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Make Votes Matter Job Opportunities

About the campaign

Make Votes Matter (MVM) is the cross-party campaign to introduce Proportional Representation (PR) to the House of Commons. The group formed after the hugely disproportionate 2015 General Election (in which 74% of votes were wasted and some votes were worth 168 times as much as others), and now leads the movement to win real democracy. MVM combines the power of people taking action from the grassroots up with coordinated action by an Alliance of politicians, public figures, parties and organisations to win PR in years, rather than decades.

We have come a long way since we formed less than three years ago, and made a great deal of progress in our mission to win real democracy. Most of this work has been achieved by a small team working incredibly hard, with the support of many wonderful volunteers, local groups, and allies both inside and outside Parliament.

Would you make a good Engagement Leader?

About the role

We are delighted that we have now secured funding to grow the team in 2018 and are looking for an exceptional individual (or two) to help lead this exciting movement! We have a great opportunity for one full-time or two part-time Engagement Leader/s.

Role: Engagement Leader.
Location: Bristol preferred (remote working also considered).
Salary: £18,200 (if full-time, pro-rata if part-time. This is the real living wage, and all MVM staff are paid this rate).
Hours: flexible, 40 per week / potentially as a job share. Occasional out-of-hours work will be required when working on events.
Duration: One year rolling contract.
Some travel will be required.
Apply by: midnight Friday 16th March.

The successful candidate/s will:

  • Be positive and passionate about winning Proportional Representation for the House of Commons.
  • Love dealing with people and bringing out the best in them.
  • Be capable of looking after diverse work-streams
  • Have broad campaign skills, relevant experience, and an ability to learn quickly and to self-manage.

The role sits within our small national campaign team, and will report directly to the campaign Co-Founders and Facilitators, Klina Jordan and Joe Sousek. The contract will be for one year, with the possibility to extend depending on progress made and campaign funding secured. The role will be flexible depending on campaign requirements.

Areas of responsibility to include:

  • Leading, coordinating, supporting and developing our community of local groups and activists around the country, facilitating grassroots campaigning and lobbying.

  • Leading, coordinating, supporting and recruiting more key volunteers, ensuring reliable, sustainable volunteer capacity is available to the campaign.

  • Playing a key role in delivering our major lobbying initiative for 2018 - the centenary of women first winning the vote.

  • Media and outreach, including updating the website, building relationships with press, creating content, managing our social media accounts and expanding our mailing list.

  • Support on other key areas of the campaign including expanding and developing the Make Votes Matter Alliance, the campaign to make PR Labour Party policy, events and other work as determined by campaign needs.

  • Ensuring there are regular initiatives / activities / events for local groups and activists to participate in; creating exciting media hooks and engagement opportunities.

  • Contributing to the direction and strategy of the campaign as part of our democratically-organised core team.

Preferred qualifications, abilities and experience:

  • Outstanding relationship building and facilitation skills

  • Ability to multitask and stay calm under pressure

  • Excellent oral and written presentation abilities

  • Strong digital skills: social media, graphic design, Google Drive, Slack etc.

  • Volunteer management experience

  • Project management expertise

  • Proven experience as a successful campaign organiser

  • A bachelor’s degree, or equivalent training, education & experience

  • Basic knowledge of PR voting systems

Ideally the successful applicant will be able to work from our Bristol HQ in lovely Clifton Wood, but we are open to applicants who may wish to work remotely for part of the time.

The role/s would be paid in line with all Make Votes Matter employees: the real living wage of £8.75 / hour, plus expenses (we’re pretty keen on equality at MVM, particularly equality of votes!). Our movement relies on thousands of small donations from individuals who are passionate about winning real democracy; we value all donations and our pay rate aims to optimise this income. Beyond financial pay, we also offer the opportunity:

  • To be part of an innovative, democratically-organised staff team.

  • To work directly with politicians, parties and organisations at the most senior levels.

  • To play a vital role in an unashamedly ambitious campaign to win the biggest advance in British democracy since women won the vote.

We positively encourage applications from people of all identities / communities / demographics, including but not restricted to those of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, disability and age. Any appointment made will be based solely on merit.

If you think this role is for you, we invite you to apply by midnight on Friday the 16th of March 2018. Please email your CV (maximum two sides of A4) and a short covering note (maximum one side of A4 equivalent) explaining why you think you’re right for the role to: We will invite a shortlist of candidates to interview, initially via video calls, with finalists invited to second-round interviews in person. Initial interviews will be held in the week commencing Monday the 26th of March.

If you know someone who you think would be good at this role please invite them to apply.