Are you passionate about housing justice? Do you want to work for a community-led grassroots network? With the fight for our homes more urgent than ever, Radical Housing Network is looking for a part-time coordinator to support the growth of the network as we look to develop sustained and effective housing campaigns. The coordinator will perform essential administrative tasks and help organise events and training for network members.
The ideal applicant will have strong administrative and communication skills and some knowledge of community struggles and housing issues. You will need to be organised and able to work independently. The role is a good opportunity for someone looking for flexible work within a motivated activist community.
Radical Housing Network is a London-wide solidarity network of over 30 housing groups founded on the principle that everyone deserves a decent home. We support a diversity of tactics from lobbying to direct action. We’ve organised occupations, eviction resistance and London-wide actions and protests against developers and politicians. With estate demolitions, evictions and soaring rents continuing unabated and the devastating Housing and Planning Act about to be implemented, we want to raise our game. For more about RHN please explore radicalhousingnetwork.org or find us on FB or Twitter.
Terms and conditions
The post is part-time 14 hours p/w (2 days pro-rata) and based in London. The rate of pay is £10.30/hr in 2016, rising to £10.70/hr in 2017.
Holiday is 5 weeks (pro-rata: 10 days) a year paid holiday (plus 8 bank holidays; pro-rata: 3.2 days). Up to 5 days a year paid sick leave.
Please note the role is offered initially for 12 months with possibility of extension (subject to funding).
Location of work to be negotiated – there is the possibility of working in Sylvia’s Corner, Focus E15’s space in Stratford. We may be able to support working from home. We will cover work-related expenses.
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 one-side 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 email@example.com by Sunday 28 August.
Shortlisted applicants will be invited to interview during the week beginning Monday 5 September. We will make a decision by Monday 12 September, and hope that the selected applicant will start as soon as possible after that date.
The application process is being managed by a Coordinator Steering Group, made up of three network members. If you have any questions about the role please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Answering email enquiries
- Oversight for website and social media (Twitter and Facebook). Regular social media and website updates, keeping London housing events/actions calendar up-to-date.
- Email list administration, including moderation, adding new members and troubleshooting, and seeking ways of streamlining email load.
- Ensuring monthly network meetings take place, are advertised, are minuted, and minutes are distributed.
- Draft and send out monthly announcement email, ie digest of RHN and local events/actions/meetings etc plus summary of key news/policy stories.
- Redirecting enquiries to appropriate people (including media enquiries).
- Creating and maintaining resource pages for website.
- Reporting to the steering group on a monthly basis, with a review every quarter.
- Taking a role in organising towards events organised by the network e.g. conferences, demonstrations.
- Helping to organise or facilitate relevant trainings for network members’ development.
- Supporting the activities of network members.
- Responding to conversations on the email discussion list when they aren’t picked up by other members.
Addition tasks that may be done, time permitting
- Updating media contact lists
- Recording useful links, case studies, details of active housing (and associated) groups and other useful information (e.g. cheap printers, activists, academics).
- Monitoring key housing and political websites for new legislation being mooted, discussed or introduced, and sharing this information via website and/or monthly RHN monthly digest.
- Assisting in funding renewal applications, seeking new sources of funding, and making sure RHN submits regular reports to existing funders (as required).
- Supporting the development of relationships with existing housing groups and between existing groups working on similar issues and/or in similar locations.
- Helping create RHN materials e.g. flyers for events, generic flyers for different target groups (renters, bargees, etc) and ensuring that they are available for events and local member groups.
- Assisting member volunteers representing RHN at talks/ events, prepare materials such as presentations and info sheets.
- Assisting working groups (e.g. media, research, eviction resistance).
- Organised, flexible, and able to work independently
- Able to use a computer and applications (word documents, spreadsheets)
- Competent with using the internet, web and social media (or a desire to learn)
- An able communicator (verbally, written)
· Knowledge of the housing sector, and community struggles