Representation Coordinator (Academic Communities)

Canterbury, Kent (GB)
23 Oct 2017
End of advertisement period
20 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Representation Coordinator (Academic Communities)
Annual salary £19,276
35 hours per week
37 days annual leave rising to 42 after 5 years
Generous pension and benefits

Kent Union is a successful, vibrant and exciting organisation with a bright future ahead of us. We have achieved a great deal in the last few years, more than doubling in size to our current £11million turnover, 500 employees and 2,000 volunteers. We were re-accredited with Investor in People Gold status in December 2014, and were accredited with Leaders in Diversity in 2013; we were the first student’s 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, for 8 years, 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 to the elections across all student group committees. 

This role will be key in implementing these exciting changes. They will coordinate our activity to create, support and develop academic communities at Kent outside of the classroom; they will shape spaces for students to discuss their teaching and learning experience and coordinate the activity of academic based societies.

The successful candidate will have good experience in working with volunteers, a track record in coordinating multiple projects and a demonstrable passion for supporting students to change the world. This is an incredibly exciting post and an opportunity to shape and shake up one of our most core areas of work. We hope that you will consider applying and take up the chance to work with inspiring student leaders in a dynamic and vibrant organisation.

For an informal conversation about this opportunity, please contact Victoria Edwards on 01227 824915. For an application pack, please visit

Closing date for applications:  Monday 20 November 2017 midday

Interview:  Tuesday 28 November 2017

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