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Operations Lead

Closing date: 31 May 2022

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Website Animal Think Tank

Animal Think Tank’s mission is to support the building of a broad-based anti-speciesist movement that has the power, resilience and longevity to ensure all individual animals have their rights to life, liberty and the security of person protected in UK law and embraced by society. We aim to achieve this by organising and mobilising people to engage in constructive work and nonviolent civil disobedience. Alongside this, we aim to assist the strategic direction, capacity and innovation of the wider movement, seeding any needed organisations, and supporting the many others working towards Animal Freedom in their own diverse ways. Our main areas of work include: Movement Building and Unity; Anti-speciesism; Strategy; Narrative Framing; Organising Structures; Culture; Nonviolence; Leadership Development; and Training.

Role Purpose: 

Build and coordinate Animal Think Tank’s core team’s capacity to operate as a grassroots Social Movement Organisation (SMO) for Animal Freedom.

Who we are looking for:

This role is about building a team, alongside our Direction Leads, that can deliver on our organisational vision. You will lead our Coordination Circle (our core team), initially as a shared role with our Direction Lead. Your key role will be to lead our core team to build a powerful, resilient and broad-based SMO. You will be committed to our mission, align with and model our values, and have the attributes to coordinate a large, complex project.

We value humility, courage, effectiveness, building shared power and love towards others. Our team is rewarding to work with, applies discipline, and has a strong work ethic. We don’t want action without strategy, aptitude without care, or passion without discipline. The animals need a high calibre team, an ambitious strategy, a mass movement, and personal fortitude to see it through.

Leading Animal Freedom will require: personal sacrifice; fearlessly confronting our adversaries; staying calm whilst others lose it; being on the frontline of protests; and a disciplined commitment to nonviolence.

Initial Objectives and Key Results:

  1. Lead the delivery of ATT’s 2022 Objectives and Key Results (OKRs). Your primary objective will be to build Animal Think Tank’s potential to deliver on our organisational OKRs – developing and implementing best practice for social movement governance, culture, and local group development. This will require you to use leadership and coordination skills to juggle competing demands, facilitate cross-functioning teams, and prioritise tasks and resources to maintain focus on outcomes and mission. This will involve supporting other leads to develop and deliver their own team’s OKRs. We use holacracy as an organising method of distributing management across the organisation, and so are looking for a servant leader.

  1. Steward the soft launch of a SMO. In 2022 we will begin the work of soft launching a network of local campaign groups within the UK. It is important that you align with our values in order to model, communicate and embed them throughout the groups we build. We are looking specifically for someone with a non-egotistical, caring and composed personality. ATT plans to publicly launch in 2022 and it’ll be up to you to make sure we’re ready! 

  1. Oversee implementing our key systems and agreements. As a start-up organisation we are completing the design of our key processes, systems and agreements. You’ll use organisation-building skills to implement these as we move into an operational stage of development. We expect to grow from 12 full-timers to approximately 25 by 2023. Key will be ensuring that we distribute management of the work away from the centre to grant individuals the autonomy they need to be effective, and that all existing systems, processes and organisational structures we’ve designed are fit for purpose and effectively running to enable us to grow robustly.

It may sound daunting, but you will receive a lot of support from our Direction Leads, particularly sharing responsibility for delivery in the first year.  

You should not take this role if:

  • you expect people to do what you say, rather than to be a servant leader;
  • your focus is on taking action, rather than building a team and movement that enables many to take action;
  • you look for someone to blame when things go wrong;
  • you get caught up in doing stuff and lose sight of the horizon;
  • you’re disorganised, undisciplined, change your mind often and don’t take personal responsibility or accountability

The following readings will help you succeed in this role

  • Beyond Entrepreneurship 2.0 – Jim Collins
  • Radical Focus – Christine Wodtke  

How We Pay

As a Social Movement Organisation (SMO), rather than an NGO, we do things differently when it comes to compensation. We don’t offer salaries, and instead offer needs-based stipends of varying amounts to enable volunteers. Click here to see how our Volunteer Grants System works.

To apply for this job please visit smrtr.io.

Other benefits

  • £1,500 personal development budget
  • £800 relocation budget
  • Work within an organisation that will take a leadership position within the Animal Freedom movement
  • Align your beliefs with your work. Find your purpose
  • Comfortable office with your own elevating (standing and sitting) desk and monitor
  • Organised work socials
  • Available free office breakfasts
  • Like-minded colleagues with a passion for Animal Freedom

Any other details

We are also looking to recruit for 4 other roles:

Local Organising Lead

Social Movement Strategy Lead

People and Culture Lead

Trainings Lead

Take a look at our Join Us page to find more information.

How to apply

Please use the link provided to submit your CV and a cover letter

In your cover letter answer the following questions:

  1.  Can you name 2 or more problems you might encounter in this role and how you might approach solving these problems?
  2. What 2 or more pieces of information would be the most helpful to have to kick start your work in this role? This could be about: the movement, Animal Think Tank, our theory of change, or an area you  think is relevant to your role.
  3. Can you name a major accomplishment that is related to this role and how the skills you used for this accomplishment may be used to contribute to your future role at ATT?

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Job Details

Organisation: Animal Think Tank

Location: Lancaster, UK

Salary: Living Wage (£1 - 19,459)

Closing date: 31 May 2022

Contract type: Permanent

Full-time/part-time: Full Time

Remote working: no

About the Organisation

Animal Think Tank’s mission is to support the building of a broad-based anti-speciesist movement that has the power, resilience and longevity to ensure all individual animals have their rights to life, liberty and the security of person protected in UK law and embraced by society. We aim to achieve this by organising and mobilising people to engage in constructive work and nonviolent civil disobedience. Alongside this, we aim to assist the strategic direction, capacity and innovation of the wider movement, seeding any needed organisations, and supporting the many others working towards Animal Freedom in their own diverse ways. Our main areas of work include: Movement Building and Unity; Anti-speciesism; Strategy; Narrative Framing; Organising Structures; Culture; Nonviolence; Leadership Development; and Training.

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