Outreach Coordinator, Adfree Cities (maternity cover)

Contract: Fixed term contract up to 12 months starting January 2022
Hours: Part time, 3 days per week (21 hours) (flexible)
Salary: £26,000-£30,000 pro rata
Location: Bristol
Deadline for applications: Sunday 28th November 2021, 11pm

How to apply

  • Send your CV and a covering letter explaining how you meet the Person Specification to nicola [at] adfreecities.org.uk by 11pm on Sunday 28th November.
  • Interviews will be held in the week beginning 6th or 13th December, in Bristol or online.

Adfree Cities

Adfree Cities is a network of groups across the UK who are concerned about the impacts of corporate advertising on our health, wellbeing, environment, climate, communities and the local economy. We lobby for policy change at national and local levels, showcase alternatives, organise locally to stop new advertising sites in UK cities, and produce resources to raise awareness about the impacts of commercial advertising.

Member groups include Adblock Bristol, Adblock Brum, Adblock Cardiff, Adblock Leeds, Adblock Lambeth and Adblock Norwich. All groups work towards a shared vision in line with a shared set of values. Read more About Us.

What we do:

  • Hold the line: We stop new advertising sites in our cities. We support residents and community groups to oppose planning applications for new digital billboards.
  • Positive alternatives: We showcase arts, nature and ad-free space as positive alternatives to corporate advertising.
  • Movement building: We produce resources, train new organisers and run events to raise awareness about the impacts of corporate advertising on mental health, wellbeing, environmental damage, climate breakdown, body image and the local economy.
  • Lobby for change: We engage in a constructive dialogue with councils about sites they control and changing policies. We explore opportunities for change at a national level, including working with partners on joint campaigns.

Adfree Cities has a small, part time staff team based in Bristol, who support this network of autonomous volunteer-led groups.

Overview and purpose of the Role 

We are looking for a confident and experienced campaigner and communicator who will play a central role in the Adfree Cities campaign over the coming year. The Outreach Coordinator is responsible for building strategic relationships with groups and individuals. This could include organisations working on issues of public space, consumerism, mental health, planning, public health and climate. It also involves exploring new avenues of engagement to build and strengthen support for the goals and activities of Adfree Cities. 

The Outreach Coordinator will support the Adfree Cities network with campaigning strategy and tactics including a range of communications tools and skills. We are particularly interested in hearing from applicants with strong digital campaigning skills, with a track record of using campaign interventions, mobilisations and events to build digital supporter email lists and social media followings. The Coordinator  will also identify opportunities to influence policy change on outdoor advertising at local and national levels.

You will join a small, part time team based in Bristol. Our team has a flat structure, we all get the same pay and we co-manage the organisation which includes contributing to HR functions and internal policy, and supporting colleagues with feedback and performance development.

The role will be based at the Adfree Cities studio in Easton (BS5), with occasional travel and some home working if needed. It is a part time role of 3 days per week, with some flexibility as to which days you work. Core hours are 10am-4pm, and some occasional evening and weekend work will be required as we work with volunteer-led groups around the UK.

Annual leave entitlement is 20.4 days including public and bank holidays.

Access: Unfortunately at the moment our office is not wheelchair accessible (it’s up 2 flights of stairs), but we would consider alternatives and would work with the right candidate to find solutions.

Responsibilities

Outreach, campaigns and communications

  • Identify opportunities to share learning and engage new audiences, through organising our own events or through workshops or presentations at other events.
  • Lead on elements of Adfree Cities digital campaigning strategy; to build our mailing lists (hosted on Action Network), optimise our newsletter communications and develop new ways of converting potential interest in anti-advertising into people taking action. 
  • Build relationships with stakeholders and influencers (including academics; community groups; activists; MPs; councillors; journalists) to build engagement with Adfree Cities.
  • Ensure that your work, campaigning and support is open to all sections of society, particularly underrepresented groups, and identifies connections between social justice issues such as class, race and gender.
  • Identify opportunities to influence policy change at national and local levels, and coordinate efforts to lobby for policy change.
  • Support organisers to manage mailing lists, send newsletters and manage online actions (e.g. petitions and events) using the Action Network platform.
  • Write blogs, articles and press releases with other members of the team.
  • Represent Adfree Cities at events and in press interviews.
  • Identify gaps in Adfree Cities evidence base, and opportunities to develop this (e.g. commissioning new research or undertaking own research).
  • Produce resources to communicate our key messages and evidence.
  • Co-manage Adfree Cities social media communications with other members of the team.

Network support 

  • Support local community organising to remove advertising sites and create positive alternatives.
  • Support local groups to identify new planning applications for billboards, and mobilise opposition (this is core work which the whole team gets involved in).
  • Attend regular meetings with local organisers (usually online).
  • Deliver training for local organisers, for example on campaigning and lobbying skills, and other training as needed (working with the National Coordinator). 
  • Support the network to explore anti-racism and other forms of oppression, and identify actions to address issues of power and privilege in our work.

Organisational management

  • Co-deliver HR functions with other members of the team, including supporting colleagues in performance development.
  • Work with the team to develop HR policies.
  • Contribute to the management of the organisation. 
  • Work with all staff to develop Adfree Cities strategy.
  • Contribute to fundraising, including writing bids to funders.

Person specification

Essential:

  • Experience of grassroots campaigning
  • Skilled in a range of campaign tactics (e.g. political lobbying, digital campaigning, public stunts)
  • Experience of working with a range of audiences and stakeholders
  • Experience of supporting the development of volunteers
  • Experience of digital communications including managing newsletters and social media
  • Success in achieving national and local press coverage
  • Experience of delivering presentations and facilitating workshops
  • Experience of organising events
  • A willingness to contribute to the running of a small organisation, pick up different tasks and support colleagues as needed
  • A flexible approach, able to respond to changing priorities
  • Commitment to intersectionality, diversity and inclusion
  • Commitment to the vision and values of Adfree Cities

Desirable

  • Strong digital campaigning skills
  • Knowledge of the planning system
  • Experience of working with councils
  • Experience of direct action 
  • Experience of giving press interviews
  • Experience of managing budgets
  • Experience of writing successful fundraising proposals