People, Equity & Organisational Development Director - Highly Regarded Students' Union

03 August 20232023-08-03
Sheffield, South Yorkshire & Sheffield City Region
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Sheffield Students Union is one of the most highly regarded Students’ Unions in the UK and is one of the most attractive employers within the Sheffield City Region.

Our new CEO was appointed in 2022 and, together with our elected student leaders, has ambitious and exciting plans to develop our sector-leading organisation even further. This has led to the creation of three new opportunities to join the senior leadership team. The People, Equity & Organisational Development Director role is an opportunity that will appeal to a wide range of values-driven candidates with a passion for EDI, strategy development and social impact.


About Sheffield Students’ Union:

We are an independent charity that works closely with the University of Sheffield to achieve a world class student experience for our members. Rated the best Students’ Union in the UK for the last 15 years, this success comes from years of continuous innovation, support from our partners, and the talent and enthusiasm of a fantastic staff team and student membership.

We are powered by students and exist to represent their needs and improve their experience at university. Every year a team of 13 Student Officers are elected to work on the behalf of students and champion their interests to the University of Sheffield, as well as local and national government. Our activities, events, and services provide thousands of opportunities for students to make connections and gain additional skills while studying. Our building hosts some of the most popular clubs, bars, eateries and shops for students in the city, and our staff facilitate over 350 Clubs, Societies and voluntary activities for students to engage with. Our independent Student Advice Centre supports students throughout their university life, and we empower students to campaign on issues which matter to them with our dedicated Representation and Organising team.

To support Sheffield Students’ Union’s future ambition and scope to change students' lives for the better, we are looking to appoint a People, Equity & Organisational Development Director. The successful candidate will lead the development of Sheffield SU as a brilliant place to work and as an exemplary employer of EDI best practices in the workplace. This role will have particular focus on leading and developing teams, supporting and leading on central strategic people priorities and overseeing effective organisational governance, planning and quality assurance processes.


The People, Equity & Organisational Development Director will:

  • Lead and manage the People, Equity, and Organisation Development Directorate in line with the SU values.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with university management, particularly in areas such as HR and governance.
  • To be the lead for the development and delivery of employee EDI strategies.
  • Develop long term strategies to address future recruitment and talent development needs.
  • Develop and review HR policies and procedures.
  • Support the driving of organisational principles to ensure a values-led team that delivers for students.
  • Be a lead contributor to the long-term vision and plans of Sheffield SU.


About you: 

  • CIPD qualified (or equivalent experience / qualification demonstrating competence).
  • Experience of operating at senior leader level in a similar values-led organisation.
  • Experience of championing for a culture of equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • Human Resource Management and leadership, including long-term planning and operational delivery.
  • Resource management, including creation and management of annual budgets.
  • Leadership and management of high performing, values led teams.


Sheffield SU offers an excellent benefits package which includes: 30 days holiday + bank holidays, enhanced pension scheme, enhanced sickness benefit, hybrid working and access to various employee discounts and benefit schemes. You’ll also be working with a progressive and supportive, skilled staff team, ready to realise the ambitions of this role.

Sheffield SU will consider requests for flexible working on hiring. Please talk to us about the flexibility you may need.

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