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Rethinking Economics (RE) is an international network working to build a better economics in society and the classroom. Our purpose is to build a diverse movement of people who challenge, interrogate and renew the practice, teaching and application of economics in order to create economies across the globe who serve people and planet. We started as a student movement in 2012 and have since grown to become a registered charity with a 5-person staff team. Through a mixture of campaigning, events and projects, we support 51 groups in 24 countries around the world, alongside thousands of supportive members of the public, to reform the university economics curriculum to make it more pluralist, critical and applicable to the real world.

Rethinking Economics is undertaking an exciting expansion in which we are developing the future of the organisation. This role will play an integral part of establishing the direction of Rethinking Economics.

Job Purpose

Rethinking Economics (RE) has two campaign strands, diversity and economics education. This role will focus on diversity. RE’s diversity campaign argues that we need to see more diversity in economics, in the curriculum, the student body and the profession. You will take an intersectional approach to understanding the lack of diversity, and will ensure that this runs throughout your analysis. The diversity strand of our campaign is new, and  you will be required to lead on the strategy you co-create with the team. You will work with our international network of students to understand and support their current projects, and work with them to campaign on the lack of diversity in economics.  You will work with members of the network to incubate and facilitate projects that will lead to long-term change.

The Campaigns Manager role for Rethinking Economics is based with the Manchester staff team in the UK. The role is multi-faceted, with half of your time being spent on supporting the needs of our international student movement, as well as working on high level strategies and projects. The purpose of the role is to energise and invigorate the student campaign, as well as leading in the direction of RE’s new diversity campaign.

Key responsibilities

We are looking for a highly motivated and driven individual, who is a strategic thinker, and able to work well independently, as well as part of a staff team.

  • Strategy: You will work with the director and staff team to develop campaign strategy;
  • Campaigning;
  • Volunteer organising;
  • Supporting and strengthening our international network;
  • Campaign training;
  • Events and communications;
  • Building external relationships.

Person specification

Rethinking Economics is a transitioning organisation and seeks an ambitious and driven individual able to develop with the role, and take on increasing responsibility.

Please note - a University degree is not a requirement for this role, but evidence of suitability for role is essential. 

Essential experience or skills

  • Ability to think strategically;
  • Capacity to inspire and enthuse volunteers;
  • Research skills, and ability to apply this research to action;
  • Experience of being a representative or spokesperson for a group, project or organisation;
  • Ability to work on large scale events, either supporting or managing, working well under pressure;
  • Ability to develop working relationships with people in positions of power, for example, MP’s and business leaders;
  • Ability to prioritise effectively to meet competing demands, through excellent organisation, time management and relationship management skills;
  • High computer literacy and adaptability particularly using Email, Word, Excel, with experience of using the Google Suite an advantage.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to listen and collaborate effectively with the staff team;
  • Determination to see tasks through and to deliver consistently high-quality work to deadlines with limited supervision;
  • Ability to form and maintain good working relationships with colleagues inside the organisation and partners outside;
  • Evidence of high level of organisational and planning skills;
  • Flexibility and ability to thrive in a constantly changing environment;
  • Enthusiasm for, and commitment to, the goals of Rethinking Economics.

Desirable experience or skills (We do not expect applicants to cover the majority of these, you are welcome to pick several to focus on)

  • Project management skills;
  • Evidence of event planning;
  • Experience of grassroots organising;
  • Movement building experience;
  • Good understanding of campaigns theory;
  • Evidence of running and organising training sessions;
  • Commitment to changing economics curricula with the vision of economic system change.

What we offer

  • The opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values-driven movement working to achieve lasting social change;
  • An exciting opportunity to play an integral role in shaping a small but growing charity and help transform an international student campaign into a broader social movement;
  • Generous holiday, an employer contributed pension, investment in appropriate training opportunities, professional development commitments.

Equal Opportunities

We are committed to providing equal opportunities for every applicant regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in progressive movements and are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people with a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class, or have done so in the past.

Closing date

Applications for this post closed 11:30pm on Wednesday 19th September 2018