Manchester, Greater Manchester, North West
£19,000 pro rata
Job description

Job Purpose

To ensure the smooth running of Rethinking Economics’ finances, HR, governance and data security. The chosen candidate will coordinate the day to day operations at our office, offering operational support to membership, campaigns and events activities.

About Rethinking Economics

Rethinking Economics (RE) is an international network working to build a better economics in society and the classroom. We started as a student movement in 2012 and have since grown to become a registered charity with a 5-person staff team. Through a mixture of campaigning, events and projects, we support 51 groups in 24 countries around the world, alongside thousands of supportive members of the public, to reform the university economics curriculum to make it more pluralist, critical and applicable to the real world.

Highlights include appearing in the film Boom Bust Boom (now on Netflix), publishing two books; 'The Econocracy' and 'Rethinking Economics: An Introduction to Pluralist Economics' and organising a week-long international Summer Gathering this August for 70+ members of our network.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to our Head of Operations to assist with finance, HR, data and governance issues as well as offering administrative support to the rest of the team the Operations Coordinator will be responsible for the following tasks:


  • Carry out day-to-day financial operations such as payroll, invoicing, expenses and other transactions in an efficient and timely manner.

  • Set up and maintain accurate and up to date accounts and financial records.   

  • Work with the Head of Operations and accountant to produce our annual report and accounts.

  • Develop and maintain efficient and easy-to-follow finance processes and policies for the rest of the team

Office Management and HR Support

  • Work with the Head of Operations to develop and manage processes and policies that facilitate the organisation’s effective and sustainable functioning and promote staff wellbeing.  

  • Ensure the organisation is fully compliant with all legal and regulatory requirements.

  • Set up and maintain accurate and up to date HR records and software.

  • Support with staff recruitment, drafting employment contracts and the induction of new staff.

  • Monitor office supplies and re-order as appropriate

  • Maintain the physical aspects of our office space, involving other staff as required to assist with important tasks


  • Act as the Data Protection Officer for the organisation, ensuring compliance with GDPR regulations

  • Creating and implementing procedures that support the staff team to comply with our Data Protection policies

Team Support

  • Provide general administrative support such as contacting suppliers, booking travel arrangements, ordering catering, printing etc.

  • Coordinating meetings for internal and external stakeholders

  • Taking minutes and preparing agendas for project specific meetings

Person Specification

Rethinking Economics is a transitioning organisation and we're seeking an ambitious and driven individual whose able to develop within the role and take on increasing responsibility in the future.

Please note - a university degree is not a requirement for this role, but evidence of suitability is essential.

Essential experience or skills

  • Ability to prioritise effectively to meet competing demands, through excellent organisation, time management, and relationship management skills

  • High level of computer literacy and adaptability particularly using Email, Word, Excel, experience of using Google Suite would be an advantage.

  • High level of numeracy and close attention to detail

  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to listen and collaborate effectively with the staff team

  • Determination to see tasks through to completion and deliver consistently high-quality work to deadlines with limited supervision

  • Ability to form and maintain good working relationships with colleagues inside the organisation and partners outside, acting as the interface between Rethinking Economics and its service providers and suppliers

  • Evidence of high level of organisational and planning skills

  • Willingness to learn, give and receive feedback

  • An ability to take the initiative and identify solutions or improvements, rather than being satisfied with the organisational status quo

  • Flexibility and ability to thrive in uncertain conditions. We are a growing charity, where change is the norm – you will need to be comfortable with this, whilst also able to develop and implement systems to bring order and clarity to our work

  • Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, the goals of Rethinking Economics

Desirable experience or skills (Applicants are not expected to have a majority of these, you are welcome to pick several to focus on)

  • Excellent financial skills and awareness, any experience of working with Xero.

  • Experience of creating and managing budgets

  • Experience of governance procedures

  • Experience in event planning and management

  • Previous experience in a similar position

What We Offer

  • The opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values-driven movement working to achieve lasting social change
  • An exciting opportunity to join a small but growing charity and help transform an international student campaign into a broader social movement
  • Generous holiday, an employer contributed pension, investment in appropriate training opportunities, professional development commitments.

Terms and Conditions

Contract: This role is for 4 days a week, for an initial fixed term of 1 year with a 6-month probationary period.

Salary: £19,000 pro rata, Rethinking is committed to working towards annual pay increases, funding permitting.

Location: Our offices are in Ancoats, Manchester. Staff will be expected to work in these offices.

Hours: We aim to offer a flexible working environment. The post holder will working (30 hours) 4 days a week. Staff members are expected to work the occasional evening or weekend for which time off in lieu will be given. This role may involve travel to locations around the UK and/or internationally.  Funding permitting, we are committed to providing a pay rise every year. All applicants will be expected to work in Rethinking’s Manchester office.

Holiday: 25 days pro rata in addition to statutory holidays.


Equal Opportunities

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for every applicant regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in progressive movements and are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people with a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class, or have done so in the past.

How to Apply:

Please download, complete and return our application form via email (recruitment @ rethinkeconomics .org ) before the closing deadline Sunday 9th September.

Interviews will be held in our Manchester offices w/c 24th September. Arrangements for Skype interviews can be made on request.

Please note that we cannot accept any non-EU based applicants due to government visa minimum salary criteria. All applicants will be expected to work in Rethinking’s Manchester office.

If you have any queries or would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please do not hesitate to contact us via recruitment @ rethinkeconomics . org.

Posted on: 09 August 2018
Closed date: 08 September 2018
Tags: Admin, Finance