£40,000 - £45,000 per year
Permanent, Contract, Permanent following a 3 month trial period, Part-time
Job description
This organisation supports anonymous recruitment. That means hiding your personal identifying information, removing bias from the hiring process.

The Sortition Foundation is a small not-for-profit company that wants to see democracy done differently. At the moment we have several part-time staff (equivalent to approximately 4-5 FTE positions) and have a successful track record of delivering recruitment services for citizens’ assemblies in the UK, Australia, and around the world, most notably and recently for the UK Climate Assembly, the Scottish Climate Assembly and local assemblies in Devon, Blackpool and many other places. We are also actively campaigning for the institutionalisation of these assemblies at local and regional/national level in the UK and hope to extend this campaign work elsewhere.

The internal processes that we use to deliver our sortition services rely heavily on the use and integration of several software tools (NationBuilder, spreadsheets, relational databases etc) and several pieces of custom software (typically written in Python), and our key sortition software uses complex mathematical algorithms and libraries to produce its solutions.

We are looking for someone with highly developed logic skills, an extensive background in mathematics and/or software development, and an ability to think systematically and problem solve to ensure our systems continually improve. Ideally this person would have either a high level degree or much experience in these areas.

Furthermore, as part of process support and development, the candidate would assist with the delivery of recruitment projects (for citizens’ assemblies and the like), and assist with the day-to-day and longer-term running of a small organisation. As such the skills and tasks that could be included in your remit, depending on your experience and enthusiasm are:

  • Essential skills:

    • Logic, mathematical and programming skills to support and improve our open-source and custom software and processes;

    • Understanding algorithms and complex mathematical formulations, e.g. Integer Linear Programming;

    • An ability to modify basic HTML and/or CSS code is a bonus, but can be easily learned on the job for a person with the above skills.

  • Learning and managing citizens’ assembly recruitment processes, from developing project specifications, invitation material, website registration pages through to selection and the calling and confirmation of selected participants, i.e. you may:

    • Work extensively with databases and spreadsheets, and online / offline software tools generally;

    • Copy-edit and write web pages and documents;

    • Liaise professionally with clients, usually (but not only) governmental bodies such as local councils;

    • Be familiar and confident manipulating complex spreadsheet formulas and dealing with and understanding statistics (esp. demographics);

    • Promptly and professionally respond to queries throughout each recruitment process;

    • Manage occasional contractors;

    • Be able to work with tight client deadlines and high levels of creative responsibility and independence.

  • Other desirable skills could include small organisation operations management tasks such as:

    • Financial and strategic planning;

    • Employment and membership management;

    • Consensus decision making processes;

    • Handling legal, data security and policy obligations;

    • Developing organisational processes and structures with the rest of the team as we grow.

Initially the position will be for a minimum of 20-24 hours/week, preferably a few hours every weekday at least, for a trial period of 3 months, beginning as soon as possible. We are currently reviewing our internal pay-scale but you will be on a minimum salary of £40,000 p.a. pro-rata. These 20-24 hours are minimum hours; there will very likely be scope for increasing them if desired and if demand for our service continues to increase. The successful candidate will be highly organised, self-motivated and independent; everyone works from home with substantial freedom to choose their own hours.

Interviews will be held during the week beginning 19 July.

We may ask candidates who successfully pass the interview stage to take a technical test during the week beginning the 26 July.

Application Instructions

To apply please submit a CV and covering letter, including two references and details of previous employment and relevant experience no later than 09:00 BST on Thursday 8 July 2021.

Refreshed on: 30 June 2021
Closed date: 08 July 2021
Tags: IT, Project Management

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