Apply Now: UJS Sabbatical Team 2024-25


Over 100 years of leading, defending and enriching Jewish life on campus



To apply, please complete the application form and attach your CV by clicking on this link.


.   Applications open: Monday 18th December 2023

....Application deadline: Monday 22nd January 2024

....Group Interview: 12th February 2024 

....Individual Interview (if successful at Group stage): Week of 11th March 2024


Background on UJS

Who we are:

  • We represent the 9,000 Jewish students who are studying in the UK and Ireland. There are 76 Jewish societies (JSocs) affiliated to UJS.
  • We are the democratic representative body of Jewish students. We are the only peer-led Jewish student organisation in the UK. 
  • We build Jewish campus communities that are run by students for students. 
  • We empower and enable Jewish students to live active, involved and safe Jewish lives on campus. 
  • As a minority community, we understand and promote the rights of other minorities to express their identities, free from hate or prejudice. 
  • We are cross-communal: reform, orthodox, left, right, beyond and anything in between, UJS unites Jewish students.  


What we do:

  • Initiate campaigns about issues of concern to Jewish students. 
  • Run a wide variety of programmes, bringing people together to enjoy Jewish life on campus. 
  • Provide facilities including: accommodation, kosher food, suitable and safe spaces for our JSoc activities. 
  • Organise careers and networking opportunities. 
  • Support the welfare of Jewish students on campus. 
  • Run national events that bring students together from across the UK and Ireland. 
  • Support JSocs in running projects on campus involving a range of areas including social action, Holocaust education, interfaith and Israel. 
  • Run a range of overseas educational trips for students. 


Why choose us?

Whether you are attracted by our long-standing reputation of over 100 years supporting and representing Jewish students on a national and international level, or you are passionate about joining an organisation that will maximise your initiative and creativity, there are a lot of reasons to come to work for UJS!  

As part of your role, you will join one of the strongest Jewish Students’ Unions worldwide, work with outstanding colleagues in a dynamic and creative team, receive extensive training in a wide range of fields, gain new skills and strengthen current ones, engage in professional opportunities and gain a high level of responsibility from the very beginning.   

Most importantly you will bring your talents and dedication to impacting the lives of thousands of students across the country, and inspiring leadership and activism within and beyond the Jewish community.  


Additional benefits and opportunities of working at UJS

  • Development training. 
  • Access to internships at a range of commercial companies and charities. 
  • A dedicated external mentor from a field of work of your choice. 
  • If you are 22 or above during your time working for UJS, you will automatically be enrolled into our pension scheme unless you choose to opt out. 
  • You will have the opportunity to participate in high-profile meetings within the community, as well as other organisations, stakeholders and institutions such as universities, regulatory bodies and Government. 
  • You may be able to travel as part of a UJS delegation to conferences abroad. Previous delegations have visited Switzerland, Belgium, Hungary, Israel and the USA.  
  • Careers guidance through 3rd party professional advisors
  • Two lots of one week’s work experience in a field of your choice not taken out of leave allowance
  • Mentorship to support your work and career progression
  • Work laptop and mobile phone
  • Travel and accommodation expenses paid when travelling for work
  • Birthday Day (extra days leave for your birthday not from you leave allowance, doesn’t have to be taken on your birthday, but to be taken within 2 weeks)
  • Access to charity worker discounts with your work email address
  • Workplace pension (22 and over)
  • Access to car club when driving is required so you do not use your own vehicle.
  • CV and job application support
  • Community and wider networking opportunities


Job Description

You are applying for a Sabbatical position at UJS and thus your area of work will focus on one or more of the following along with JSoc support and campus fieldwork: 

  • Campaigns and Public Affairs 
  • Social Action 
  • Interfaith 
  • Israel Engagement 
  • Jewish Enrichment and Engagement.   
  • Inclusivity
  • Holocaust Education
  • 6th Form Engagement 
  • Membership Engagement  
  • Mental health awareness
  • Work with Jewish Students in non Jewish Secondary Schools
  • Digital Engagement
  • Apprenticeships & Careers

As part of the role, you will gain skills and knowledge in many different areas and will be requested to lead on specific projects based on your interests and the priorities of the organisation. All these roles are interlinked with shared responsibilities that impact on Jewish student life.  

Location: London and throughout the UK and Ireland 

Contract: Fixed term contract (Start date July 2024) and 20 days holidays (pro rata) plus statutory bank holidays and Jewish holidays: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Passover and Shavuot 

Salary: £23,000* starting salary. There is the potential for successful candidates that would require relocation to Greater London to receive a small additional contribution to assist with their relocation. There is the additional opportunity for pay increase to sabbatical officers who successfully apply for a second year. 

*Following UJS Policy Conference, UJS is committed to being a living wage employer and pay is currently under review 



  • To manage and lead on a variety of projects which could include national events, Holocaust Memorial Day events, social action, interfaith week and liberation activities. 
  • To write and deliver sessions for UJS programmes, trips and national events such as JAMS, UJS Convention and personalised presentations to JSocs. 
  • Work with JSocs and Jewish students in supporting their activities providing them with advice and resources.  
  • Identify, nurture, and train the next cohort of Jewish student leaders.  
  • Facilitate opportunities for unengaged students to participate in Jewish student life facilitate greater inclusivity and accessibility. 
  • Recruit students for UJS projects and events. 
  • Work closely with communal partners in order to maximise support and resources offered to Jewish students.  
  • Support the UJS President in enacting their manifesto and delivering their year plan. 
  • Train, support and build relationships with JSoc committees and Jewish Students. 
  • Produce reports about the events you have project managed. 
  • Produce reports for funders in relation to your role. 
  • Lead educational trips outside of the UK. 
  • Develop new, exciting, and engaging programmes 

Recurring Tasks

  • Attend JSoc events and regularly visit campuses or students you directly support. 
  • Raise the profile and activities of UJS both on campus and online. 
  • Attend UJS national events. 
  • Work closely with different teams within UJS (Finance, Operations, Programmes, Communications or Campaigns).  
  • Utilise social media for regular online engagement as well as writing and sourcing blogs and articles. 
  • Participate in and attend weekly meetings and team days. 
  • Assist with general tasks when required. 
  • Be an active and engaged member of the UJS team which consists of sabbatical and permanent staff. 


The group interview will take place on Week of 12th February 2024 (all day). Individual interviews will take place on Week of 11th March 2024

Click here to download the full Job Description 


If you would like to discuss your application further or have any questions, please contact Emma on [email protected] . Please note that your application is confidential and that Sami Berkoff (UJS President 2024-25), Arieh Miller (Chief Executive) and Emma Senitt (Operations & People Manager) will be reviewing applications.


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