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Social Movement Strategy 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.

Purpose

To provide and communicate direction to ATT in its theory of change by gathering, interpreting, evaluating and embedding knowledge from a range of sources to raise the capacity of ATT and the wider movement to act and think strategically about Animal Freedom.

About the Role

At Animal Think Tank we aim to use movement theory and strategic nonviolence to win Animal Freedom. This means that we must have a good understanding of these fields as well as practical knowledge as to how to implement the best ideas. This role will be researching, studying and bringing in insights from movement theory. To do this you will need to identify gaps in our knowledge, uphold innovation from the grassroots, design and carry out research projects and also be creative in dreaming up ways we can use our powerful Theory of Change.

You will be managing a portfolio containing our approach to strategy, key recommendations, lessons and insights that will consider our own work at ATT and the wider movement. This role will act as a bank of knowledge in these areas.

In the long term you will be looking to help to raise and distribute strategic capacity amongst those in key leadership positions in ATT and the social movement.

Who we are looking for:

  • You have experience working with grassroots groups
  • You have organising experience in people powered organisations
  • You have knowledge or interest in nonviolence, social movements and effective organising
  • You enjoy reading, writing and research but are also practically minded
  • You communicate well and in a way that anyone can understand

Objective and Key Results

The role’s broad 12 month Objective will initially be to…

Gather the best ideas from movement theory and help make them happen

KR: Pull together and complete a portfolio that consolidates our approach to strategy.

We need to be continually asking questions, making sense of our ideas and communicating them. You will be building on previous work, helping to manage research and consulting others to document our strategy into a completed portfolio.

KR: Communicate insights in the planning and execution of our social movement.

You will be using your knowledge and skills to inform and contribute to the conceptualisation and launch of our social movement. You will also be advising the senior leadership team in their decision making and in initiatives that could be taken.

The following readings will help you succeed in this role:

  • This is an uprising by Paul & Mark Engler.

  • Why Civil Resistance Works by Erica Chenoweth and Maria Stephan.

  • Doing Democracy by Bill Moye.

How We Pay

As a Social Movement Organisation (SMO), rather than 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

Operations 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

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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