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Chief Executive LSE Students’ Union (LSESU)

We are seeking a new Chief Executive to continue driving the innovations necessary to deliver an exceptional experience for all our students.

  • Location: Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, 1 Sheffield St, London WC2A 2AP
  • Salary: £72k to £82k
  • Closing date: CLOSED FOR APPLICATIONS

LSE Students’ Union (LSESU) is a £4m not for profit organisation for LSE students.

We’ve been part of LSE since 1897, and all LSE students automatically become LSESU members when they enrol.

The purpose of the union is to empower full-time staff, elected officers and student staff to transform the lives of students, through making students’ voices heard by lobbying LSE to enact change, supporting student campaigns, improving students’ wellbeing, and enhancing the student community with social and recreational activities alongside studies.

In recent years, we have been incredibly dynamic in developing our structures and services, enhancing our organisation from top to bottom, and now have one of the UK’s best and most active SUs – we provide a range of opportunities for students, with 250 sports clubs and societies, 6 strong campaign groups, an advice service that manages the SU Hardship Fund, and union elections for students to make their voices heard.

 

We have reviewed our internal structures and opened a new state-of-the-art building with outstanding sports and leisure facilities in the heart of London – we have the Three Tuns bar, two gyms and three music practice rooms, working to make students’ experience of LSE the best it can be.

We have also changed our governance structures so that we can benefit from the additional experience that our lay trustees bring to us.

Since 2019, our changes have seen an enhancement of 29 percentage points in our National Student Survey score, taking us from bottom of the Russell Group SUs to 3rd. We are exceptionally proud that 95% of our staff recommend us as a good place to work.

We are striving to be a union for all, and our work is ongoing to be more engaging and inclusive.

Our student demographic includes 55% postgraduate students with 70% of our students being international. This means that much of the research about student experience in the UK typically does not relate to us as it’s often focused on home based undergraduate students, and we work to empower those whose voices are not as prominent in the wider politics of Higher Education. This makes LSESU a particularly vibrant organisation, which works enthusiastically to make all students’ voices heard.

To enhance our Union, we have created a strategy for 2026 which will see us focus our ambitious on being at the heart of student life. We have made several promises within it to our members, but most importantly, we have promised to be brave, innovative, inclusive and student-led.

We are seeking a new Chief Executive to continue driving the innovations necessary to deliver an exceptional experience for all our students.

We are looking for a leader with exceptional emotional intelligence, experience of building and maintaining happy high performing teams and somebody with a track record of trying and testing new innovative solutions to challenges.

Experience of leading with inclusive values and a clear history of creatively making workplaces, projects, and campaigns more accessible and equitable will be critical.

We value transferable skills and welcome all candidates with experience of leading complex teams, budgets and organisations to consider this opportunity.

We are proud that our students are wonderfully diverse in every sense and come from all areas of the globe. We welcome your application with open arms and encourage you to bring your whole self to LSESU.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel | bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07801 897063

Jonah Graham | jonah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 756654

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About LSESU

LSE Students’ Union (LSESU) is a not-for-profit organisation led by LSE students, for LSE students. Our aim is to help LSE students make the most of all the life-changing experiences open to them during their time at university.

Background

We’ve been part of LSE since 1897, and all LSE students automatically become LSESU members when they enroll.

Our members join one of the UK’s most active and best Students’ Unions, and make it whatever they need it to be.

Our primary services include:

  • Student Voice – supporting our students with representation, campaigning, policy change and elections
  • Student Communities – supporting over 250+ clubs and societies and managing the gym
  • Social – running our Union events, student bar the Three Tuns and Coffee cart
  • Student Advice – providing free, independent and confidential advice to our student membership

Not For Profit

All proceeds from sales in our outlets or partner marketing activity go directly back into putting on amazing events, activities and support for students – so, by using our services, you are contributing to the LSE student experience and helping us to reinvest into the things we do for our members.

Our Vision
To create a community at LSE which is at the heart of student life.

Our Mission
Working together, for and with our members, we will make their time at LSE an empowering and enjoyable experience.

Our Strategic Priorities

Together with students, we will…

  • Push the advancement of education ensuring that it is accessible, holistic and reflective of the diversity of the community at LSE.
  • Develop a supportive environment which enables students to succeed. Where these services generate an income, this will be re-invested into those services which are free to access by our students.
  • Be a Union which listens and acts ensuring that we are a positive agent for change in our School and communities.
  • Develop a strong sense of community beyond the classroom, which are filled with opportunities that are fun and enjoyable.

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For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Bill Yuksel | bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07801 897063

Jonah Graham | jonah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 756654

Accessibility

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted

LSESU strives to be an inclusive organisation and we are currently implementing our first ever EDI strategy. We welcome candidates from all backgrounds and are committed to making the recruitment process as accessible as possible.


If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultants for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs:

Bill Yuksel | bill@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07801 897063

Jonah Graham | jonah@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07538 756654

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 30th January 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 3rd February
    Preliminary interviews, via Teams: Thursday 9th and Friday 10th February 2023
    Final interviews: Friday 17th or Monday 27th February 2023 (TBC)

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