Head of Car Free Cities - Campaigning Role

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Contract: Two years (with possibility of extension) 
Salary: £39,831 - £42,381 pro rata depending on experience. 
Location: Camden Town, north London (though home working will feature in current circumstances)
Hours: Full time (or near full time subject to negotiation)
Deadline: 5pm on Friday 12th June 2020

Possible is committed to providing equal opportunities for all applicants regardless of their background. We value diversity whilst also acknowledging that people from certain backgrounds are underrepresented in our organisation. 

We are keen to correct this, so particularly encourage applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people who identify as having a disability; people from the LGBTQIA+ community; and people who identify as working class (or have done in the past). If you’re not sure about applying, please do get in touch with us for a chat – we’d love to talk to you! Just drop Leo a line: leo@wearepossible.org

US: Hi, we’re Possible – we bring people together to create bold, beautiful solutions in response to the climate crisis. Whether that’s connecting the world’s first solar railway, mining renewable heat from underneath London’s parks, leading calls for a televised climate debate or launching a ground-breaking employer scheme to incentivise clean holiday travel - we’re always thinking of new ways to cut carbon that involve and benefit the public. 

YOU: Are you someone with a passion for tackling climate change in a way that gets everyone involved- Are you a creative thinker with a positive, practical attitude able to turn ideas into reality- Do you get fired up by working with communities to breathe life into innovative climate solutions that improve lives today- Does solving difficult problems float your boat- If so, we should talk.

The world’s recent social and political awakening to the climate crisis has been overtaken by the much more immediate crisis of the pandemic, but in the background the climate emergency continues to demand urgent action. In this turbulent and challenging time, Possible’s work on inspiring climate solutions that everyone can contribute to is needed more than ever. Transport is a key area where the UK has veered a long way off track, with carbon emissions actually rising in recent years instead of falling. But with travel patterns turned on their heads by lockdown, new futures are now becoming visible where the car is no longer king.

Possible have secured funding for a major new campaign to reduce private car dominance in cities, showing how achieving the big reductions in motor traffic needed to meet climate change targets will also dramatically improve health outcomes and quality of life for people living in cities. The ‘new normal’ post-covid cannot be one where people shun public transport for private cars, or our climate goals will be impossible to meet. 

We need a senior campaign manager to lead the team delivering this landmark programme to kickstart the process of making private cars obsolete in our cities - accelerating the move to a zero carbon Britain built by and for everyone. We need an experienced leader who knows how to support local community changemakers as well as working with city authorities and local political leaders, leveraging bottom-up grassroots activism to drive city-wide transformation. Our ideal candidate will have a proven track record in campaigning and experience of successfully leading a team, including project management oversight and multiple line management responsibilities. 

+ About the role
You’ll be a senior member of the campaigns team, working closely with and reporting to the directors, with responsibility for delivering Possible’s Car Free Cities projects for a minimum two year period starting in July 2020. You will be based in Possible’s London office in Camden Town (pandemic permitting), on either a full time or 0.9FTE basis, depending on preference. With the directors’ support, you will be managing annual budgets of hundreds of thousands of pounds and a team of up to six staff, some working remotely from other cities, alongside key relationships with academic partners and overseas consortium members in Paris and New York. 

You’ll work collaboratively with the communications team to spread our key messages far and wide, and leverage the greatest impact possible in our target communities and beyond. You’ll also work closely with the rest of Possible’s senior management team to cultivate and maintain a positive and supportive working culture amongst the whole workforce as well as within your own team. You’ll also work across the campaigns, fundraising and comms teams to develop the most effective mobilisations techniques, building capacity in our supporters to escalate action and bring their communities with them.

Working within strategy and project plans that have been collaboratively developed, you’ll be free to put forward your own ideas for campaign activities, particularly in response to changing events. You’ll be adaptable to overseeing delivery of different tactics based on need, from online petitions to research and report publication, lobbying of city administrations and politicians, grassroots community organising, pioneering innovation and publicity grabbing interventions.

As a key member of the Possible family you’ll be part of a small, passionate, nimble, unique and positive organisation that cares about its people, its projects and, ultimately, the planet.

+ Person specification
Competencies can be demonstrated by both paid and voluntary experience.

Must haves
- Track record of planning and delivering successful campaigns and projects.
- Experience of leading a team, including line management.
- High standard of written and spoken communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work with colleagues and project partners such as campaigners, volunteers and funders, internally and externally.
- Excellent organisational and time management skills.
- Ability to think creatively and generate new campaign and tactic ideas.
- Ability to digest, understand and analyse information independently.
- Adaptability, enthusiasm, appetite for learning and ability to take initiative.
- Passion for working with the public to take action, and for helping increase the capacity of people to act and activate others around them.
- Commitment to Possible’s positive approach to climate campaigning and passionate about achieving climate justice.
- Working knowledge of UK climate and transport context and policy.

Nice to haves
- Experience of public meeting facilitation.
- Experience of working with distributed organising tactics focused on widespread public participation.
- Experience of working with mainstream media and social media.
- Event management experience.
- Community organising experience.
- Contacts in local government and existing networks of transport / environmental activists and NGOs.
- Experience of digital marketing or campaigns.
- Experience of international working.
- Understanding of cultural and behaviour change campaigns and strategies.
- Basic research skills.
- French language skills.    

+ About Possible
Here at Possible, we have a vision for a low carbon Britain that has been built by and belongs to everybody.

To get there, we dream up projects, build tools and spread success stories to make sure everyone has the help and inspiration they need to play a role in tackling climate change. Our work cuts carbon, but because we work on cultural as well as technical levels, we get people talking about climate change action too. We want our projects to be infectious, so it is always about more than just a solar panel here, or an LED there - it’s about groups of people working together to change the world.

+ Our Values

Inclusivity  Trust and respect   Creativity   Shared ambition
Positivity  Caring and kindness  Integrity  Openness

Not just buzzwords to make us feel warm and fuzzy, these are the values we are guided by in our actions and our organisational culture. Away days help to keep these values alive and we work together to keep our team as supported, empowered and cared for as possible. We’re run by a team of directors rather than one single CEO, and we’re committed to reducing hierarchy wherever possible.

If you have any questions about the job or Possible before you apply, email hello@wearepossible.org.

Workplace benefits include:
- 25 days paid holiday (+ bank holidays and three days at Christmas)
- Flexible working
- Paid volunteer leave
- Bike to work scheme
- Paid journey days for low carbon holiday travel 
- Childcare vouchers
- Good maternity and paternity leave
- Employer pension contribution

+ How to apply
Please send a CV and covering letter to jobs@wearepossible.org by 5pm on Friday 12th June. 

You should:
- Save the CV and covering letter as two separate attachments.
- Put “Head of Car Free Cities” in your email subject line.
- Keep the covering letter to under two pages, and make sure you speak to each of the must haves, as well as any nice to haves you might have.
- As well as that, we’re keen to hear why you want to work for Possible, why you think you’re suited to the role, and what you think you’d bring to the team.
- It’d be great if you could let us know where you heard about the vacancy too.
- When it comes to the CV, it should tell us your qualifications and training, previous experience (paid or voluntary), and point us to two references, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. It should be about 1-2 pages.

If you haven’t applied for many jobs like this before, and are wondering about how to start, we have a blogpost with more advice for applicants here.

We would also appreciate it if you could complete an equal opportunities monitoring form. This will be stored separately to your application and is purely to help Possible assess and improve our recruitment processes.

First interviews will be scheduled between 29th June and 3rd July.

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