Diversity and Advocacy Team Lead

UKSEDS

Volunteer Role Varies Remote, UK

Uploaded 20 Sep 2021

Job Description

Our organisation

As the UK’s national student space society, we support students and young professionals across the country by running events, providing resources, and teaching new skills. Joining UKSEDS is the best way to get involved in the space sector as a student. You’ll gain all sorts of skills and experience, and have the chance to work with lots of space organisations and members of the community. Most importantly, you’ll get to work with other like-minded students to achieve something incredible, and have fun while you do! 

Role description

As Diversity and Advocacy Team Lead, you will be overseeing a group of volunteers working on projects focused around diversity and advocacy - this includes the creation and implementation of new initiatives and schemes to support the wider community. You will be responsible for chairing regular online meetings within the team, facilitating discussions of ongoing or upcoming projects and brainstorming new ideas. The team also continually reviews the inclusivity and accessibility of projects across UKSEDS.  As Team Lead you will be at the forefront of any discussions on best practice within UKSEDS, liaising with leads of other teams as well as the Executive Committee.

Projects that the Diversity and Advocacy team have previously or currently lead include: the annual Diversity in Space Careers Conference (DISC), the Aspiring Astronaut Grant, the writing of diversity and inclusion guides for UKSEDS branch leaders, and the Space for Black Voices webinar. We are also currently carrying out research examining the under-representation of minority groups within the space sector. Within the role of Diversity and Advocacy Team Lead, you will manage these projects, working closely with your Executive Point of Contact to ensure we’re actively engaging with volunteers across UKSEDS and the wider community, advocating to improve diversity and inclusion.

The process

Applications will close on 10th October 2021. Following that, shortlisted applicants will be invited for one round of interviews on Google Meet. Other interview methods are available if you require them. 

Volunteering with us

UKSEDS is run by 80+ volunteers from all across the UK. None of us are paid, but we all want to make a difference. We work remotely, communicating through Slack and holding online meetings on Google Meet. Timescales fluctuate throughout the year, but for this role, you will be expected to dedicate around 5-8 hours on average per week. Alongside working, there are opportunities to chat informally with other volunteers and join online social events.

Diversity and inclusion

Our aims to educate and develop young people contribute to our vision of a growing and diverse workforce in the UK space sector. Everyone brings their own unique viewpoint and ideas to our team which enables us to work towards this vision together. When you’re working with us, we’re keen to ensure you’re comfortable by facilitating any extra measures you might need, and to provide you with opportunity after opportunity to develop yourself. 

Person Specification

We’re looking for someone who is comfortable working remotely, is highly motivated, and works well in a team environment. Working with UKSEDS should be something that you enjoy doing. We don’t need you to be studying a STEM degree, all you need is an interest in space! 

If at any point, for any reason, you can’t do the role, that’s fine. We are students too, and we appreciate that exams, deadlines, and life often get in the way of volunteer roles like these. We will work with you to deal with these issues.

Essential:

  • Experience leading teams or projects
  • Passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Highly organised and able to manage time well
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Comfortable with working remotely

Be a member of UKSEDS (it is free - ukseds.org/join) [To be eligible to volunteer you must be over 18 and be studying or working at a UK-based institution or have been in the last 3 years].

Desirable:

  • Experience in organising diversity and/or advocacy projects, event or initiatives
  • Knowledge of diversity and inclusion best practices and UK legislation
  • Aware of the varying experiences of diverse groups