Work For Us


In 2018 YUSU was ranked 21st in the The Sunday Times’ Top 100 Best Not-For-Profit organisations to work for in the UK. Each year, YUSU invest over £20,000 in staff and officer training as we are dedicated to supporting and nurturing the skills and aspirations of our employees.

From our hardworking bar staff at our award-winning venues to our CEO, we all share the same goal - to put students at the heart of everything we do. 

Please see below for our current vacancies and join our dynamic and growing team:


Venue Manager

Job Title:                   Venue Manager

Place of Work:          The Courtyard, Derwent College, University of York 

Salary:                       £21,000pa - £24,000pa - Dependant on Experience

Purpose of Role

The University of York Students' Union (YUSU) is a charity that is run for, and by, the 16,000 students at the University of York. YUSU Commercial Services (YUSU CS) operates market leading licensed and catered venues throughout campus. All profits generated by these operations are reinvested back into the Students' Union to support student life at the University of York. 

YUSU is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive community. We welcome applications form currently underrepresented groups including BAME applicants.

In the world of large scale hospitality, you will struggle to find an opportunity like this. As a not for profit organisation we work to a different set of rules to those found on the high street. From working with a large team of like-minded student staff, to forming a key player in a hard-working, motivated and close knit management team you will be working some of the most sociable hours found in the industry. On top of this, you will experience freedom and autonomy to influence our services at a level seldom found elsewhere.

We are currently seeking a Venue Manager for our flagship venue, The Courtyard. The Courtyard is one of the many unique licensed venues ran by YUSU Commercial Services. The Courtyard opened in January 2009 and has become an integral part of University of York’s social scene. 

Out front, we offer a range of drinks including cocktails, a varied draught offering and a large spirit selection. In the kitchen, we offer an extensive cook to order menu throughout the day and an exciting pizza-based menu during the evening. As well as this, we host hundreds of student led events, our own in-house club nights and live sports coverage. 

You will be leading a team of both student employees and full time career staff, setting the tone during a busy day service and empowering your student team to deliver a popular night time venue. Along with a market based salary, this role offers work-life balance rarely found within the commercial hospitality field.

View full Job Description, including Role Benefits and Person Specification here.

Apply now with your curriculum vitae and a covering letter to [email protected].

Applications close 6th December 2019.


Lead Chef

Job Title:                   Lead Chef

Reporting to:             Catering Manager

Responsible for:        2nd Chef and Kitchen Team

Place of Work:          The Courtyard Bar & Restaurant, York University Campus

Hours of Work:          Permanent -  Full Time -Annualised Hours

Salary:                       Up to £25,000 per annum ( depending on experience)

Purpose of Role

We are currently seeking a Lead Chef for our flagship venue, the Courtyard Bar & Restaurant.

The Courtyard is one of the many unique licensed venues ran by YUSU CS.

We offer an extensive cook to order menu throughout the day and an exciting pizza-based menu during the evening.

You will be leading a team of student employees setting the tone during a busy day service and empowering your student team to deliver a popular night-time menu. Along with a market based salary, this role offers work-life balance rarely found within the commercial catering field.

Full Job Description and Person Specification attached here.

In the first instance please apply with your current curriculum vitae and a covering letter detailing your salary expectations to [email protected]


College Sports - Sports Ambassador

York Sport Union are looking to recruit an enthusiastic student to drive sport and physical activity participation at the University of York. This programme aims to support the college and social sport programme, to grow participation, continue to develop the competition framework and develop a sustainable workforce. The Sports Ambassador will work to develop and implement a sport programme.

To find out more and for the job description, please see here.

To apply, please send a cover letter and your CV to [email protected] by 4 December, 5pm.