2nd January 2020

Welfare Officer

Role Description

Salary: £19,730 (TBC by SU Council)
Purpose: To promote student welfare, both by ensuring that well-designed services exist to support students and by campaigning on issues affecting student welfare. In particular, to:
  • Represent all students’ views and interests on welfare matters
  • Support, organise and coordinate campaigns on welfare issues
  • Develop programmes to ensure we have the best possible welfare services
Dates: Thursday 18th June 2020 to July 2021.
Includes 10 mandatory days of handover with the outgoing officer, and a weekend residential in late June or early July.
Who can stand? Any current student.
Other Info: All elected officers also become Trustees of the SU. Candidates must meet criteria for trustees (e.g. not be bankrupt).
Chapters
  1. Role Description
  2. Specific Responsibilities

Specific Responsibilities

Represent all students’ views and interests on welfare matters

  • Represent students’ views and interests on welfare matters at University level, locally and nationally.
  • Oversee activities relating to financial hardship, funding and employment issues.
  • Oversee activities relating to accommodation issues, working with the University and student housing within the city.

Support, organise and coordinate campaigns on welfare issues

  • Support and champion campaigns and activities on welfare issues (including mental health, sexual health, personal safety).
  • Work with the Sports Officer to promote healthy, active lifestyles, including through Healthy Campus Week.

Develop programmes to ensure we have the best possible welfare services

  • Organise the annual Housemate Finder event, ensuring this offers students a chance to access Advice Centre support, and input into the SmartMove campaign.
  • Oversee the SU’s welfare services, particularly the Student Advice Centre and Children’s Services and support the student-led Nightline service.
  • Support Welfare Committee to be effective.
  • Work with and promote University support services, such as the University Health Service and the Counselling Service.

Shared responsibilities (all officers):

  • Be an active member of the Student Executive Committee (SEC), overseeing SU direction and student representation as a whole.
  • Oversee SU policies and how they are turned into action.
  • Campaign for the rights and interests of students, locally or nationally.
  • Uphold the SU’s democratic processes, including by upholding decisions taken by Referenda and by reporting to SU Council on progress and key issues.
  • Support and develop liberation access.

You can find a full description of responsibilities for all Officers in Sheffield Students’ Union Bye-Law 4.

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