Are you an energetic and natural people person who is excited about developing strong relationships in communities? Do you think climate change and biodiversity loss are the most important issues we face? Join The Commitment as our first Community Engagement Lead and encourage people to speed up political action to ensure a thriving world.
About The Commitment
The Commitment is a new initiative which aims to speed up political action to address climate change and biodiversity loss. We believe that rapidly rising public concern about this issue has not been matched by political action and our intention is to encourage UK politicians to take bold and courageous action. The Commitment is not about behaviour change of individuals; there are plenty of great organisations doing this. This is about people harnessing their democratic power to instigate political change. We will focus on MPs in their constituencies and on local councillors, showing them that they have a mandate to take bold and radical action. Citizens will make a powerful and personal online statement of commitment to government-led change; they’ll commit to voting in elections for candidates who are most credible in delivering our targets for nature and the climate. Commitments will be gathered online by constituency and presented to local politicians to show the number and social breadth of citizens supporting radical action and committing to vote for it.
We are currently in the Research and Development phase, having conducted a robust survey to understand peoples’ appetite for having their lives changed through government-led action to address climate change and biodiversity loss. Next is the opportunity to test this out in a couple of different constituencies. We’re looking for a keen Community Engagement Lead who is excited about connecting with local people to support, inspire and mobilise them into action!
About the role
As our very first Community Engagement Lead you will embed yourself within one or two constituencies for our first trial. The trial will be within an hour’s travel of a major London train station and you will lead the process of deciding exactly where. Your role will be to understand what it takes to encourage a substantial number of people to make The Commitment, and how we might scale so that the idea takes off nationally. Learning what doesn’t work will be just as important as what works. We are a small team. Your job description will be continuously evolving, and you’ll thrive off the excitement of starting something with big ambition. Initially your main objectives will be to:
● Identify and meet with potential Commitment Champions from all sections of society. It could be the local imam; leader of the local Women's Institute; student leader; the community garden volunteer.
● Work in a human centred way to understand what people want and respond effectively
● Listen and support Champions to introduce The Commitment to their networks in the most resonant way. Support could include setting up and running training events, creating toolkits and resources, modifying key messages
● Forge successful partnerships with local branches of national organisations
● Write a toolkit for people to adapt for their own constituencies
● Collect Commitments online
● Gather feedback on how we can improve
● You are a natural people person who enjoys making connections with people from all walks of life. You’re a persuasive communicator who can rally people to a cause you’re passionate about but perhaps more importantly, you’re also a fantastic listener.
● You are already well connected in a potential constituency, or you know how to create a network quickly. Perhaps you have experience in community organising.
● You believe in what The Commitment is doing and you like to contribute your ideas in order to make us a stronger organisation.
● The fact that you’ll be working in largely uncharted territory will be exciting to you and you thrive on the fast paced and ever-changing nature of an early stage initiative
● Happy to work in a very flexible and changing environment; you’ll be the third full time member of the team, which also has three part time members. We also have over 20 freelancers and part time volunteers. We don’t currently have a permanent base; you’ll be fine working from a mixture of home or different spots around London
● A three month role initially, with strong likelihood of extension if everything goes well.
● Full time, with the flexibility to work (within reason) where and when you like
● £28-32k pro rata
● Please send a covering letter and CV by Sunday 29th September
● First round interviews will take place week commencing 30th September, second round interviews will take place 7th - 9th October.
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