Want to fight for low-income people in a supportive and exciting work environment? Come and work with us!
Application deadline: 4th December 2023 at 11:59pm
Interview date: 12th December 2023
Start date: 29th January 2024
ACORN is looking for a Field Organiser to build power to fight for social and economic change in Leeds. The successful candidate will start on Monday 29th January 2024, working out of ACORN's HQ in Holbeck!
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. Your daily work will involve:
- Recruiting ACORN Members through door-knocking, social media and other means (door-knocking takes up around 50% of our organisers’ time)
- Building new and maintaining existing ACORN Local Groups and teams
- Identifying, and taking action on, issues that affect our members and their communities.
- Identifying, developing and supporting potential leaders, and
- Supporting elected leaders to enable them to carry out their roles
For more specific information on the role and its requirements, please refer to the Job Description & Selection Criteria
Why work for ACORN?
ACORN is committed to investing in the continued professional development of our organising staff. All staff are provided with a full week of community organising training when they first start the job, followed by close supervisory support during their probation period to ensure they have the confidence and skills necessary to develop as a community organiser. Regular training sessions are delivered beyond the probationary period in order to promote the continuous personal and professional development of the organising team. We are well known for having the best organising training of any community organisation and you will be well-equipped with all the resources and tools you need to succeed as an organiser.
Testimony from our organisers
"Working for ACORN as an organiser is an empowering and enriching experience. Every day we’re out organising in the community, we’re changing people’s lives, and we ourselves are changed in the process. This is no ordinary job, it’s an opportunity to make a difference in an incredibly nurturing and supportive environment." - Emily, Field Organiser
"As a woman organiser, I’ve been able to play a hugely important role in uplifting women in the organisation. After noticing that the branch I organise had become dominated by men, I created a strategy to develop women members in the group. I organised a Women in Organising training for women members in the branch aimed at building up their confidence and organising skills, and I prioritised getting women to meetings and trainings. As a result, some incredible women members have stepped up and starting taking on leadership in the branch: standing for election, taking on leading roles at actions and planning strategy for our campaigns."- Anna, Leeds Member Defence and Field Organiser
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.
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.
This role is a 12 months fixed-term contract, with the view to be extended depending on funding.
£21,840 per annum
28 days plus bank holidays
35 hours a week
Generous holiday allowance, potential for flexi-time, £100 annual wellbeing bonus, progressive leave policies, extensive trainings and development days (including one week's organiser training) with more to come...
- Make a copy of and complete the full Application Form, referring to the Job Description and Selection Criteria
- Save your completed application form as a PDF with the file name <YOUR NAME, role> e.g. JANE SMITH LeedsFieldOrganiser.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 Monday 4th December 2023. Late applications will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected]
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to an interview, involving two tasks and a Q&A on Monday, 11th December 2023