Maun Valley Citizens Community Organiser Wanted
ACCOUNTABLE TO: Local (Political direction, priorities and strategy): Maun Valley Citizens Leadership Group
National (Management and development): Citizens UK Trustees à Executive Director à Deputy Director à Lead/Senior Organiser
RESPONSIBLE FOR : Building, supporting and developing the capacity of Maun Valley Citizens, its member institutions and people.
SALARY SCALE: £23,000- £26,400 Per annum
Maun Valley Citizens are recruiting a Community Organiser to take on the role of supporting and building this dynamic young civil society alliance. We are an alliance of 20 schools, churches and community groups in the Maun Valley (Mansfield and Ashfield) who have been working together for 3 years. We are looking to grow and mature as an alliance, and want to recruit an organiser who will go on that journey with us. We are looking for an organised, dynamic and creative individual to join our team. This role requires a combination of strengths in relationship building, campaigning and developing leaders. The successful candidate will train leaders, organise campaigns and support our leadership group to take action together for the common good on a range of issues.
The successful candidate will work initially across Mansfield and Ashfield, supported by the Nottingham Citizens Senior Organiser and will join the Nottinghamshire team of organisers. They will also join the national Guild of Citizens UK Community Organisers working around the UK, benefitting from training by leading practitioners in the UK and US.
- To support the growth and development of the Leadership Group of Maun Valley Citizens
- To work on an agreed plan of research, action and evaluation to strengthen and grow Maun Valley Citizens, and its member institutions.
- To undertake between fifteen and twenty one-to-one meetings to identify talented individuals in institutions that want to act together for the common good
- To work with 20 Schools, Churches and Community Groups across Mansfield and Ashfield – to identify new leaders, build teams and support them to take action on the issues that they care about
- To provide leadership training for people in existing and new member organisations
- To organise public assemblies and actions as and when necessary
- To become expert in how the Citizens UK method and how participation in a Citizens UK alliance can best integrate with and add value to institutions.
- To produce written or spoken communication to increase the capacity of organisations to participate in community organising and public actions.
The post holder will work alongside the Nottingham Citizens Senior Organiser and will be a part of the Nottinghamshire organising team. They will also be a member of the national team of Citizens UK Community Organisers working around the UK. As a member of these teams, they will have a number of general duties, which are shared with other staff.
- To represent Maun Valley Citizens, Nottingham Citizens and Citizens UK cogently and coherently in writing and verbally
- To guide and design their own development, and participate actively in the learning of others.
- To handle own administration efficiently
- To contribute to written reports for Citizens UK to ensure that it operates legally and constitutionally
- To keep informed and well briefed on relevant local and national political developments
- To contribute towards raising the income (membership dues and foundations) needed for Maun Valley Citizens and Nottingham Citizens
- To contribute to Citizens UK retreats, training events and national campaigns.
- At least one year employment track record of successful organising or equivalent career experience of working with people (essential)
- Evidence of further and continuing study and investigation including a possible professional qualification (desired)
- Able to practise the method of community organising
- Able to develop leaders through collective public action
- Able to manage and coach staff
- Able to prioritise, plan and manage their time to achieve results
- Able to develop strategy and inspire others to take action
- Able to articulate themselves effectively in oral and written communication
- Able to raise money and manage a budget
- Experience of leadership and management of staff and volunteers
- Experience of risk taking to create a project/situation/event that illustrates your values
- Experience of raising money, including grants and institutional partnerships
- Experience of setting up a new or consolidating an existing project
- Clear evidence of campaigns won and people developed
ATTITUDES AND VALUES
- A passion for justice
- A good sense of humour
- A positive enthusiasm for working with people from diverse backgrounds
- An interest in and experience of politics and public life
- Willingness to work within accountable relationships
- Self-motivated and adaptable
Terms, conditions and professional development
The role will be accountable to the Citizens UK Trustees through the Citizens UK Executive Director and London Citizens Lead Organiser, in partnership with the Maun Valley Citizens Leadership Group who work with devolved responsibility from the Trustees.
The working week is 37.5 hours and some unsocial hours are inevitable. Staff have 25 days holiday a year, plus public holidays. Citizens UK operates a contributory pension scheme for its employees in conjunction with The Pensions Trust. Citizens UK contributes 10% of the salary to the pension and the employees 5%. Employees can opt out from the pension scheme at any time. Staff are entitled to an unpaid eight week sabbatical every seven years.
Staff have access to the workshops, seminars and mentoring which Citizens UK offers, as well as regular meetings and training with other Organisers connected to Citizens UK. Support for and the professional development of the Organiser is a priority for Citizens UK and considerable time and resources invested into the apprenticeship of new Organisers and potential Organisers. Citizens UK affiliates with the US based Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) who supports over sixty similar 'Peoples Organisations' across the US. Links are also being developed with similar organisations in Germany, Australia and South Africa.
To apply please send a CV and a cover letter explaining why you want the role and how you meet the person specification to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5PM Friday 28th July 2017. Interviews will be held on Thursday 3rd August.