Staff Vacancies

About us

Union of Kingston Students is a registered charity whose student members democratically lead the organisation, supported by a team of permanent staff who are responsible for the operation and management of the union. The student members are represented at all levels of decision making within the union and the university, supported by the union’s staff team. The elected student representatives sit on various boards and committees to represent the views of Kingston University students.

Chief Executive
£57,000-£63,000 per annum + pension

We are looking for a new Chief Executive who can support our Elected Officers in leading the Union both through its current strategy and in designing the next one; bringing innovation, inspiring high performance and enabling us to build on our progress to take the Union to the next level. We've achieved a lot in the past few years, and are truly excited about the next stage of our development, which includes a unique opportunity to reimagine how we support a blended student experience in the future.

Our new Chief Executive will help further develop the critical relationship with Kingston University, whilst continuing to develop and empower our elected leaders to represent the voice of students. You will be an enthusiastic leader with experience of building and maintaining strong relationships based on trust, credibility and collaboration, at all levels. You'll ideally have an understanding of good governance and good financial acumen, with the ability to embed strong people management principles that help to develop a confident and high-performing staff team. You will also possess excellent communication skills and bring to the role an ambitious approach to diversifying the Union's activities and income streams.

We believe that the role offers a brilliant opportunity for either an experienced or aspiring Chief Executive who is motivated to drive effectiveness in a student-led organisation, and can demonstrate a strong commitment to student voice and representation. The Union, our Board of Trustees and the University all offer an encouraging environment and are committed to supporting the ongoing development of our new CEO, to ensure they can be at their best.

More information:

Closing date for applications - 12 noon, Friday 23rd April
Longlist interviews - Week commencing 10th May
Final Interviews and Selection Day - Week commencing 17th May

Job pack can be found here.
Equality Monitoring form can be found here.

Your application should include:

  • A covering letter setting out the motivating factors in your application.
  • A personal statement that demonstrates how you meet the essential requirements set out in the Person Specification (max 2-pages).
  • An up to date, detailed CV including all relevant employment history and expertise.
  • A completed Equality Monitoring form, which can be downloaded from our website.

Please send your application to our recruitment partners, Atkinson HR Consulting, via e-mail

For an initial, informal discussion about the role, please contact: Louise Speksnyder
Conversations with the Chair of the Board and/or current Chief Executive can also be arranged through discussion with Atkinson HR Consulting.