United Kingdom
£30,420 - £33,970 pro rata
Contract, Part-time, 2-3 days per week
Job description

Role title: Senior Operations Manager


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 10-person staff team. Through a mixture of campaigning, events and projects, we support over 100 groups in over 30 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.

Rethinking Economics is undertaking an exciting transition process in which we are developing and expanding the future of the organisation.


Over the next year we will be implementing an anti-oppression strategy and developing our project management systems. We hope to grow our staff team and in particular grow our work internationally.


What we’re looking for


Effective operations are at the heart of everything we do. We are looking for an experienced professional who can take the lead on implementing our anti-oppression strategy and its recommendations, while also working with the team to best identify how we should work together efficiently, safely and effectively. You will have a good understanding of UK HR, employment and recruitment law and good practice. You will have experience of monitoring evaluation and project and organisational management for small organisations. 


This is a new role and the successful candidate will have a real opportunity to make their mark on the HR function of Rethinking Economics. Your skills will support a small organisation to continually develop and grow – a keenness to thrive in a fast-paced changing environment is essential. 


Diversity, Equality and Inclusion


We are committed to providing equality and fairness for all and not to discriminate on grounds of gender, marital status, racialised identity, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, mental health, religion or age. We encourage and celebrate the different qualities that our colleagues, and others we work with, bring to our work. And we believe that seeing things from a wide range of different perspectives helps us to resolve problems, adapt our approaches and develop as an organisation. We want to bring greater diversity to our team and we’re keen to hear what you think you’ll bring from your own background and experience (beyond your professional skills and knowledge). 


Terms & Conditions


Reporting to: Co-Director, Community


Starting salary: £30,420 - £33,970 pro rata per annum on the basis of an offer by the organisation which cannot be negotiated


Start date: January 2021 (negotiable)


Contract type: Fixed term (with likely offer of permanent contract after first year)


Benefits: Statutory pension 5% matched, 25 days holiday pro rata in addition to winter break between Christmas and New Year, access to bespoke economics education, person centred training opportunities, yearly cost of living increase.


Hours: 2 or 3 days a week. Evening and weekend work will be sometimes be necessary, for which time off in lieu can be claimed. We support flexible working across the whole team. 


Location: Remote, UK based. The role could involve regular UK travel. Travel costs will be reimbursed. Whilst the COVID-19 pandemic is ongoing, you will not be expected to travel.


Purpose of the Role: 


To lead on the operations for the organisation, ensuring that the needs of staff team are fulfilled and they can work safely, efficiently and feel supported by the organisation as a whole.




Main Areas of Responsibility

  • Implementation of RE’s anti-oppression strategy

  • HR policies and procedures

  • Digital office management

  • Recruitment

  • Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation

  • Project Management


Key Skills and Experience


The role profile asks for a wide range of competencies and we recognise that we are unlikely to find a candidate who fits every requirement. If you fit some of the essential and/or desirable criteria and believe you have the potential to learn the other areas of the role, we’d like to hear from you. A strong background in organising and movement building within Economics or educational reform would be of great advantage.

Essential Knowledge and Interest in Economics

  • An interest in and understanding of Economics, particularly a knowledge of alternative and pluralist Economics
  • A passion to reform Economics teaching and practice

Operations - Technical Competencies & Experiences


  • A strong understanding of HR good practice and anti-oppression strategy
  • Experience of supporting an organisation to respond operationally to growth
  • Experience of successful recruitment processes and good practise
  • An understanding of how remote teams work best 
  • Experience of mediation or conflict resolution 
  • A ability to use varied online tools to support your work and the work of the team.
  • An understanding of how to implement systems and tools in an organisation particularly in relation to monitoring and evaluation.
  • Experience of planning and delivering successful projects that deliver measurable results


  • Experience of working with volunteer organisers in an operations role
  • Experience of designing or implementing an anti-oppression or HR strategy
  • Proven track record of delivering engaging and impactful systems and tools that improve the productivity of a staff team.
  • Experience of line management
  • Experience of planning, resourcing and scheduling strategies for a small organisation

Essential Values and Behaviours 

  • Commitment to RE’s Values of Justice & Fairness, Diversity & Inclusion and Collaboration.
  • Ability to adapt to a constantly evolving environment and a movement that is growing
  • Self-reflective, willing to listen and consider other points of view.
  • Ambitious, dynamic and energetic, constantly reflecting on RE’s effectiveness and
  • seeking ways to improve our impact.
  • A critical and strategic thinker, able to both see the big picture and have an eye for
  • detail.

Essential Organisational Competencies & Experiences

  • Ability to communicate complex information effectively to different audiences.  Adapting communication style as necessary and targeting communications to ensure that information is understood and has influence.
  • Ability to bring together colleagues from different teams to work on projects or initiatives, or create networks, develop partnerships to support the aims of Rethinking Economics.
  • The use of initiative and creativity to combine complex ideas or processes or quickly evolving ideas and situations.
  • Experience of overseeing the work of external suppliers, contractors or freelancers and holding them to account for quality, delivery and timeliness of work.
  • Working with a high degree of independence and self-direction.
  • Experience of strategic leadership of a particular team, programme, or function.
  • Experience of monitoring and reporting on financial resources



Refreshed on: 12 November 2021
Closed date: 27 November 2021
Tags: Human Resources, Operations

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