Campaigns Coordinator

  • Job Reference: 00000540-1
  • Date Posted: 1 May 2024
  • Employer: University of Sussex Students' Union
  • Location: Brighton, Sussex
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £27,102
  • Sector: Campaigns
  • Job Type: Permanent

Job Description

Are you passionate about making a difference in the lives of students? 

Do you thrive in dynamic environments where passion and creativity are valued? If so, we have an exciting opportunity for you to become a vital part of our Student Engagement team at the University of Sussex Students' Union.

About Us:

The University of Sussex Students' Union is dedicated to enhancing student life and amplifying student voices. We believe in the power of advocacy, activism, and meaningful campaigns to create positive change on campus and beyond.

As our Campaigns Coordinator, you'll play a pivotal role in driving forward our mission to improve student experience. Working closely with the Student Engagement team, you'll lead the development, training and support of impactful campaigns that address key issues affecting our diverse student body.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Oversee community organising strategies across the Students’ Union through training, support, and collaboration with Brighton & Hove Citizens Alliance.
  • Coordinate student-led sustainability initiatives in partnership with the Student Living and Sustainability Officer and the Student Sustainability Committee.
  • Manage student campaigning groups and cooperative initiatives.
  • Lead sexual safety initiatives in collaboration with student leaders
  • Support elected representatives and staff in planning, implementing, and developing Union-led or Elected Representative-led campaigns aligned with democratic policies and strategy.

Why Join Us?

This is a unique opportunity to make a tangible difference in the lives of thousands of students while gaining valuable experience in campaign management, advocacy, and leadership. You'll be part of a dynamic and supportive team dedicated to empowering student voices and championing positive change.

What We're Looking For:

Passion for student issues and a commitment to creating inclusive and accessible campaigns.

Strong communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to engage and mobilise diverse audiences.

Proven experience in campaign planning, execution, and evaluation, preferably within a student or community organising context.

Creative thinking and problem-solving abilities, with a proactive and collaborative approach to work.

Flexibility and adaptability in a fast-paced environment, with the ability to manage multiple priorities effectively.

If you're ready to take on a rewarding challenge and make a real impact on the student experience, we want to hear from you! Apply now to become our next Campaigns Coordinator and help shape the future of student life at the University of Sussex.

If you have any questions please email

Please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining your relevant experience and why you're passionate about this role.


Job title: Campaign Coordinator

Responsible to: Student Engagement Manager

Responsible for: 200+ Student Volunteers: (Campaign Leads, Free Wednesday Volunteers, Student Sustainability Committee members & Student Co-operative Leads)

Salary: £27,102 full-time equivalent, per annum pro rata.

Hours of work: 36.5 hours per week including some evenings and weekends

Contract: Permanent

Applicants: Anyone. Please note that student applications will not be considered for full-time positions, as it exceeds the recommended hours of work for individuals in higher education. This applies to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. 

Please also note that we are not currently sponsoring visa applications, however, this is being reviewed on an annual basis.

Location: Falmer House, University of Sussex, BN1 9QF

Other: Please note that we are not currently sponsoring visa applications, however, this is being reviewed on an annual basis.

For more details please see the full Job Description and Person Specification


Applications close: Thursday 23rd May at 9am 

Interviews: 5-7 June 

Start Date: ASAP


We are really committed to maintaining a diverse workforce because we know how important it is to have decision makers and collaborators with varied lived experiences and backgrounds that reflect the range of needs from our diverse student community.

We welcome applications from everyone, and we want to strongly encourage applications from; people with an ethnic minority or Chinese background, people with a disability, people with dependants, and people who identify as LGBTQ+. We conduct anonymous shortlisting and all of our interview panels have Unconscious Bias Training in order to support the above. We also consider flexible working for those with care commitments. If you have any suggestions as to how we could improve our language or application process please let us know.


We are looking for skilled, friendly and highly motivated people who share our vision and values.

With our vibrant environment and organisational culture, the Students Union is a dynamic workplace only a few places could match. Led by students we are all about working with students to help them get the most out of their time here at the University of Sussex or Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

Whilst being located on Sussex Campus - close to Brighton & Hove - we are separate from the University, something that is crucial to our campaigning and lobbying work.

According to last year's Staff Engagement Survey, the best things about working here is the supportive environment with great people who you can trust and respect as well as the ability to work flexibly for most roles.

Although we have different departments we think of ourselves as one big team and are often working all together on projects or helping each other out at big events such as Freshers week or Elections.

Whilst we cannot really brag about offering the most competitive pay, as is often the case in the third sector, we feel we have a lot of other things going for us, which more than make up for our less competitive salaries.

Working on Sussex Campus and for the SU has lots of perks: Our staff get access to enhanced time off, which normally amounts to an extra 6 days leave in addition to 20 days of annual leave per year, and bank holidays. Plus, owning our own venues means we have 10% discount on Staff Drinks in our Bars. We also organise regular staff socials and events throughout the year and pride ourselves on having numerous learning and development opportunities for all our roles and creating a supportive workplace with regular 1 to 1s, an employee assistance programme and professional health services. You can read up more about our benefits below or on our benefits package.

If this sounds like the workplace you’d like to join, we would love to receive your application and get to know you!

If you’re still reading, we think there’s a strong chance you might be our kind of person. Here’s the thing, though — research suggests that 60% of women and underrepresented folks might have already talked themselves out of applying. Even if you don’t check every box, we want to encourage you to introduce yourself. We believe a diversity of perspectives and experiences makes an organisation stronger — and the stronger and more diverse we are the closer we are to being the best Students' Union for all Sussex Students.


The Students’ Union aims to implement reasonable adjustments for all staff and applicants with disabilities, creating a culture of cooperation, shared responsibility and proactiveness to ensure equitable access to jobs. We want to make sure everyone is supported in our selection processes, and are equipped to work safely and get as much as possible out of their role as possible.

For more information about the support we have available follow this link.