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conscience TAXES FOR PEACE NOT WAR, works for a world where taxes are used to nurture peace, not pay for war.

We campaign for a progressive increase in the amount of UK tax spent on peacebuilding, and a corresponding decrease in the amount spent on war and preparation for war. We also campaign for the legal right of those with a conscientious objection to war to have the entire military part of their taxes spent on peacebuilding.

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Conscience is looking for a new Local Groups Development Officer

Conscience is looking to appoint a Local Groups Development Officer (LGDO) on a part-time three days a week basis for twelve months.  The person appointed would set up and support local Conscience campaign groups and enable those groups to become effective local campaigners on behalf of Conscience. The role will involve developing campaigning resources for local groups, recruiting and retaining local members and encouraging them to engage with their local MP and members of devolved Parliaments and Assemblies in order to persuade them to support the campaign.

Part of this work will be to produce a Campaign Resource Pack which will provide guidance on setting up a local Conscience group.  It would also contain up-to-date information and campaigning materials to enable local campaigners to present the arguments around conscientious objection to military taxation and promote our cause in that local area or region.

Hence the Conscience Campaign is seeking an enthusiastic campaigner to fill this new position to create local groups to raise the issue of military spending, conflict prevention and conscientious objection to military taxation in their communities.  There is a possibility of extension.  It is based in London and will require travel within the UK.

Conscience works for change and it is hoped this project will help widen the supporter base, numerically and financially.  It should also enable deeper and better contact with other campaigning peace groups.  Setting up local conscience campaign groups that are holding events should lead to an increase in support for conscience, a higher level of funding and an increase in campaign activity.  This widening will be an increased force for achieving a legal basis for conscientious objection to military taxation (COMT).

How to Apply

A CV and covering letter explaining how you believe your skills and experience are suitable for the role should be sent to with the subject line ‘Local Groups Development Officer Vacancy’.  It is not possible for people to receive individual feedback until the interview stage.  Applications will close on 9 am on 5th March with interviews taking place in London on 14th March. If you have not heard by then, please assume your application has been unsuccessful.  The appointment will be made shortly after interview with the ideal candidate starting in April.

Local Groups Development Officer – Job Description

Principal activities and desired outcomes

  • Research into effective methods of setting up local campaign groups.
  • Production of a Campaign Resource Pack and its promotion to existing and possible supporters. This would be supported by visits to discuss forming a local conscience campaign group and provide help in doing so. This is to result in local groups being formed around the UK.
  • Contacting other peace organisations to acquire expertise and knowledge in this area of campaigning and in the methods likely to lead to achieving the desired outcomes.
  • Social media activity and contributing to Conscience publicity material.

Summary – the role will involve:

  • Working with other Conscience staff to identify opportunities for increasing local involvement.
  • Providing follow-up to individuals who show an interest in building campaigns in their local area.
  • Setting up and supporting local Conscience campaign groups around the UK and enable them to become effective local campaigners on behalf of Conscience.
  • Leading on delivering regional events and training.
  • Maintaining and developing the systems to support local Conscience campaigning around the UK.
  • Developing materials to inspire and sustain local action and helping groups to produce their own materials.
  • Maintaining regular contact with Conscience groups and other active local groups, ensuring they are aware of the resources that can support their work.
  • Offering face-to-face visits and training where appropriate to support groups to plan, communicate with others and involve new people.
  • Helping to develop Conscience’s supporter recruitment and involvement, including through the use of social media, emails and other digital tools to support the work of groups around the UK.

Likely day-to-day activities

  • Preparing a Campaign Resource Pack for supporters to use in setting up a local group or in their campaign activities.
  • Community development – setting up, facilitating and developing local conscience campaign groups and making sure each group has the resources and leadership it needs and that communication channels between groups, staff and the Executive Committee are functioning well.
  • Content creation – writing blog posts, articles, newsletters, communications materials such as leaflets, using the Conscience style guide.
  • Social media marketing related to growing campaign groups – creating, managing and growing Conscience’s presence through blogs, Twitter, Facebook, and other relevant online services.
  • Events and event planning – creating and attending local events and planning meetups in different communities
  • Public relations related to growing campaign groups – managing incoming media requests, building relationships with journalists and media producers, creating, executing and measuring media campaigns.
  • Communications/marketing strategy relating to growing campaign groups– the LGDO is responsible for creating strategic marketing/communications plans.
  • Contacting and liaising with other peace organisations to enable information sharing in relation to growing campaign groups.
  • Assist with developing the communications strategy in accordance with the overall aims of Conscience.
  • Research and write or commission copy for publications, including the Conscience website, Conscience Update (hardcopy newsletter twice annually), e-mail Bulletin (monthly), leaflets (for general distribution), social media and external publications as opportunities arise.
  • Design and prepare printed and online materials, liaising as necessary with other staff, out-of-house designers and web designers to produce campaigning materials.
  • Assist the Conscience Campaign Manager in maintaining, developing and promoting and any related websites and in maintaining and developing the database of supporters and email bulletin subscribers.
  • Provide input into Conscience’s overall strategic planning through membership of the Executive Committee that currently meets on four Saturdays per year.
  • Co-operate with other staff where areas of work overlap or are complementary.
  • Share skills with other staff to ensure continuity of essential tasks in times of absence.
  • Assist with the recruitment and supervision of volunteers as needed to support and enhance the role.
  • Enhance organisational memory and ease transitions between staff by creating and maintaining backed-up records with clear written explanatory notes.
  • Update the Conscience database as necessary.
  • Treat data in accordance with Data Protection legislation.

Conscience will provide training as appropriate to enable the post holder to carry out the activities outlined in the job description.

Relation to other staff members

The post-holder will report to the Conscience Campaign Manager and will provide information as appropriate to the Executive Committee.

The post-holder will have access to volunteer support and time by arrangement with the Conscience Campaign Manager.

The post-holder will provide frequent verbal updates to the Conscience Campaign Manager, as necessary, to be arranged upon appointment.

The post-holder will provide written updates no less than monthly on activities undertaken and on progress towards meeting the desired outcomes.

Measurable outcomes and success criteria

  • The production of a Campaign Resource Pack.
  • The setting up of at least ten local conscience campaign groups.
  • At least ten visits from the Local Groups Development Officer to assist local campaign groups.
  • Contacts with at least five other campaign groups relating to supporting local activists.
  • An additional 50 supporters.
  • An increase in income of £5000 per year as a result of the new groups.
  • An increase in campaign activity – meetings, film showings, debates and campaign/lobby activity.
  • Each group holding two events per year.

Terms and Conditions in brief

  • The post is for a limited period of 12 months.
  • It is part-time three days a week (0.6 FTE).
  • Pay will be £12.00 per hour for 7 hours per day equating to c. £21.8k p.a. pro rata.
  • 10 days leave plus pro rata public holidays.
  • The post is based at the Conscience Office but will involve visits to local groups. It may also include visits to other peace organisations and other sites in London for Conscience meetings.
  • National insurance and pension contributions will be paid by Conscience.
  • Full terms and conditions are contained in the contract and in Conscience standard employment terms and conditions.

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