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Elections Organiser

Listed by University of St Andrews Students' Association

Applying

Submit your CV and cover letter to [email protected]

Rate

£9.50

Hours

5.00 - 20.00 expected. Variable, some hours flexible and some fixed.

Details

We are offering two part-time organiser jobs to assist in promoting and administering the St Andrews Students’ Association’s General Elections in March (though both positions will be involved in planning and training from late January). These positions offer an exciting opportunity to get in at the ground level with one of the most engaged student unions in the country and to make a significant difference in the lives of thousands of students by engaging directly with voters. 

Principal Duties and Responsibilities of Post-holder

  1. Educating students (and relevant staff) about the Students’ Association Elections.
  2. Mobilising members of the university community around the Association Elections (e.g. through staffing stalls, lecture announcements, and other channels).
  3. Impartially encouraging student participation in the Association Elections.
  4. Distribution of election informational and promotional materials through a variety of channels (including face-to-face and through social media).
  5. Organising campaign events, such as candidate mixers, hustings, and debates.
  6. Keeping records on campaign activities?and assisting in drafting an elections report post-election.  
  7. Participating in regular elections team meetings. 
  8. Reporting regularly to the Academic Representation Co-Ordinator (Staff Elections lead) and Student Advocacy Manager (line manager). 

Person specification

  • Essential
    • Strong interpersonal communication skills, including the ability to engage a diverse audience with comfort and confidence
    • Strong organisational skills and attention to detail
    • Passion for the democratic process and student voice
    • Ability to take initiative on individual projects
    • Ability to work well independently and in cooperative settings
    • Ability to commute to St Andrews 
  • Desirable
    • Previous experience in voter engagement, canvassing, or non-partisan activism 
    • Previous experience in student representation (e.g. a class representative or committee member) 
    • Previous event-planning experience 
    • Current or previous experience as a St Andrews student
  • Means of assessment
    • Certificates, application letter, CV
Essential criteria
Requirements without which a candidate would not be able to undertake the full remit of the role.  Applicants who have not clearly demonstrated in their application that they possess the essential requirements will normally be rejected at the short listing stage.
Desirable criteria
Requirements which would be useful for the candidate to hold.  When short listing, these criteria will be considered when more than one applicant meets the essential requirements.

The Association

The University of St Andrews Students’ Association presently has over 9,000 members. We provide a range of services including advice and representation, a catering service on two sites and four bars. We are the primary entertainments venue for St Andrews’ students, and support a thriving student activities scene with over 140 affiliated societies. 

The University of St Andrews Students’ Association is committed to promoting diversity and equality for all and welcomes applications from candidates of all backgrounds. We particularly aim to include perspectives from candidates with disabilities, from BAME backgrounds, and those with diverse sexualities or marginalised gender identities.