Associate Community Organiser (Redbridge)

Citizens UK

  • Team: TELCO
  • Grade: AO/ Officer £24,354
  • Salary: £19,387 - £19,950 including London Weighting (FTE: £24,696 – 25,501 + £3,000 London Weighting Pro Rata), 26.25 HPW (0.7 FTE)
  • Location: East London, Greater London
  • Closing: 12:00pm, 8th Mar 2022 GMT

Perks and benefits

Flexible working hours
Work from home option
Employee Assistance Programme
Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
Extra holiday
Mentoring/coaching
Cycle to work scheme
Free fruit

Candidate happiness

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Job Description

Salary: £19,387 - £19,950 including London Weighting (FTE: £24,696 – 25,501 + £3,000 London Weighting Pro Rata) 

Based: Redbridge  

Contract: Permanent  

Hours: Part-time – 0.7 FTE, 26.25 hours a week (FTE 37.5 hours per week – flexible working, inc. working from home options and some unsociable hours) 

Deadline: 8 March 2022 at noon

Interviews: 17 March 22 (Provisional)

Citizens UK 

Citizens UK is a people power alliance of diverse local communities working together for the common good.  

Our mission is to develop leaders, strengthen civic organisations and make change. Our 550 member communities are deeply rooted in their local areas and connect every day to the lives of hundreds of thousands of people. Through the method of community organising, we enable people experiencing powerlessness to develop their leadership and come together with the power and strategy to make change.  

This leads to hundreds of neighbourhood improvements - from zebra crossings outside primary schools to renovated public toilets in cemeteries. And it leads to some of the biggest campaign impacts in the UK, such as winning over £1.5 billion of wages through the UK Living Wage campaign, securing a legal cap on the cost of credit to control exploitative lending, and ending the detention of children for immigration purposes. We enable local campaigns to grow into large-scale social change projects such as the Living Wage Foundation, Parents and Communities Together (PACT), and Sponsor Refugees, that form an integral part of our theory of change. The most prominent of these is the rapidly growing Living Wage Foundation with a network of nearly 9,000 accredited Living Wage Employers across the UK.  

Purpose 

The principal responsibility of an Associate Organiser is their own development: learning the craft of Community Organising under the guidance of an experienced Community Organiser. They work intensively with a small number of member organisations under close supervision, growing their experience, skill, and responsibility incrementally. An Associate Organiser is working towards becoming a competent practitioner of the craft of broad-based community organising methodology, and focuses on the building of relational power, the recruitment and retention of dues-paying institutions, the development of leaders, the strengthening of member institutions, leader-led public actions, and the winning of systemic change. 

Main Responsibilities 

Working as an Associate Organiser in Redbridge for Citizens UK, your main responsibilities will include: 

Build relational power to further the goals of CUK 

  • Actively participate in the development of a comprehensive power analysis appropriate to the desired sphere of influence for each project/assignment 

  • Establish working relationships with identified leaders and demonstrate ability to move them into action, including as part of the wider alliance; taking the initiative to establish new relationships as required 

  • Conduct one-to-ones in order to develop relationships with leaders and understand their concerns. 

  • Tell a wide range of Community Organising stories effectively in order to influence others and achieve CUK’s goals 

Identify and develop relational leaders prepared to act with others for the common good 

  • Identify and discern actual and potential leaders with the passion and ability to drive change  

  • Proactively create opportunities for leaders to develop, in particular tertiary or new leaders; nominate for training on the core taster curriculum 

  • Successfully deliver training workshops in local institutions and on the core taster curriculum at a local level 

Strengthen institutions and develop BBOs 

  • Ensure good understanding of the basic interests and traditions of typical member institutions 

  • Organise a small cluster of up to 5 standard member institutions or 1 strategic partner to work together for the achievement of common goals 

  • Support pre-existing core teams and create/develop new core teams to provide leadership at institutional and cluster levels 

  • Work with 12 member organisations across the borough  

Support leaders through the Cycle of Action in order to create change 

  • Support member institutions in running listening campaigns,   

  • Organise neighbourhood actions; demonstrating increasing independence in working without the need for close supervision  

  • Take the lead in supporting groups of leaders through the cycle of action on neighbourhood issues 

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of actions; demonstrating ability to incorporate lessons learned into future actions 

Contribute to CUK’s financial viability through effective fundraising & financial management  

  • Recruit new dues paying institutions; work together with a more senior Organiser to negotiate annual membership fees and letters of understanding 

  • Contribute substantively to fundraising by securing £20k pa overall, at least half of which should be ‘hard money’ from retention and recruitment of member institutions. 

  • Liaise with the Finance & Operations team to update the membership database and ensure timely invoicing and fee collection 

Contribute to effective teamwork 

  • Be proactive concerning personal professional development and wellbeing; i.e. by reading widely, developing a healthy work-life balance and demonstrating ability to reflect on own organising craft & improve on self-identified weaknesses 

  • Demonstrate ability to work effectively with colleagues and participate in a team 

  • Produce all required reports and follow CUK’s procedures on time and to the required standards 

Participate in the development of the craft of Community Organising and play a role in the Guild of Community Organisers 

  • Schedule an average of at least three 1-2-1 relational meetings into your daily schedule as a core part of your professional practice 

  • Commit 10 working days pa (pro rata for part-time staff) to the preparation, delivery and evaluation of Citizens UK National Community Leadership Training or other local or regional trainings; 

  • Participate in a Guild Team and help it develop as a Community of Practice that enables Organisers across the UK to develop their skills and experience. 

Person Specification 

REQUIREMENTS (ESSENTIAL = E,  DESIRABLE = D) 

QUALIFICATIONS 

Bachelor’s degree in any subject (D)

Subject of relevance to community work or community organising is desirable (D)

EXPERIENCE 

Previous campaign experience  (D)

Evidence of having acted in a leadership role with peers or in local community activities (e.g. organising clubs or societies) (E)

Experience of project management; evidence of having delivered work on time and to standard (E)

Able to demonstrate previous experience of ‘learning by doing’ in a work or project environment; evidence of being open to feedback and comfortably coachable (E)

 KEY SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE 

Excellent interpersonal awareness – ability to listen well and appreciate a viewpoint or opinion that is different from one’s own  (E)

Excellent concern for impact – ability to adapt own behaviour in order to address the needs or concerns of someone else (E)

Good communication skills – able to speak with conviction and passion; and to make a logical argument (E)

PERSONAL QUALITIES & VALUES 

A self-starter with ability to take initiative and work independently (E)

A passion for justice (E)

A good sense of humour (D) 

A positive enthusiasm for working with faith congregations, trade unions, schools and other community organisations (E)

An interest in and experience of politics and public life (E)

Able to work in a team (E)

Willingness to work within accountable relationships (E)

Self-motivated and adaptable (E)

 The successful applicant will be required to undertake a satisfactory Enhanced DBS check. 

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Tue 8th Mar 2022

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Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Tue 8th Mar 2022