We’re looking for an inspiring and hard-working Campaigns Coordinator to join our team. You will work in collaboration with our network of students, professionals and volunteers to shape and implement campaigns that can deliver lasting impact. You will be proactive and driven with strong communication skills and a desire to take on new challenges. You will have experience of running campaigns at either the local or national level. Some background in economics and experience of working within a cooperative team would be distinct advantages.
About Rethinking Economics
Rethinking Economics is an international network of students, academics and professionals building a better economics both in the classroom and in wider society. In its first five years, RE has become a leading voice in the debate on the future of economics and has catalysed real change at universities across the country. We’re now expanding our staff team from 3 to 6 and are looking for dynamic, committed people to help us grow.
We are committed to non-hierarchical consensus-based decision-making, and have developed a governance structure which allows students to be involved in decisions at all levels of the organisation. This way of working can be challenging but it is also hugely rewarding. Joining our staff team is an exciting opportunity to help support, shape and energise an international movement working to change economics for the better.
Key Duties and Responsibilities
- Support our individual groups and networks to campaign for curriculum change
- Produce and publicise RE campaigning resources
- Coordinate RE’s campaign for curriculum reform
- Build relationships with, and lobby, relevant bodies
- Conduct, and support students to conduct, research on UK economics curricula to provide an evidence base for the campaign for curriculum reform
Support our individual groups and networks to campaign
- Facilitate and develop overall campaigns strategy, in collaboration with the Strategy Coordinator
- Organise campaigns training; create workshop templates, arrange for third-party provision or deliver training workshops and events personally
- Bring creative and innovative approaches to achieving our campaign goals
- Support local groups to formulate tailored campaigns strategies
- Coordinate and oversee the annual UK groups residential weekend
- Support groups to interact with their Economics departments
- Support members to develop campaigning skills
- Train students in key communication skills essential for promoting a campaign including writing articles, public speaking, media appearances
- Support students to engage with local and national media in order to further the campaign
- Oversee monthly campaign committee meetings and ensure turnout
Produce, and publicise, RE campaign resources
- Produce ‘How-To’ guides and other campaigning documents
- Support students to produce alternative curriculum resources
- Build relationships with, and lobby, relevant bodies
- Present work at public organisations and events
- Explore and promote new campaign tools and projects
Build relationships with, and lobby, relevant bodies
- Communicate with, and identify opportunities for collaborative partnerships with, a range of external bodies in academic, civil society, media, third sector and politics
- Build relationships with supportive academics, academic organisations and other organisations within the field
- Build relationships with politicians and policy makers, particularly within higher education
Coordinate Economics Curriculum research
- Train students to conduct their own curriculum research in order to provide an evidence base for their local campaign
- Coordinate creation, and maintenance, of a UK University Pluralist Ranking
- Research and publicise pluralist university courses
- Creativity, imagination and an innovative approach towards campaigning
- Ability to develop positive relationships with external bodies such as education regulators and university management
- Excellent meeting facilitation skills
- Sensitivity, willingness to listen, patience and diplomacy
- Ability to support the process of consensus decision making
- Initiative and ability to work independently when required
- Attention to detail. Well organised and a good time manager.
- IT literate including Email, Word, and Excel, as well as Google apps
- Strong research and writing skills
- Proactive attitude, drive and enthusiasm to carry out projects to conclusion
- Capacity to work under pressure and meet deadlines for multiple tasks
- Ability to motivate others and work as part of a team
- Resilience, particularly when faced with setbacks
- Experience of campaigning or lobbying for change at either a local or national level
- Experience of motivating and inspiring volunteers
- Experience of delivering training, in any capacity
- Good understanding of RE’s campaign to make economics curricula ‘pluralist’, critical and relevant to the real world
- Enthusiasm for and commitment to the goals of Rethinking Economics
- Willingness and enthusiasm for working in a small, flexible and growing charity
- A commitment to equal opportunities
- A commitment to the non-hierarchical structure of RE
- A commitment to open and transparent working practices
- A commitment to consult, and strive for the constant involvement of, the wider network and to ensure decision-making power lies within our committees
What We Offer
- The opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values-driven movement working to achieve lasting social change
- An exciting opportunity to play an integral role in shaping a small charity and help transform an international student campaign into a broader social movement
- Support and management from the Trustee Board and from a Manager/ Mentor within our non-hierarchical working structure
- Generous holiday
Terms and Conditions
Contract: The role is for an initial fixed term of 1 year with a 6 month probationary period, and prospects for extension to a permanent role subject to funding.
Salary: £20,000 pro rata.
Location: Our offices are in Manchester.
Hours: 30 hours per week, with the expectation of working 4 days per week Monday – Friday to be agreed. Post holders would be expected to work the occasional evening or weekend for which time off in lieu will be given.
Holiday: 25 days pro rata in addition to statutory holidays.
Please send a CV and covering letter (no more than 2 A4 sides) answering the below:
- What skills and experience do you have that make you suitable for this role?
- Why is it important to campaign for better economics?
- How would you support students to campaign for curriculum change?
The closing deadline for applications is Sunday 11th June.
Interviews will be held in Manchester on Monday the 19th of June. Arrangements for Skype interviews can be made on request.
Ideally the successful candidate would start work the first week of August.
If you have any queries about the role or would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please do not hesitate to contact us via recruitment @ rethinkeconomics . org.
Please note that we cannot accept any non-EU based applicants due to government visa minimum salary criteria.