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Manchester Member Defence Co-ordinator 

About the job 

As a member defence co-ordinator  with ACORN, you will be responsible for organising and working with neighbourhood members to develop our member defence team, the part of our organising team that is able to support individual members experiencing problems with their landlords, agencies, housing associations etc. You will be the first point of contact for members of the union and members of the public seeking our help.

ACORN’s primary weapon is collective direct action; bringing our members together to use our strength in numbers to force those with power to give us what we need. This job is not an advocacy or case work role, you will be supporting members to use our tried and tested method to tackle the injustice they are facing and stand up to the people making their lives difficult with the union at their back. You will also be responsible for developing teams of members capable of planning and taking action to defend fellow ACORN members.

Housing insecurity is an incredibly stressful thing to live with, you must be willing to work with people experiencing this stress and be able to be sensitive in supporting them, yet still able to champion our fighting approach.

ACORN is a union in the community. Like any union our members pay membership dues so that they can have a sustainable independent organisation to fight for their interests.

You will be the member defence co-ordinator for ACORN in Manchester, and will work alongside our city organiser to recruit members, strengthen the city branch and to expand the reach of ACORN’s campaigns in low-to-moderate income neighbourhoods.

The role is 5 days per week, typically from 12 – 8pm, between Monday to Friday.


No formal qualifications are necessary. We’re primarily looking for someone with a strong work ethic who understands the problems faced by working class communities and who is willing to put in the time and do what it takes to build up ACORN’s member defence team to support and build power for our members.

*Applications from women and/or people from a BAME background are strongly encouraged

**Room for advancement in the organisation is available

The successful applicant will have:

  • A commitment to the social justice movement and dedication to building power for low-income people
  • The ability to sign up paying members for ACORN and to fundraise
  • A willingness to work with people who are experiencing stress and challenging life situation
  • A willingness to work alone and undertake home visits where appropriate.
  • The ability to work independently and manage a team
  • A willingness to work sometimes long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends, usual working hours are between 12-8pm
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment and be detail-oriented

Interviews and Salary

£16,926 per annum, pro rata.

Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview in Manchester on Friday 10th January.


Make a copy, download and complete the full application form. Please return via email to quoting Vacancy Reference ‘Manchester CO’ or send hard copies to ACORN, ISRAAC Centre, 54 Cemetery Rd, Sheffield S11 8FP. Please ensure that you read and refer to the Job Description, Person Specification & Selection Criteria. Applications that fail to do this will not be considered.

The deadline for applications is midnight Sunday 5th January 2020 so please ensure that applications are posted to arrive by this date. Late applications will not be considered.

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