2nd January 2020

SU Development Officer

Role Description

Salary: £19,730 (TBC by SU Council)
Purpose: To represent students’ commercial interests and lead development of the best possible commercial offer to students (e.g. entertainment, shopping, facilities). In particular, to:
  • Lead the Students' Union's ethical, environmental and sustainability work
  • Have oversight over SU social enterprise activities and performance
  • Have oversight of the use and development of SU facilities
  • Be the officer lead on all SU finances (Treasurer)
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).
  1. Role Description
  2. Specific Responsibilities

Specific Responsibilities

Have oversight over SU social enterprise activities and performance; have oversight of the use and development of SU facilities

  • Oversee commercial services (e.g. entertainments, outlets) and their promotion, working with managers to develop new ideas and representing student interests.
  • Represent students’ views and interests relating to commercial services, ensuring procedures for student feedback are in place.
  • Lead the SU’s work on student-led enterprise, ethical, environmental and sustainability work.
  • Oversee the SU’s advertising and sponsorship policy, consulting with relevant groups to review it at the start of the academic year.
  • Oversee external affiliations and commercial relationships (e.g. NUS Services).

Be the officer lead on all SU finances (Treasurer)

  • Ensure Student Executive Committee (made up of the 8 Officers) prepares an annual budget.
  • Monitor financial performance of the SU.
  • Chair the SU’s Finance Executive committee.
  • Ensure student Committees and Officers comply with SU financial procedures (e.g. work with staff in Student Group Support to ensure training is provided to Committees).
  • Oversee all budgets covering the work of SU Officers and of Working and Representative Committees (e.g. Film Unit, BME Committee).

In addition:

  • Represent students at meetings of the University’s Finance Committee, Public Value sub-group and other relevant groups.

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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