About us
38 Degrees is one of the UK’s biggest campaigning communities, involving over 2 million supporters who campaign to make the UK a better place. We’re united by a set of shared values; to defend fairness, protect rights, promote peace, preserve the planet and deepen democracy.


In the space of a week, millions of members could be campaigning on anything from protecting our NHS and stopping cuts to Universal Credit, to saving local libraries and pushing for laws that welcome more refugees.

 

38 Degrees is fiercely independent. We don’t take donations from political parties, or big donors. We’re run on hundreds of thousands of small donations from the public. This independence means we never have to hold ourselves back from taking on those with power and can truly listen to our members.

 

The entire team is currently working remotely and we are open to applicants who would like to work remotely on a permanent basis. 

Why you’ll want to work here 

The 38 Degrees culture is honest, kind, supportive, courageous, and respectful. We move fast, and frequently change plans to respond to events. We work hard but we also have fun. We regularly enjoy team away days and social hours. Benefits include

Special COVID provisions: 

What’s the role?

The Interim Tech director is responsible for leading the software development team at 38 Degrees, working closely with various Directors and Heads of departments to review our tech needs and deliver software projects which will drive 38 Degrees’ mission.

Having just settled on a new organisational strategy, your primary role over the year will be to audit our technical capability, and to devise a strategy and shape our tech team to build, buy and sustain the cutting edge tools we need to deliver that strategy. 

38 Degrees uses a mix of in house software products (our Call To Action tool and CRM), shared development within a network of peer organisations and off the shelf solutions. 

You’ll manage the competing priorities of the software development team, provide guidance and make decisions on technical direction, leading the software development team to build and support projects & products.

You’ll also build & maintain relationships with The OPEN Network – a network of organisations similar to 38 Degrees operating in countries around the world, many of whom use the same campaigning software as 38 Degrees. You’ll ensure 38 Degrees’ priorities and vision for the software within the collaboration are represented, while helping 38 Degrees learn from the processes, projects & innovations which other organisations are trying.

As a Director you’ll also be comfortable occasionally getting involved in organisation-wide projects on a wide range of topics, including helping to develop new policies & practices within the organisation, contributing to the organisational strategy, and looking across the organisation for ways we can optimise processes.

Responsibilities: include the following, (38 Degrees may add, change, or remove responsibilities based on changing priorities)

Other – any other duties as a result of a change in priority or organisational strategy

Your experience should include:

Desirable

More about you

Essential skills:

There are no formal education requirements for this role. As long as you can show us you have the skills we don’t mind where you got them from! Also important to us is your potential to learn and grow in the role so even if you don’t have 100% of the skills listed we want to hear from you.

38 Degrees is striving to build a team that reflects the diversity of our membership and our locations, and is truly inclusive. We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly people of colour, trans and non-binary people, and disabled people.  For this role we would also like to strongly encourage applications from women, who are currently underrepresented on our tech team (although well represented in the rest of the organisation).

Your commitment – You will have a commitment to 38 Degrees’ mission and values and will work as part of our wider team to drive and support change initiatives to achieve a sustainable culture.

Our commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

38 Degrees wants to make democracy work for everyone. That means living up to that mission by having a team that represents our membership and our location, making 38 Degrees a genuinely inclusive space to work. We are currently under-represented by people of colour, trans and non-binary people, older people and disabled people. We welcome applicants from these groups.

38 Degrees is deeply committed to inclusive working practices, so during the application process we commit to:

The first step of our recruitment process is for you to answer a few questions alongside sending us your CV.

 

  1. What attracted you to apply for this position at 38 Degrees?
  2. Tell us about a time you’ve had to decide on a technology strategy for an organisation. What considerations did you take into account and what process did you go through to come to a solution?
  3. Tell us about a project or achievement at work where your leadership made a major impact: what was the outcome, what was your role? 
  4. Thinking about your leadership role in teams, tell us about a sensitive or difficult decision you have led or implemented which had an impact on others. How did you handle this? What was the outcome and what did you learn?
  5. Describe how you’ve motivated teams to achieve their best performance.

You can apply for this role by emailing your CV and answers to the above questions to jake.mulryne@opusrs.com