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.
Founded in 1897, LSE Students' Union is one of the oldest Students' Unions in the UK and is the representative and campaigning body for students at The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Like other Students' Unions, it also funds and facilitates student activities of campus, including societies, sports clubs through the Athletics Union (AU), the Media Group and Raising and Giving (RAG) charitable fundraising initiatives.
About the job
Do you want to help LSE students change the world? Our students and democratically elected student Officers are passionate about shaking things up and making change at the LSE and beyond. We are looking for someone who can support LSE students, Part-Time Officers, and Sabbatical Officers with their work.
You’ll undertake research and policy work which we can use to understand the needs of our membership, design creative campaign strategies to influence key decision-makers, and organise engaging events for different groups of students on campus and online.
You’ll also project manage Sabbatical Officer projects, write committee briefings and work to implement successfully passed student motions (known as policies).
The role sits within the wider Representation Team and so you’ll also be heavily involved in the planning, delivery and evaluation of other key events in the team, including our biannual student elections, Teaching Awards, and many other cross-organisational events and activities.
Please note this is a fixed term maternity-cover post running 12th September – 12th April.
Who we are looking for?
We are looking for a highly motivated team player and who is passionate about delivering change within a dynamic and democratic organisation.
The postholder will ideally be an experienced project manager with excellent verbal and written communication skills who takes a creative approach to problem-solving.
A significant portion of the role will involve research and policy work, so the ability to write briefings and to undertake high quality quantitative and qualitative research is highly desirable.
Another important area of the role is campaigns-based, so the successful candidate would ideally also be an experienced campaigner who is passionate about working with students to deliver long-lasting change, both inside and outside of the classroom.
But above all the role is varied and dynamic, so we’re looking for someone who is able to juggle multiple priorities with positivity and enthusiasm, and who relishes the opportunity to be challenged and to find innovative ways to take on new endeavours.
And you’ll be a genuine team player; someone who looks out for their colleagues, supports them when they need help and who throws themselves into the large cross-team and cross-organisational activities as they come up.
We are open to applications from those with experience and those that are at the start of their careers, your passion and commitment to creating change is what’s most important to us.
If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you.
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.
Benefits and Perks
In return for your passion and experience we offer:
- 25 days holidays per year
- Additional closure periods at Christmas and Easter
- Free LSE Students’ Union gym membership, advice from dedicated professionals, with a wide range of activities including yoga classes, dance classes, pilates classes
- Cycle to Work scheme enabling significant savings on bicycle purchase
- Access to LSE & UAL staff training courses
- Ability to purchase TOTUM (NUS) card giving wide range of discounts
- Flexibility for work-life balance
- Interest free Travel loan
- 10% cafe discount
- Free eye exams
- Employee Assistance Program - external consultants providing advice and counseling on a broad range of issues
Want to Apply?
Please follow this link and follow the instructions to apply. We ask you to prepare and upload three documents:
Equal Opportunities Form
We want to ensure all systems, policies and processes are free from bias or discrimination and are fair and accessible, therefore we will only share your covering letter with the shortlisting committee. Please do not include any personal information, such as your name or contact details in this letter. If you are selected for an interview, we will then share your CV with the interview panel. The Equal Opportunities Form will only be seen by HR.
In your cover letter, please address the following three questions:
- Paying particular attention to the job description and person specification, why are you most suitable for this role?
- Please tell us a little bit about your values, attitudes and behaviours and why these would be important in the role you are applying for.
- Please tell us about a time where you have used your own initiative to bring about change.
Interviews will be held for shortlisted candidates on 24 August. If you are unable to make this date, please be sure to tell us in the 'notes' section of the application portal.
If you would like to have an informal chat about this role please contact Sinéad Gavin at S.Gavin@lse.ac.uk.
For more information regarding the role, please refer to the job description.