Platform is recruiting a new campaigner!

3.5 days per week – 28 hours (flexible) approx £32,000pa pro rata (based on a 40 hour week) subject to our socially just waging system.

1 year contract – parental leave cover.

Job Description and Person Spec here: CampaignerJD2018[1]

Deadline: 10am on Wednesday 25 April
Must be available to start around the 18 June

Platform is looking for a campaigner (CampaignerJD2018[1]) to cover parental leave. They will be leading the Divest-Reinvest campaign. The successful candidate should be motivated to work towards climate justice, to democratise our energy system, and overcome oppression.

The Divest-Reinvest campaign works with local campaign groups, trade unions, and councillors nationally to move municipal pensions investment from fossil fuels corporations into investing for the public goods. Working in coalition with Friends of the Earth, 350.org, and Energy Democracy Project, we analyse pensions data, generate news stories and win the support of unions and local councillors that is needed to win divestment commitments. We have already won full and partial divestment commitments from a range of local councils including Waltham Forest, Southwark, and Merseyside. With Unison (the biggest union representing municipal workers) and the Trade Union Congress now onboard with fossil fuel divestment, now is the time for major wins.

Here’s some of what we helped made happen in the last year: Fuelling the Fire[2] – a full breakdown for all local pensions investments, media coverage from the Times of Tonbridge[3] to the Financial Times[4], and UNISON backing divestment[5].

The Divest-Reinvest Campaigne will be responsible for
:
– Producing and researching campaign materials
– Influencing decision-makers in local councils and pension funds
– Generating mass-media coverage to influence and reframe debates
– Producing social media content and email campaigns, and engaging audiences online
– Analysing pension investment data
– Collaborating with coalition partners
– Building networks of trade unionists and local councillors
– Organising and representing Platform at public events
– Fundraising and reporting to funders

Depending on the campaign strategy and the candidate’s strengths, the role can develop to emphasise some of these aspects more than others. Therefore we don’t expect you to be able to do everything in the “desirable” section of the person specification.

How to apply
Please download the job description and person specification with details of how to apply from CampaignerJD2018[1].

If you would like to discuss the role or the application process informally, email us on [email protected] (you can ask us to ring you!).

Application Deadline:
Please submit your application by 10am on Wednesday 25 April
We are aiming to conduct interviews on the 8 May

Platform strives to apply equal opportunities principles both in its recruitment and in its work. We oppose all forms of discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexuality, marital status, religion, age or disability.

The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of how well they fit the person specification, as judged by their application materials and their interview performance.

We would particularly like to encourage applications from people of colour / black or brown people, who are currently under-represented in Platform. Where two or more candidates are judged to be of equal merit, priority may be given to a BAME candidate as these groups are less well represented.

Let us know if there’s any reasonable adjustments you’d like us to make in the application and interview process in view of a disability or health issue.

Due to the ridiculous and racist border restrictions in the UK, Platform is unfortunately unable to arrange work permits for applicants without UK residency.

Platform

Platform is committed to equality, diversity and social justice. We welcome anyone who shares these values. We particularly encourage applications from women, people from ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities and other groups under represented in our areas of work. We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled candidates to show their suitability for any role.

Our organisation is a small team of people working part-time, primarily from our London office, near Bethnal Green.

What current and former staff say:

Mel Evans:

“From 2008 to 2014 I worked at Platform on issues around oil, finance, sponsorship and the arts. Previously I worked in theatre and youth work. I found the diversity of my work energising, and it also allowed me to keep developing different skills. It involved everything from large scale presentations, performance, press and media, to workshops, writing / copy editing and fundraising. The team were all very driven and passionate, but also keen to maintain a healthy work-life balance. We embraced change within the organisation so we didn’t get stuck in our ways, which I found refreshing.”

Ben Amunwa:

“I worked at Platform from September 2007 to September 2012. i was taken on to coordinate the remember saro-wiwa project. The journey ranged from campaigning on the streets of New York to fact-finding in the creeks of the Niger Delta. I was not confined to a single department or a single role, but able to develop skills across fundraising, campaigns and research and to explore my own interests, like legal cases against corporate human rights abuses. While the issues we work on are often serious, we all enjoy what we do. The relaxed and friendly atmosphere helps a lot.”

Jane Trowell:

“I’ve worked here since 1992. I can only explain it by saying that Platform is constantly being remade. The issues are very important to me, and my interest keeps being fed by new colleagues, constructively challenging each other, and the changing political contexts. Each project is very different, but we all seek the most effective and creative way of making change happen. I also like going at things from first principles. I like working by consensus. It’s very hard work sometimes. But mutual support, a cracking sense of humour, and stepping back at crucial moments is key.”

Internships and volunteering:

Platform hires interns and volunteers on an occasional basis. All opportunities will be advertised on this page. If you would like us to consider your application for an internship or voluntary position, please complete and submit this online form[6]. In addition to these positions, Platform is developing placements for researchers who wish to explore the themes of our work.

What previous interns say:

Selina Nwulu:

“My time working at Platform was a really positive experience and I found it invaluable to work for a pro-active charity that saw my potential and accepted me, without ego and hierarchy, as a colleague. I found I was much more at ease to be myself and voice my views which were taken on with the same respect and validation as everyone else. I know that my time at Platform has helped me into paid employment in environmental campaigning today and I will always consider Platform as a group of respected activists, committed to social and environmental change with a good sense of humour and steady biscuit supply!”

Endnotes:
  1. CampaignerJD2018: http://platformlondon.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/CampaignerJD2018_.pdf
  2. Fuelling the Fire: https://gofossilfree.org/uk/fuellingthefire/
  3. Times of Tonbridge: https://www.timesoftunbridgewells.co.uk/kent-county-councils-pension-plan-investments-in-tobacco-and-fossil-fuel-firms-revealed/
  4. Financial Times: https://gofossilfree.org/uk/fuellingthefire/
  5. backing divestment: http://platformlondon.org/2017/06/23/unison-pensions-divestment/
  6. this online form: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dDBBemF0S0ROSE5mbnctNnowcjc5N2c6MQ