Community Organiser (full time)

£28,000 Full-time 24 January 2022

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Application deadline 24th January 2022

Community Organiser

Salary: £28,000 p/a
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Location: London
Application deadline: 9am Monday January 24th 2022 (this deadline has been extended – originally 16th Jan)

Job overview

We are looking for a full time community organiser to join a small team as part of a two year project to build capacity in community groups across Lambeth and Southwark. The successful candidate will be responsible for identifying and building relationships with a range of grassroots community groups in order to provide them with small grants and ad hoc organising support, as well as identifying community leaders who would benefit from more in depth leadership development. All of the grants given out as part of this project will be managed through our Accountable service.

Responsibilities

  • Build and develop deep relationships with two communities in Lambeth and Southwark to support the set up of a community network/group, so the community can make the change they want to see in their area.
  • Identify and develop community leaders and volunteer organisers to lead these new groups into the future.
  • Support community led and grassroots groups across Lambeth and Southwark with ad hoc organising support e.g facilitating conversations/workshops for their leadership groups, advising on increasing volunteer capacity and any other challenges that arise.
  • Build relationships with a large number of community leaders to gather information about the challenges being faced by individuals in Lambeth and Southwark, and be able to distil this information to be fed back to our partners and funder.
  • Through building relationships in the community, identify community leaders who could be invited to join an in depth leadership program.
  • Onboard groups to our accountable fiscal hosting service.
  • Work with the evaluator to monitor the progress of the project.
  • Be an active part of the project team, together developing plans, overcoming challenges and keeping the project on track.

About you

We are looking for a creative and enthusiastic person who believes that communities can create change through building strong relationships and supporting community leaders. You will be someone who wants to help grassroots groups access the support to strengthen their leadership, resources to build upon their work and become resilient and sustainable.

You’ll be organised, curious and enterprising, with well-honed people and communication skills. We will be looking for an individual who has a good mix of skills as follows:

  • Understanding of how grassroots community groups organise and the challenges they face
  • Experience of organising as part of community group
  • An interest in fiscal hosting and financial management for grassroots groups
  • Direct knowledge of communities in Lambeth and Southwark
  • Strong interpersonal skills. Able to develop relationships with a diverse range of people.
  • Good communication and team working skills
  • Ability to manage competing priorities
  • Someone who is very committed to social impact, with the drive to grow with an ambitious agency and imbed the company’s values in your day to day work

Due to the nature of the project, we are keen for the team on this project to be reflective of the communities we are working with, as such we are particularly interested in applications from members of the community in either Lambeth or Southwark.

Terms and benefits

Terms: The role will be full time (37.5 hours/week) fixed term for 1 year with the possibility to extend. As we often work with volunteers occasional evening and weekend work will be required and compensated through TOIL.

Salary: £28,000 p/a

LocationPrimarily home based with the occasional requirement to attend to our office in King’s Cross for training or team building. You are also able to work from the office more regularly if you prefer (depending on current government guidelines and advice). As a large part of this role involves working directly with community groups in South London we will expect you to be able to travel to different locations in Lambeth and Southwark regularly.

Language skills & visa status: Candidates must be fluent in English. You must have the right to work in the UK independently, as we unfortunately are unable to provide visa sponsorship.

Holiday: 25 days plus bank holidays.

Additional Paid Time Off: We offer 2 days paid voluntary time off, encouraging all staff to serve as trustees or any equivalent voluntary positions to contribute to their communities

Health Assured Service: The health and wellbeing of our staff is very important to us. We offer all of our staff access to the Health Assured wellbeing service, which offers a 24 hour support line, structured counselling with external support, and a bank of online resources such as webinars and articles tailored towards health and wellbeing for both you and the members of your family.

Equal Opportunity Employer: We strongly encourage applicants from a wide variety of backgrounds. We are committed to our staff representing the wide variety of backgrounds represented in the communities we work with. If you are concerned that you may not fit 100% of the job specification – please throw your hat in the ring. We never put formal education requirements on any role as we value lived experiences as highly as formal education and training qualifications.

We follow a blind recruitment process, which means that hiring managers for the role are only able to see your work history and answers to application questions when making the decision to progress to the interview stage.

Please visit our main vacancies page for our equal opportunities statement.

Apply

To apply please fill out this application form. Please note that CVs, cover letters, and/or copies of the question outline will not be considered.

If you should need any accessibility accommodations for this application please do not hesitate to contact us on hello@thesocialchangeagency.org or by calling 0333 200 5837 and we will be happy to provide you with those accommodations.  You can also view the questions and draft your answers here before submitting it through the Google Form.

Applications will close at: 9am on Monday January 24th
Interviews will be held between Thursday 27th and Friday 28th Jan.

About The Social Change Agency

The Social Change Agency comprises a team that are experts in creating social impact using social innovation, peer networks, community organising, collaboration and systemic and organisational change approaches. We provide strategic consulting, communications expertise, training and programme design to create social impact. We combine tried and tested approaches with cutting edge tools and perspectives that often result in original programmes and services that break through long standing challenges. What do we do best? Creating bespoke, blended solutions so the organisations we work with can change the world.

Our exciting range of clients include Youth Futures Foundation, Climate-KIC, Guy’s and St Thomas Charity, the Greater London Authority (GLA), King’s College London and the Lloyds Bank Foundation among many others. In addition to our client work, we train the next generation of movement and network builders – our training and events attract some of the brightest and best social changemakers.

We incubate, build and support social movements like the Young Trustees Movement, Parents for the Future, and much of the mutual aid movement in the UK. We have brought innovative products to market, such as The Movement Building Canvas, Lost Voices and Accountable.

Our Culture

We are proud of our culture. Underpinned by our values of wholeheartedness, co-creation, collaboration and pioneering we believe relationships are the glue that holds us all together. It helps us create the most innovative work with our clients and gets us through the most difficult times together – we know that transformational social change is generational work and we must look after ourselves and each other for the long haul. We understand that working makes up a significant part of our lives and we want to make sure that our time spent working is productive, enriching, and joyful.

You’ll be joining a close-knit team – supported and developed to be the best you can be. We believe that every member of our team brings a unique perspective from their experiences and abilities and encourage everyone to be a curious soul about how we can improve everything we do, from how we interact as a team to how we deliver for our clients and communities.

We live our values and have been certified as a BCorp business, Disability Confident Employer, and an accredited Living Wage Employer. In addition we were listed as one of the top social enterprises in the UK in the SE100.