Activities Coordinator

Cardiff, Cardiff (Caerdydd)
£22,154 per annum
26 May 2021
13 Jun 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Activities Coordinator - Give it a Go

Salary £22,154 per annum

This role is a fixed term, full time position until the end of June 2022. It offers an excellent working environment and benefits package including 34 days annual leave, plus bank holidays.

The Organisation

Cardiff University Students’ Union (CUSU) has a vision of working with every Cardiff 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. 

CUSU is based on Park Place and at the Heath Park campus, employing over 100 permanent staff and 300 student staff. 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. The organisation achieved 1* accreditation and ranked 56th in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Not-for-Profit organisations 2020, and featured in The Best Companies to Work For in Wales 2020 top 30 list. CUSU has achieved Investors in Diversity Stage 3 and ranked 65th in the National Centre for Diversity (NCFD) Top 100 index in 2020.  CUSU aspires to have a positive impact on the wider community in Cardiff, and won the Best Students’ Union in Wales in the NUS Awards 2020, and UK third place in the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2020). 

The Department – Activities

The Activities department comprises of the Guild of Societies, Cardiff Volunteering, the Athletic Union, Student Media, Give it a Go programme and our Transport provision, providing a structure where students can involve themselves in activities outside of their studies.

Cardiff Volunteering was created in 2015 to meet these objectives, support the Union’s independent, volunteer-led charity – Cardiff Volunteering – and to embed the culture of volunteering into the rest of the organisation’s student activities. The department also hosts a volunteering bureau service so that the Students’ Union can match volunteers with other local charities and community organisations.

The Guild of Societies is the umbrella body for over 240 affiliated student run societies which include course-based, cultural, faith, performance, campaigning, recreational and activity based groups.  With a total membership exceeding 8000 individuals, nearly 1 in 3 students studying at Cardiff University is involved in society activity.  The "Give it a Go" programme is a non-membership based activity calendar that provides trips, activities and experiences for students.  The Athletic Union affiliates over 65 sports clubs and facilitates their activity in competitive and recreational sport. Finally, Student Media is made up of 4 sections (Newspaper – Gair Rhydd, Lifestyle Magazine – Quench, Radio station – Xpress and TV Network – Cardiff Union TV) and offers students invaluable experience in hands on media roles.

Cardiff University students are intelligent, capable and motivated and we want to ensure that the Students’ Union can provide stimulating activities to entertain and to support our members learning and personal development.

The Job

An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and motivated individual to join the Activities Team at Cardiff University Students’ Union. Based in the Students’ Union Building, the post holder will play a vital role in the development of our Give it a Go Programme.

We are seeking a talented and passionate individual to join our team to deliver:

  • An inclusive and accessible Give it a Go Programme for all students at Cardiff University.
  • A diverse programme of one-off and recurrent activities and trips of social, cultural and sport based activities for students on and off campus(s).

The Person

The successful candidate will have an understanding of and experience in working within a voluntary organisation, society or committee.  They will understand the motivations and challenges that individuals including students will face and will be able to harness and support students and committee members to achieve and excel.  They will have taken a lead role in the planning and execution of events or activities and be able to deliver them to a high standard and will have experience of providing training to other people and understand the components needed to run an effective training session. 

This knowledge and experience will be underpinned by excellent administrative capability, with successful candidates being able to manage a busy and sometimes conflicting schedule of work to a high standard.  At times this may include activity outside normal working hours when working with students and where many events will take place on evenings and weekends.

Overall, and most importantly the successful candidate will have a “can do” attitude to continually drive improvements and will use their initiative to solve problems and make the most of opportunities. 

To apply for the role, please visit our website by clicking 'Apply' button

Please note, we reserve the right to close or extend this position depending on application numbers. Therefore, we would urge candidates to submit an application as early as possible.

The closing date for this position is midnight on Sunday 13th June 2021.