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Development Consultant

  • Full time
  • £30,119
  • Edinburgh/Homebased
  • Closing 24th April 2022

  • Advertised from 5th April 2022
  • 35 hours per week. Permanent.


Who we are

NUS Charity is an exciting organisation developing and championing strong students’ unions. We connect our members and curate services to deliver advice, guidance and crisis support to students’ unions.

We do professional differently. We are a progressive charity representing students’ unions across the UK. The sector is inclusive, fun, dynamic and representative and we put students and students’ unions at the heart of everything we do. We are challenging but are committed to creating a supportive and flexible environment which pushes your personal development in your everyday activity.

What we do

Students’ unions can be transformational hubs for students, staff, and wider society. NUS Charity support our member’s development to enhance their capacity and harness opportunities to maximise their positive impact. We do this in many ways, from managing a purchasing consortium to drive great value for our members, to our development activity, supporting the best potential in students’ unions - we strive to make a difference to our members.

Within our small Union Development team, we deal with a range of organisational development work, whether that’s being the Returning Officer and supporting students’ union elections, running development events/webinars, helping new students’ unions create the structures that they need, coaching a students’ union leader who needs extra support, or creating guidance on new legislation that will affect students’ unions – no two days are the same.

What we need

NUS Charity is looking for a Development Consultant to strengthen organisational development for our members, predominantly in Scotland. We’re looking to diversify the knowledge within our team to deliver high quality projects in organisational development based on our Quality Students’ Unions framework. Particularly, we are interested in broadening our team knowledge to include creating/supporting strategy development and governance. You don’t need to have worked in students’ unions before but working in a membership/governance/charity environment would be a bonus.

Committed to Inclusion

We’re committed to equality of opportunity for all. We welcome applications from individuals regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, gender, or disability. You can be yourself here whoever you are, be proud of the work you do and build a career in a place that knows different is good.

We recognise that candidates from Black, Asian and Minoritised-Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds are under-represented in our organisation, and that there are often additional barriers present for people from these groups when applying for roles in the charity sector and beyond. We are committed to taking positive action to expand the diversity of our staff team, and if you meet the minimum criteria for a role (at least 80% of the criteria in the person specification) and are from a BAME background, you'll be guaranteed a first stage interview. It is important to note that this scheme guarantees an interview for candidates who meet the minimum criteria and tell us that they'd like to be considered under the scheme. The selection decision at interview will be based on the most suitable candidate, regardless of any protected characteristic.

The UD team are mostly homebased, but this role can be either homebased in Scotland or based at our Edinburgh Office, with hybrid working options available. You will need to travel to meet the needs of our summer events or other projects when needed.


We aim to practice what we preach so we’re happy to offer a flexible person-centred working environment with a great benefits package including:

• Generous holiday entitlement

• Flexible working opportunities

• Valuable workplace pension

• Enhanced parental pay policies

• Employee assistance programme

Application notes

To apply please visit our website

If you’re successfully shortlisted, we’ll see you at an interview on Thursday 5th May 2022

For more information about working for NUS Charity please visit our 'Work for Us' website page -