WORK FOR ACORN

Community Organiser – Organising Department (x4)

ACORN is looking for a Community Organiser to build power to fight for social and economic change. We are recruiting Community Organisers for the following positions:

1x Birmingham (Full time)

1x Leeds (Full Time)

1x Sheffield (Full Time)

1 x Milton Keynes (Part time, 3 days per week)

Our neighbourhoods are under attack from developers and landlords pushing unaffordable rents and house prices, employers keeping wages down and public services being deliberately run into the ground by politicians. It will be your job to organise the fightback! 

About the job


As a community organiser with ACORN, you will be responsible for recruiting, organising and working with members to fight to keep our local areas healthy and safe, for decent and affordable housing, to strengthen our schools, bring better jobs to our communities and more.

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 your respective town, working to recruit members, build community-based ACORN groups, strengthen the city branch and to expand the reach of ACORN’s campaigns in low-to-moderate income neighbourhoods. The job will include direct door to door contact with people discussing local and national issues and getting them involved in the organisation.


Qualifications


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 ACORN organisations in these communities and 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: 

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • 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
  • The ability to organise and build neighbourhood-based community groups
  • The ability to organise community members to take action on multiple issues for local neighbourhood campaigns as well as city and national campaigns
  • The ability to work independently and manage a team
  • 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

Salary 

£16,926 – 19,000 pa dependent on experience and level of responsibility (pro-rata for part time role).

Contract: 1 year, possibility of extension.

Deadlines & Interviews

Birmingham:

  • Application deadline:  11.59pm, 4th March 2020.
  • Anticipated interview: 11th March 2020

    Sheffield:

    • Application deadline:  11.59pm, 5th March 2020.
    • Anticipated interview: 12th March 2020

    Leeds:

    • Application deadline:  11.59pm, 6th March 2020.
    • Anticipated interview: 13th March 2020

    Milton Keynes:

    • Application deadline:  11.59pm, 8th March 2020.
    • Anticipated interview: 16th March 2020

    Interviews are expected to be between 11am-5pm. They will include elements of formal interview, group work with other candidates, and an individual task. Full details will be sent out closer to the time to shortlisted candidates.

    We are unable to provide feedback to unsuccessful candidates.

    Start Date & Training

    Successful candidates will be expected to start either Mon 6th April 2020 or Mon 20th April 2020 for week’s initial training residential in Sheffield. If you cannot make these dates please state on your application.  

    To apply

    Make a copy and complete the full Application Form. Please return as a PDF via email to jonny.butcher@acorncommunities.org.uk quoting Vacancy Reference ‘Sheffield/Birmingham/etc CO‘ in the subject heading, 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.

    Late applications will not be considered.

    If you have any questions about the roles please contact ACORN’s Field Director: jonny.butcher@acorncommunities.org.uk / 07508958011.

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