AboutPart business, part charity, part membership body – students’ unions are all seriously fun places to work. Oxford SU has a professional staff team that support our elected student leaders to improve the experience for current and future students at the University of Oxford. Oxford SU believes that the University of Oxford must lead the way in creating an environment where current and future students are governed by fairness; where everyone has an equal opportunity to flourish in their pursuit of education. We believe that education is the foundation for the future. The better the education, the better the future for all of us.
Thank you for your interest in becoming our next Chief Executive Officer at Oxford Students’ Union (Oxford SU).
Oxford SU exists to improve the overall experience for current and future students at the University of Oxford, and we’re looking for a new Chief Executive Officer that will continue to develop the students’ union in pursuit of this purpose.
Oxford, the City of Dreaming Spires, is famous the world over for its university and place in history. For over 800 years, it has been a home to royalty and scholars, and since the 9th century an established town. The University maintains its high standards for educational impact on a global scale whilst recognising the benefit that it can have more locally and within the region. As such, the students of Oxford are dedicated and intelligent, whilst being incredibly keen to champion their community and those within it.
Oxford SU is the voice of students, working with the central university functions as well as the colleges to make changes in the interests of their members. This work includes influencing policy, campaigning to support and highlight students’ needs and advocating on behalf of students.
ABOUT THE ROLE
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced manager to come and lead Oxford SU’s staff team into their next chapter of development within the historic setting of Oxford University. This role will foster the student experience at a world-leading institution and will work with dedicated and intelligent student leaders to make an impact at the University. Having experienced change as an organisation, the students’ union is now in a position to build upon this developmental work and use recent changes as the foundations for their next step. Key to this progress is the collegiate system at Oxford University which provides a unique dynamic in the students’ union defining itself as the voice of students, so the right candidate will be confident and comfortable with building relationships and influencing key stakeholders.
In addition, we are looking for a candidate with experience in developing and delivering strategic plans. The current strategic plan is in place until the end of the 22/23 academic year, so a new plan will need to be created to support staff and stakeholders in achieving the aims of Oxford SU. To complement this, the candidate will need demonstrable experience of leading and managing a team whilst maintaining a positive and empowering working culture, preferably within an higher education, not-for-profit or membership organisation.
As an employee of Oxford SU, you will have a generous leave entitlement of 38 days (including bank holidays and closure days), as well as access to the University pension scheme. The university also provide access to their People and Organisational Development Team learning and development. The working environment at Oxford SU is flexible so that you can combine working from the office and at home.
We feel this is an incredible opportunity to lead Oxford SU and we look forward to hearing from you.
To view the full details of the role including our Candidate Information Pack, please visit our website.
We are committed to equality of opportunity, to eliminating discrimination and to creating an inclusive working environment for all. We therefore encourage candidates to apply irrespective of age, disability, marriage or civil partnership status, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion and belief, gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation.