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Member Defence Organiser - Bristol



Community Organising Services, in partnership with ACORN, is looking for a Member Defence Organiser to build power to fight for social and economic change in Bristol, to start work on August 1st 2022.

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 Community Organising Services, you will firstly be responsible for recruiting, developing and supporting ACORN members to take action on issues affecting them and the communities they come from. 

Member Defence is a section of ACORN's organising in which members come together to support an individual member’s issue through direct action. This could mean stopping evictions, winning housing repairs or safe accommodation for our members, or fighting for fair treatment at work.

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,
  • Identifying, and taking action on, issues that affect our members and their communities with a particular focus on Member Defence,
  • Identifying, developing and supporting potential 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.



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 linked below.

Community Organising Services and ACORN are 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.

£18,018 - £18,268 per annum

Holiday allowance

28 days plus bank holidays

Cycle to work
Cycle to work scheme
Workplace policies

Generous workplace policies, including wellbeing fund
Mental health
Access to wellbeing resources incl. NHS app Thrive

1 week of intensive training, 3 months daily and weekly training


To apply

  1. Make a copy and complete the full Application Form, referring to the Job Description & Selection Criteria. 
  2. Save your completed application form as a PDF with the file name <YOUR NAME, role> e.g. JANE SMITH Bristol MDO.pdf
  3. Submit via email to [email protected] with ‘Application: Bristol MDO’ as the subject line
  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 [email protected].



The deadline for applications is 23:59 on Sunday 19th June 2022. Late applications will not be considered. All candidates will be contacted to let them know whether they have been successful in meeting our shortlisting criteria. 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. We are currently conducting assessments over Zoom video call. This may be subject to change should we feel in-person interviews would be more appropriate.

Interview date: w/c June 27th 2022