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AYY is looking for policy specialist!

We are looking for an academic affairs specialist to join our advocacy team!
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The academic affairs specialist works in the Student Union’s advocacy team and in close cooperation with the annually changing Student Union Board. In this position, you will be able to develop Aalto University and promote student rights, engaging in advocacy work both at Aalto University and society at large.

The policy specialist is a member of various university working groups and interacts with university staff. In addition, the specialist is responsible for the selection and training of student representatives in administration, for cooperation with students and student organisations regarding education  issues and for advising students. AYY’s education policy sector comprises a wide range of issues from digitalisation to study spaces. In 2021, Aalto University will implement the Sisu system, continue to develop student services and implement a new strategy. The policy specialist will work closely on these issues, among other things. The work can also focus on content that matches the skills and interests of the selected person.

In the position, you are the expert in your area of responsibility, familiarise yourself with current issues and prepare advocacy material and decision-making at the Student Union. Advocacy work is carried out locally in the Aalto community and nationwide together with other organisations. Working in the student union and with the university requires a passion for development, independent approach and initiative, effective implementation of decisions and strategic vision. All our specialists also communicate about their areas of responsibility.


  • Higher education studies
  • Fluency in English and Finnish
  • Accuracy and preciseness in the management of administrative processes
  • Ability to understand the big picture and pick up new skills
  • Negotiation skills and the ability to adapt to changing situations
  • Willingness and enthusiasm to interact with volunteers and student representatives in administration


  • Student union or NGO experience
  • Experience in university administration
  • Knowledge of student rights
  • Proficiency in Swedish
  • Familiarity with Aalto University and its fields of study
  • Knowledge of good governance principles and legislation related to the job description
  • Interest in university pedagogy
  • Knowledge of national education policy

We provide:

  • Versatile and a challenging position where you can put your own ideas into action and develop your skills
  • Support of a skilled team in a changing and enthusiastic work community in a youthful organisation
  • Good opportunities to educate yourself alongside work
  • Flexible working hours

The employment relationship is permanent and full-time (37.5 hours/week). The salary is determined by a collective agreement of the student unions (salary category III, plus any education and experience allowances). AYY’s office is located in Otaniemi, Espoo, along with good transport connections.

Interviews will be most likely held between 2 and 6 November, and the work will begin as soon as possible. During the application process, we will contact the referrers of the selected applicants.   Please include the contact details of your referrers in your CV or application already at the application stage.

Applications with CVs will be submitted by 12noon on 29 Oct 2020 to rekrytointi(at) We will let you know that your application has been received. We will inform you of our decision as soon as possible.

For more information on the content of the position, please contact Policy Specialist Minna Mäkitalo (050 520 9438). For more information on the employment relationship and application process, please contact Advocacy and Communications Manager Laura Luoto (laura.luoto(a), 040 575 9092). You can get in touch until the end of the application period.

Aalto University Student Union AYY is an advocacy and service organisation for nearly 15,000 students. In total, AYY employs about 50 people and has dozens of volunteers and organisations. AYY is a young and innovative operator in the student union field, where you can implement your own ideas and create something new. As a work environment, AYY is modern and very flexible.

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