West Midlands
£19,114 per year (0.6 FTE/21 hours per week) plus 7% employer pension contribution
Contract, Part-time, 21 hours per week
Job description

We are looking for a part-time organiser, based in the Birmingham area, to strengthen and expand our network of Equality Trust-affiliated groups. As part of our objective of reducing inequality in local areas, this role will seek to further develop our network of local groups, by increasing support to existing groups, supporting new groups to form, as well as working strategically with other like-minded organisations at a local level.

We are seeking an exceptionally motivated and organised individual who enjoys working in a fast-paced, high-profile environment. We offer a dynamic, friendly team and a supportive and flexible working environment. The Equality Trust is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in recruitment. We know that organisations with a diverse team perform better for their beneficiaries, and we particularly welcome applications from those who identify as Black, Asian and minoritised ethnic, LGBT+, disabled and older applicants who are under-represented in our staff team.

This post is advertised as 21 hours, and we are open to this being worked flexibly over 3, 4 or 5 days. Note all staff are currently working remotely until further notice. This post will require some evening and weekend work which can be taken as TOIL. 

About the role

The role will involve facilitating local activity, developing the capacity of local groups and broadening the reach of our networks. It will also involve developing and strengthening our Speakers’ Network and responding to the increased demand for speakers on the topic of inequality. It will also involve delivering and/or organising training sessions for local groups, contributing to the monthly newsletter and organising online events. The postholder will be a point of contact for local groups and will support individuals to start local groups. The post-holder will broaden the scope of campaigning issues our groups feel confident to work on, including social inequalities, poverty (and the Poverty Premium), fair pay, education, health, business behaviour, etc. There will also be opportunities to get involved in different aspects of The Equality Trust’s work. 

Specifically the organiser will, in line with agreed priorities, facilitate and support local groups to:

  • Develop and deliver local campaigns to reduce inequality, encouraging our activists to think strategically and eliciting active participation from across the community, in wider TET campaigns as well as locally
  • Grow the local groups network and build power within local communities
  • Organise a range of interactive events, including national local groups conferences, film showings, webinars, speaker events, craftivist sessions etc.
  • Hold public stalls and stalls at local events and conferences subject to public health and safety advice.
  • Establish links and hold events with local academics, student unions, schools and colleges, and local like-minded organisations
  • Train and recruit more members into our Speaker Network
  • Develop and deliver training to volunteer activists on a range of topics, including online and offline organising, dealing with media, communications and other skills.
  • Prepare campaigns materials for hustings for local/national elections and campaigns
  • Engage with like-minded local groups on campaigning work to reduce inequality
  • Engage with schools, youth groups and colleges where appropriate, through the Speaker Network and our education programme.

About you

Essential experience 

  • Experience of community and/or union organising and a proven history of grassroots campaigning.
  • Demonstrable success in devising and delivering online and offline campaigns and materials
  • Experience of developing a strategic approach at a local level that motivates supporters and where appropriate brings pressure to bear on relevant stakeholders.
  • Experience of influencing and working collaboratively with others, both internally with staff and volunteers and externally with prospective partner organisations.
  • Experience of organising in an inclusive way that proactively seeks to address any underrepresentation of disadvantaged groups.
  • Experience of developing and delivering training materials to supporters.

Desirable experience

  • Experience of creating media opportunities to further campaigning strategic objectives.
  • Experience of editing/creating films, podcasts and designing materials.

Skills and abilities

  • Proactive, with meticulous attention to detail and the ability to plan and organise own work and use own time effectively.
  • Ability to travel to our local groups to support them, subject to health and safety advice.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to address different and diverse audiences.
  • Excellent IT and social media skills, including the use of membership databases, webinar programmes and calendar coordination.
  • A team player with a ‘can-do’ attitude.
  • Proactive with initiative, actively seeking information from internal or external sources as required.
  • Good interpersonal skills, ability to persuade, influence and collaborate with a range of internal and external stakeholders, sensitive to their communications needs.
  • Deadline driven, able to remain calm in the face of several simultaneous deadlines.
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours when needed.
  • A strong understanding of the causes and effects of social and economic inequality and a demonstrable commitment to the principles that underlie The Equality Trust’s work.

How to apply

Please submit the following documents by 9am on the closing date:

  • Your CV (not more than 2 pages)
  • Your covering letter addressing the person specification AND answering the the questions at the end of the attached pack, using the questions as headings. 
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Refreshed on: 25 December 2020
Closed date: 11 January 2021
Job ref: Local Groups Organiser
Tags: Campaigning, Volunteer Management

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