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We actively encourage applications from people with a variety of backgrounds, experience and perspectives. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under represented at 38 Degrees.

Jobs

Campaigner

NB: We offer a loan of up to £700 for a rent deposit, which you would pay back to 38 Degrees over six months

Campaigners at 38 Degrees are responsible for designing and delivering effective campaign tactics that build our people-powered movements and win campaigns. We’re looking for outstanding campaigners with proven abilities to use technology creatively (mass email, CRM tools, digital marketing) and brilliant communications skills (media relations, social content and top-notch copywriting). You’ll work with campaign managers and directors to input into campaign strategy, and you’ll also take on ownership of smaller campaigns.

You’ll probably have 1-2 years of relevant experience, but this doesn’t necessarily need to be in a NGO or digital campaigning. You do need to be able to convince us that you’ve got the ability to pick tech skills up quickly.

Your salary will depend on your experience but will probably be in the range of £26-35k.

Responsibilities:

  • Technology: Deliver high-quality digital actions for 38 Degrees members and use your creativity to design inspiring and impactful journeys for 38 Degrees members – from signing a petition through to registering for an offline event.
  • Communications: Write emails – quickly and effectively – to send to millions of 38 Degrees members. Publish and edit other online content such as blogs and social media posts.
  • Campaign strategy: Work with Campaigns Managers and Directors to help shape campaign strategy. Speak to experts and collaborate with other organisations. Spot and run smaller campaigns.
  • Campaign tactics: Organise campaign actions and logistics, from media sell-ins to public meetings.
  • Work closely with Campaigns Interns to ensure actions are delivered to high quality, including line management and/or being responsible for output.

Your skills and experience

This is a challenging role that requires 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.

Your core skills and experience will include:

  • A proven ability to get to grips with new technology (like a mass email platform or the Facebook ad platform) quickly and calmly
  • Professionalism, efficiency and results-oriented delivery on short timelines.
  • The ability to write fantastic, clear, persuasive copy quickly
  • Commitment to social change and people power
  • Fantastic teamwork skills and the ability to work quickly and collaboratively
  • The ability to multi-task and thrive in an organisation where our campaign priorities change with the news agenda
  • The ability to get to grips with complex logistics and campaign plans
  • A creative head for campaign tactics
  • The ability to get to grips with a new campaign area without getting lost in detail
  • A willingness to take risks, fail and adapt

The job is often driven by a campaign cycle, so there are times that involve long hours and times that don’t. Our culture recognises both the needs of campaigns and the need for rest and for our staff to have a life. The position will be based in our London office in Farringdon.

Please apply by sending a CV and Covering Letter to recruitment@38degrees.org.uk

Closing date is 9th August 2016

Campaigner (Scotland)

Updated 20 June, 2016
We are looking for an energetic, imaginative campaigner to join our Scottish office, based in Leith.

Campaigners are at the core of 38 Degrees’ work, from research and development of national online campaigns, to offline stunts and campaign deliveries.

38 Degrees is one of Scotland’s biggest campaigning communities, with over 300,000 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 members have contributed to some incredible, people-powered victories since we started working together to make change happen. Together, we’ve helped stop fracking and UCG in Scotland, toughened up land reform legislation and weighed in on the fight against tax credit cuts. 38 Degrees members choose our campaigns, and keep the organisation going: all our funding comes from our members chipping in.

As a Campaigner, you will support and help lead the research, development, and running of campaigns on a range of issues, helping to channel 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!

Responsibilities

  • Identify, design, and execute rapid-response social change advocacy campaigns with the potential for explosive growth and swift victories.
  • 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 organisations, and community members in key issue areas to facilitate the use of our platform for social change.
  • Consult with experts and support the development of a strong strategies, policies, and messages
  • Undertake appropriate public speaking / media duties.
  • 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 requires 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.

Your core skills and experience will include:

  • Professionalism, efficiency and results-oriented delivery on short timelines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Passion and commitment to global 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.
  • Enthusiasm for a wide range of global, UK and Scottish issues, and a readiness to move swiftly between them, while being able to rapidly focus in on the details of each.
  • Strong strategic thinking and campaign planning skills.
  • Project management skills – this job requires timely and decisive project prioritisation and resource allocation.
  • Creativity for campaign tactics and strategies.
  • An understanding of the UK and Scottish media landscape and how to work within it to highlight important issues.
  • Tech savvy.
  • A willingness to take risks, fail and adapt.

The job is often driven by a campaign cycle, so there are times that involve long hours and times that don’t. Our culture recognises both the needs of campaigns and the need for rest and for our staff to have a life. The position will be based in our Scottish office in Leith.

Apply using this link.

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

Campaigns Internship and Campaigns By You internship

Organisation: 38 Degrees

Salary range: £20,800 – £23,300 pro rated

Location: London

NB: We offer a loan of up to £700 for a rent deposit, which you would pay back to 38 Degrees over six months

Hours: Full Time (40 hours a week)
Position type: Paid
Contract: Fixed Term Contract, 6 months
Closing date: 5th August 2016. Interviews will be held on 24th August in Farringdon, London.
Website: www.38degrees.org.uk
Contact telephone: 02079706023

38 Degrees is one of the leading campaigning organisations in the UK.  Together, we’ve helped stop the privatisation of England’s forests and seen off some of the worst aspects of the government’s plans for the NHS. 38 Degrees members choose our campaigns, and keep the organisation going: all our funding comes from our members chipping in.

38 Degrees Internships are 6 months in length and begin on a quarterly basis. The current application is open until 5th August, to begin the internship in September 2016.

38 Degrees 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 believe democracy works better when more people get involved.

CAMPAIGNS INTERNSHIP INVOLVES:

-Working alongside the 38 Degrees campaigns staff in every aspect of planning and running our people-powered campaigns.

-Leading on specific projects, such as putting on events and making creative content seen by millions of people.

-Developing your strategic and practical understanding of delivering campaigns, as well as acquiring highly-transferable technical and communications skills.

A day in the life of a Campaigns Intern could involve: 

– discussing a campaign opportunity with the 38 Degrees team

– putting up a post on 38 Degrees’ Facebook page which thousands of people will share

– writing an email and building the tech to enable hundreds of thousands of people to campaign on the opportunity which the 38 Degrees team spotted only a few hours ago!

CAMPAIGNS BY YOU INTERNSHIP INVOLVES:

-Working alongside the Campaigns By You team in every aspect of supporting 38 Degrees members to run inspiring local and national campaigns

-Leading on specific projects, such as working out the strategy to help members win their ow campaigns and making creative content seen by millions of people.

-Developing your strategic and practical understanding of delivering campaigns, as well as acquiring highly-transferable technical and communications skills.

A day in the life of a Campaigns By You (CBY) Intern could involve:
– Helping moderate the new campaigns that members set up every morning

– calling some petition starters to offer advice on how their campaign could really take off: how to more signatures, how to speak to their local paper, and how they can win!

– writing an email to 38 Degrees members and building the tech to enable thousands of people to sign the petition

– Organising a petition hand in or public meeting about a campaign

Please indicate on your application which internships you’d like to be considered for.

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 your 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 seriously thinking about a career in campaigning.

-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 an ability to apply attention to detail and concentration in busy surroundings, whether the job is big or small.

-Have an 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 technology skills quickly.

-Be eligible to work in the UK.

Here’s what some of last year’s 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 is a fantastic introduction to campaigning – I’ve learned a lot about spotting campaigns, building strategies, supporting local campaigners, using the media and working with tech. 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.

TO APPLY

Please click here to apply. 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.

Interviews will be held on 24th August in Farringdon, London.

 

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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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