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Campaigns Organiser - UJS

  • Location: NW London
  • Sector: Community
  • Employer: UJS
  • Spearhead the recruitment, training and development of campaigns activists across the country
  • Represent UJS with key student movement, university, government and communal stakeholders to advance the welfare of Jewish students
  • Develop and deliver a campaigns strategy in conjunction with the UJS President. This campaigns strategy will be shaped by the Campaigns Organiser based on the needs of UJS and its members, informed by the UJS Constitution, active UJS Policy and UJS President’s manifesto and year plan
  • Form and nurture relationships with partners within and connected to the student movement
Key Responsibilities:
  • Organise the UJS team, working alongside the UJS President and supported by permanent staff, to deliver powerful campaigns (including but not limited to Interfaith Week, HMD, and Bridges not Boycotts)
  • Represent UJS and the concerns and activism of Jewish students at relevant events
  • Coordinate activism development and opportunities within and beyond UJS for students to take a leading role in advancing our mission and their passions
  • Be an internal resource and educator on key political issues that may impact on Jewish students
Main tasks:
  • Organise the UJS Sabbatical team and senior student volunteers around a campaigns plan that is clearly articulated and effectively implemented
  • Guide educational content and leadership development across a range of programmes for students in Israel and the Palestinian Territories, working closely with other members of staff
  • Project manage key UJS projects (sometimes in partnership with sabbatical and/or permanent team members); Campaigns Weekend, UJS work around NUS Conference; Interfaith Week, HMD, Bridges not Boycotts and UJS Conference
  • Equip and empower UJS members to play an active role in local and national student activism (such as campus specific campaigns, identity-based spaces, or seeking SU or NUS leadership positions).
  • Craft and coordinate public affairs and press materials, such as briefings, statements and articles about campaign related events/incidents, with support from the Communications team
  • Keep the UJS team and key community stakeholders up to date on campus political developments
  • Perform other duties as directed by the UJS President and CEO
Person specification: 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to present clearly and confidently adapting to the context (e.g.sessions with student volunteers, meetings with parliamentarians or panel events)
  • An understanding of the political situation in Israel and an understanding of Student Politics. Familiar with political processes e.g. Union elections, conference motions and speech writing
  • Ability to lead and work within a team
  • Responsibility for self motivation when working remotely and willingness to work flexible hours and adapt to unforeseen changes
  • Ability to build and maintain professional relationships with students, stakeholders and educational institutions
  • Ability to facilitate, organise and develop others and empower them to run and get involved in campaigns
  • Commitment to travel around the country during the week and weekend
  • Experience of a range of UJS work and UJS Campaigns
  • Desirable: University Degree 
General competencies:
  • Understanding of project management/planning and impact evaluation
  • Ability to prioritise and manage multiple projects and tasks
  • Capacity for making quick decisions under pressure and focusing on necessary and available action when responding to unforeseen developments
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Software including Word, Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint
  • Desirable: Ability to engage people via twitter, Facebook and Instagram
Additional benefits: 
Development training, option to partake in an internship of 1-2 weeks at a range of commercial and charitable companies via the Lead Now programme, and the opportunity to have a dedicated external mentor from a field of work of your choice.

12 months (Start date mid-June 2019) with 18 days annual leave plus statutory bank holidays and specific Jewish holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot (High Holidays), Passover (High Holidays) and Shavuot