We are looking for a substitute specialist in educational policy!


We are looking for a substitute specialist in educational policy!

The Student Union of the University of Helsinki (HYY) is a corporation subject to public law, with 27,000 university students as members. The Student Union acts as an advocacy and service organisation for its members and for the organisations operating under HYY.

We are looking for a specialist in educational policy to join our ranks as a substitute for the duration of a work leave, starting on 25 October or as agreed and ending on 22 December 2020.

Do you dream of a career where you can directly influence both Finnish educational policy and student life? Would you like to work for the accessibility of higher education, student culture that supports student wellbeing and the realisation of university democracy? Is advocacy work and communicating about it your thing, and do new teaching methods and promoting the internationalisation of students inspire you? If so, we want you to join our relaxed and skilled work community!

In your work, you will be in charge of the Student Union’s advocacy work in relation to educational policy as well as discerning related trends. You will also be promoting the internationalisation of students and creating opportunities for them to be societally active during studies. You will further be in charge of presenting issues related to your own field to HYY’s Board. Communicating about issues related to educational policy both within the office and externally, by meeting interest groups and participating in discussion on social media, for instance, is also a crucial part of your work.

We are:
A student union with around 27,000 members
An efficient, active and passionate actor in advocacy work
An enthusiastic work community, consisting of 8 specialists and 12 members of the board among others, that gets things done together in a competent yet relaxed fashion

We expect you to have:
Basic knowledge of educational policy and its current trends
Interest in issues related to working life and internationalisation
Communication skills and the desire to develop as an impactful communicator
Precision in your work and the ability to manage large issues
The desire to improve as an expert
An independent approach as well as teamwork and problem-solving skills
Higher education studies
A good command of Swedish and English is considered an additional advantage.

You will get:
An interesting, independent and challenging job
A salary that is in accordance with the student unions’ collective agreement with potential bonuses for education and experience
Opportunities for education and development
Flexible working hours and opportunities for remote work
Awesome colleagues

The application period ends at 11.59 pm on Sunday 20 October. Send us your free-form application letter with a maximum length of one page, with your CV attached. Send the application to with ‘Asiantuntija’ as the subject. The position may be filled before the end of the application period if we find a suitable person. For further information, please contact Secretary General Aaro Riitakorpi (0400 816 426),

HYY emphasises diversity and equality in our activities. We hope to receive as many applications as possible from people with diverse backgrounds. In the first stage of the application process, we use anonymous recruitment.