APPLICATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED: AYY is looking for a Specialist in Academic Affairs

Type: Permanent, full-time, 37.5 hours a week
Stage of studies: University studies undertaken
Starting date: As soon as possible
Location: Otakaari 11, Espoo
Wage: According to the Student Union collective labor agreement, grade III, starting at 2100 €
NOTE! Application deadline has been extended. New deadline: 23rd of January 2018.

The Specialist in Academic Affairs works in the Student Union’s advocacy sector. Other people working in the sector include the Specialist in Social Affairs and the Specialist in International Affairs and the Advocacy and Communications Manager. The work is conducted in close cooperation with the Board Members of the Student Union. The job description of the Specialist includes advocacy work in the University and within the scope of the national education policy, related to e.g. studies administration, development of the Aalto University and students’ legal protection.

Tasks include working in working groups in these areas of responsibility and working on related statements and opinions. The Specialist is also responsible for selecting and training the student representatives in University administration, for conducting cooperation with students and student organizations in the field of education policy, and for student counseling in matters related to legal protection. In 2018, the sector’s focus will be on updating the policy papers, themes related to student well-being, and planning AYY’s advocacy work for the parliamentary elections.  Particular themes of the Student Union for the upcoming years include the development of students’ well-being and studying capacity and encouraging social influence.

The job entails learning about a wide range of issues, preparing the policies of the Student Union and doing advocacy work according to these policies, and bringing forth the students’ point of view at various stakeholder meetings. The advocacy work is conducted locally in the Aalto community, regionally in the Helsinki metropolitan area, and nationwide. Working in the Student Union and with the University requires a passion for development, an independent manner, initiative, effective implementation of decisions, and an eye for strategy. All our specialists also communicate about their own areas of responsibility.


  • Higher education studies
  • Experience in student advocacy
  • Knowledge of issues related to the legal protection of students and the above-mentioned areas of responsibility
  • Ability to comprehend large issues and adopt new things
  • Negotiation skills and the skill to adapt to changing situations

Seen as a plus for the job:

  • Knowledge of the legislation related to the task
  • English and Swedish skills
  • Experience with student unions or organizations

Things that may be useful for the task include e.g. knowledge of administrative law, interest in university pedagogy, and knowledge of the national education policy.

What we offer:

  • A versatile and challenging task where you get to implement your own ideas and develop your knowledge
  • An expert team in a changing and enthusiastic work community in a youthful organization
  • An opportunity to combine studies and the job!
  • Opportunity to apply for an AYY apartment
  • Opportunity to work from home and good office spaces in Otaniemi with great public transport options along the West Metro

If you are the person we seek, send your application along with your CV by the 23rd of January 2018 to Please submit your documents in PDF. We will confirm all applications as received. We aim to organize the interviews during Thu – Fri 25th – 26th of January, and the announcement on hiring will be made as soon as possible after the interviews have concluded.

We will contact the endorsers of the applicants during the process. Please add the personal contact information of your endorsers into your CV or application already during the application process.

For more information on the task, please contact Specialist in Academic Affairs Susanna Koistinen (tel. 050 520 9438) between the 3rd and 5th of January 2018 or Secretary General Niko Ferm (tel. 0505209415).

The Aalto University Student Union (AYY) is a service and advocate association for nearly 15 000 students of the Aalto University. AYY employs about 50 people and dozens of volunteers and associations work within its sphere of influence. AYY is a young and innovative player in the student union field, one where you can implement your own ideas and create something new. As a working environment, AYY is modern and very flexible.

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