Job Vacancies

Reading University Students' Union provides an exciting and varied working environment for both students and staff. RUSU is committed to ensuring the best services are delivered to the student membership, which means investing in enthusiastic and skilled staff. To find out more about how you could join this vibrant team please see the vacancies listed below.

Should you be interested in this vacancy or know someone who is interested, then please e-mail jobs@rusu.co.uk for further information or call 0118 378 4100.

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Adviser (Money/Academic)

£22,801 to £27,758 (pro-rata for part-time)
Full time (35 hours per week) or part time

Reading University Students' Union (RUSU) is looking for an Adviser (Money/Academic) to join the Advice & Representation Department. Our advice work includes providing confidential and specialist advice for students in four key areas: housing, money, academic and welfare.

The Academic element of the post will have responsibility for the provision of specialised advice on academic and educational matters. This role will develop working relationships with key stakeholders, support initiatives which develop campaigning activities and work with University support services, schools and departments on educational and academic matters.

The Money element of the role will be to provide information, advice and guidance to students on a variety of issues including DWP benefits, student funding, budgeting and consumer and employment rights.

We are looking for friendly and approachable individuals with a keen interest in working with students as well as an understanding of the key issues affecting students in higher education.

Full or Part time will be considered. Please indicate your preference on the Application Form. Full time is 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

The ideal candidates should have had previous experience of:

  • Studying or working in higher education sector
  • Working or volunteering in an advisory or support role
  • Working or volunteering with a culturally diverse client group
  • Managing multiple tasks and a diverse workload
  • Undertaking administrative duties
  • Working effectively on own initiative

The ideal candidates should have the following knowledge or skills:

  • Good knowledge of higher education system and issues affecting students
  • Awareness of legislation affecting higher education students
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Understanding of confidentiality and conflict of interest
  • Organisational and time management skills
  • Able to give written and verbal information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Able to process and understand complex information
  • Understanding of diversity issues

Reading University Students’ Union is a student-led charity which exists to support students and enhance their University experience. We are a dynamic, forward thinking organisation aiming to bring inclusive services and facilities to our members. Our members are 17,000 students from over 150 countries who are registered and study at the University of Reading.

We value integrity and constantly seek to be innovative and forward thinking as an organisation. The Advice Service is accredited by the Advice Service Alliance Advice Quality Standard.

For further information and an application pack please email jobs@rusu.co.uk or telephone 0118 378 4100.

Closing date: Tuesday 24th July 2018 with interview taking place on Wednesday 1st and Thursday 2nd August 2018.

Democracy & Policy Co-ordinator

£20,259 to £22,137 p.a.
Full time (35 hours per week)

Reading University Students' Union (RUSU) is looking for a Democracy & Policy Co-ordinator to join the Advice & Representation Department. This is a newly created role that will work with the elected student officer team to develop and deliver the democratic functions of the organisation.

The role will work with the elected officers and the staff team to endure RUSU student policy is implemented and campaigns are delivered. The role will co-ordinate and promote the elections, record and monitor student engagement and develop initiatives to increase engagement and participation in democratic functions.

As part of the role you will research and remain up to date with local and national policy affecting students and brief the elected student officer team and staff team accordingly.

We are looking for a friendly and approachable individual with a keen interest in working with students as well as an understanding of the key issues affecting students in higher education.

This is a full time role working 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.

The ideal candidates should have had previous experience of:

  • Studying or working in higher education sector.
  • Working or volunteering with a culturally diverse client group.
  • Managing multiple tasks and a diverse workload.
  • Undertaking administrative duties.
  • Working effectively on own initiative.

The ideal candidates should have the following knowledge or skills:

  • An understanding of democracy.
  • Good knowledge of higher education system and issues affecting students.
  • Understanding of the role of a Students’ Union.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Organisational and time management skills.
  • Able to give written and verbal information in a clear and concise manner.
  • Able to process and understand complex information.

Reading University Students’ Union is a student-led charity which exists to support students and enhance their University experience. We are a dynamic, forward thinking organisation aiming to bring inclusive services and facilities to our members. Our members are 17,000 students from over 150 countries who are registered and study at the University of Reading.

We value integrity and constantly seek to be innovative and forward thinking as an organisation.

Closing date for receipt of completed application forms is 31st July with interviews on 6th - 8th August.

For further information and an application pack please contact email to jobs@rusu.co.uk or telephone 0118 378 4100. For further information about the organisation please visit our website at www.RUSU.co.uk.

Campaigns & Research Co-ordinator

£20,259 to £22,137 p.a.
2 years fixed term contract

Reading University Students' Union (RUSU) is looking for a Campaigns & Research Co-ordinator to support our team of 5 elected Student Officers in the planning, promotion and delivery of evidence based campaigns.

Working with key staff, the post holder will:

  • Develop evidence (research) based campaigns
  • Support the elected student officer team throughout the campaigns planning, delivery and reflection phases.
  • Provide administrative support to the elected student officer team for the campaigns.
  • Take the lead role in planning, promotion and running of awareness raising campaigns and initiatives.
  • Undertake research projects to inform ↦ enhance union initiatives, enhance campaigning and representation activities.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an independent approach and the ability to work to tight deadlines. This is a fun and challenging working environment where it is important to be able to demonstrate excellent team working and interpersonal skills.

For further information please contact jobs@rusu.co.uk or telephone 0118 378 4100. Closing date for receipt of completed applications is 31st July with interviews in week commencing 6th August.

Catering Assistant

£15,827 to £16,548
Full Time Temporary (maternity leave cover)

This is an opportunity to work as part of the catering team at Reading University Students' Union. The role will involve preparing and cooking a menu from fresh products.

Previous experience of working in a kitchen is essential and a food hygiene qualification is desirable but full training will be given.

This is a full time role (35 hours per week) to cover maternity leave.

Please email your CV to jobs@rusu.co.uk.

Working at Little Learners Nursery

RUSU provides up to 106 places in our purpose built Little Learners Day Nursery on the Whiteknights Campus. We are looking for the following highly motivated and energetic staff to work flexibly as part of a friendly team that prides itself on providing exceptional standards of childcare. The ideal candidates will have a good understanding of how children learn through play and will have planned for children’s learning using the Early Years Foundation Stage in partnership with the children’s parents. A sound knowledge of safeguarding and health and safety is also essential.

Qualified Nursery Nurse

£14,479 to £17,300 p.a.
Full time, permanent positions

We have full time vacancies for qualified Nursery Nurses working 4 days a week, 35 hours from 8am to 6pm with breaks.

We are looking for highly motivated childcare practitioners who are passionate and dedicated to working with children from babies to pre-school age and who can demonstrate a sound commitment to childcare knowledge, safeguarding best practice and health and safety.

For these roles you should be qualified to NVQ level 3 in childcare or hold a DCE or NNEB or equivalent qualification.

Nursery Apprentice

Appropriate apprentice rate paid

This role is to train to become a qualified Nursery Nurse either achieving intermediate or advance level in a Children and Young People's workforce qualification (or equivalent). During the course of your training you will work as part of the team to care for children within the setting. The role will involve gaining knowledge and hand on practical experience of child development.

This is a full-time role working 35 hours over 5 days with part of this time undertaking a course of study. This is a fixed term contract until completion of training.

Terms & Conditions

These roles are subject to: an enhanced DBS criminal records check in the UK and abroad as appropriate; reference checks and a probationary period.

It is an offence under section 76 of the Childcare Act 2006 for Little Learners to employ a member of staff in connection with early year's provision who is disqualified from registration. Details of what disqualifies people from registration are set out in the regulations made under section 75 of the Childcare Act 2006.

Please contact jobs@rusu.co.uk or phone 0118 378 4100 for an application pack if you are interested or if you know anyone else who may be interested in any of the above roles.


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