legal responsibilities that include ensuing LSESU remains financially sustainable and that appropriate risk control is put in place.

As one of the most senior members of staff, you will be supported by the organisation with individual staff on hand to provide you advice and guidance. You will have the flexibility to decide how you work and what you work on.

You go to a lot of meetings! You also get to immerse yourself in student life, from attending student-led events to empowering campaign groups. You’ll have a mandate to work on your manifesto promises alongside a duty to listen and respond to the changing needs of our members.

 

Anti-Racism officer

The Anti-Racism Officer:

  • Sets and carries out annual objectives
  • Attends 121s with relevant LSESU staff once a month, and remain in regular contact through email/phone between meetings
  • Attends Executive meetings and the weekly UGMs, or send official apologies if this is not possible
  • Communicates and collaborates with the Sabbatical Officers where necessary
  • Communicates their work to students both in person and online.

 

Athletics Union President

The Athletics Union President:

  • Represents all AU club members
  • Works with the Activities and Development Officer and LSESU to develop sport at LSE
  • Supports AU club captains and club execs
  • Leads the organisation of AU events
  • Chairs the weekly AU Executive meeting
  • Liaises with the Union on all large AU activities and events
  • Attends regular 121s with relevant LSESU staff, and remain in regular contact through email/phone between meetings
  • Attends LSESU Executive meetings and the weekly UGMs, or send official apologies if this is not possible
  • Communicates and collaborates with the Sabbatical Officers where necessary

 

 

BME Officer

The BME Officer:

  • Sets and carries out annual objectives
  • Attends 121s with relevant LSESU staff once a month, and remain in regular contact through email/phone between meetings
  • Attends Executive meetings and the weekly UGMs, or send official apologies if this is not possible
  • Communicates and collaborates with the Sabbatical Officers where necessary
  • Communicates their work to students both in person and online.

 

 

Disabled Students' Officer

The Disabled Students' Officer

  • Sets and carries out annual objectives
  • Attends 121s with relevant LSESU staff once a month, and remain in regular contact through email/phone between meetings
  • Attends Executive meetings and the weekly UGMs, or send official apologies if this is not possible
  • Communicates and collaborates with the Sabbatical Officers where necessary
  • Communicates their work to students both in person and online.

 

Environment & Ethics Officer

The Environment & Ethics Officer:

  • Leads the Union on delivering students’ general and political priorities related to environment and ethics.
  • To set and carry out annual objectives
  • To attend 121s with relevant LSESU staff once a month, and remain in regular contact through email/phone between meetings
  • To attend Executive meetings and the weekly UGMs, or send official apologies if this is not possible
  • To communicate and collaborate with the Sabbatical Officers where necessary
  • To communicate your work to students both in person and online

 

International Students' Officer

The International Students' Officer:

  • Sets and carries out annual objectives
  • Attends 121s with relevant LSESU staff once a month, and remain in regular contact through email/phone between meetings
  • Attends Executive meetings and the weekly UGMs, or send official apologies if this is not possible
  • Communicates and collaborates with the Sabbatical Officers where necessary
  • Communicates their work to students both in person and online.

 

LGBT+ Students' Officer

The LGBT+ Officer:

  • Sets and carries out annual objectives
  • Attends 121s with relevant LSESU staff once a month, and remain in regular contact through email/phone between meetings
  • Attends Executive meetings and the weekly UGMs, or send official apologies if this is not possible
  • Communicates and collaborates with the Sabbatical Officers where necessary
  • Communicates their work to students both in person and online.

 

Postgraduate Research Students' Officer

The Postgraduate Research Students’ Officer is the main representative of PhD students both within the Students’ Union and LSE as a whole. They do this through a variety of ways, such as campaigning on issues that affect PhD students and directing the Student Union’s work centred around improving the student experience, ensuring that their views are heard at all levels of LSE and LSESU.

You will also have the chance to put on events for your constituency throughout the year, as well working with groups such as GTAs and the PhD Academy to improve the provision of services for PhD students.

 

RAG President

The RAG President:

  • Facilitates and support student fundraising within LSESU by leading RAG
  • Facilitates events such as Freshers’ Week events, RAG Band, Welcome Ball and the Postgraduate Ball as well as challenges such as the Mount Kilimanjaro trek
  • Manages a committee of student volunteers
  • Acts as the main point of contact for charities looking to fundraise with LSESU
  • Provides support to any LSE student who is undertaking fundraising for a charitable cause
  • Takes the lead on organising RAG Week
  • Attends regular 121s with relevant LSESU staff, and remain in regular contact through email/phone between meetings
  • Attends approximately six Executive meetings and the weekly UGMs, or send official apologies if this is not possible
  • Communicates and collaborate with the Sabbatical Officers where necessary
  • Communicates your work to students both in person and online

 

Social Mobility & Class Officer

The person appointed to this role is part of the Union’s Executive Committee, who, having been elected by the student body, represent LSE students and shape the Union’s decision-making.

Specifically, this role addresses all issues surrounding the experiences of LSE students from low socio-economic backgrounds. As well as representation and campaigning, you will also have the opportunity to be involved in other LSESU events.

 

Women's Officer

As Women's Officer you will:

  • Sets and carries out annual objectives
  • Attends 121s with relevant LSESU staff once a month, and remain in regular contact through email/phone between meetings
  • Attends Executive meetings and the weekly UGMs, or send official apologies if this is not possible
  • Communicates and collaborates with the Sabbatical Officers where necessary
  • Communicates their work to students both in person and online.

 

Democracy Committee

The Democracy Committee:
• Ensures that LSESU functions in a democratic way, in according with the Constitution
• Agrees dates, rules and regulations pertaining to elections and referenda
• Assists with promoting elections, Union General Meetings and other democratic structures
• Ensures the Students' Union's democratic structures are open and accessible to LSE students
• Attends all Union General Meetings
• Reviews motions to be debated at Union General Meetings s to ensure they work within the Students' Union's bylaws and governing documents
• Attends team meetings and receives support from relevant staff members to ensure they are able to achieve all of the above in their year

 

Society Network Chairs

The Societies Executive Committee represents all society members. They do this by working with the Activities and Development Officer to develop societies at LSESU as a whole. They work closely with society presidents and exec committee members to support their events and represent their views.

You should nominate yourself if...

  • You want to represent the members of all society members, and especially those in your society network.
  • You want to work with the Activities and Development Officer to develop societies at LSESU.
  • You want to support Society Presidents and Exec Committees.

 

AU Executive

The AU Executive represents all AU Club Members. They do this by working with the Activities & Development Officer and SU to develop sport at LSE, supporting AU Club Captains and Club Execs, leading on the organisation of AU events and liaising with the SU on all large AU activities and events.

 

AU Engagement Officer

The Athletics Union Engagement Officer:

  • Represents all AU club members
  • Works with the Activities and Development Officer and LSESU to develop sport at LSE
  • Encourages a mutually beneficial relationship across LSESU Sport (all AU clubs, Active LifeStylE and Sports Ambassadors)
  • Supports the AU President in engaging the wider LSE Student body through events and campaigns
  • Supports AU Club Captains and Club Execs to ensure their clubs create a welcoming and inclusive environment
  • Liaises with the LSESU on all large AU activities and events

 

Member of Trustee Board

As a member of Trustee Board you will:

  • Ensure that everything LSESU does benefits students
  • Ensure that LSESU remains in good financial shape, including approving the annual budget
  • Ensure that LSESU does not break any laws or regulations
  • Interpret the Constitution, Articles and Byelaws
  • Attend all Trustee Board meetings
  • Read relevant reports and papers prior to meetings
  • Steer the Students' Union's strategic direction
  • Shape the future of the Students' Union by preparing for meetings and working with the Students' Union to implement changes.

In order to be a trustee:

  • You cannot have been convicted of an offence involving deception or dishonesty (unless the conviction is spent) 
  • You cannot have a history of bankruptcy

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