Come and work with us!

Applications now closed, thanks for all the interest.

We’re looking for someone to join our small team who can help us make ourselves and the broken stories of our current system a little better. It’ll be a varied role within a flat structure in a dynamic charity based in Machynlleth, in the beautiful green hills of mid-Wales.

bcr-130637-800The Team

We’re an organisation working for a nicer, greener, fairer, more compassionate and more democratic society, through participatory approaches to connecting, learning and research. We’re particularly looking for an excellent communicator (any medium considered*) to help us develop our exciting new strategy (well, we’re excited about it).

It’s a four day per week role, and you’ll be paid £22,000 pa pro rata as part of a flat pay structure (with regular increases).

We’ve recently moved to working non-hierarchically. This means that 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 as well as project work.

What you’ll be doing:

  • Working with other members of the team on existing projects: including action learning programmes and framing research. In particular, this might include working with Ralph on our Framing Nature project; Elena on our Framing LGBTI Equality project, or Bec on our Framing the Economy project.
  • Writing reports, articles and blogs and helping us jazz up our general communications.
  • Facilitating workshops with varied groups, mostly on framing and story, and liaising with external partners and networks (which may include travel to London and elsewhere).
  • Updating PIRC’s website and social media.
  • Working with all of us to develop our strategy, new projects and associated fundraising tasks.
  • Carrying out selected organisational responsibilities which may include team support, programming, strategy and web maintenance, depending on skills and motivation.

You’ll definitely be:

  • Committed to equitable and sustainable social change.
  • A great communicator: you may include among your skills writing, running workshops, designing publications or producing web content.
  • Experienced in facilitating or organising groups.
  • Organised and capable of effectively managing projects.
  • Flexible, with the ability to manage multiple projects and tasks simultaneously.
  • Committed to collaborative working.

It’d be an added bonus if you had:

  • Excellent writing skills – clear, quick, and with experience of being published.
  • Knowledge and experience of participatory tools and approaches.
  • Experience of designing, carrying out and writing-up research.
  • Web skills (ranging from social media to programming and design).
  • An understanding of how frames and stories shape the world we live in.
  • Experience of managing budgets and fundraising.
  • Prior experience of working or volunteering in the third sector.
  • A fondness for Frisbee / board games / the outdoors / K-pop.

Other things we’ll expect:
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), Communications (publications, web, social media), 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.

In addition to all of this, we try to cultivate a culture of awareness around the multiple systems of oppression in our society and our own role in these so that we can be better allies to those who experience these oppressions. We’d hope that any addition to our team shared this thinking.

Applications now closed.

Tell us why you think you might be the one we’re looking for: what makes you tick, how you meet the criteria we’re looking for, and what you’d like to bring to one or more of our Core Groups. We’d also love to see a piece of your work that you’re particularly pleased with (such as a website or article, a report, a picture of some artwork you’ve done, an audio clip of a beautiful song you’ve made). You’ll get a confirmation page when you submit, and an email. If for any reason you don’t get this acknowledgement, send us your attachments by email, just to be sure.

Please note that we will consider applicants who wish to work remotely, or for fewer days a week, but we have a preference for someone who can live in Machynlleth and fulfill the full role. Email if you have any other burning questions!

Deadline for applications: Thursday 31st March 2016 (now passed).

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th April– please indicate on the form whether you can make these dates. We will let you know if we would like to interview you by Thursday 7th April.

If you want to know more about what we do, have a look around the website, or just email get in touch!

*Though contemporary dance will require us to rethink our current strategy a bit.

3 Responses to “Come and work with us!”

  1. Catriona Yule

    Wow! Sounds very exciting. I know I don’t have enough skills to apply but are you looking for volunteers? Last proper job was office manager for a charity (Women’s Aid, Lancaster), if that would be of use , very happy to do the boring stuff; data inputting, standing over the printer ect!

  2. Liz Holden

    Oh yes, most definitely – I will be applying for this wonderful creative opportunity which was forwarded to me by Eleanor Larmour.
    The only reason that I am not doing so today is because I have a deadlines for my Feature Writing Course ( Aberystwyth University Lifelong Learning Department ) which must be dealt with first. However, it’s so refreshing to find people who acknowledge that you can do more than one thing properly, that I had to dash over this note immediately to express my enthusiasm and relief.
    Be prepared for a huge range of experiences – from fund-raising for the Save Bronglais Campaign ( Bro Dyfi dros Bronglais) and local Food Bank, to working in Psychology and Management in Home Office Prisons, plus working in Psychiatric settings, Along the way I’ve been an Archery Instructress and a Lifeguard, loved living and walking in the fabulous British Countryside, cooked professionally and just for fun, loved my Craft Classes at Corris Institute and had a real laugh at the weird and wonderful creations that flowed from those.
    There’s bags more to say and loads of skills I’d love to give to this position. I even got recommended for London School of Contemporary Dance – so no worries- as long as one of the team can handle it, why restrict ourselves? Don’t panic – I can write and do not have to express myself only through the medium of dance! Watch this space! Liz Holden, Corris.

  3. Owen Lucas

    Wow! This job spec’ has got me written all over it: Very much looking forward to composing a worthy application!
    …I bet you’re getting inundated!
    All the very best,
    Owen Lucas


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