Policy Officer

Location: London
Salary: £28,578 (+ £3299 ILW)

Policy Officer

NUS champions students to shape the future of education – and create a better world.

We promote, defend and extend student rights. We fight discrimination, isolation and injustice. Through practical information and national action, we make sure students can thrive. We support and strengthen students and their unions. We are informed – developing research that influences national policy. We are active – taking on all the issues that affect students’ lives now and in the future.

The Policy Department at NUS is looking for an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and innovative candidate who can help us to support our membership, influence government and make lasting change for students.

About NUS

NUS is a voluntary membership organisation which makes a real difference to the lives of students and its member students' unions. We are a confederation of 600 students' unions, amounting to more than 95 per cent of all higher and further education unions in the UK. Through our member students' unions, we represent the interests of more than seven million students.

As a democratic organisation, representatives of member students’ unions annually elect the National President and other elected officers who lead the campaigning activity. NUS is also governed by its Board of Trustees who manage the organisation’s financial sustainability and provide strategic long term direction. NUS employs staff to deliver on the campaigning work as well as supporting and resourcing students’ unions.

About the department

The Policy Department within NUS influences national policy debate by supporting our student leader’s influence through external partnerships, engagement of students and students’ unions and analysing of students’ interests in order to ensure NUS is valued, respected and influential in shaping national and institutional policy development.

About the role

The Policy Officer will provide policy and administrative support across a team that covers a broad range of post-16 education and social policy issues. The post-holder will also deliver a range of influential and engaging policy projects involving students, students’ unions, the sector and government. We particularly welcome applicants with experience of policy or advocacy work in racial equality campaigns.

We are looking for a team-player who shares our passion for the transformative power of education and our commitment to social change and social justice. You should have experience of working in a policy environment where you have demonstrable experience of influencing external stakeholders. You should be able to analyze and present complex data and information in a way that is accessible to our membership, whilst in keeping with the values of the organisation.

Strong people and organisational skills, as well as an innovative approach to facilitation and policy engagement are key to working effectively with our membership. Being politically astute and committed to the transformative impact of education are key to working within NUS and the sector.

The successful applicant will share our core values and relish the opportunity to work in a fast-paced, democratic environment.


At NUS we pride ourselves on being able to offer a generous benefits package in order to support our employees both in their working lives and their personal lives.

We demonstrate this is in a number of ways, including but not limited to a basic holiday entitlement of 27 days (plus 1 extra day each year to a maximum of 30), we offer 4 days co-ordinated (Christmas) closure, plus public holidays; accommodating flexible working hours where possible; a childcare voucher scheme with a further childcare allowance to support parents with these increasing costs; an individual healthcare plan; a generous pension scheme

How to apply

For more information please read the role profile or to apply please complete the application form and diversity monitoring form, both available on our website

Please note we do not accept CVs or pdf documents

Deadline for applications is 27th March 2017 – 12pm

Interviews will be held on 19th April 2017 in London

Completed applications should be returned to recruitment@nus.org.uk

NUS is committed to being an inclusive employer and having a diverse workforce. We particularly welcome and encourage applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds.