Salary: Starting salary of £54,269 (2020 cost of living increase not included). Possible to increase by max. 2 increments a year up to £61,515 (top of grade)
Contract type: Permanent contract
Hours: 4-5 days per week
Benefits: 7.5% employer matched pension after probation, flexible working, 25 days holiday per year (plus bank holidays and Christmas break) and a generous staff development budget
Reporting to: Chair of the Board
Manages: Senior Finance Manager, Ops Officer, Senior Programme Management Officer
Application deadline: 23.59pm, 12th April
Interviews: For successful applicants, first interviews will be held weeks commencing 20th and 27th April
About the role:
This role works alongside the Executive Director for Strategy and Fundraising to lead NEON, deputising for one another where needed and supporting the development of the overall organisation. You will manage and set-up the organisational systems, processes and culture that underpin all of our work. The role’s seniority shows how important this work is to NEON and the status with which we hold it.
This will look like building and training staff to implement the human systems that help people work together: decision making, information sharing, resource allocation, giving kind and constructive feedback and handling conflict. NEON’s culture and commitment to anti-oppression is at the very core of all of our work. This role will ensure the systems and strategies are in place to maintain and refresh our culture and implement anti-oppression across all of our work. This role will also develop a system for building the staff management and leadership competencies required for high performance, role modelling NEON’s values and enacting our commitment to anti-oppression.
You will manage the Operations Hub of 4 people, building on existing operational systems in finance, HR and programme management to integrate the latest practice and tools. You will support the Operations Hub to train and upskill staff members in our programmatic Hubs on the core operational skills they need to implement their programmes to a consistently high standard, e.g. in budgeting, monitoring and evaluation. Where appropriate you will draw on your own skills and experience to coach participants on NEON’s programmes on organisational development.
Operations for NEON aren’t just a service for other teams, they inform the very nature of the work we do and help define our approach to change. As a result, NEON’s values of generosity, solidarity and respect and our commitment to anti-oppression should be embedded in all of our operations. As a capacity building organisation, in time, you will also support our membership to apply some of our own best practice into their organisations, helping to scale the impact of our work.
The New Economy Organisers Network (NEON) is a not-for-profit company with 12 staff members, growing to up to 15 staff by the end of this year. We also work with a range of contractors and Associates and incubate other organisations. We are a network of over 1,600 UK organisers from different trade unions, grassroots groups, non-governmental organisations (NGOs), faith-based campaigns, civil society groups and movements from across the country.
We run powerful trainings and support campaigns to help progressives win social, economic and environmental justice. We offer movements a range of support, from helping people lead movements like Just Treatment (organising patients to fight for the NHS), through to working with our members on over 2,500 media bookings on the UK’s biggest TV and radio channels. We’re ambitious and the team is agile, fast paced and committed to actually changing things.
To build the power of movements for social, environmental and economic justice we organise our work around three goals:
Connect we bring people together who aren’t usually in the same room, working across many different issues and from many different struggles, because together there is strength. In particular, we want to build the power of campaigners and organisers from groups most affected by injustice to help change the leadership of our movements
Focus is about how we support our members’ work to transform our social and economic systems through prioritising key battles. Our aim is to help members work together to win bigger change on key battleground issues, such as health and climate justice
Build means supporting the development of key institutions that underpin the wider progressive movement. The range and diversity of groups needed is wide - from campaign groups to policy and training institutes. We help our members develop excellent institutions and structures that support many others.
To build a culture and community that lasts, we organise around three values:
Solidarity we’re here to change the system and that requires working together across issues and sectors that aren’t normally in the same room. This means placing anti-oppression at the heart of our work and building the power of people most affected by injustice to change the leadership of our movements
Generosity is about sharing our time, resources and learning with one another as we support each other’s work. It means being open and honest with one another, especially when we hit problems, and thinking creatively about how we positively build from there
Respect is the bottom line for all relationships in NEON. It means being respectful of different backgrounds and life experiences and giving space for all voices to be heard. This often means listening more than we talk and being open to changing ourselves as a result of what we hear.