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:
*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:
In turn, ACORN is committed to investing in the continued professional development of our organising staff. Training and support will include:
Additional ongoing training opportunities where identified.
£16,926 – 19,000 pa dependent on experience and level of responsibility.
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Visit our website: https://acorntheunion.org.uk/work-for-acorn/