We currently have a staff team of approximately 50 full time staff and 150 student staff working across our activities and services. All our student vacancies are advertised through our Jobshop. All our roles pay the over 21′s national minimum wage or above. Our full time, permanent and fixed term vacancies are advertised via the University’s vacancies page. Our chief Executive recruitment is being handled by Peridot Partners.
For more details about working for LUSU download our recruitment pack.
We are looking for somebody who is approachable, will bring new ideas, motivate people, is able to establish trust quickly and communicate credibly with a wide range of people to lead our team of 50 staff to provide a mix of representation, activities and services for over 12,000 Lancaster students.
Our ideal candidate will have proven leadership experience in a diverse and complex organisation with demonstrable experience of calmly managing a wide range of competing priorities and stakeholder perspectives. You will need to empower elected Officers to take the lead yet offer supportive direction when required. You will help people to consider their decisions in a patient coaching style. The ability to offer clarity to complex scenarios and to outline the pros and cons of a decision without being overbearing is important.
While LUSU is a well run and successful organisation at the moment, standing still is not an option. LUSU must continue to raise the bar in line with rising student and University expectations.
Do you care about the student voice? Are you looking to make a real difference in a vibrant Students’ Union? LUSU has three exciting opportunities to work at a top 10 UK University and help drive forward our Students’ Union. Two of our team are off to bigger and better things and we have created one new post to drive our academic representation forward.
We are a thriving charity embarking on a significant period of change with a new building, new officer structures and the appointment of a new Chief Executive. The University too is setting out a new strategic plan and we are keen to help shape the University’s future. LUSU has positive working relationships with the University on all levels. Confident and resourceful, you will be able to successfully operate in this challenging environment. We’re seeking dynamic individuals who can make a difference for our students: talented individuals to better support our officers, strengthen our political position and develop our representation and advice services provided by the Education & Support Team.
Education and Support Manager
Grade 7, £31,331 – £38,522
You will be a motivating leader for our Education and Support Team. You’ll be adaptable and forward thinking with an ability to inspire and support elected officers to be activists and to achieve intelligent social change. You will enable staff to provide excellent support and advice services. With honed political skills you will crucially be excited about developing and shaping LUSU’s policy and governance capabilities as well as our representation and support services. You will be experienced in your field, preferably in a membership or comparable organisation.
Education and Representation/Policy Adviser x 2
Grade 6, £24,049 – £32,267
These are Advice, Information and Guidance roles with a ‘twist’. Giving one-to-one advice and support will be a small but significant part of these posts’ roles but successful applicants will also have the opportunity to develop areas of expertise in one of two areas: representation and governance or policy.
Our Education and Representation Adviser will work very closely with our 300 strong elected academic reps and their Departments and with the academic student officers we have ensuring that the student voice is heard appropriately at every level of the University. This role will also support delivering on our postgraduate agenda work where we have a new approach working in collaboration with our Graduate College through an elected Postgraduate Board.
Our Education and Policy Adviser will work most closely with our Full time and Cross Campus elected officer team. This is all about increasing our awareness of national and Lancaster specific issues through investigation/research. You’ll help officers shape ideas into appropriate, credible and cogent arguments which can’t be ignored.
To succeed in either role, you’ll have a passion for understanding the student experience and assisting students and officers to make informed decisions.
You will need to be a team player with the ability to motivate others and promote activism throughout the Students’ Union. Both post holders will also contribute to delivery of the wider objectives of the education and support team staff. Previous experience of working in a Students’ Union is highly desirable.
Overseas Programme Coordinator
The Overseas Programme is designed to help students develop their global awareness. Last year was the programme’s second year, in which one hundred LU students spend three weeks in Kuala Lumpur, Delhi and Guangzhou, and in July/August, eighty six students from our partner institutions spent three weeks here at Lancaster.
The successful applicant will be able to hit the ground running, both to support this year’s cohort and by helping kick starting new initiatives. You must be extremely well organised and focussed on getting things done in order to support the organisation of events and projects. You must be motivational when it comes to inspiring students to get involved. You will help ensure that achievements are communicated both internally to the University, and externally via the media.
We are keen to develop this initiative and as a result are looking to recruit a committed individual to support the effective promotion and co-ordination of the programme. In return you will gain international experience that develops your skills and experiences. Our aim is that by 2016 the Overseas Programme will allow hundreds of students from Lancaster to visit our partner institutions in China, India or Malaysia (and more in future) and vice versa.
By offering students the opportunity to gain international experience of business, community and academia during a three week once in a lifetime trip, this is an incredible opportunity for our students and those of our partners, as well as a unique initiative amongst UK HEI.
We’re looking for individuals with drive and determination to engage positively with students and student groups and assist in the delivery of significant projects and events. You will be an excellent communicator with experience of being involved with or supporting students to achieve great things. In return we’ll help you to develop new skills that will put you ahead of many others in the job market.As an employer we aim to get the best out of the internships we offer so that, when given the right tasks combined with a personalised training programme, you can make the biggest possible contribution to our operations. We strongly believe that interns should not be asked to carry out basic or menial tasks any more than others are expected to do. You will be provided with training opportunities to help you achieve your agreed development plan. In return, by using your skills and ideas you can help improve what we do by bringing new ideas and perspectives. By providing you with responsibility and diversity of work, your time with LUSU will be beneficial to both you and us.
You will be one of a number of interns with whom you will work to plan activities and support each other to achieve the most from your year and enable LUSU to achieve its overall strategic aims.
Overseas Programme Intern
The Overseas Programme is designed to help students develop their global awareness. In its second year one hundred LU students spent three weeks in Kuala Lumpur, Delhi and Guangzhou, and in July/August, eighty six students from our partner institutions spent three weeks here at Lancaster. By offering students the opportunity to gain international experience of business, community and academia during a three week once-in-a-lifetime trip, this is an incredible opportunity for our students and those of our partners, as well as a unique initiative amongst UK HEI. Our aim is that by 2016 the Overseas Programme will allow hundreds of students from Lancaster to visit our partner institutions in China, India or Malaysia (and more in future) and vice versa.Following these experiences you will encourage students to remain in contact with one another and to develop additional inter-campus activities such as cultural events. There will be some travel overseas.
Schools Outreach Intern
Working with the schools team you will support student-led activity in primary and secondary schools throughout the North West. From designing and delivering one-off events to working on projects and with academic departments you’ll support a range of activities including arts projects, placing volunteers, designing events with departments and encouraging students to take a leading role in the delivery of school events.
Student Business Advisors:
We are searching for energetic business professionals who are willing to share their experience and contacts to support our students’ fledgling businesses to thrive. We anticipate that you will have experience of running a successful business and have an ability to coach our members to do the same. You will provide students with practical start-up support, advice and guidance through one-to-one meetings and occasionally via e-mail.
Your efforts will support LUSU in creating a culture where enterprise and thinking entrepreneurially matters; contributing to our safe and open environment where students can discuss their ideas; and encouraging students to reflect on their experiences and skills: all to ensure their business ideas are as successful as possible whilst further developing themselves to enhance their employability.
We anticipate purchasing these services on an ad-hoc basis that might extend to one day a week during the three ten week terms.
If you are interested please provide a letter addressing the above and the services you can provide; your CV; your day rates; and any practical evidence of clients, case studies, recent commendations possible. Letters of interest will be read and reviewed as they are received. Offers of engagement will be made by us dependent upon student demand.
For an informal conversation please contact Joe Bourne on 01524 594648 or e-mail him.