(MDXSU) Operations and Strategic Support


Middlesex University
2 Months
4 hours per week
Smart Casual




This job is part of the Middlesex University Students’ Union’s Community Placement Scheme and is only available to current students of Middlesex University. The scheme has been established to ensure students are paid London Living Wage (£10.55) to put your studies or interests to use practically on placements whilst helping the local community. The scheme is designed to boost student employability and increase collaboration within Barnet and beyond.
We would recommend visiting www.mdxsu.com/community-placements before submitting any applications.

Youth Realities is a youth-led organisation addressing teenage relationship abuse by creatively and compassionately supporting young people to be happier, healthier and more resilient versions of themselves. We are on a mission to educate and empower young people through prevention, intervention and survivor-focused healing programmes across communities and in educational environments.
Our aims are to:
? Reduce abuse within teenage relationships
? Raise awareness and build resilience
? Empower self-development
? Provide consistent and trusted support
We are looking for passionate, dedicated and enthusiastic people to join our team and support with the development of our work. During their placement, we expect students to commit to working with our beneficiaries' best interests at heart, in a sensitive and understanding manner, appreciating that we work with vulnerable young people with a range of complex needs. In-house safeguarding training will be provided for those whose placement requires frontline working, providing the awareness and skills to work safely. Youth Realities will be able to offer the students an opportunity to develop their academic skills in an inclusive environment, whilst directly bettering and benefiting the community we work with.
• Working alongside staff to support with strategic planning for our community
programmes, such as providing feedback and ideas towards the upscaling of Talk n Chill and maintenance of Deep in Dance
• Outreach and engagement support, including contacting local schools and organisations to reach new members and distributing leaflets across the local community to increase programme engagement
• Supporting with fundraising tasks and funding applications, including seeking funders, proofreading current applications or completing new bids
• Supporting with marketing and social media strategizing by designing a scheduled
timeline for uploading posts in line with session delivery, events or awareness days and establishing such content
• Researching potential networks, partners and sponsors within the youth and corporate sectors, contacting them via email to establish contacts and develop a network
• Strong interpersonal skills. Must be able to work well with others as well as to have
leadership skills
• Currently studying at Middlesex University
• Ability to work effectively under pressure and to tight deadlines
• Cultural awareness
• Strong organisational skills and the ability to prioritise and plan a workload effectively
• Creative and resourceful
• Proactive and determined
• Punctuality

• Experience in a similar role
• Good literacy skills
• Awareness of relationship abuse and a passion for contributing to positive change
• Good communication skills and professionalism
• Currently a student on a course linked to our values and work, such as:
Mental Health, Psychology, Criminology, Sociology

To build a better understanding of our work, please visit www.youthrealities.co.uk or @Youthrealities on Instagram to look at what services we provide and the range young people we support.
4-5 The Concourse, Grahame Park, NW9 5XB

How to apply
Please note the deadline for this application is 10th October 11.59pm. Please upload your CV, and answer the following questions in your cover letter (300 words max per question):
1. What interests you about this opportunity?
Demonstrate that you understand the role and talk about your motivations to apply for it; that will help us to get a sense of your personal connection to this placement.
2. Why are you the perfect candidate for this placement?
Demonstrate your skills by giving examples from your previous roles and describe how this experience has allowed you to develop each of the skills listed. Please refer to 'experience and skills' section.
3. Why is this experience important to you?
Tell us about how this role will support your personal development, develop your skills, complement your studies and/or benefit you in the future. Talk about your aspirations for the future and how you think this placement role could benefit the community, as a result why it is important for you to be involved.
4. Are you currently a student at Middlesex University? If so, what course and year of study are you undertaking?
5. Do you have any convictions, cautions, reprimands, or final warnings we should take into account when applying for a DBS check?
Candidates will be shortlisted based on cover letter and CV.

Further Information
We will be completing the shortlisting process as soon as possible following the closing date, and aim to let you know as soon as possible. Please note however that due to the number of applications that the students’ union receives for placement opportunities, we are unable to offer personal feedback on applications. If you need any additional information or if you would like to speak to someone about your application please contact the Community Partnership Coordinator, Sally Bernard, at s.bernard@mdx.ac.uk or 020 84115009.