Community, Events and Welfare Coordinator

University of York Graduate Students' Association
Closing date
20 Dec 2021

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The University of York's Graduate Students Association is a unique specialist students' union, with a dynamic core team of staff and officers providing activities & events for all postgraduate students.

The GSA are looking to appoint a 0.5 FTE Community, Events and Welfare Coordinator for 12 months to support the existing Events team in the organisation and expansion of the service and are seeking candidates excited at the idea of creating student-led activities and events that can help build community whilst contributing to improving the welfare and wellbeing of our diverse postgraduate student population. The successful candidate will create a range of postgraduate specific community building and student welfare opportunities (both face to face and online) helping students transition to a new 'normal' this academic year.

You will work closely with student volunteers to organise regular Network events with a dedicated budget as well with other GSA staff and the elected Sabbatical Officers.

The UK's only dedicated specialist postgraduate union, the GSA is an independent charity, primarily funded by the University of York and representing almost 8,600 post graduate (Masters and PhD) students at the University. Our membership is extremely diverse and over 60% of our members come from outside the U.K.

The services offered by the GSA include representation and student voice, welfare support, academic advice and support, free sports sessions and a comprehensive calendar of events and trips including the UK's largest dedicated postgraduate welcome week. The successful candidate will be joining our team of 8 staff and 3 student sabbatical officers and a wider network of volunteers based out of our Vanbrugh office in the heart of Campus West.

The GSA is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community. We welcome applications from all individuals and particularly under represented groups.

Key Responsibilities include:

Lead on the development and provision of new postgraduate student led activities (both online and face to face) including; a new series of academic events, mental health oriented events and provide support to postgraduate networks to organise events

Support and work alongside GSA Sabbatical Officers and the staff team in creating a robust range of student led community building activities and events

Work with team members to trial a new 'pay what you can' model and to train, brief, and offer support to our volunteers

Support the Wellbeing and Community Sabbatical Officer in gathering feedback from students

Develop professional relationships with University departments including YUSU

Ensure accurate records are kept and stored appropriately

Essential Criteria include:

A good undergraduate degree or equivalent experience

Experience of:

event organisation (planning, delivery and feedback)

working in a student facing environment

developing and delivering training and report writing

Ability to communicate accurately and effectively, work independently and to act on own initiative

Competent in Standard IT packages

Understanding of Higher Education and the Postgraduate experience

Highly organised with ability to muli-task and solve problems at short notice

A values-led team player with an empathetic, emotionally intelligent approach

A willingness to work flexibly as needed and to undertake relevant training and development

Commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and excellent customer service

Willingness to abide by GSA constitutions and policies and to work within, promote and uphold the student-led and democratic ethos of the GSA

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