Would you like to join a small, purposeful organisation bringing a different set of tools to the climate crisis? mySociety is looking for an Outreach and Networks Coordinator to join our new Climate programme as part of a nimble, digital-first, entirely remote UK team.
Our programme goal is to use data and digital services to reduce the ~30% of UK emissions that are within the influence of local authorities, driven by more widespread and effective citizen engagement in climate action, and by faster and more effective climate action from local government.
The programme will involve partnering with Climate Emergency UK and working collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders, including local authority staff and councillors, civil society groups, researchers and journalists. Our first alpha service is available at data.climatemergency.uk – you can read about the discovery and prototyping process that led to its creation, and the next steps we’re planning here. We’ll also be developing new services, and looking at opportunities to impact emissions using our existing widely used civic services, like WhatDoTheyKnow, TheyWorkForYou and MapIt.
The ideal candidate will be motivated by our goals and have experience of working with UK local government and/or civil society groups.
No recruiters or agencies, please.
What does the role involve?
You will be:
- Building our network and relationships across local government, climate groups and other civil society groups in the UK and then internationally
- Ensuring that other organisations learn about and can get the maximum benefit from our work
- Working with the team to identify places where there’s an unmet need for digital services and data that could have a real impact on the local response to the climate emergency and to scope projects that complement and support the work of others
Outreach and relationship management
You will be:
- Conducting outreach and providing support to civil society groups – including both established and grassroots organisations – to use digital tools for democratic engagement on climate action
- Conducting outreach and awareness-raising in the local government sector, encouraging collaboration, knowledge sharing and a culture of transparency around how councils are tackling climate change
- Researching potential collaborators and acting as first point of contact for enquiries, coordinating a response and involving other members of the team as appropriate, and facilitating collaboration
- Working with our events and communications staff to develop online and in-person opportunities for effectively reaching and convening different groups of stakeholders
- Working with the delivery manager and team to turn requirements into tickets or milestones for development
- Helping to develop and grow a community of interest at the intersection of climate action and civic technology
You will be:
- Connecting with existing networks, building and sharing our knowledge about what’s happening in the ecosystem of local climate action and how stakeholders are working together
- Contributing to the vision and strategy for mySociety’s wider work involving collaboration
- Supporting knowledge capture, ensuring that we document our networks, relationships and ongoing conversations systematically
- Helping measure our success in supporting the work of others by developing case studies of impact
We think this position would suit you best if you have some or all of the following:
- Significant prior experience in a relevant role building relationships across organisations with common goals, and working constructively with a diverse range of people
- Clear understanding of the key actors and issues in local climate action, and ideally an existing network of contacts
- A self-starting approach, willing to experiment with different approaches to achieving our goals
- Experience working effectively as part of a remote team on collaborative initiatives
- An interest in systems thinking and working across sectors and approaches
- Excellent organisational skills, and the ability to create and maintain a systematic, process-driven approach to outreach and relationship management
- Understanding of digital services and data, and how they can support other approaches to change
- The ability to identify and describe patterns and trends from detailed work
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills
Interested in applying but not sure you have all the skills? Please apply anyway! We support learning on the job and rearranging tasks within the teams to suit the skillsets of the best applicant. Please let us know in your covering letter what your relevant experience is and where you might need to learn as you go.
Got questions? Drop an email to Abi Broom on [email protected]
This is a fixed term contract until 31 March 2024 with salary in the range of £38,000 to £43,000 per year, plus pension (3% employer contribution, 5% employee).
We encourage flexible working and would consider applications for this as a part time position.
You must be based in the UK and you need to have the right to work in this country (sorry, but we can’t offer help with visas or relocation expenses).
You can read more about what it’s like working at mySociety at www.mysociety.org/about/careers/culture
Deadlines and dates
The application deadline is 10am on Monday 21st June and interviews will take place the following week via video conference. We will aim to notify applicants of whether or not they will be invited to interview by close of business on Wednesday 23rd June.
Your application should consist of a CV and covering letter. We’ll rely on your covering letter to show us why your skills make you a good fit for this role when we are shortlisting candidates, so take your time getting it right.
We are particularly interested in improving the diversity of our team and we welcome applications from all suitably skilled and experienced people and particularly from candidates from Black and minority backgrounds.
We are monitoring our recruitment processes to ensure we are doing everything we can to encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We would ask you to please complete our optional equalities monitoring form. The information you share in the form will be anonymous and will not influence the assessment of your application.
We will shortlist all applications anonymously. So please use your initials rather than your name on your CV and cover letter, and don’t include identifying details such as your name or email addresses on these attached documents.