ACORN is looking for a Field Organiser to build power to fight for social and economic change in the local community in Manchester, to start work on 22nd November 2021.
ACORN is a mass membership organisation and a direct action community union. By taking action on issues that affect us, we win real changes to our lives and build power in our communities.
About the job
As an Organiser with ACORN, you will be responsible for recruiting, developing and supporting members to take action on issues affecting them and the communities they come from.
Women are particularly affected by the issues that we organise around, whether that be housing, transport or community provision. As such you will have a focus on recruiting and developing women in local communities to become strong leaders who are able to take action on the issues affecting their lives and win.
As the role has a specific focus on organising with women across Leeds, it is a requirement of the position that applicants are women.
You will be a Field Organiser for ACORN in Leeds. Your daily work will involve:
- Recruiting individual ACORN members through door-knocking, social media and other means (door-knocking takes up around 50% of our organisers’ time),
- Building and maintaining existing ACORN Local Groups and teams with a focus on organising with women in the local community,
- Identifying, and taking action on, issues that affect our members and their communities, particularly those affecting women,
- Identifying, developing and supporting potential leaders and identifying and addressing barriers women might face that might make them less likely to become leaders,
- Researching and developing new methods of outreach to recruit women with families and older women who may be more isolated and developing them as leaders,
- Supporting elected leaders to enable them to carry out their roles.
ACORN is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex*, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.
*Except where a protected characteristic is a requirement for the role, as in this case.
No formal qualifications are necessary. We’re primarily looking for someone with a strong work ethic, good listening skills and the ability to motivate others.
For more specific information on the role and its requirements, please refer to the job description and selection criteria linked on our website
ACORN is committed to investing in the continued professional development of our organising staff. Please refer to the Job Description and Selection Criteria on our website (linked below) for information on the training and support you will receive as an ACORN staff member.
To apply, follow the link to our website, make a copy and complete the full Application Form, referring to the Job Description, Person Specification & Selection Criteria and send the completed form to workforacorn @ acorntheunion. org .uk (delete spaces)
Assessment date: 22nd October