Bristol Community Organiser

ACORN
https://acorntheunion.org.uk/work-for-acorn/
Salary: 
£16, 926 - £19,000 dependant on experience
Contract Type: 
Temporary/Contract
Hours: 
Full Time
Hours: 
35 hours a week typically 12 - 8, Monday to Friday
Location: 
Bristol
Details of Role: 

ACORN is looking for three Community Organisers to build power in Bristol (1 x position), Birmingham (1 x position) and Leeds (1 x position).

ACORN is a mass membership organisation: a vehicle for collective action. By taking action on issues, we build the hopes, expectations and experience of our members and the communities they come from. 

Our organising is premised on two simple truths: problems affecting working class communities—from unhealthy, unaffordable and insecure housing, to cuts to public services—stem from a lack of power; and the most effective means of building power is for people to get organised. 

About the job

As a Community Organiser with ACORN, you will be responsible for recruiting, supporting and working with members to take action on issues affecting them and the communities they come from. 

ACORN is a union in the community. Like any union our members pay membership dues so that they can have a sustainable independent organisation to fight for their interests.

You will be the organiser for ACORN in your respective city. Your daily work will involve: 

  • Recruiting individual ACORN members through door knocking, social media and other means.
  • Managing organising drives to build new and maintain existing ACORN branches, groups, teams.
  • Identifying issues of common concern at the neighbourhood and wider level;
  • Identifying and supporting potential leaders to enable them to take on leadership roles in the organisation.
  • Supporting elected leaders to enable them to carry out their roles. 

*Applications from women and/or people from a BAME background are strongly encouraged to ensure our workforce reflects the communities we service as much as possible, and to help us meet our commitments to diversity and inclusion. 

Experience, skills and abilities

No formal qualifications are necessary. We’re primarily looking for someone with a strong work ethic with good listening skills and the ability to motivate others. 

The successful applicant will have:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to recruit dues-paying members to ACORN
  • The ability to support the development of groups and teams
  • The ability to motivate people
  • The ability to work independently and manage a team of volunteers
  • The ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment, and be detail-oriented
  • A willingness to work sometimes long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends (usual working hours are Mon-Fri between 1200-2000).

In turn, ACORN is committed to investing in the continued professional development of our organising staff. Training and support will include:

  • First week: ACORN Foundations of Community Organising training (5 days)
  • First 3 months: Weekly 121 management supervision; daily recruitment practice with fellow organising staff; weekly group team call; on-call daily management support.  
  • After 3 months: bi-weekly 121 management supervision; daily recruitment practice with fellow organising staff; weekly group team call; on-call daily management support. 
  • Additional ongoing training opportunities where identified.

Salary 

£16,926 – 19,000 pa dependent on experience and level of responsibility.

Deadline

The deadline for applications for the position in Bristol is 2330 on Sunday 19th July. Late applications will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@acorncommunities.org.uk

Interviews & Assessment

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment day, involving an interview and two tasks. Currently due to the UK Government’s social distancing advice we are conducting assessments over Zoom video calls. This is subject to change depending on UK Government guidelines.

Closing Date: 
Sunday, 19 July, 2020 - 23:30
How to Apply: 

Please visit our website, download the application form, and follow the instructions. https://acorntheunion.org.uk/work-for-acorn/

Contact Email: 
info@acorncommunities.org.uk