Job title: Divest Invest Campaigner
Job purpose: To work on Platform’s Divest Invest Campaign in the lead up to COP26 by mobilising and supporting local groups, lobbying and working with local decision-makers and trade unions, managing events and research.
Hours: 32 hours per week (4 days based on a 40 hour week), flexible by arrangement. Must be able to work in our office on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Contract duration: 12 months starting February 2020 (subject to 3 month probationary period)
Salary: £33,000 pa, pro rata adjusted according to need, in line with Platform’s Social Justice Waging System. See Terms & Conditions, below.
Location: Based in our London office.
Responsible to: Line Manager, Management Group and Trustees
Platform brings together campaigners, educators, environmentalists, artists and community activists. We create innovative projects driven by the need for social and ecological justice. Our methods are interdisciplinary. We combine the power of art with the tangible goals of campaigning. We use in-depth research to imagine an alternative future. For more details, please see the ‘background’ section below.
The Divest Invest campaign
The Divest Invest campaign targets local government pension funds. We campaign to move investments out of fossil fuel companies and into the public good. We work with organisations such as Friends of the Earth, trade unions, councillors and local campaigners to win divestment commitments and move money. So far, we have won fourteen divestment full and partial commitments totalling around £22 billion. These include Waltham Forest, Southwark, and Merseyside, amongst others. Platform, working with grassroots trade union members, persuaded Unison to change their position to support divestment. This was crucial, as they are the biggest union representing municipal workers.
In 2019, the climate movement erupted. Councils declared climate emergencies all over the country. Wider movements organised and called for immediate climate action. In 2020, this trend will continue, culminating when Glasgow hosts COP26. Fossil fuel divestment is a practical solution for councils to show climate leadership. Likewise, it is a viable, longer term local campaign opportunity for the resurgent climate movement. In the lead up to COP26, we will provide tailored support for local divestment groups. We will analyse vital investment data and generate news stories to build momentum. At the same time, we will bring more trade unions and school strikers into the movement. We will help councils divest, hosting councillor events across the country. Then, as they divest, we will research region specific positive alternatives for pension investment.
Platform’s other projects
The Divest Invest campaign is one of many projects Platform delivers.
In our other projects, we are:
The successful candidate should be motivated to work towards climate justice, to democratise our energy system, and overcome oppression. Working in coalition with other organisations such as Friends of the Earth, alongside local campaign groups and together with two other team members, you will work on the Divest Invest campaign.
The work could entail:
- Supporting local groups in divestment campaigns. This could mean;
- travelling to meet campaigners,
- regular phone check ups,
- co-creating localised campaign strategies,
- delivering training
- generating news stories
- Analysing pension investment data
- Working with trade union members and local councillors
- Collaborating with coalition partners
- Organising and representing Platform at public events
- Getting media coverage for the campaign
You may not feel confident in your ability in all of these. Don’t worry about this. We will provide support. Don’t count yourself out before applying!
We expect the applicant to meet most of the essentials listed here, and some of the desirable. (But nobody meets everything!). A university degree is not a requirement.
Essential experience or skills
● Strong and constructive team worker
● Ability and interest in working with local groups and
● Commitment to collective working in a flat / non-hierarchical setting
● Motivation to work towards climate justice, a just transition for high carbon workers, to democratise our energy system, and overcome oppression
● Interest in working with trade unions and/or councillors
● Time-management skills (incl the ability to work on several parallel pieces of work)
● Ability to think strategically about how to make change happen
● Confident writer; able to use campaign language, motivate people and also to use more formal policy language.
● Effective event organiser
‘Desirable’ experience or skills (a reminder: we do not expect applicants to cover a majority of these, you are welcome to pick several to focus on)
● Knowledge of the UK divest campaign landscape and the wider divest campaign
● Understanding of intersectional politics
● Able to generate mass media coverage and influence mass media debates
● Campaign research or data analysis skills
● Able to engage / influence decision makers
● Experience of working inside trade unions and/or local council
● Experience of campaigning (in a paid or unpaid capacity)
If you are considering applying, but feel you may not meet all the criteria - let us decide that - don’t count yourself out!
Equal opportunities / Decolonising our work
Platform strives to apply equal opportunities principles both in its recruitment and in its work. We oppose all forms of unlawful or lawful discrimination on the grounds of colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexuality, marital status, religion, age or disability.
Further background on Platform:
Platform is a leading charity campaigning for social and environmental justice. Our methods are interdisciplinary, combining the power of art with the tangible goals of campaigning, the rigor of in-depth research with the vision to promote an alternative future.
The arts are a central part of Platform's work. This allows us to be consistently innovative and creative in our campaigns. Platform's cultural profile enables the work to reach a wide and diverse audience. Our work is led by our values (you can read more in our values statement).
Our work delivers results. Working with Iraqi colleagues, we succeeded in stopping an oil law that would have given companies like BP and Shell long-term control over Iraq’s oil, in spite of intense pressure from US and UK occupation forces. We were part of pushing the mayors of London and Manchester to set up public energy companies for the cities, supporting UNISON activists to pass a fossil fuel divestment policy nationally, pushing Tate to drop BP sponsorship, getting RBS to stop financing tar sands, and supporting social movements from Uganda to Egypt to Scotland. We are internationally recognised for our analysis, ideas, methods and impacts.
Platform promotes shared leadership and collaboration, and our structure reflects this. We value everybody’s work equally and support each other to make ambitious projects possible.
As a charity, ultimate responsibility for and control of the organisation lie with the Board of Trustees. However, instead of an Executive Director, we have a rotating Management Group (MG). All permanent staff are invited to join the MG nine months after starting a role in Platform, subject to approval of MG members.
MG members have specific responsibilities for running different aspects of the organisation, and report to Trustees and the wider organisation. As this is a limited term contract the new campaigner will be line-managed by a member of the MG.
How to apply:
Please submit your application by 10.00am on December 16th. We are aiming to conduct interviews in the week starting 6th January.
Please send us:
3. A filled out Equal Opportunities form. These are used for our own monitoring purposes so we can improve our recruitment process to make it more accessible and inclusive. The information will not be used for selection purposes except for the positive action described below.
Email your application to email@example.com by 10.00am on 16 December. Please use the subject heading: ‘Divest Invest Vacancy’.
We would particularly like to encourage applications from people of colour / black or brown people, who are currently underrepresented in Platform (as well as the non-profit sector as a whole). Where two or more candidates are judged to be of equal merit, priority may be given to a BME candidate who belongs to a less well represented group.
Due to limited capacity we are unable to reply to applicants who have not been invited for interview.
However, where possible, we will provide short written feedback for any candidate, should you want it. If you would like this, please state it in the main body of your email when applying.
Terms & conditions
Your salary will be determined by Platform’s ground-breaking Social Justice Waging System, based on a core rate £33,000 per annum, pro rata. Under this radical scheme, not only are all staff subject to the same salary levels (regardless of position in the organisation), the levels are adjusted according to need. For example, those with substantial inherited savings are paid less than those without, and there are extra salary increases available to those with children or dependents. We believe this system constitutes a major step forward in providing equal opportunities.
For each year’s employment, staff are rewarded with an increase in salary of 1% per year worked. The details of the System are reviewed regularly, with all staff encouraged to participate in the review. Details of the System (including principles, rationale and mechanisms) are available on request, from firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hours of work: 32 hours per week (4 days based on a 40 hour week), flexible by arrangement. Must be able to work in our office on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Contract: 12 months starting February 2020 (subject to 3 months’ probationary period)
Holiday: 30 days per calendar year plus bank holidays (pro-rata)
Place of work: Platform office at Oxford House, off Bethnal Green Road, London. Some working from home is possible, by negotiation.
Notice of termination: One month from either side.
Access: Platform will make whatever reasonable adjustment to the office or to working arrangements so as to accommodate the needs of disabled people as possible. Platform’s office is on the second floor, with step-free access using a ramp and a lift. Step-free access bathrooms are available on the ground floor of the building.
If you need adjustments to be made to the application and/or interview process please let us know.