The Campaigns and Projects Officer (CPO) will be responsible for powering up Compass’ campaigns, with a key focus on building a Progressive Alliance and campaigning for a basic income. They will support work across the full range of Compass’ work, building powerful coalitions, conducting research, creating strong messaging and helping us cut through to key constituencies.
Compass is an ambitious organisation and is looking for someone to help us grow our capacity to run high-quality campaigns that unite progressives and demonstrate alliance-building. This is an exciting time to be working with a dynamic, progressive political organisation with big ambitions.
The Basic Income Conversation is hosted by Compass and we work together closely. Launched at the end of 2019 the Basic Income Conversation is committed to furthering the basic income debate across the UK. The CPO’s time will be split equally (50/50) between the activities of Compass and the Basic Income Conversation.
We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, committed and keen to learn and is comfortable working in a small and lively team.
This role involves:
Driving activity and engagement with our Progressive Alliance work, helping to develop intelligent and creative campaigns. This will include building relationships and organising in key constituencies, conducting desk research, writing persuasive emails and organising events to grow our campaigns.
Growing and promoting the work of Basic Income Conversation, identifying key campaigning opportunities and building alliances to help demonstrate the difference a basic income would make to the UK
Identifying opportunities to bring PA and BI up the political agenda through targeted email campaigns, creative media and supporter actions
Organising and activating our membership and supporter base to take action on PA and basic income
Supporting and extending our network of allies, working in partnerships to run impactful campaigns on basic income. democratic reform, climate action and inequality.
Skills and competencies
Flexible and able to multitask: able to work in a fast-paced political environment, to prioritise effectively and handle a range of responsibilities
Creative and enterprising: ability to construct campaigns that energise and persuade
Committed and determined: able to sustain energy on campaigns over a long period and keep focused
Able to take the initiative: happy to self-organise, work independently and efficiently
Collaborative: able to work in a team, with excellent interpersonal and communication skills, online and in person
Willingness to learn: be open-minded, flexible and eager to gain new skills
Experience, qualifications and knowledge (experience in several of these areas is desirable, but it is not necessary to have knowledge in every area in order to apply)
Experience in the political campaigning sector – whether for a campaign, not-for-profit, political party, trade union, charity or NGO
Campaign communications – experience with messaging, framing and social media communications
Alliance and relationship building skills – experience working with a range of different allies, stakeholders and partners
Volunteer support and management – able to activate and support volunteers and members to contribute to our campaigns
Research and writing skills – ability to write coherently and persuasively and carry out detailed desk research
An understanding of the UK progressive political scene and support for the aims, vision and values of Compass
Compass is a highly ambitious organisation, working to change the way we do politics. With a strong track record of bold and innovative campaigns and a wide network of members, associates and partners, Compass is rapidly expanding its political influence and reach in the emerging era of the 2020s.
Compass has become synonymous with the campaign for a Progressive Alliance – an agreement that progressives will work together on key issues that unite them (such as climate action, equality, democracy) and co-operate electorally to replace the current government with a Progressive Majority government.
Basic Income Conversation was founded to make the case for a basic income, sparking a national conversation about welfare, security and possibility amongst civil society, researchers, politicians and the public.
As the organisation grows, we’re looking for someone who believes in and wants to be part of creating the vision and culture of a good society and wants to work flexibly and energetically to further these goals. Though small in size, the team is supported by a community of partners, associates, members and supporters, who regularly create new content to spread our ideas.
About the post
This post was created to help the organisation ramp up and coordinate our activities around both a Progressive Alliance and basic income. This will include organising and alliance-building across the UK, working closely with leading MPs and supporters on the ground to build the case for a Progressive Alliance and for a basic income. The CPO will also help identify opportunities for these two campaigns to support one another and overlap – so an eye for collaboration is key.
Compass is a membership organisation, so the CPO will need to be comfortable engaging and supporting our members as they run impactful campaigns in their local areas. The successful applicant will be creative and imaginative, with a keen campaigning instinct, able to undertake high tempo political work and think on their feet.
The role is suitable for someone who wants to work hard to develop new skills and is able to learn on the job. You should be willing to pitch in with new ideas and to contribute to all aspects of Compass’ work as required.
You will work closely with Compass’ Deputy Director who will offer managerial support and work to help you develop and deepen your skills over time and with the Basic Income Conversation, who will rely on you to amplify and deepen their work. You will also be assisted by Small Axe, our partners in membership engagement and outreach.
Pay will be 26 – 28k depending on experience. The majority of the team is based in London, so the candidate will ideally be London based. However we are looking for the right person for the role so there is room for flexible working in terms of hours and location. The team is currently working remotely, though we also have office space in central London and are anticipating a gradual return to in-person working.
The contract will initially be for a 6-month period, but we are working to secure the funding base to make this role permanent and will review the position after the 3 month probation period.
Compass is committed to providing equal opportunities to people regardless of background and we actively seek applications from people with backgrounds that are underrepresented in our sector. We recognise that representation in our organisation and our sector is not good enough; this makes our politics and our campaigns weaker. Compass particularly encourages applications from people who are willing to learn new skills and grow into the role over time.