AboutUCLan Students’ Union is a dynamic, fast paced, student-led organisation that represents all students at the University of Central Lancashire. We run a variety of services for students including sports, societies, campaigning, volunteering, representation, as well as a high profile Advice Centre. All our staff have have bags of ambition, drive and the determination to get things done. But more than anything, they have the energy and desire to go that extra mile to help us make student life better. Based in Preston, Lancashire at one of the central points of the UK - making travel easy and assessable.
This central role will provide a unique opportunity to work as part of the senior team and make a difference to the lives of existing and future students, in an environment that’s rewarding, values driven and meaningful.
The successful candidate will be someone who clearly has a passion for and experience in developing and delivering impactful and creative avenues of communication, to meet the ever-evolving needs of a highly diverse stakeholder base. They will be a self-starter and bring to the role their strengths in combining practical, informed judgement, with creative vision and belief, to turn strategy into reality.
A leader who seeks new ways of working, who can use their creativity and experience to develop a range of communication strategies to enhance the student voice, they will play a major role in supporting the Union to deliver our mission:
‘To make student life the best it can be we will campaign to change things that prevent students from succeeding. We will ensure everything we do contributes to student success and the enjoyment of student life.’
UCLan Students’ Union is a vibrant Union which represents a highly diverse student body and is committed to promoting the opportunities it offers to all students and increasing its active membership. The Director of Communications and Membership will need to bring with them a skill set and knowledge of how to reach all sectors of students and effectively demonstrate the value of being part of the membership of the Union. The successful candidate will bring to the role a high sense of business acumen giving insight into the trends of the student body, ensuring communication and campaigns have impact – this a fantastic opportunity for a leader who wants to continue the development of the organisation, its people and themselves.
As a charity, the Union employs 52 career staff and up to 150 student staff who deliver a wide range of services and representative functions for students. You will need to be a flexible leader who can lead and support a team of professional and experienced line reports, by collaboratively setting and managing challenging objectives and actively encouraging their development.
We are happy to explore this vacancy with existing directors who are looking for their next challenge, or for senior managers who would like to develop themselves and feel they are ready to take this step into a directorship role. The organisation is proactive in offering ongoing personal development support for someone taking on this role and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds.