JOB VACANCY: We Own It – Campaigner (p/t)

Role summary: We Own It campaigns for public services for people not profit. We’re currently hiring a new campaigner to work 4 days a week in Oxford. This could be the job for you if you’re driven, organised, with excellent communication skills and passionate about public services.

Job location (usual place of work): Oxford

Pay rate: £28,504 pro rata (£22,803 for 4 days a week)

Pay is pro rata?: Yes

Job title: Campaigner

Applications close on date: Monday 24th August

Hours are: Part time

Contract is: Permanent

Job description: We Own It is a not-for-profit organisation which makes the case against privatisation and for public ownership. We believe people’s lives would be better if the needs of communities came before profit for shareholders.

We show that public ownership is needed across public services, from railways to water, from care work to the NHS. We campaign to win victories against privatisation and share our message online and in the media.

We Own It is a small organisation (five members of staff) with a big mission. You’ll get to work at the heart of a dynamic campaigning organisation, help it grow and develop your skills.

Your role

We’re looking for an enthusiastic, organised Campaigner to work 4 days a week, developing strategic campaigns and making the case for public ownership. You’ll need to be highly self-motivated and willing to drive forward campaigns at every stage to win victories. You’ll have the opportunity to lead on campaigns you’re passionate about and come up with new ideas.

We’re looking for someone with excellent communication skills, who will enjoy building relationships to boost our supporter base, networks and impact. You’ll also need to be happy to carry out a variety of basic tasks and be flexible about your role.

You will:
• Develop smart campaign strategies and deliver winning campaigns
• Mobilise public support for action on public ownership to ramp up pressure
• Build strong alliances with wider networks and organisations
• Manage relationships with decision makers and politicians
• Research and communicate evidence and stories to bring campaigns to life
• Commission research or polling as required, coming up with new campaign initiatives
• Work closely with the Press and Communications Officer to maximise press coverage of campaigns
• Work flexibly with the rest of the team as required on social media/events/administration – be ready to get stuck in!

Person specification

Essential
• A strategic self-starter with bags of initiative, ready to hit the ground running with remote support
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills
• Excellent organisational skills, a systematic person who sets and meets deadlines
• Emotional intelligence, great at working in a team
• Creativity (especially on a tight budget)
• High attention to detail
• High motivation to campaign for public ownership, passionate about
public services and the people who use them
• Confidence with IT systems and Office software
• Keen to learn and committed to the wider We Own It mission for public ownership

Desirable
It would be great if you have experience – paid or voluntary – of any of the following:
• Track record in campaigning and/or thinking strategically about how to make change happen
• Experience of working in a small and/or campaigning organisation
• Experience of project management under pressure
• Experience of working with diverse groups
• Experience of any of the following: social media/press work/fundraising/organising events
• Skills in video making
• Formal education or qualification in one of our areas of work

Most importantly, we are looking for someone who has the passion and drive to make a difference through our campaigns; we don’t necessarily expect that you will have worked or volunteered in a campaigning role in the past, but we are looking for someone with the potential to develop into an outstanding campaigner.

NB: Currently the team is working remotely but we are looking to hire in Oxford because we are meeting outside, socially distanced, where possible, and planning to go back to the office in due course. In normal times, the role will also involve some work-related travel to London.

More details:  https://weownit.org.uk/about/work-with-us

To apply, please contact:

Please send applications by email to cat@weownit.org.uk. The application should include:

• A covering letter explaining why you’re interested in the role and how you meet the person specification, giving examples where possible (and saying where you saw the role advertised)
• Your CV
• A piece of your own writing that you’re proud of
• The names and contact details of two referees

We encourage applications from women; black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people who identify as having a disability; people from the LGBT+ community; and people from working class backgrounds.

Closing date for applications: Monday 24th August
Interviews: Interviews will take place on Tuesday 8th September by zoom. We would also like to meet the final candidate(s) face to face before hiring – this will involve meeting our director in person (socially distanced and outside) in Oxford on Wednesday 9th September.