Job Description for an City Safe Foundation Co-ordinator
Position: City Safe Foundation Co-ordinator
Accountability: Executive Director Lead Organiser City Safe Co-ordinator
1. MAIN PURPOSE
To build, support and develop the national City Safe campaign by building an alliance of organisations and
agencies collaborating together in the public arena to develop greater safety in the public realm. This
project will be piloted in South London, especially in Croydon.
2. MAIN DUTIES
To recruit and expand the partner institutions in the geographical area (initially south London) to
include 15 civil society institutions collaborating with local authorities, local businesses and police on
issues of public safety
To establish the national Citizens UK City Safe Foundation
To assist LONDON CITZENS leadership teams with City Safe actions and campaigns which will develop
their skills and capacity as effective institutions
To organise regular listening campaigns and City Safe training sessions
To raise the required income (local dues and foundations) for Citizens to sustain a local organisation
and to manage and extend the overall budget of the organisation
To manage and mentor volunteers and leaders
To write reports for the Citizens Lead Organiser and ensure that Citizens operates legally and
constitutionally as both a charity and company limited by guarantee
To work with the Citizens Network on national training and any national campaigns which develop
across the network
To keep informed and well briefed on relevant local and national political developments etc.
To represent Citizens and Citizens UK cogently and coherently in writing and verbally
To handle own administration efficiently and develop administrative systems which ensure the smooth
running of Citizens
To develop Citizens as the primary 'First Sector' civil society institution in the UK and its leaders as major
power players in all strategic decisions.
3. PERSON SPECIFICATION.
At least three years employment track record of successful organising or similar role
Educated to degree level or equivalent
Evidence of further and continuing study and investigation including a possible professional
4. ABILITY AND EXPERIENCE.
Experience of leadership and management of staff/projects
Experience of risk taking to create a project/situation/event that illustrates your values.
Experience of raising money
Experience of setting up a new or consolidating an existing project
Clear evidence of campaigns won and people developed
Ability to inspire, motivate and lead (particularly people who are different than you)
Ability to organise yourself and others and to work responsibly in an unstructured environment
Ability to use imaginative strategies to help improve disadvantaged communities
Ability to plan and organise under pressure
Ability to work with and relate to all types of people
Ability to teach and run workshops
Ability to develop the potential of others
Ability to communicate well verbally and in writing
5. ATTITUDES AND VALUES.
A passion for justice
A good sense of humour
A positive enthusiasm for working with faith congregations, trade unions, schools and other community
An interest in and experience of politics and public life
Able to work in a team
Willingness to work within accountable relationships
Self-motivated and adaptable
6. TERMS, CONDITIONS AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.
The Community Organiser will be appointed by and accountable to the CITIZENS UK Trustees through the
CITIZENS UK Executive Director and CITIZENS Lead Organiser.
The working week is 37 hours and some unsocial hours are inevitable. 25 days holiday a year, plus public
holidays. CITIZENS UK operates a contributory pension scheme for its employees in conjunction with The
Pensions Trust. This scheme is flexible and can normally be adjusted to fit with employees’ needs/previous
employment etc. CITIZENS UK contributes 10% of the salary to the pension and the employees 5%. Staff are
entitled to an unpaid eight week sabbatical every five years.
CITZENS organisations affiliate to the CITIZENS UK Institute every three years. This gives staff access to the
workshops; seminars and mentoring which the Institute offers, as well as regular meetings and training with
other Organisers connected to CITIZENS UK. Support for and the professional development of the Organiser
is a priority for CITIZENS UK and considerable time and resources invested into the apprenticeship of new
Organisers and potential Organisers.
CITIZENS UK is committed to developing the career of the Organiser in the UK and therefore is keen to
appoint staff who see this job as a career and who may be prepared to move to 'Organise' with CITIZENS UK
in another city/area in the UK in the future.
CITIZENS UK affiliates with the US based Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) who supports over sixty similar
'Peoples Organisations' across the US. Links are also being developed with similar organisations in Germany,
Australia and South Africa.