Charity registered in Scotland SC015800
Edinburgh University Students’ Association has an exciting opportunity to join the Board of Trustees as an External Trustee.
Please note that the role of External Trustee is an unpaid volunteer position.
Trustees play a vital leadership role at the Students’ Association, ensuring that we are governed effectively; establishing and monitoring strategy; and ensuring we are true to our values, keeping our student members at the heart of everything we do.
This is a fantastic opportunity to be involved in the running of the Students’ Association during a period of significant change. We are at a relatively early stage of our 2020-25 Strategic Plan, which aspires for us to transform into a high performing students’ union, highly valued by our members, with service transformation key to our future success. COVID 19 has had a significant impact on our services, staff, and how we support our members, and we have some structural and financial challenges to address, whilst still remaining committed to our strategic ambitions to 2025. Ensuring we can adapt and continue to represent, support and remain relevant to our membership of the 40,000 students at the University of Edinburgh in the current context is our biggest challenge for the year ahead.
“From my own first meeting as a Trustee, I’ve seen how important it is to be working alongside Student Trustees. When we, as a Board, are considering our finances, strategic purpose and direction, it is crucial we have colleagues around the table whose contributions are informed by personal experience of being students at Edinburgh today. Student Trustees also bring their wider experience to bear in our discussions, and there have been many occasions on which student colleagues’ academic background, work history and volunteering experience have been invaluable in informing specific aspects of our strategic leadership of a large and vibrant student-led Association.”
- Current External Trustee
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The Students’ Association’s Marketing and Communications team works to increase engagement with the organisation’s diverse offering through the creation and delivery of effective communications, marketing campaigns and initiatives.
The Head of Marketing & Communications leads the delivery of the organisation’s marketing and communications activity, and manages the marketing team day-to-day; supporting them to achieve their objectives.
The post holder is responsible for delivering communications and marketing for all of the Students’ Associations activities which include: student representation; advice service; student groups’ support; and our commercial activity (i.e. Retail, Hospitality, Events, Conferencing and Advertising).
The role demands a solid understanding of strategy execution and campaign planning, marketing principles, creative flair, and up-to-date digital marketing and communications knowledge.
The post holder will demonstrate a proven ability to create and execute campaigns which generate engagement with audiences, and will be expected to possess excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a collaborative and flexible approach and sharp problem solving abilities; along with a client and customer focused approach.
An experienced and competent Head of Marketing & Communications with excellent leadership, communication and project management skills, and a flair for delivering creative campaigns.
Edinburgh University Students' Association is looking to recruit an Executive Assistant to join our People and Development Team.
We are looking for an Executive Assistant to cover a period of maternity leave. The postholder will provide administrative and project support to the CEO and the Senior Management Team. This role requires very strong administration and organisational skills, alongside the ability to be pro-active in developing an understanding and awareness of workloads and priorities to provide effective support.
The role is an opportunity to be involved in the centre of the governance and management of the Students’ Association. By providing support for committees, minute taking for meetings and actively supporting the committee process, you will get an insight into how our structure operates. To do this effectively you must be capable of working independently, without intensive supervision, which also gives you scope to bring your own initiative to the role.
Alongside being involved in day-to-day diary management, helping to prioritise and filter correspondence, the role offers an opportunity to get involved in key strategic projects.
Aside from core diary management and governance committee support, we have a number of essential activities led by SMT that will also require support from this role over the coming year. This includes Welcome Week Planning, Covid Recovery planning, and projects emerging from our Re-Shaping plan, including sustainability, our employee offer/how we work, and even picking up additional tasks around our Strategic Plan monitoring and reporting.
The successful candidate will be a highly organised and self-motivated individual, experienced at the provision of efficient and accurate administrative, diary and minute taking support. Excellent interpersonal skills will enable the postholder to build effective working relationships with a range of key stakeholders and the Executive Assistant will be confident working with people at the most senior levels of the organisation.
They will have the ability to work independently and use their initiative to pre-empt and solve issues and build administrative support based around the needs of the key stakeholders. The postholder will have an interest in and commitment to the work of the organisation and supporting the work that we do to provide services and represent our student members.
The Volunteering Service is open year-round and offers a variety of ways in which students can volunteer in the UK. The service also organises events, skills training, funding, awards and recognition, as well as provides support and advice to students to set up their own community projects.
The Volunteering Service is looking for an enthusiastic, creative, hardworking individual to assist the Volunteering Coordinator in maintaining and supporting the development and delivery of our service to student groups and individual students.
The Volunteering Service sits within the Student Opportunities Department which also provides support to student-led societies, Peer Learning and Support schemes, international students, and Global Students’ projects.
This role is normally based in our Edinburgh office and may involve being out and about on campus or attending meetings in other locations. As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, all staff are currently working from home and we would therefore expect the successful candidate to work from home initially. Reopening our offices will be carefully planned and managed in accordance with the latest Scottish Government guidance and public health advice. Attendance at the normal office base will be required in future.
The Student Opportunities Assistant will be approachable and well organised, with strong communication, interpersonal, IT and administrative skills. We are looking for someone who is friendly and confident, with a demonstrable enthusiasm for working alongside and supporting students.
A student focused individual with a consistently professional approach to their duties and keen attention to detail with a positive attitude towards the Students’ Association. A person with high expectations of themselves and others, who takes pride in their work and that of their team.
A strong commitment to the values of the organisation and a desire to make a positive contribution to those values and in delivering a genuinely world leading student experience for our student members.
Edinburgh University Students' Association is looking to recruit a Peer Learning and Support Lead Coordinator to join our Student Opportunities team.
To lead and report on the development and expansion of Peer Learning and Support Schemes across the University of Edinburgh, enabling all students’ access to peer support to enhance their student experience. This will include supporting and facilitating student-led peer to peer activity throughout the University, encouraging students to take a holistic and autonomous approach to their learning and development.
The lead coordinator is responsible for the direct line management of both the Peer Learning Coordinator and one of the two Student Opportunities Officer (Peer Learning and Support), and indirect management of the second Student Opportunities Officer (Peer Learning and Support), as well as Scheme School Senior Leaders.
This role also involves coordinating the Peer Learning and Support teams’ contribution to and participation into the wider Student Opportunities department initiatives and activities.
The Peer Learning and Support Lead Coordinator will be a confident trainer with excellent communication and interpersonal, project management and IT skills. The post holder will have a proven track record of providing line management and support to others.
A customer focused individual with a consistently professional approach to their duties and keen attention to detail. A person with high expectations of themselves and others, with a passion for detail, who takes pride in their work and that of their team.
Edinburgh University Students' Association is looking to recruit a Student Opportunities Coordinator (Community Volunteering Development) to join our Student Opportunities team.
The Student Opportunities team focuses on supporting and developing a wide range of student-led activity: to ensure students have the opportunity to meet each other and have fun; to build community amongst our members; and to support their personal and professional development.
Our community volunteering offer exists to connect our students with the local community as well as UK based volunteering opportunities with Third Sector organisations, primarily by engaging students in rewarding volunteering opportunities. We offer: a volunteering brokerage, student-led volunteering societies, and access to volunteering partnership projects, events, as well as advice, resources, funding, and awards and recognition to students who volunteer. We are seeking to rebuild and develop our provision following a hiatus due to the pandemic and also to substantially increase student participation in community volunteering.
The Student Opportunities Coordinator (Community Volunteering Development) is responsible for supporting the development and delivery of our community volunteering offer through working directly with student volunteers, groups and external stakeholders, to maximise the impact of current initiatives and seek new opportunities for growth. Our offer aims to provide students with both one off and long-term quality volunteering opportunities to stimulate both personal and professional growth and to provide them with links to the local community to expand their experience while a student at the University of Edinburgh. The post holder will be a high performing individual with a natural flair for building meaningful relationships with a diverse range of individuals at various levels.
This role will also work as part of a team on delivering support for a wider range of student groups and will contribute to our overall objective of providing all students access to diverse, inclusive and innovative activities and developments, in order to enhance their student experience. The post holder will work to develop relationships with and support students from volunteering societies and social enterprises, as well our various language programmes and Lloyds Scholars programme. They will collaborate with colleagues within Student Opportunities and a variety of other teams across the Association, including planning for Welcome Week, Careers fairs, National Volunteering week, Give it A Go, Student Awards etc. The Student Opportunities team is situated within the wider Membership Engagement and People Development Directorate at the Students’ Association.
A friendly and competent individual with excellent project management and interpersonal skills with a comprehensive understanding of volunteering and the 3rd sector and an ability to build effective and fruitful working relationships and collaborations.
The post holder will have an eye for detail and the ability to lead projects independently and work collaboratively. They should be able to work with a range of students and staff stakeholders to help support the interests of students at the University of Edinburgh.