Head of Student Representation

  • Job Reference: 00000539-1
  • Date Posted: 30 April 2024
  • Employer: University of Sussex Students' Union
  • Location: Falmer, Sussex
  • Remote Working: Some remote working possible
  • Salary: £40,005 to £40,806
  • Sector: Student Engagement & Representation
  • Job Type: Full time
  • Duration: Permanent

Job Description

What are we looking for?

The University of Sussex Students’ Union is looking for a motivated and experienced individual to provide visionary leadership for student representation across the Union and with stakeholders. This role is critical to ensuring we are creating a culture where students can make positive change

If you think this role might interest you. You can contact James, our Chief Executive on james.h@sussexstudent.com

What will this role be doing?

You will be leading the representation teams to enable effective student voice and advocacy across the whole of the University of Sussex. You will have an opportunity to lead on cross-organisational support for the elected officers so that they feel empowered to effectively represent and effect positive change for Sussex students. You will be a member of the senior leadership team developing the activities and operational standards for the whole of the Students’ Union. You will lead an organisation wide approach to reviewing our communications, presenting options to the Trustee Board.

This is a fantastic opportunity for someone that wants to make a real difference to the lives of thousands of students at Sussex!

For more information, full job description and person spec, please click here.


Job title: Head of Student Representation

Responsible to: CEO

Responsible for: Student Engagement, Student Voice, Comms and Marketing, (Grades 6), with overall responsibility for all student and permanent staff in these areas (approx. 45 in total)

Salary: Grade 8, starting between £40,005 and £40,806 full-time equivalent per annum, pro rata.

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

Contract: Permanent 

Applicants: Open to internal and external applicants

* 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.

Skilled Worker Visa Sponsorship: Please note that we are now an approved sponsor for Skilled Worker Visa applications. Please contact our HR team if this may be of interest to you.

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


Applications close: Deadline for applications is 9am Tuesday 28 May

Interviews: Tuesday 4 and Friday 7 June

Start Date: As soon as possible after the appointment

If you have any issues or questions regarding your application please get in touch with hradmin@sussexstudent.com


We are 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. We also organise staff socials and events throughout the year and pride ourselves on having 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!


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.