Campaigns and Equality Coordinator

Kent Students' Union

35 hours per week
Generous Pension Scheme
37 days annual leave

Kent Union is a successful, vibrant and exciting organisation with a bright future ahead. We have achieved a great deal in the last few years, more than doubling in size to our current £11 million turnover, 500 employees and 2,800+ volunteers. We achieved Investor in People Gold status in December 2014, and were accredited with Leaders in Diversity in 2013; we were the first students’ union in the UK to achieve Investing in Volunteers status and we have been included in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not-For-Profit Organisations to Work For, placed 24th for 2017.

The Representation and Democracy Department is fundamental to Kent Union, giving our members a voice in the University, their local community and nationally. We represent their interests and campaign on important issues both with and for them. The department has had significant change over the last two years with the implementation of a new democratic system in 2015 that sits at the base of our policy formation. On the back of a review of our representation structures and academic rep programme in 2015, we negotiated funding to expand the academic representation function in the department to include two new staff posts. We also commissioned the creation of a new piece of software to collate feedback and utilise this to develop education policy. We have also expanded our work to influence local decision makers arranging meetings between members and MPs, contributing to consultation responses and supporting our officers to shape the agenda for the benefit of the membership. As a democratic organisation, we oversee and run hundreds of elections across the year ranging from the election of the officer trustees where we had a 26% membership turnout in 2016 to the elections across all student group committees.

As Campaigns and Equality Coordinator you will support our Full and Part-Time Officers in their campaigns, with a particular focus on coordinating liberation activity. You will also provide guidance to the organisation on equality, diversity and inclusion issues and will support and advise the Union’s Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

The successful candidate will have up to date knowledge of equality, diversity and inclusion, and demonstrable experience of supporting liberation campaigns.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact Victoria Edwards on 01227 824915. For an application pack, please visit http://www.kentunion.co.uk/careers/

Interview: Thursday 14 September 2017

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