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We’re hiring a Project Coordinator!

Are you passionate about making the housing system in London fairer? Want to be part of a project that organises renters across the city and wins? With the fight for our decent, secure, affordable housing more urgent than ever, the London Renters Union is looking for a part-time project coordinator to support building the foundations of the union and its first branches. The project coordinator will play a crucial role in facilitating the whole project’s development, through supporting the interim steering group and outreach, comms and fundraising working groups, which are made up of volunteers.

The ideal applicant will have strong project management, administrative and communication skills as well as experience and understanding of housing in London, unions, and organising for change. You will need to be organised and able to work independently. The role is a good opportunity for someone looking for flexible work alongside a motivated community of activists and volunteers.

The London Renters Union is a London-wide project to build a mass, member-led union that organises and builds solidarity between private renters across London in all their diversity, is financially and administratively independent from government, and has the power to win the change we need. For more information about the London Renters Union, please visit londonrentersunion.org

Terms and conditions

  • The post is offered on a self-employed basis, for 6 months, with possibility of extension (subject to funding).
  • This is a temporary, fixed term contract which shall last for 6 months from the date of commencement of your contract with the Renters Power Project. The post is part-time recommending 22.5 hours p/w (3 days pro-rata) and based in London. The rate of pay is £100/day or £13.30/hr.
  • Your suggested ordinary working hours will be no more than 22.5 hours per week. You will be expected to work some evenings and weekends. You are not expected to record the hours you have worked but you will be required to send a weekly, written report to the SG about your activities. You will be expected to attend all Steering Group meetings and some key working group meetings. You are eligible to take Time Off In Lieu for any excess hours worked.
  • You will be entitled to the equivalent of 5 weeks a year paid holiday (pro-rata – 15 days; 7.5 days for 6 months) plus bank holidays (since the post is part time this works out 4.8 days pro rata; 2.4 days for 6 months); and up to 10 days a year paid sick leave (5 days for 6 months).
  • We will cover reasonable work-related expenses, and will supply a phone with a contract.
  • You will need to be based in London, precise location to be negotiated – there is the possibility of working in Newspeak House, a community space near the top of Brick Lane, on Bethnal Green Road. We may be able to support working from home.

How to apply

To apply please send a CV and covering letter, referring to the Job Description and Person Specification below. The covering letter should be no more than two-sides of A4 and should demonstrate how your skills and experience meet the person specification. You should also mention your motivations for applying the role and what you could bring to it.

The application should be sent to renterspowerproject@gmail.com by Wednesday 30 August

Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview in the week beginning Monday 4 September. We will aim to make a decision by the end of that week. We hope that the selected applicant will start as soon as possible after that date.  

The application process is being managed by members of the interim steering group. If you have any questions about the role please email renterspowerproject@gmail.com

 

JOB DESCRIPTION

Essential aspects

Project management:

  • Overseeing the activities of the steering group and working groups, including checking in with members of these groups by email, phone or in person to ensure that tasks are completely effectively, efficiently and on time
  • Arranging, attending and facilitating steering group meetings, which run roughly fortnightly and may be in the evening (not necessarily all)
  • Building and liaising with the advisory group/network
  • Supporting the establishment of the London Renters Union as a legal entity, including organising a roundtable with governance experts

Administrative work:

  • Providing administrative support to the outreach group (e.g. printing flyers and other resources, buying materials for banners)
  • Answering email enquiries and redirecting to appropriate people (including media enquiries)
  • Email list administration, including moderation, adding new members and troubleshooting, and seeking ways of streamlining email load
  • Ensuring fortnightly steering group meetings take place, including finding a suitable venue and agendas, minutes and other documents are clear and timely.
  • Drafting and sending out monthly announcement email to announce list
  • Managing finances

Additional tasks that may be done, time permitting

Project management:

  • Facilitating meetings focused on strategy or resolving difficult questions, predominantly with the steering group
  • Supporting the development of the union’s branding
  • Supporting the development of a pilot organising approach for the union’s first branches
  • Supporting working groups in organising events around London to promote the union and our work.

Administrative work:

  • Updating media contact lists
  • Supporting the comms team for website and social media (Twitter and Facebook)
  • Assisting in funding applications, seeking new sources of funding, and making sure the union submits reports to funders (as required)

 

PERSON SPECIFICATION:

Skills and Attributes

Essential:

  • Committed to the concept of a London Renters Union and passionate about building the power of private renters to win better housing conditions.
  • Able to use clear and effective systems for managing projects and tasks.
  • Able to manage and prioritise multiple tasks and re-organise workloads to incorporate urgent deadlines.
  • Organised, flexible, and able to work independently as well as in a team
  • Competent use of applications (word documents, spreadsheets)
  • Competent with using the internet, web and social media
  • Able to communicate effectively (verbally, written) and work with a wide range of stakeholders [e.g. activists, community groups, disadvantaged groups, funders, media & decision makers]
  • Ability to establish and maintain strong working relationships with a wide range of people.
  • Facilitation skills

Desirable:

  • Understanding of different approaches to mobilising and organising

Experience and Knowledge

Essential:

  • Experience of project management (at least 1 year)
  • Experience of activism or campaigning
  • Basic knowledge of the London’s Housing Crisis

Desirable

  • Detailed knowledge of London’s Housing Crisis
  • Knowledge of the landscape of different Housing Organisations in London
  • Experience of working with / being accountable to steering and working groups
  • Experience of being a private renter in London
  • Experience of being part of activist or community groups organising around Housing.