Head of Activism
£36K - £39K pro rata, depending on experience
4 days (30 hours) preferred, 3 to 5 days also considered, with a high degree of flexibility over working hours (core hours 10-4)
Initially 12 months contract, following a 3-months probationary period, with strong possibility of extension, subject to funding
May – June 2020
Feedback’s Head Office in London Fields, Hackney with a very likely office move to Blackhorse Road, Waltham Forest later in the year, with possibility for some home working; a small amount of UK travel and very occasional international travel will also be required
Currently, remote working in line with the Government’s COVID 19 guidance. While some of this work includes responsibility for delivery of COVID 19 relief work, for which some staff are exempt from the Stay-at-Home guidance, the Head of Activism will not need to be involved in this direct delivery should they not want to.
Feedback is regenerating nature by transforming our food system. We challenge power, catalyse action and empower people to achieve positive change. Food production is the single greatest impact humans have on the environment. From mountains of food waste, to habitat destruction to clear land to grow animal feed for factory farms, to soil depletion leaving future harvests at risk: the food system needs to change. Founded in 2013, we combine hard-hitting investigative research, campaigns, community outreach and on the ground pilots for a better food system.
About the role
We must rebuild the food system to halt and reverse the catastrophic degradation of our natural environment and hold those responsible for this catastrophe to account. These changes will be led by a new generation of diverse, empowered and passionate campaigners who together will change the face of the social and environmental movements. With them, we must ensure that the voices of those most affected by climate change and environmental degradation are heard and acted upon.
Feedback is looking for a dynamic, highly competent and committed activist with a background in community or youth organising, campaigning and/or movement building to join us in inspiring and supporting citizens, community groups and allied organisations to take action on food to address the climate and ecological emergencies.
Reporting to the Executive Director, the Head of Activism will design and oversee our strategy to build a more inclusive environmental and food movement as well as lead our varied community engagement programmes, including our youth work. This is a new position at Feedback and there will be scope for the new Head of Activism to shape the role. Capitalising on Feedback’s long track record of public, community and youth engagement, the Head of Activism will support beneficiaries, event participants and volunteers to become engaged food and environmental activists.
Approximately half of this role will be overseeing the delivery of our Eco Talent project: designed to create more accessible points of entry into the environmental and community food sectors through a paid internship scheme. Alongside the delivery of this programme, the Head of Activism will work across our campaigns and programmes to ensure community groups and volunteers are activated around our campaign asks. The Head of Activism will also manage our relationships with social and environmental movements, enabling them to have food issues high on their agenda. The Head of Activism will also lead on the development of new programmes aimed at mobilising people, especially young people, on food system change, and secure funding for this work. Part of the senior management team, the Head of Activism will help Feedback remain a great place to work and effective in creating the change it seeks in the world.
The main responsibilities of this role are:
- Act as project director to the Eco Talent project ensuring its successful delivery (approx. 50%)
- Acting as project director, work with, advise and support the project management team to develop and deliver the project
- Line manage the project team (currently 3 part-time staff)
- Lead on recruitment strategies for young people (interns) and host organisations (project partners)
- Lead on creating the project’s intellectual outputs, such as policy recommendations
- Work closely with Feedback’s Head of Communications to develop an effective communications strategy for the project - to support recruitment, highlight project successes and promote policy recommendations
- Manage relations with all key stakeholders including the Wildlife Trust (programme administrators) and National Lottery Community Fund (funder)
- Identify opportunities to promote Feedback’s work and policy recommendations at external events and conferences; there may also be scope for Feedback to create or lead events
- Identify opportunities for legacy projects and legacy funding
- Ensure the young people who take part in the programme become advocates for Feedback and food system change in their professional and personal lives
- Act as project director to community outreach and capacity building programmes ensuring their successful delivery (approx. 20%)
- Act as project director for some of our more community and community capacity building projects, currently including community feasts and community-led gleaning
- Act as project director for future projects with a strong community or student organising component
- Lead on Feedback’s movement building, youth outreach and engagement of diverse groups (approx. 25%)
- Develop a creative engagement strategy encompassing transformative work with young people, community engagement and collaboration with diverse stakeholders that support Feedback’s strategic aims and objectives
- Work with campaign directors across the team to deliver high quality creative engagement programmes to mobilise communities, young people and stakeholders around our work and campaign asks
- Working with campaigners across the team, lead on the design and delivery of public events or stunts
- Foster and develop strong and innovative partnerships with community, food and environmental organisations and movements
- Work with other directors and senior campaigners to conceive and develop new campaigns, including identifying and securing funding opportunities
- Contribute to the development of Feedback as an effective and inclusive organisation (approx. 5%)
- As a senior member of the team, contribute to the organisation’s sound management and planning, including financial and risk management, team wellbeing and strategic development
- Lead on the development of an organisational diversity and inclusion strategy to embed diversity and inclusion activity into all of our operations and programmes and work with the Operations Manager and campaigners to embed this strategy
- Generate and elicit learning on citizen action around food to assist in Feedback’s development
- Conduct any other reasonable task as requested by the Executive Director
We are looking for a person with a diverse set of skills for this unique, multi-faceted role. Our ideal candidate will be equally comfortable in scenarios of management (of team members, volunteers and programmes of work), practical, on-the-ground community engagement with a wide range of participants and feeding this work into Feedback’s thought leadership, working on intellectual outputs and policy recommendations that shape our vision of a future food system.
Skills, Experience, Attributes
- Minimum 7 years’ experience in movement building, community outreach and organising, campaigning and/or youth work
- Proven interest in, and knowledge of environmental issues and/ or food and nutrition acquired through qualifications, professional or volunteer experience
- A strong understanding of how structural inequality affects people’s access to food that is healthy for people and planet
- Demonstrable experience of working within diverse communities and/or promoting inclusivity
- Enthusiasm for working with people from all ages and backgrounds; excellent inter-personal skills
- An aptitude for working with young people, a nurturing attitude
- Experience developing new projects and programmes of work and winning funding for their delivery
- Excellent communication skills – written, verbal and digital
- Strong IT skills/literacy (Word, Excel, email management, social media) and familiarity with digital tools for activist organising and engagement
- A self-starter with a can-do attitude, flexibility and adaptability, willing to pitch in on delivery and help colleagues across the team, recognising that Feedback is a small, nimble organisation with fast-changing priorities
- A commitment to Feedback’s values- bold, collaborative, impact-driven, celebratory, inspiring- and to our goal of ecological regeneration through changing the food system
This job is open to everyone, regardless of their background. We acknowledge that the environmental sector is less open to people from under-represented backgrounds and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We especially want to hear from you if you feel that opportunities like this are less available to you.
How to apply
Please submit, in Word or pdf format, a CV and cover letter (no more than 2 sides of A4) explaining how you meet the person specification and why you would like to work at Feedback.
Closing date for applications is 4th May at 5 pm
Shortlisted candidates will be notified on 7th May
Interviews will be held online via Zoom on 14th May, and will include a short written task to be carried out the day of the interview (or in person at our office in London Fields if government advice has changed on remote working)
The client requests no contact from agencies or media sales.