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Jobs

Organiser

About 38 Degrees

38 Degrees is one of the UK’s biggest campaigning communities, with millions of members. We’re united by a set of shared values; to defend fairness, protect rights, promote peace, preserve the planet and deepen democracy. We come together to decide which issues we campaign on, and the actions we take.

38 Degrees puts power into people’s hands. We’re helping to strengthen democracy by giving 38 Degrees members a new way to be involved in politics. We want to be more than just voters and ensure our voices are heard all of the time, not just once every five years. We are a community of people who want positive change.

38 Degrees members have contributed to some incredible, people-powered victories since we started working together to make change happen. We helped stop the government’s cuts to tax credits and most recently we helped make the government u-turn on forcing schools to become academies.

The 38 Degrees office team pride ourselves on nimble, focused campaigns that we’re more likely to put together in two hours than two weeks. That means our team is decisive, ambitious and happy to take risks. We’re characterised by our energy and enthusiasm; we’d rather aim high and see what happens, than play it safe. We’re passionate about putting 38 Degrees members first – we believe democracy works better when more people get involved.

About the role

We are seeking experienced organisers to join our team on a permanent basis to fill a variety of roles.

As an Organiser, you will support and help 38 Degrees members to build a sense of a 38 Degrees community and help members campaign on a range of issues – channelling the time and money of our members in the most effective ways possible. Most of our team are currently generalists but we warmly welcome specialists who want to get involved in a bit of everything!

  • Supporting members to organise offline and win campaigns locally and nationally
  • Support members directly to build local organising capacity and bring key groups into 38 Degrees campaigns
  • Create opportunities for affinity building between members as well as with 38 Degrees. Eg. Creating interesting events and opportunities to build a social bond between members. Film nights, book clubs, fundraiser parties etc.
  • Identify and action opportunities to broaden 38 Degrees appeal with new audiences and different demographics.
  • Identify and action potential partner opportunities to further these aims
  • Organise campaign actions and logistics, from media purchases to public petition deliveries.
  • Work with our team of campaigners to support the people who start petitions on our platform — providing strategic advice, conducting media outreach, and promoting them across the web and to our members via email.
  • Build and maintain relationships with community members in key issue areas to facilitate the use of our platform for social change.
  • Publish and edit online content. Consult and correspond with 38 Degrees members wherever possible.
  • Help to shape the overall strategic direction of the organisation, and at times support other tasks of the organisation including recruitment, team building, management, and special projects.

Your skills and experience
These are challenging roles that require hard work, flexibility, good judgment, initiative and an ability to deliver results. You will have a deep commitment to our mission of empowering people everywhere to win campaigns on critical issues.

The role we are advertising require organisers with at least 2 years experience. This experience doesn’t necessarily need to come from paid work, it can be from work that you have done on a voluntary basis or in your own community.

Your core skills and experience could include:

  • Identifying, designing, and winning a campaign with on or offline tactics
  • Facilitation experience – this job will require working with lots of different members and experience in making sure everyone can participate is important
  • Event management experience
  • Training or teaching people
  • Proven track record of working with community, university or other groups
  • Professionalism, efficiency and results-oriented delivery on short timelines
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Passion and commitment to justice, citizen empowerment and social change
  • Understanding of how civic advocacy and public campaigning function
  • Strong teamwork skills, comfortable in a highly collaborative team culture and a hierarchical team structure
  • Project management skills – this job requires timely and decisive project prioritisation and resource allocation
  • Creativity for campaign tactics and strategies
  • Tech savviness
  • A willingness to take risks, fail and adapt

The job is often driven by a campaign cycle, so there are times that involve long ours and times that dont.  Our culture recognises both the needs of campaigns and the need for rest and for our staff to have a life.

Salary and benefits: Competitive salary: guide £25,000 – £40,000 dependent on experience. 27 days paid annual leave plus bank holidays.  Flexible budget for professional development, coaching etc.
Location: central London office with some UK travel required
Hours: Full Time

Closing date: We are looking for someone to start as soon as possible so we encourage early applications. Our current closing date is the 10th June 2016 however this may be extended.

Contact telephone: 02079706023

How to apply
Please email your CV and a cover letter which must include how you fit the person specification and why you want to work for 38 Degrees.

Email: recruitment@38degrees.org.uk

If you have any questions, please drop us an email we’d be happy to chat.

Software Engineer (Ruby)

Updated 3rd May 2016

Work on the cutting edge of political campaigning with a small high-performing in-house tech team. 38 Degrees creates software that allows millions of people to make their voices heard on the issues that matter to them – through the internet and on the ground. We’re recruiting innovative problem solvers who are passionate about taking our technology platform to the next level. This is an opportunity to join our team of campaigners and work together to design, build, break and reinvent the tools that help make the UK fairer, protect our environment and enhance our democracy.

38 Degrees is a campaigning community of millions who come together to take action and win campaigns on issues such as protecting our NHS, clamping down on tax dodging and stopping climate change. We use tools like petitions, emailing representatives, meeting our MPs in our towns and much more. Together we’ve already won some impressive victories, like protecting tax credits from government cuts and delaying the dangerous international trade-deal TTIP. And we’re just getting started!

Technology is core to our mission. We’ve been at the forefront of digital activism for the past 7 years. We’ve built tools for organising hundreds of simultaneous events, connecting members with their local representatives and allowing members to take over 1 million actions per month. We want to massively expand our on-the-ground organising abilities, find new ways to connect members together and expand into new channels like mobile push and Whatsapp. We need talented engineers to turn ideas into reality.

This is a software engineering role someone passionate about working with a collaborative, multidisciplinary, mission-driven team. Managed by the Lead Software Engineer you’ll work on the design and implementation of our tech platform, composed of several inter-related apps and services. You’ll work closely with the rest of the team to deliver our organisational mission.

The flamingo is a fantastic colleague.

Day-to-day:

  • Work on new features across our different apps, fix bugs and keep a watch on potential security and performance issues
  • Work with campaigners to bring campaign ideas to life. You’ll ask questions to help people get clear on what it is they’re trying to do and the best way to achieve it.
  • Help make decisions with the rest of the team about where to focus development for the next week or month.
  • Collaborate directly with international partner organisations in countries around the world – making pull requests and checking out the latest commits.
  • Take time to play and be creative with ideas for campaigning tools that you’re excited about.

Essential skills and experience:

  • Fluent in at least on programming language and framework
  • Determined and thorough- can see a project through from idea to prototyping, design, production, scaling and beyond

This might be the job for you if you are:

  • A quick learner
  • A builder and a problem solver. Able to rapidly get new features and apps up and running. Willing to experiment and fail
  • Excited about designing the whole architecture of an application or platform
  • Excited by creating tech for new ways to engage millions of people in political action
  • Passionate about working with a collaborative, multidisciplinary, mission-driven team!

To apply and for more details on the stack of technology you’ll be working on, click here.

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Internship Program

Our paid internships are 6 month fixed term contracts and salary is based on the London living wage.  Exact details will be published when we open for applications.

Applications are open: early summer

Our interns are characterised by their energy and enthusiasm. You’ll have the ability to pick things up quickly, a can-do attitude and a passion and pride in what you do. You’ll work hard and learn fast. In return, you will be equipped with all the skills and experiences you need to build a career in this fast and exciting area of campaigning. You’ll also be a valued member of our friendly, close-knit office team.

At 38 Degrees we pride ourselves on nimble, focused campaigns that we’re more likely to put together in two hours than two weeks. That means our team is decisive, ambitious and happy to take risks. We’d rather aim high and see what happens, than play it safe. We’re passionate about putting 38 Degrees members first – we believe democracy works better when more people get involved.

ROLE

      • Work alongside the 38 Degrees campaigns staff in every aspect of planning and running our people-powered campaigns.
      • Lead on specific campaigns and particular areas of work.
      • Develop your strategic and practical understanding of delivering campaigns, as well as acquiring highly-transferable technical and communications skills.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

All candidates must have some experience of campaigning, and ideally will be able to show the impact of their contribution. This experience doesn’t need to come from paid work, it can be from work that you have done on a voluntary basis or in your own community.

You must also:

      • Be passionate about the issues that 38 Degrees works on, including protecting public services, campaigning for social justice, making our tax and banking systems fairer and protecting the environment.
      • Have a desire to learn how campaigning works and how to use people power to make change happen.
      • Be energetic with a flexible can-do attitude, and ready to work hard alongside everyone on our tight-knit team.
      • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, enabling you to work well with other team members and ask for help when it’s needed.
      • Have the ability to apply attention to detail and concentration in busy surroundings, whether the job is big or small.
      • Have the ability to work proactively and independently, meet deadlines and prioritise tasks as well as mucking in to help the team.
      • Be comfortable with using IT and able to learn new skills quickly.

TO APPLY

When the system re-opens in early summer, you will be asked for your details, a short writing task, a covering letter which must include how you fit the person specification and why you want to work for 38 Degrees, as well as a CV.

 

Here’s what some previous interns have said about our programme:

“If you’re an aspiring campaigner then you will not find a better school than 38 Degrees. Think of it as a lab that mixes concepts like people-power with innovative tactics to deliver ever more ambitious campaigns. Each week will be different. If you want to work on a wide range of campaigns and learn something new everyday then 38 Degrees is the place to go.”

“The 38 Degrees internship provides a fantastic insight into the world of campaigning. You’ll have the chance to work on a whole range of issues, from social and environmental justice to tackling corporate corruption, and you’ll be trained in the essential tools of digital campaigning in a challenging and exciting working environment. It’s fast-paced, varied and fun!”

“The internship programme set me up for being a campaigner. The staff team were really gracious with their time, making sure I was always learning and given new tasks to stretch myself. I finished the internship having run some campaigns – and won! – and this would have never happened without the training and support I was given.”

 

Please note that any offer of work will be conditional upon the successful candidate:

1. having the right to work in the United Kingdom which (i) is not invalid, (ii) has not ceased to have effect, or (iii) is subject to a condition preventing him/her from accepting the employment; or
2. obtaining the right to work in the United Kingdom prior to commencing work.

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Volunteer opportunities

Volunteer in the London office

Could you volunteer part-time each week from the office in London?

We’re looking for people who can commit to coming in to 38 Degrees’ central London office for a total of 2 or 3 days per week during office hours (9am – 6pm), for 3 to 4 months. This will be a great chance to meet like-minded people and get stuck in with all the work behind the scenes at 38 Degrees.

Lunch and travel expenses will be provided.

As an office volunteer, you’ll be involved in processing cheque donations, answering the phone, handling routine email queries, moderating discussions on social media and ad hoc office duties. There’ll also be regular opportunities to take part in campaign activity, like attending petition hand-ins and rallies.

You read more and express an interest here:
https://secure.38degrees.org.uk/volunteer-skills

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