Volunteering

Independent Director National Union of Students

Location: Home based

Date Posted: 07/02/2020

Closing Date: 27/02/2020

Job description

We are currently seeking interested candidates to become Board members of NUS Charity.

Who we are

We champion students to shape the future of education – and create a better world. Education is the defining factor in creating a fairer, more prosperous society, and students are the hope for the future of education.

This is students driving change
We promote, defend and extend student rights. We fight discrimination, isolation and injustice through campaigning and targeted action. We harness the collective power of students through collective and democratic representation.

This is making sure students can thrive
We head up a prosperous and sustainable student movement that means we can give practical information on all the issues that matter to students. The TOTUM card saves students money and brings important commercial influence.

This is representing the realities of students’ lives
We bring together evidence-based campaigns and student-led democracy.
We represent students’ interests nationally and develop research that influences national policy. We take on all the issues that affect students’ lives now and in future.

We are the National Union of Students.

We know students. We are students. We are 7 million students.

NUS Charity exists to develop excellence across our members whilst also championing and showcasing students’ unions at a national level to enable maximum support for their work throughout the education sector and beyond.

We support over 500 students’ unions. We deliver training, give advice, run events, support commercial activity, and bring together, our member unions. We are nimble, adaptive, and committed to making sure our members can thrive in an ever changing political, economic, and cultural, landscape.

We are looking for four volunteer Independent Directors with a broad range of skills to drive this important work forward. We are interested in hearing from applicants who have the skills and experience to carry out the below.

  • Experience in acting as Senior Leader/Non-Executive Directors particularly in Finance, Strategy or HR.
  • Knowledge and experience of managing organisational change
  • An awareness of the work of membership organisations and how to enhance their effectiveness
  • Commercial expertise and an interest in growing our commercial offer
  • An excellent track record in supporting organisations to deliver positive outcomes on diversity, equality, and social justice
  • Experience in interrogating performance data and designing ways to measure organisational effectiveness
  • A great record in fundraising for a range of organisations
  • Worked in designing services in advice, capacity building, or crisis support (for organisations)
  • Wide ranging knowledge in building links with public sector organisations

We want a wide range of applicants with a diverse range of skills who share a common belief in the ability of students’ unions to affect change. This is open to anyone who believes they can volunteer to take NUS Charity on the next steps of its journey.

We’re totally committed to equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from individuals regardless of their age, disability, ethnicity, gender, race, religion, sexual orientation. We particularly welcome applications from black, asian and minority ethnic candidates, as they are currently under-represented as Directors of NUS UK and within the Charity sector more broadly.

To apply, please see our application pack where you can find all the details you need about NUS Charity, the skills we’re looking for, and how you can apply.

Applications are open from: 23rd January until 12:00 on 27th February

Interviews will be held: 16th April

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