Vacancy: Learning and Participation Lead

At PIRC we support others in framing for social change. We connect diverse groups, in participatory spaces, to share knowledge, develop strategies and strengthen movements. We carry out strategic research to support this work. And we create and openly share resources and tools for developing better strategy and communications.

All of our work is in the service of building stronger movements with the capacity to tell the kind of stories that can build long term, mass public support for a more equal, democratic and sustainable society.

PIRC is a small charity with a flat management structure and a flat pay scale. Every team member has equal input and decision-making power in the direction and running of the organisation, and we share many of the tasks related to general organisational management.

We are based in beautiful Machynlleth, on the edge of the Snowdonia National Park. There are six of us (plus Poppy, the dog) and we work a four-day week because we think it’s good for us.

We are looking for a permanent Learning and Participation role (details below) to help us develop our participatory research methodology and workshop pedagogy.

Learning and Participation Lead

You will coordinate the development and delivery of PIRC’s participatory methods, particularly in our research activities and training design.

This is a permanent role of 30 hours per week. Salary is £26,000 pa (£20,800 pro rata) as part of our flat pay structure (with regular increases).

What you’ll be doing

  • Developing PIRC’s strategic approach to pedagogy / learning: Working with the team to update and further develop PIRC’s strategy, including PIRC’s theory of how framing and communications lead to social change, auditing PIRC’s current approach, and gathering resources around participatory learning;
  • Developing participatory research, workshop and training methods: Working closely with the Research Lead to develop ways that ‘non-experts’ in civil society can lead and participate in the framing process, including research and training;
  • Communicating externally about PIRC’s approach: Help the team advocate PIRC’s participatory approach to framing, as distinct from other framing approaches, via written communications and relationship building;
  • Collaborating with Workshops Research and Production Leads: Working closely with other team members to support the facilitation of framing training programmes and research activities;
  • Contributing to organisational management: Getting significantly stuck into one of our Core Groups; see below!

You’ll definitely be:

  • Committed to equitable and sustainable social change;
  • Knowledgeable about and experienced in participatory tools and approaches;
  • Knowledgeable about, reflective of and adaptive to the different ways people learn;
  • Experienced in implementing accessible and anti-oppressive ways of working;
  • Experienced in facilitating or organising groups;
  • Organised and capable of effectively managing your own work;
  • Flexible, with the ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously;
  • Committed to collaborative working.

It’d be an added bonus if you had:

  • An understanding of how frames and stories shape the world we live in;
  • Experience of designing, carrying out and writing-up research;
  • Experience of developing organisational strategy;
  • Writing skills: clear, quick, and with experience of being published;
  • Web skills (ranging from social media to programming and design);
  • Experience of managing budgets and fundraising;
  • Prior experience of working or volunteering in the third sector;
  • A fondness for board games / Frisbee / the outdoors / My Little Pony.

Organisational management

Our flat structure means that we share the responsibilities involved in managing and developing an organisation. Part of this happens through rotating roles in Core Groups focused on Resources (finances, fundraising and office supplies), People (staff wellbeing, cohesion and training), Programming (capacity and planning) and Direction (strategy, ideas and development) so we would also expect any new team member to participate in one or more of these Groups. We don’t expect you to have any particular skills in any of these areas, but it would be a bonus if you did.

Anti-oppression

We recognise that society contains systems of oppression that lead to different outcomes depending on who you are. In light of this, we work to create awareness and action around these systems of oppression and to understand our own role in these systems. We do this to ensure we work in a more liberatory way so we can better support those who experience oppression both inside and outside our organisation.

In line with our anti-oppression policy, we therefore expect all team members to:

  • Develop self-awareness about how we relate to each other and our different backgrounds and experiences;
  • Educate ourselves about oppressions outside of our own experience
  • Work to modify our organisational structures and policies, and our own behaviour to reduce the oppressions faced by our team-mates and create accessible spaces for anyone working in or with our organisation;
  • Seek out ways to proactively support staff who face oppression in their daily lives;
  • Consider accessibility in all aspects of our work, for example how events, meetings or any work we organise might exclude people.

We are still learning (as an organisation and as individuals), about what it means to work anti-oppressively and the multiple barriers that people may face in carrying out their work. If you have any concerns or recommendations that you’d like to share, we are keen to hear from you.

How to apply:

Please fill out this form  Learning and Participation Lead (Word Doc) and send it to Bec and Dora at .

We’d like to hear how you think you meet the description of the outlined job and what you’d like to bring to one or more of our Core Groups.

Accessibility: We are keen to make this application process flexible and accessible for anyone interested in applying. We are happy to accept applications via video or over the phone. If you have other suggestions for how we can make this accessible for you, please contact us.

Deadline for applications: 3rd June (midnight).

Interviews will be held on 19th and 20th June – please let us know in the application form which of these dates you are able to make. We will let you know if we would like to interview you by 7th June.

Accessibility: Our interviews will be held in a fully accessible building in Machynlleth. We are also happy to offer interviews over Skype. We can provide a BSL interpreter and are happy to accommodate other needs and preferences. Please let us know about these in your application.

We are still learning as an organisation about the barriers that people face when applying for a job. If you have any concerns or recommendations, we are keen to hear from you.

Read more about PIRC and the current team.

Contact us: To speak to Bec or Dora about this role, please call 01654 702277 or email