WORK FOR ACORN

Community Organiser (3 x full-time positions) – Organising Department


ACORN is looking for three Community Organisers to build power in Bristol (1 x position)Birmingham (1 x position) and Leeds (1 x position)
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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 your respective city. 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. 

Want to attend an ‘Introduction to Working as an Organiser’ Zoom video call with ACORN organising staff before you apply?
Register your interest here.

*Applications from women and/or people from a BAME background are strongly encouraged to ensure our workforce reflects the communities we service as much as possible, and to help us meet our commitments to diversity and inclusion. 

Experience, skills and abilities

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. 

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 Mon-Fri between 1200-2000).

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.

Salary 

£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 admin@acorncommunities.org.uk quoting Vacancy Reference ‘<CITY> 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 admin@acorncommunities.org.uk

Deadline

The deadline for applications for the positions in Birmingham and Leeds is 2330 on Sunday 12th July. The deadline for applications for the position in Bristol is 2330 on Sunday 19th July. Late applications will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@acorncommunities.org.uk

Interviews & Assessment

The interviews for the Birmingham position will be held on the 20th July and the interviews of the Leeds position will be held on the 21st July. Interview dates for the Bristol position are tbc.

We are hoping to be able to conduct in-person interviews with practical elements, however, this may be subject to change depending on the evolving recommendations around COVID-19 and interviews may instead be done online through Zoom. All shortlisted candidates will be contacted about this and you will not be at a disadvantage if you are unable to attend an in-person interview due to self isolation or shielding.

Member Defence Co-ordinator (2 x full-time positions) – Organising Department


ACORN is looking for two Member Defence Co-ordinators to build power in Bristol (1 x position) and Brighton (1 x position) 
to redress the balance of power between tenants and housing providers: our members and the service providers we rely on.

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 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. 

Member defence is the area of our organising where members come together to support other individual members with issues or conflict they are experiencing with their housing provider or other agencies. We recognise that people aren’t just unlucky to have bad landlords or experiences, but that we are living in a society that favours those with money and property and it’s time we came together to stand up for each other and build the power we need to change things for good.

About the job

As a Member Defence Co-ordinator with ACORN, you will be responsible for recruiting, supporting and working with members to take action on issues they are experiencing from unfair evictions to disrepair. 

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.

Your daily work will involve: 

  • Recruiting individual ACORN members through door knocking, social media and other means.
  • Being the first point of contact for existing members and members of the public experiencing housing/other problems
  • Empowering members to take action with the union at their back
  • Developing and growing the member defence team in your city
  • 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 to feel confident in taking the lead in supporting other members to tackle their issues
  • 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.

*Applications from women and/or people from a BAME background are strongly encouraged to ensure our workforce reflects the communities we service as much as possible, and to help us meet our commitments to diversity and inclusion. 

Experience, skills and abilities

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. 

The successful applicant will have:

  • The ability to organise yourself and others and to work responsibly in an unstructured environment;
  • The ability to use imaginative strategies to solve problems;
  • The ability to work with and relate to all types of people;
  • The ability to motivate, manage and develop the potential of others, both teams and individuals (particularly those different to you);
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • The ability to recruit dues-paying members to ACORN
  • The ability to plan and organise 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 Mon-Fri between 1200-2000).

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.

Salary 

£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 Brighton MDCo.pdf
  3. Submit via email to admin@acorncommunities.org.uk quoting Vacancy Reference ‘<CITY> MDCo’ 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 admin@acorncommunities.org.uk

Deadline

The deadline for applications for the position in Bristol is 2330 on Sunday 19th July. The deadline for applications for the position in Brighton is 2330 on Sunday 26th July. Late applications will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@acorncommunities.org.uk

Interviews & Assessment

Interview dates for this position are tbc.

We are hoping to be able to conduct in-person interviews with practical elements, however, this may be subject to change depending on the evolving recommendations around COVID-19 and interviews may instead be done online through Zoom. All shortlisted candidates will be contacted about this and you will not be at a disadvantage if you are unable to attend an in-person interview due to self isolation or shielding.

Executive Assistant (1 x full-time position) – National Staff Department

 

ACORN is looking for a Bristol-based Executive Assistant to provide vital logistical and secretarial support to the organisation so that we can build power and fight for social and economic change.

ACORN is a community-based union of working-class people: tenants, workers, residents. We are a mass membership organisation fighting for a better life for our members and the communities they come from. We know that the economic and political set up in this country doesn’t work for people like us and so we established ACORN to fight for and represent our people.

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

The Executive Assistant will work alongside the Head Organiser to facilitate the organisation’s day-to-day work, by providing secretarial and administrative support to allow the Head Organiser to make optimal use of their time. They will ensure the smooth running of the internal organisation, for example through support with internal communications, diary and calendar management, transport and travel arrangements, and dealing with queries. The executive assistant can also expect to answer phone calls, take notes, schedule meetings and send emails on behalf of the Head Organiser as well as contributing to the organising of events. At the heart of the organisation, you can expect to enjoy a busy but varied day.

The National Administrator will be based in Bristol. Your daily work will involve: 

  • Correspondence management
  • Arranging internal and external meetings for, and on behalf of, the Head Organiser
  • Note-taking from these meetings
  • Communicating with and supporting Board Members, scheduling Board Meetings, arranging Board Meeting agendas, and taking minutes
  • Diary and calendar management
  • Note-taking and correspondence from dictation
  • Acting as a first point of contact for email correspondence and phone calls
  • Arranging travel and accommodation
  • Reminding the Head Organiser of important tasks and deadlines
  • Compiling and preparing reports, presentations and correspondence
  • Liaising with National Administrator to source statistics and information requested by ACORN International and as otherwise needed
  • Monitoring and signalling opportunities for expansion, diversification, and coalition-building with other similar organisations
  • Carrying out ad hoc pieces of research and information-gathering to support the decision-making ability of the Head Organiser
  • Any other duties commensurate with the role

 *Applications from women and/or people from a BAME background are strongly encouraged to ensure our workforce reflects the communities we service as much as possible, and to help us meet our commitments to diversity and inclusion. 

 

Qualifications

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

Experience, skills and abilities

The successful applicant will have:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • The ability to handle confidential information with tact and discretion
  • The ability to act intuitively and proactively in accordance with guidance provided by a manager
  • The ability to use a combination of knowledge, empathy, and fact-finding to arrange the priorities of a manager
  • The ability to exhibit a calm and professional manner in meetings, and in email and telephone communications
  • The ability to balance honesty, warmth, professionalism, and humour
  • Self-motivation and initiative, with the ability to work both unsupervised and as part of a team
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills, including the ability to work flexibly and manage conflicting work priorities
  • The ability to work proactively with a variety of key stakeholders, community groups and groups who share ACORN’s values
  • The ability to carry out research and information-gathering
  • The ability to undertake routine administrative tasks with high levels of accuracy and reliability
  • Excellent time management
  • The ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment and be detail-oriented
  • The ability to use digital programmes and devices 
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team 
  • The ability to be adaptable and show a willingness to learn
  • A willingness to work sometimes long and irregular hours, including some evenings and weekends (usual working hours are between 1200-2000)

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

  • First week: ‘Introduction to ACORN’ training, technical set-up, and tool training (5 days)
  • First 3 months: Weekly 121 management supervision; weekly group team call; on-call daily management support
  • After 3 months: Bi-weekly 121 management supervision; weekly group team call; on-call daily management support
  • Additional ongoing training opportunities where identified

     

Salary 

£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 the Job Description and Person Specification. 
  2. Save your completed application form as a PDF with the file name <YOUR NAME, role> e.g. JANE SMITH Exec.pdf
  3. Submit via email to admin@acorncommunities.org.uk quoting Vacancy Reference ‘2020 EXEC’ 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 admin@acorncommunities.org.uk

 

Deadline

The deadline for applications is 2330 on Friday 31st July. Late applications will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@acorncommunities.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 date: Monday 10th August 2020

Finance Assistant (1 x part-time position) – National Staff Department

 

ACORN is looking for a part-time Finance Assistant to provide critical support to the maintenance of our organisation’s financial health, and to provide valuable assistance to the staff team and members, thereby facilitating our organisers’ ability to grow the organisation and build power in our communities.

ACORN is a community-based union of working-class people: tenants, workers, residents. We are a mass membership organisation fighting for a better life for our members and the communities they come from. We know that the economic and political set up in this country doesn’t work for people like us and so we established ACORN to fight for and represent our people.

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

Working alongside the Finance Officer, the Finance Assistant’s will process invoices and expenses in accordance with good accounting practice, keep a record of member dues paid, and support the maintenance of the member databases. You will be flexible in order to take on other administrative and logistical support as necessary. You will work a total of 16 hours weekly (including a 1 hour unpaid lunch break), to be arranged flexibly according to your needs.

Your daily work will involve: 

  • Processing invoices to pay and electronically file; inputting invoice details on Xero, 
  • Keeping records of expenses claims, checking that expenses claims are correctly filled in and have receipts to match,
  • Keeping records of card transactions and matching them with receipts,
  • Processing payments as required.
  • Checking daily remittances from payment providers and recording payments from membership,
  • Adding new members to the sales ledger, checking that they are allocated to the correct Branch / Group and are subscribed to the appropriate email lists,
  • Dealing with email queries from members that relate to their subscriptions,
  • Other database management as required, and
  • Banking receipts as required.

 

*Applications from women and/or people from a BAME background are strongly encouraged to ensure our workforce reflects the communities we service as much as possible, and to help us meet our commitments to diversity and inclusion. 

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:

  • Experience of working with digital tools to manage your own work and that of others
  • Experience of administrative work
  • Experience of working with and managing volunteers
  • Experience of accounting work
  • Experience of working for a campaigning and / or membership based organisation
  • Experience of involvement in campaigns at a local and / or national level
  • Experience of using spreadsheets, Google Drive, databases, and other office software in the context of a campaigning organisation
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • A high level of numerical competence
  • The ability to handle confidential information with tact and discretion
  • The ability to act intuitively and proactively in accordance with guidance provided by a manager
  • Self-motivation and initiative, with the ability to work both unsupervised and as part of a team
  • Excellent administrative and organisational skills, including the ability to work flexibly and manage conflicting work priorities
  • The ability to carry out research and information-gathering
  • The ability to undertake routine administrative tasks with high levels of accuracy and reliability
  • Excellent time management
  • The ability to use digital programmes and devices 
  • The ability to work under pressure in a fast-paced, ever-changing environment and be detail-oriented
  • The ability to work effectively as part of a team 
  • The ability to be adaptable and show a willingness to learn
  • The ability to use HubSpot, Action Network, Go Cardless, Stripe, PayPal, Xero, and online banking systems

 

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

  • First week: ‘Introduction to ACORN’ training, technical set-up, and tool training (5 full days)
  • After one week: Regular management supervision; on-call daily management support
  • Additional ongoing training opportunities where identified

 

Salary 

£16,926 (pro rata)

 

To apply

  1. Make a copy and complete the full Application Form, referring to the Job Description and Person Specification
  2. Save your completed application form as a PDF with the file name <YOUR NAME, role> e.g. JANE SMITH Finance.pdf
  3. Submit via email to admin@acorncommunities.org.uk quoting Vacancy Reference ‘2020 FINANCE’ 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 admin@acorncommunities.org.uk

 

Deadline

The deadline for applications is 2330 on Friday 24th July. Late applications will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact us at info@acorncommunities.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 date Friday 7th August. 

Please note, the National Administrator vacancy previously advertised has been withdrawn. ACORN apologises for any inconveniences caused.


 

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