Remote
£38,760 per year
Contract, 2 year contract, Part-time
Job description

ECCR is looking for a new Programme Manager to lead our flagship campaign, Church Action for Tax Justice (CATJ), to work creatively to raise awareness among the churches of the need for tax justice and to campaign for the changes needed to achieve it.

Tax injustice contributes to poverty and inequality in the UK and globally. The global south is deprived of at least £200bn each year through tax-dodging by multinational corporations.  In the UK, when all taxes are taken into account, the poorest pay a higher rate of tax than the richest. Tax avoidance costs the UK exchequer at least £30billion each year. We think this is wrong and we want to do something to change it. Will you come and help us?

About CATJ 

Church Action for Tax Justice (CATJ) is a programme of ECCR, the Ecumenical Council for Corporate Responsibility. CATJ works for a fairer and more effective tax system, where democratic governments set taxes to reflect the Common Good, and individuals and corporations pay their share. Its objectives are:  

• To raise awareness throughout Churches and faith communities of the fundamental relationship between taxation, public services and a cohesive society, and the urgent need for Tax Justice at national and international level.  

• To campaign for transparency in the tax affairs of both corporations and wealthy individuals, seeking the maximum visibility especially with regard to their activities in secrecy jurisdictions. To stimulate public debate about the society we wish to live in, and a proper and fair tax system which could deliver it.  

• To encourage Christian and other faith bodies to promote Tax Justice through their education and mission work, in their theological thinking, and their financial and investment policies.  

About ECCR 

CATJ sits within ECCR, a registered charity with a vision of a more just and sustainable world – a world in which economic justice, human rights and environmental sustainability are core principles. ECCR works to empower churches, faith groups, organisations and individuals to bring about positive change through the financial choices they make and by campaigning for a fairer tax system. 

ECCR has two main strands of work, firstly education and awareness raising, largely through our Money Makes Change Programme, and secondly advocacy and campaigning. The second of these is currently outworked primarily through CATJ. 

Job Purposes 

To support CATJ in delivering its objectives as outlined above, with day-to-day responsibility for the programme. This will mainly be communications and campaign work but will include the need to understand and communicate complex tax policy to public audiences.  

 

Role Requirements 

The postholder will:  

  • Work creatively to raise awareness and engagement within the churches of the need for tax justice and the changes necessary to achieve this. 

  • Communicate with supporters and the wider public about CATJ, including providing responses to enquiries and creating and distributing a regular e-newsletter. 

  • Ensure that CATJ has good public visibility and work with the Comms Manager to ensure the website and social media presence are up to date, informative and well maintained.  

  • Work with the Comms Manager to seek proactive and reactive media coverage and respond to media enquiries as required. 

  • Monitor developments in the tax justice sphere, sharing findings in order to identify issues and opportunities likely to be of particular interest to CATJ and its members.  

  • Plan and deliver appropriate campaigns and resources in consultation with ECCR staff and the CATJ Committee. Many of these will be developed in conjunction with partner organisations.  

  • Contribute to the wider UK and international Tax Justice movement, supporting their research, education and campaigning work and ensuring that the Churches become vigorous and active advocates for Tax Justice, both nationally and internationally. 

  • Increase the number of CATJ supporters and seek out sympathetic church leaders who may be willing and able to raise CATJ’s profile and further its aims.  

  • Ensure good links are maintained with member and partner organisations. In particular to engage with the education, mission and finance bodies of the Churches and explore ways in which they might include work on tax justice within their work.  

  • Maintain records for the CATJ Programme and perform administrative tasks required to enable CATJ to perform effectively.  

  • Work with ECCR Grant Writer and members of the CATJ Committee on the preparation of funding applications and completion of donor reports.  

  • Make arrangements for the meetings of the CATJ Committee and support the Chair and Sub-Committee to make effective decisions by providing appropriate papers for the meeting. 

 

Person Specification  

 

Essential Knowledge  

  • Knowledge of tax justice issues, confidence in wider economic justice issues and debates 

  • Knowledge of the church audience and relevant theological issues 

 

Essential qualifications  

  • Educated to degree level in relevant subject, or with relevant equivalent experience.  

 

Essential experience  

  • Professional experience of campaigning for economic or social change in the NGO, faith or voluntary sector.  

  • Experience of using a range of tools to campaign effectively for social change using a variety of media.  

  • Proven project management skills. 

 

Essential skills  

  • An ability to both engage with and understand complex issues of tax injustice and to communicate them effectively.  

  • Outstanding communications skills including the ability to create accurate, appealing and engaging written content and to use social media. 

  •  IT skills including Microsoft Office suite.  

  • Good organisational and administrative skills.  

 

Personal characteristics 

  • Self-motivation and ability to work well alone.  

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with the proven ability to work in a team and to support people with differing levels of knowledge, confidence and experience.  

  • An active Christian faith, and a personal commitment to ECCR’s underlying Christian values and ethos, which is a Genuine Occupational Requirement (GOR) for this post under the Equality Act 2010. 

 

Desirables  

  • Experience of working with church bodies 

  • Fundraising experience 

Application Instructions

This role is for 28 hours a week (0.8 FTE). If you feel that you meet the role requirements, please apply by submitting a CV and a cover letter saying how you meet the criteria outlined in the person specification.

Applications close on 7th June 2021 at 9am.

Interviews will take place by Zoom on 15th June 2021.

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Posted on: 17 May 2021
Closed date: 07 June 2021
Tags: Campaigning, Christian

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