Community Organiser – Organising Department

ACORN is looking for a Community Organiser to build power to fight for social and economic change in Birmingham.

ACORN is a mass membership organisation – is 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 communities – from unhealthy, unaffordable and insecure housing, to cuts to public services – stem 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 Birmingham. 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, 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.
  • Supporting elected leaders to enable them to carry out their roles. 

*Applications from non-men, and/or people from an ethnic minority, are strongly encouraged. This helps ensure that our workforce reflects the communities we work for as much as possible, and that our commitments to diversity and inclusion are met. 


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
  • A willingness to work sometimes long and irregular hours, including evenings and weekends, usual working hours are between 12-8pm

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 121 management supervision; daily recruitment practice with fellow organising staff; weekly group team call; on-call daily management support.  
  • After 3 months: bi-weekly 121 management supervision; daily recruitment practice with fellow organising staff; weekly group team call; on-call daily management support. 
  • Additional ongoing training opportunities where identified.


£16,926 – 19,000 pa dependent on experience and level of responsibility.

To apply

  1. Make a copy and complete the full Application Form, referring to 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 Birmingham CO.pdf
  3. Submit via email to quoting Vacancy Reference ‘Birmingham 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

Deadline, Shortlisting & Assessment

The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on 6th September 2020. Late applications will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact us at

Shortlisting will commence week begining 7th September.

Assessment: Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment day (week commencing 14th Sept), 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.  

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