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.
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 significant portion 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.
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 staff training courses
- Ability to purchase TOTUM (NUS) card giving a 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 an 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 our website: https://www.lsesu.com/union/jobs/.
For more information regarding the role, please refer to the job description.
If you would like to have an informal chat about this role please contact Freya Govus, Representation Manager via email at email@example.com
Job application timeline
Closing date: 1 November
Intended Interview dates: 9 November