community organiser

Contract: One year fixed term in the first instance, with the possibility of renewal subject to funding and organisational need.

Salary: £20,051

Hours: 30 hours a week across 4 days 

Location: Based at TCC’s office in Wrexham. The work will be delivered in a variety of locations across Wrexham, Flintshire, and Denbighshire, with occasional travel and evening/weekend work.

Reports to: Lead community organiser.

Closing date for applications: Midday on Wednesday 29th August 2018

Interview date: Wednesday 12th September 2018.

Background and purpose of the job

TCC is the longest established community organising group in the UK, and tackles social injustice by supporting diverse communities to gain the power they need to enact change. We do this through community organising: bringing together local groups, supporting them to set their own agenda, take action, and improve their communities. Our members are many different faith groups, community organisations, and schools from across Wrexham, Flintshire, and Denbighshire. Any of our members can raise an issue for TCC to work on, meaning we are a truly democratic, grassroots led organisation.

The main purpose of the role is to support TCC’s members in identifying issues, running strategic campaigns, and meeting directly with decision-makers to create change. The successful candidate will need to be someone who is not only confident enough to challenge people in power, but someone who is able to inspire community leaders to do the same, in a constructive and effective way.

The role is varied, and will involve work with children and young people as well as adults. This will most likely be in the form of running sessions in schools, training young people in community organising through weekly group meetings, and supporting them to run their own campaigns.

The successful candidate will join a small team with three other members of staff based in Wrexham.

The community organiser will be supported by the lead community organiser, but will be expected to be able to think strategically and work independently. As part of a small team, the community organiser will be required to be involved with all aspects of running a small organisation, including fundraising, report writing, and administration.

Key tasks will include:

• Supporting adults and young people to develop the issues that surface in their communities into focused and well-targeted pieces of public action, to bring about real change.

• Developing strategic campaigns and actions, and bringing them to a successful conclusion.

• Assisting with the planning and delivery of community organising training (involving a minimum of one residential stay per year).

• With the staff team, organising and attending our members’ monthly strategy meeting.

• Building relationships with key public figures, service-providers, and power-holders.

• Working with the lead organiser to identify and develop new ways to expand TCC’s work

• One to one conversations with TCC’s members and potential members.

• Giving talks and presentations on TCC’s work.

• Strengthening a community organising culture of learning through action and reflection.

• Contributing to TCC’s fundraising – primarily through jointly organising the annual ‘TCC Week’.

• Supporting the development of TCC’s youth work, including working directly with young people.

• Working with the team to design, plan, and deliver high quality public assemblies and other events with teams of local people. • Keeping abreast of economic developments, public policy, social trends, and local and national power relations.

• Office-based research into policy and current issues.

• Working with external agencies and partner organisations.

• Updating TCC’s website and helping to maintain TCC’s active social media presence.

• Contributing to a regular newsletter and other communications with members and supporters.

• Writing reports to keep funders, trustees, and members appraised of progress.

• Contribution to the production of the annual report, annual review, and other materials.

• Any other tasks as may be required.

Terms and conditions:

 • One year fixed term contract, with the possibility of renewal.

• You will be employed by TCC (Together Creating Communities / Trefnu Cymunedol Cymru).

• Salary to be paid on the JNC salary scale. Employees can progress one salary point per year, subject to satisfactory annual review, up to a maximum of point 19 (currently £28,404).

• Annual leave starting at 23 days holiday per annum pro rata (plus statutory bank holidays), increasing 1 day per year of service up to a maximum of 30 days pro rata.

• A pension contribution of 10% of salary, subject to the employee contributing 5%.

• 6 month probationary period.

• Must have access to use of a vehicle – expenses paid at 45p a mile.

• Any offer of employment will be subject to a satisfactory disclosure report from a DBS check. Having a conviction will not necessarily bar you from employment, it will depend on the circumstances and relevance to the post

Person specification

E = essential criteria. D = desirable criteria.

Experience

Experience of delivering successful training sessions or workshops. E

Experience of motivating, inspiring & leading others. E

Experience of working with volunteers. E

Experience of being involved with community campaigns. E

Experience/knowledge of community organising. D

Experience of developing and leading effective strategic campaigns. D

Experience of working with power-holders or public figures. D

Experience of influencing government and decision-makers. D

Experience of supporting community groups to take action. D

Experience of contributing to or writing funding applications. D

Experience of fundraising. D

Experience of organising public events. D

Experience of working with children and young people. D

Experience of supporting children and young people to take action. D

Experience in writing successful press releases and responding to press enquiries. D

Skills

Can initiate community campaigns by energising, mobilising, and supporting community leaders to take action. E

Able to build relationships quickly with a wide range of people. E

Can think strategically and also pay close attention to detail. E

A high level of internet proficiency, able to conduct online research and policy work, and use social media. E

Can work as part of a small team. E

Able to write reports, make public presentations and develop publicity which will further the work of TCC. E

Self-motivating, can work independently, and manage own time. E

Able to represent the organisation at a high level, with a professional approach and demeanour. E

Excellent IT skills, with a high level of proficiency in packages such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Publisher. Able to manage own administration. E

Able to manage conflict and tension. E

Able to communicate effectively in oral and written English. E

Able to communicate effectively in oral and written Welsh. D

Knowledge of website management and development. D

Ability to create / edit photo and video media. D

Skills in design work using digital programs (e.g. Adobe Creative suite/ Photoshop /InDesign or similar). D

 A good knowledge of the local area and a diverse set of contacts. D

 

Qualities

Has a passion for social justice tempered with a strategic approach to bringing about change. E

A strong commitment to TCC’s vision and values. E

Has an informed interest in public life & current affairs. E

Understands and respects the values of Christianity and other major faith traditions. Able to identify with, and work with people from different faith traditions and none. E

 

Qualifications

 

Equivalent to level 2 in English and Maths, e.g. GCSEs graded A*- C. E

Educated to degree level or higher. D

Holds a relevant qualification e.g. in community work or politics. D

 

Other

Able to work some evenings & weekends. E

Willingness to travel, including some overnight stays. E

Willingness to undergo training. E

Access to use of a vehicle to provide own transport. E

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