Representation Manager

  • Job Reference: 00000497-1
  • Date Posted: 15 April 2024
  • Employer: The Students' Union At UWE
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  • Location: Bristol
  • Salary: £36,131
  • Bonus/Benefits: High Annual Leave, Paid Sickness Policy, Healthshield EAP etc
  • Sector: Government & Democracy, Project Management, Policy, Student Engagement & Representation
  • Job Type: Full time

Job Description

We are recruiting for a Representation Manager to be the Department Manager of the Representation team, and to run our Academic Representation System, in collaboration and partnership with UWE Bristol!

The Representation Manager will be the organisational lead for Democracy and Governance and all things Academic Representation.  This includes our annual Elections, supporting elected presidents and part time officers, keeping up to date on current policy and the constitution, and making recommendations for change to the Director of Engagement.

Our Representation Manager will be contributing to key strategic areas of our work, supported by our Director of Engagement including our reimaging Representation project in partnership with UWE Bristol, and improving the way we run our Elections. 

The Representation Manager works closely with student leaders and representatives to deepen partnerships and develop strategies to lobby or influence decision makers to achieve policy change related to the academic experience. This postholder will also enhance the democratic operation of The Students’ Union through coherent governance and a robust and effective elections process. The person in this role will also manage a number of key stakeholder relationships, particularly with academic College and support staff, so you’ll be an effective communicator and able to produce high quality reports. 

The Representation Manager will be responsible for effectively managing the three Representation Coordinators in post, leading the department to develop, facilitate and support the system of academic student representation and deliver and showcase impact.   With the support of the Representation Manager, the Representation Coordinators will support, develop and enable a network of over 1,000 student representatives, a core part of our Representation system.

You’ll have experience of coordinating, developing, or managing successful student representation systems or self-organised groups. You will know how to collaborate with different people, building strong and effective relationships. You’re an effective project manager who can develop and oversee structures and processes and can bring creativity and ideas to problem solving.

We are looking for an individual with knowledge and understanding of academic representation within a Students’ Union context, including experience of knowledge of current academic and democracy and governance issues, representation structures and regulations and Students’ Union elections.

Being a people manager here at The Students’ Union at UWE will involve using our people excellence tools to enable staff to feel supported and empowered during their employee lifecycle to achieve their objectives and results. This will include conducting a comprehensive induction for new starters, ensuring staff understand their job descriptions and daily responsibilities, conducting regular 121s, probation reviews and annual performance reviews. 

If you feel that this could be the ideal position for you, please view our applicant pack and the full job description on our website.

Additional Information 

Grade: 7.1

Salary: £36,131

Duration of Role: Permanent 

Hours per Week:  37 hours per week, working 5 days out of 7.

Given the nature of the post, weekend and evening working may be required with notice to achieve the desired outcomes at key times of the year, this can be outlined during interview.

Holiday:  27 Days + Closure Days + Bank Holidays ‘pro rata’

Location: Based at Frenchay Campus- Bristol

Given the nature of the post, Hybrid and remote working will not be considered for this position given our commitment to service delivery and student engagement.

The postholder will be required to work at, or from any of the Union’s establishments (Bower Ashton Campus, Glenside Campus etc)

How to Apply

Here at The Students’ Union we want our workforce to reflect the makeup of the community we serve.

Therefore, we welcome all applications irrespective of gender, ethnic origin, religion, belief, sexual orientation, age or disability.

To apply for this role, please visit our website.

If you have any questions about this role please email 

Application Deadline: 9.00pm on Thursday 11th April 2024