Member Defence Co-Ordinator

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 a Member Defence Co-ordinator to build power in Bristol to redress the balance of power between tenants and housing providers: our members and the service providers we rely on.

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. 

Member defence is the area of our organising where members come together to support other individual members with issues or conflict they are experiencing with their housing provider or other agencies. We recognise that people aren’t just unlucky to have bad landlords or experiences, but that we are living in a society that favours those with money and property and it’s time we came together to stand up for each other and build the power we need to change things for good.

About the job

As a Member Defence Co-ordinator with ACORN, you will be responsible for recruiting, supporting and working with members to take action on issues they are experiencing from unfair evictions to disrepair. 

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.

Your daily work will involve: 

  • Recruiting individual ACORN members through door knocking, social media and other means.
  • Being the first point of contact for existing members and members of the public experiencing housing/other problems
  • Empowering members to take action with the union at their back
  • Developing and growing the member defence team in your city
  • 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 and to feel confident in taking the lead in supporting other members to tackle their issues
  • 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:

  • The ability to organise yourself and others and to work responsibly in an unstructured environment;
  • The ability to use imaginative strategies to solve problems;
  • The ability to work with and relate to all types of people;
  • The ability to motivate, manage and develop the potential of others, both teams and individuals (particularly those different to you);
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to recruit dues-paying members to ACORN
  • The ability to plan and organise 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.

To apply

Visit out website and follow these steps:

  • Make a copy and complete the full Application Form, referring to Job Description, Person Specification & Selection Criteria. 
  • Save your completed application form as a PDF with the file name <your name, role> e.g. Jane Smith Brighton MDCo.pdf
  • Submit via email to admin@acorncommunities.org.uk quoting Vacancy Reference ‘<CITY> MDCo’ in the subject heading 
  • If you require paper versions of this application form & diversity monitoring form please write to admin@acorncommunities.org.uk

Deadline

The deadline for applications for the positions 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: 

Visit our website: https://acorntheunion.org.uk/work-for-acorn/

  • Make a copy and complete the full Application Form, referring to Job Description, Person Specification & Selection Criteria. 
  • Save your completed application form as a PDF with the file name <your name, role> e.g. Jane Smith Brighton MDCo.pdf
  • Submit via email to admin@acorncommunities.org.uk quoting Vacancy Reference ‘<CITY> MDCo’ in the subject heading 
  • If you require paper versions of this application form & diversity monitoring form please write to admin@acorncommunities.org.uk
Contact Email: 
info@acorncommunities.org.uk