ACORN is looking for a Field Organiser to build power to fight for social and economic change in Leeds, to start work on 22nd November 2021.
ACORN is a mass membership organisation and a direct action community union. By taking action on issues that affect us, we win real changes to our lives and our communities. For more information, read our 'About ACORN' page here and the ACORN Platform here.
About the job
As an Organiser with ACORN, you will be responsible for recruiting, developing and supporting members to take action on issues affecting them and the communities they come from.
Women are particularly affected by the issues that we organise around, whether that be housing, transport or community provision. As such you will have a focus on recruiting and developing women in local communities to become strong leaders who are able to take action on the issues affecting their lives and win.
As the role has a specific focus on organising with women across Leeds, it is a requirement of the position that applicants are women.
You will be a Field Organiser for ACORN in Leeds. Your daily work will involve:
- Recruiting individual ACORN members through door-knocking, social media and other means (door-knocking takes up around 50% of our organisers’ time),
- Building and maintaining existing ACORN Local Groups and teams with a focus on organising with women in the local community,
- Identifying, and taking action on, issues that affect our members and their communities, particularly those affecting women,
- Identifying, developing and supporting potential leaders and identifying and addressing barriers women might face that might make them less likely to become leaders,
- Researching and developing new methods of outreach to recruit women with families and older women who may be more isolated and developing them as leaders,
- Supporting elected leaders to enable them to carry out their roles.
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.
*Except where a protected characteristic is a requirement for the role, as in this case.
No formal qualifications are necessary. We’re primarily looking for someone with a strong work ethic, good listening skills and the ability to motivate others.
For more specific information on the role and its requirements, please refer to the Job Description and Selection Criteria.
ACORN is committed to investing in the continued professional development of our organising staff. Please refer to the Job Description and Selection Criteria for information on the training and support you will receive as an ACORN staff member.
£18,000 starting salary
- Make a copy and complete the full Application Form, referring to the Job Description & Selection Criteria.
- Save your completed application form as a PDF with the file name <YOUR NAME, role> e.g. JANE SMITH Leeds FO.pdf
- Submit via email to [email protected] with ‘Application: Leeds Field Organiser’ as the subject line
- 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 [email protected].
The deadline for applications is 11.59pm on Sunday 10th October 2021. Late applications will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an assessment day, involving an interview and two tasks.
Assessment date Wednesday 20th October 2021.