Oxford SU Career Progression Scheme 2022-24

Highlights of the scheme

  • 5 roles available across the organisation
  • 24 month contract 
  • Ownership of a number of exciting projects
  • Project secondment to an area outside of your remit
  • Automatic move from Coordinator to Senior Coordinator after 1 year
  • Specific training relevant to your role
  • Additional soft skills development
  • Opportunity to gain an ILM Level 3 qualification


Oxford SU Grade C1 £24,871 (Coordinator), moving to Grade C3 £26,341 (Senior Coordinator) in June 2023

Working Hours

37.5-hours per week to be worked flexibly (annualised at 1950 hours across the year). Evening and weekend work may be required.

Contract type

Fixed Term for 24-months. (Start date: June 2022, End date: June 2024)


Who we are

Oxford SU is a charity that exists to represent the 24,000 students studying at the University of Oxford. As a student-led democratic membership organisation, an SU is unlike any other charity. It’s the issues that matter to students that drive us. Here, they can feel assured that their views count, their voice is strong, and together we’ll work to make student life even better. To find out more about Oxford SU, please read our Recrutiment Pack.


Our Career Progression Scheme

This programme will build on your existing passions, equipping you with two years of third-sector charity experience and a variety of skills to take your career to the next level.

During your time with us, you will develop an in-depth understanding of how Students’ Unions as charities work while specialising in your area of interest. You will take ownership of a number of exciting projects – seeing them through from idea to action, developing through doing.

We are a small organisation, but we have a big impact. We do this by working together. You will collaborate with teams across the organisation and work closely with our Sabbatical Officers, staff team and senior staff members.

Our extensive learning and development package will help you build skills in a range of areas including project management, charity finance and budgets, governance principles and showcasing impact. You will also have the opportunity to develop your leadership and management skills by studying for an ILM Level 3 Award.

And after your 24 months with us, we will help you find the next career move that’s right for you, supporting with job applications, interview preparation, references and connecting you with networks and mentors within and outside of the Oxford community.


Who we are looking for

Although this looks like a graduate scheme, it’s a little different. You don’t need to be a graduate to apply and we welcome applications from those with a variety of backgrounds. What matters to us is your enthusiasm, your commitment to our mission and values and, with our support, your drive to develop your own skills and potential. We are looking for 5 team members to work with us in our two main strategic areas – Advice & Student Representation and Operations.

Advice & Student Representation

Our Advice & Student Representation team are the student support network here at Oxford SU. They are here to listen to students, give them a voice, support our campaigns and student representatives, and be our experts in specialist policy areas like sustainability or mental health. If you would relish in working directly with our student communities to improve their experience, you could be the perfect fit for one of these roles:




Our Operations team works tirelessly behind the scenes to keep the SU running in the areas of financial management, HR, marketing, sales, and communications. If you are interested in engaging students through exciting and meaningful content, planning and running some of our biggest events, and developing our commercial income potential, these could be the roles for you:


How to apply

Step 1: Apply online

Please ensure you have read the Recruitment Pack and Job Description fully before applying. 

Submit your CV and cover letter to jobs@oxfordsu.ox.ac.uk by Monday the 2nd of May 2022 17:00. 

Please also complete our Equality Monitoring Form and include this with your application. For more information on our guaranteed interview scheme for BAME applicants, please see 'Our commitment to diversity' below.

Your CV should include your employment and education history and details of your references. Please use your cover letter to tell us about yourself and your experience, addressing the points in the Person Specification. You are welcome to apply for more than one role and we only need one application from you for this – just please let us know which ones you are applying for!

Step 2: Assessment Centre & Interviews

Your application will be reviewed by our recruiting managers and, if you are shortlisted, you will be invited to attend our assessment centre and interview day on the 11th of May 2022.

Step 3: Welcome to Oxford SU!

If you are successful after the assessment centre and interviews, you will be offered a role on the Oxford SU Career Progression Scheme 2022 and will begin working with us in June 2022. We can be flexible with start date to work around your family commitments or studies.


Our commitment to diversity

The SU sector needs a wide range of skills and experiences, and we’re committed to ensuring our workforce reflects the diversity of the world and community we’re based in.

We positively encourage applications from all individuals irrespective of their gender, age, home country, ethnic background, sexuality, religious beliefs or disability.

We’re offering candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds a guaranteed interview for all of our graduate roles, as long as your application meets the person specification. If you would like your application to be considered under this scheme, please click here to find out more.

If you require any reasonable adjustments to be able to attend our assessment day, interviews, or to work with us, we will do everything we can to accommodate. Just let us know what you need.