WORK FOR ACORN

ACORN is constantly growing, and as we grow we need to expand our staff team so that we can support our membership to keep developing and keep winning. If you would like to be a part of that, consider applying for one of the roles advertised below. Current vacancies include:

  • Community Organiser (Oxford): Deadline 27 November 2020; Start 11 January 2021

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Community Organiser (Organising Department)

ACORN is looking for a Community Organiser to build power to fight for social and economic change in Oxford, to start on 11th January 2021. This position is for a period of one year, with the possibility of renewal dependent on funding.

ACORN is a mass membership organisation: a vehicle for collective action. By taking action on issues, we build the hopes, expectations and experience of our members and the communities they come from. 

Our organising is premised on two simple truths: problems affecting working class communitiesfrom unhealthy, unaffordable and insecure housing, to cuts to public servicesstem from a lack of power, and; the most effective means of building power is for people to get organised. 

 

About the job

As a community organiser with ACORN, you will be responsible for recruiting, supporting and working with members to take action on issues affecting them and the communities they come from. 

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 organiser for ACORN in Oxford. Your daily work will involve: 

  • Recruiting individual ACORN members through door-knocking, social media and other means,
  • Managing organising drives to build new and maintain existing ACORN branches, groups, and teams,
  • Identifying issues of common concern at the neighbourhood and wider level,
  • Identifying and supporting potential leaders to enable them to take on leadership roles in the organisation, and
  • Supporting elected leaders to enable them to carry out their roles. 

 

Want to attend an ‘introduction to working as an organiser’ Zoom video call with ACORN organising staff before you apply? Register your interest here. 

 

*ACORN is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.*

Qualifications

No formal qualifications are necessary. We’re primarily looking for someone with a strong work ethic with good listening skills and the ability to motivate others. 

 

Experience, skills and abilities

The successful applicant will have:

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills,
  • The ability to recruit dues-paying members to ACORN,
  • The ability to support the development of groups and teams,
  • The ability to motivate people,
  • The ability to work independently and manage a team of volunteers,
  • The ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment and be detail-oriented, and
  • A willingness to work sometimes long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends (usual working hours are 1200-2000 Mon-Fri)

 

In turn, ACORN is committed to investing in the continued professional development of our organising staff. Training and support will include:

  • First week: ACORN Foundations of Community Organising training (5 days)
  • First 3 months: Weekly 1:1 management supervision; daily recruitment practice with fellow organising staff; weekly group team call; on-call daily management support.  
  • After 3 months: bi-weekly 1:1 management supervision; daily recruitment practice with fellow organising staff; weekly group team call; on-call daily management support. 
  • Ongoing continuing professional development opportunities where identified.

 

Salary 

£18,000 – 19,000 pa dependent on experience and level of responsibility.

 

To apply

  1. Make a copy and complete the full Application Form, referring to the points marked ‘A’ in the Job Description, Person Specification & Selection Criteria
  2. Save your completed application form as a PDF with the file name <YOUR NAME role> e.g. JANE SMITH Oxford CO.pdf
  3. Submit via email to workforacorn@acorntheunion.org.uk quoting Vacancy Reference Oxford CO’ in the subject heading 
  4. Once you have submitted your application please complete this diversity monitoring form

If you require paper versions of this application form & diversity monitoring form please write to info@acorntheunion.org.uk

 

Deadline

The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on Friday 27 November 2020. Late applications will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@acorntheunion.org.uk.

 

Interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment day, involving an interview and two tasks. Currently due to the Government’s social distancing advice we are conducting assessments over Zoom video call. This may be subject to change if the Government’s guidelines change.

Assessment day date: Monday 14 December 2020.

Remote Organiser (Organising Department)

 

Overview

ACORN is looking for a Remote Organiser to build power to fight for social and economic change in various towns and cities across the UK, starting on Monday 30th November. Initially the successful candidate will be supporting existing and developing groups while one of our remote organising team is away on maternity leave, but the role will continue once this person returns to work as we are looking to expand the team long term. The initial contract is for 1 year, with the possibility of renewal.

ACORN is a mass membership organisation: a vehicle for collective action. By taking action on issues, we build the hopes, expectations and experience of our members and the communities they come from. Our organising is premised on two simple truths: problems affecting working class communitiesfrom unhealthy, unaffordable and insecure housing, to cuts to public servicesstem from a lack of power, and; the most effective means of building power is for people to get organised. 

 

About the job

ACORN’s success has seen an explosion of interest from people across the country wanting to set up their very own groups and branches. In order to capitalise on this enthusiasm, keep up with demand and turn the country ACORN red, we are recruiting a Remote Organiser (responsible to the existing National Organisers) to support these nascent and non-staffed parts of the national organisation.

You will be the main staff contact for multiple unstaffed branches and groups nationwide. Your daily work will involve: 

  • The foundation of new ACORN groups across the country: taking interested people to membership, building a local organising committee, launching with a training day, being responsible for elements of the administrative setup of new groups on our systems;
  • The ongoing training and support of multiple ACORN groups (including some existing groups) up until a staff Organiser is hired in their town or city. This includes supporting groups to transition to branches. This support typically includes: regular calls with group committees, regular training session, on-call support for campaigns, helping to guide groups through campaigns, and helping resolve any membership issues;
  • Working with the Head Organiser and other National Organisers on National campaigns to support the Strategy Group and ensure the effective on-the-ground implementation of these campaigns.

ACORN will pay for your accommodation and travel and give you an allowance for food when you are staying overnight somewhere.

*ACORN is an equal opportunity employer and values diversity. We are committed to equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage and civil partnerships.*

 

Salary

£18,000 – £19,000 pa depending on level of experience (NB this was previously set at £19,000 but has been adjusted as a result of an altered Job Description)

 

Hours

You will be on a flexi-time contract during which you will be expected to work 150 hours over any 4 week period. You will have to work multiple weekends and travel on a regular basis. Travel time to different groups is included within your hours.

 

Qualities and Experience

No formal qualifications are required. Instead, we are looking for someone with the following qualities and experience:

  • Strong experience in growing ACORN’s membership
  • Strong experience in ACORN campaigns and member defence cases
  • Strong experience in leadership development in ACORN
  • The ability to coach and teach
  • The ability to motivate and manage a team of volunteers
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent self-organisation
  • A solution-based approach to problem-solving
  • Supportive and approachable
  • A willingness to work multiple weekends per year, and travel on a regular basis

 

Deadline

Applications for this position closed at 11:59pm on Tuesday 20 October 2020, and shortlisting is ongoing.

 

Interviews

Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment day on Tuesday 27 October 2020 involving an interview and two tasks. Currently due to the Government’s social distancing advice we are conducting assessments over Zoom video call. Please refer to the Job Description, Person Specification & Selection Criteria

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