Closing date: 18th April 2021 at 11:30pm
We're looking for a proactive individual with experience of using community organising approaches and/or working in a charity, political or social campaigning environment. Experience of local political and policymaking systems and how to influence them is also required.
A decent, safe and affordable home is a fundamental human need, yet tens of thousands of people across Scotland struggle on a daily basis with homelessness, bad housing conditions, unaffordable rents and the threat of eviction. Our strategy sets out a new approach to support local communities to demand long term solutions to this housing emergency, including the delivery of more social housing and to improve and defend hard-won housing rights. To achieve this we are creating a network of Community Organisers, who will be located in each of our Hubs in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee by the end of our three year strategy.
Community Organising differs significantly from one-off charity campaigning, mobilising and service user participation or co-production as an approach to achieving change. It is a process that seeks to put power in the hands of the people affected by a social injustice or societal problems. We need ambitious individuals who are passionate about our cause to join us at this exciting time. This is your chance to play a part in the fundamental change we are striving to achieve in Dundee.
Organising, engaging, influencing and working in local communities is critical to all that we do, and this includes running national and local campaigns, influencing politicians and working to build a network of active and motivated housing and homeless activists (Housing Rights Defenders). Join us, and you could soon be helping to grow and develop local activism in Dundee.
About the role
As a Community Organiser, you'll play an important role in developing local community responses to the housing emergency in and around Dundee, coordinating and delivering a range of community-based activity including rights awareness and campaign activist workshops and developing and facilitating local activist groups. You will develop local knowledge and create a community organising plan, working closely with the teams in the Dundee community hub and across Shelter Scotland.
We will rely on you to build on existing national and local campaigns and priorities and develop that further in the Dundee context. Understanding the local dynamic, identifying opportunities, managing projects and motivating others to get involved. The Community Organising Officer will work closely with the various teams including Dundee Hub, Policy and Advocacy amongst others, to ensure the Dundee community organising activity aligns with existing workstreams and national priorities.
For the first six months the post holder will be focussing on a specific area of work - building up relationships with private tenants by running listening exercises, delivering awareness raising workshops and utilising other key community organising activities. This will enable us to understand the key issues they are facing in the private rented sector with the aim of supporting them to feed their views to the council.
After the six months project you will continue to work with the tenants to empower them to take action to improve and defend their rights.
As well as experience of delivering effective community organising activity and/or working in a charity/social campaigning environment, you have a good understanding of local political and policymaking systems and how they operate. We're also looking for a proven ability to work with and represent an organisation effectively to a range of stakeholders. A good project manager, with lots of enthusiasm and a can-do?? approach, you have strong influencing and negotiating skills too. Finally, while prior housing and homelessness working experience is not a requirement, you'll need a passion for Shelter Scotland's issues. A good, affordable, safe and secure home is critical to all of us, yet this is being denied to an increasing number of people. You'll thrive on the challenge of taking on this issue, working with the community to create relevant campaigns and making it a local priority.
We offer a wide range of benefits, including 30 days of annual leave, enhanced family friendly policies, pension and interest free travel loans. Our employees also have access to a tenancy deposit loan, payroll giving, cycle to work scheme and an employee assistance programme.
Shelter Scotland helps millions of people every year struggling with bad housing or homelessness through our advice, support and legal services. And we campaign to make sure that, one day, no one will have to turn to us for help. We're here so no one has to fight bad housing or homelessness on their own.
To find out more about the role and the benefits of working for Shelter Scotland please visit our website. Apply to be part of our team and be the change you want to see in society.
Safeguarding is everyone's business. Shelter Scotland is committed to protecting the health, wellbeing and human rights of those we support, and enabling them to live free from harm, abuse and neglect. All our staff will be expected to observe professional standards of behaviour and conduct their work in line with our Safeguarding Policies.
At Shelter Scotland, we welcome and encourage applications from everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. We are facing diverse problems, so need diverse people to tackle them.
Shelter Scotland does not accept unsolicited CVs from external recruitment agencies nor accept the fees associated with them.