There are six brand new full-time Officer roles open for the Spring 2020 elections:
To apply you must be an international student - defined as not from the UK.
Any current Sussex or BSMS student can nominate themself.
Students who have Tier 4 immigration permission (leave) can undertake a full-time sabbatical officer post. You can read this article for more information on the specifics of this.
As Full-time Officers are trustees of the Students' Union there are certain categories of people who may not legally be a trustee or company director. So that the Union can be satisfied that you will be able to carry out the role if elected, you need to complete a charity trustee declartion and return it to the Returning Officer before the nomination can be confirmed.
Full-time Officer candidates should use this Manifesto Template to understand their roles and how they should structure their manifestos.
You can expect support and advice from the other officers and Union staff. Full-time Officers are allocated staff members to support them during their time in office and work closely with other staff members and officers on relevant projects.
Full-time Officers receive an extensive induction training programme and take part in a leadership course accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Managerment.
You may also wish to be involved in specialist training or make use of online material that may be available through national organisations such as the NUS or the Charity Commission.
We're a friendly bunch of people to work with and offer a supportive work environment.
Full-time elected officers get paid a basic wage (currently around £20,000), and are still classed by the Students' Union as students whilst they are in office. Full-time Officers, like other Union staff, have 20 days of annual leave plus University closure days. There is scope to work flexibly.
Students finishing their course, e.g. taught postgraduate students, are entitled to paid study leave over the summer (half a day a week plus three additional days).