We are looking for a specialist in educational policy!


The Student Union of the University of Helsinki is looking for a specialist in educational policy who loves the field to join our ranks on a fixed-term contract starting on 8 March 2021 and ending on 30 November 2022. We hope that the selected person could start as soon as possible. The contract has a fixed term because the specialist is hired as a substitute for the duration of a work leave.


Does educational policy inspire you? Good – it certainly inspires us. Is looking after students’ interests pretty much the best thing you can imagine? Great! Do you dream of a career where you get to directly influence students’ lives? That is exactly what we do. We want you if you are a good networker, keep tabs on any changes in educational policy and speak fluent academese but can also explain things in plain terms. Besides your enthusiasm for educational policy, you should also be a good fit for our relaxed and skilled work community.

The duties of your job include overseeing the selection of student representatives in administration as well as motivating them, providing them with training for their work and actively communicating with them. In your work, you represent the Student Union in various working groups and drive the Student Union’s policies forward. You are also in charge of presenting your sector’s issues to HYY’s Board. In addition to all this, your duties include communicating about issues related to educational policy both within the office and externally, through social media, for instance.

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
  • Precision in your work and the ability to manage large issues and bring matters to their conclusion
  • Higher education studies
  • A fluent command of Finnish
  • Understanding of good administration
  • The desire to develop as an expert in educational policy

We would also prefer you to have:

  • A good command of English and Swedish
  • The ability to communicate about your sector’s matters in a clear, understandable and inspiring manner
  • Vision for impactful advocacy work

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. We also provide both lunch and sports benefits.
  • Opportunities for education and development
  • Awesome colleagues

Interested? Apply for the position right away or on 28 February at the latest by sending your free-form application letter along with your CV to hallinto@hyy.fi with ‘Asiantuntija’ as the subject.

The application period ends at 11.59 pm on 28 February. Interviews will be held on Thursday 4 March and Friday 5 March. Applicants invited to the interviews will be given a pre-assignment in connection with their invitations, and they are expected to present the completed assignment at the interview. The selection will be made in a meeting of HYY’s Board on 5 March. For further information, please contact Secretary General Mikko Kymäläinen (0400 816 426, mikko.kymalainen@hyy.fi).

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

*The basic salary of HYY’s specialists is 2,351.24 euros per month (salary group III in the student unions’ collective agreement). The salary is also affected by previously acquired experience and education. For instance, a person with a bachelor’s degree and no previous experience that is considered as an advantage would have a salary of 2,410 euros per month. The secretary general is happy to provide further information on the salary of the position.