Deputy Head of Student Activities

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Cardiff, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
£30,657 per annum
17 Nov 2020
01 Dec 2020
Contract Type
Full Time

Deputy Head of Student Activities

Permanent - Full Time (35 hrs)

Salary £30,657 per annum

The role offers an excellent working environment and benefits package including generous personal development opportunities and 34 days annual leave plus eight paid public holidays. Full training and supervision will be provided.

The Organisation

Cardiff University Students’ Union (CUSU) has a vision of working with every Cardiff University student to enhance their university experience. As a student-led, independent part of the university, CUSU represents students and provides a diverse and inclusive range of activities and services that enrich student life. These include advice, training, skills development, volunteering opportunities, employment and other services that promote inclusion, friendship and personal development. CUSU supports over 200 student societies and 60 sports clubs that boast more than 10,000 members.

CUSU is also the recognised voice of students at Cardiff University, joining students in campaigning about the issues important to them. The trading subsidiary of CUSU, Cardiff Union Services Limited, manages a purpose built facility in the centre of Cardiff and operates cafes, shops, bars and events that help fund CUSU’s charitable activities. CUSU is based on Park Place and at the Heath Park campus, employing over 100 permanent staff and 300 student staff. The organisation is ranked in the top 100 of the Sunday Times Best Not-for-profit Companies to Work For, as well as holding Gold status through Investors in People. CUSU aspires to have a positive impact on the wider community in Cardiff and is consistently graded the number one Students’ Union in Wales and in the top ten in the UK for student satisfaction.

Student Activities

This post sits within the Student Activities department, under the direction of the Head of Student Activities. The department delivers a number of different services to students including:

  • Guild of Societies – Around 240 student run groups bringing students with common interests together.  These groups range from course based, political and faith groups to recreational and activity focused groups.  The groups recruit around 8,000 students annually and host hundreds activities each week for their members.
  • Athletic Union – Over 65 student run sports clubs who participate in or host competitive and recreational activities for their combined membership of over 4,500 students.  Sports range from netball and American football to caving, mountain biking and kayaking
  • Cardiff Volunteering – Our in house volunteering charity, helping students make a positive impact upon their local community and providing valuable experiences to our volunteers.  Over 1,200 students participate in a range of student run and partner run short term and ongoing projects
  • Student Media – A collection of award winning media platforms run by students for students, producing print, digital and broadcast output across a number of platforms
  • Give it a Go – Our “come and try it” package of activities.  The scheme seeks to provide and promote one off and taster activities for our students, with activities on campus, day trips around the region and residential city breaks
  • Transport – The Student Activities team also operates a small fleet of minibuses and people carriers, to support the activities of the group above.

Clearly the current pandemic has had a significant impact on the operation of many of these activities, however we are poised and ready to provide the support needed to get them back up and running at full steam.

The Working Environment

The successful candidate will be required to engage with 35 hours of work per week. These hours will largely be worked during Monday to Friday, but the role will be needed to oversee and support the delivery of training events and activities that may fall on evenings and occasionally weekends, for which time off in lieu will be provided. 

The role will principally work remotely until such time that the Union building in Cardiff is able to operate fully, at which time, this will become the primary place of work.

The Role

The role is a new post that will seek to:

Take operational management of functions of the team, ensuring that all of the services of the department are working effectively and providing a great service to our members

Drive the management of health, safety and wellbeing of our activities, ensuring that management systems are fit for purpose, reviewed regularly and complied with by our student groups

Engage directly with student leaders, providing direct advice and guidance to activity organisers to ensure the activities they are putting on an appropriate and high quality

Ensure that appropriate investigations are able to take place where standards of behaviour of students participating in activity drops below the standard expected and to apply appropriate actions to ensure that such issues are few and far between

Line manage the current four posts within the Guild of Societies, Volunteering and Give it a Go functions, being responsible for the recruitment, management and development of team members. 

Give support to the Head of Department in the development of the services and deputise in their absence

The Person

As the successful candidate, you will be able to demonstrate experience in managing and leading a team of staff members across different functions, having been involved in the recruitment, setting and monitoring of objectives, performance management and development of those you were responsible for.

You will have a background in and some formal training in Health and Safety management and will have worked to assist in the facilitation of activities, events or service delivery with a keen eye for ensuring that the wellbeing of participants is a primary concern.

You will be comfortable engaging with a range of individuals and be able to provide a supportive approach to helping student leaders and staff members to develop their skills as well as their understanding of complex issues and how to work through them.

You will leave no stone unturned in seeking to understand the activities of our student groups, both in helping them get the most out of the opportunities in front of them as well as responding to investigate incidents and near misses.

You will be exceptionally organised and will have the necessary project management skills able to manage competing deadlines for multiple projects. You will be reliable and cool under pressure. You will work conscientiously, able to produce high quality work quickly and with attention to detail. 

You may have had experience working in the higher education or community sector, but this is not a requirement.

You will relish an opportunity to solve problems and enjoy the challenge of getting the most out of resources through effective planning.  You will be comfortable managing multiple deadlines and conflicting priorities and will strive for excellence in everything you commit yourself to.

You will have exceptional ICT skills and be willing to learn new software packages.

Most importantly you will be conscientious and ambitious, with a commitment to personal and professional development. You will have initiative, energy and enthusiasm. You will be genuinely excited by the prospect of having a positive impact on students and improving the experience of our 32,000 members.

Please note, we reserve the right to close this position early. We would urge candidates to submit an application as early as possible.

The closing date for this position is 16:00 on Tuesday 1st December 2020.