Scotland Director

ORG is looking for a Scotland Director who will take our work in Scotland to a new level. The right candidate will shape the strategic direction of our work by leading new areas of work and campaigning.

The role

You will work as a part-time political organiser and campaigner to advance digital rights in Scotland, particularly with regard to privacy and the Scottish state. Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • provide ORG with political context and contacts on the ground
  • help local groups and supporters work with their political representatives
  • expand our membership and funding in Scotland
  • raise our profile in the Scottish media.

You will be supported by our team in London who will help with campaign advice, policy, local group activities and press work.

We are looking for someone with proven political and campaigning skills. This permanent role is a 0.6 post (21 hours a week) with the possibility of expansion to full time as funds allow. The salary for this position is £28,000 pro rata (£16,800 actual). ORG will contribute a sum equal to 3% of an employee’s salary into a pension fund when an employee pays 1% into that fund. The employer contribution will rise in 2018.

Key responsibilities

Policy

  • Help the Policy Director and Legal Director to complete relevant research on Scottish public policy
  • Design and implement tactics to change public policy

Campaigns

  • Identify digital rights issues that ORG Scotland should be working on and help ORG set priorities.
  • Develop and lead our Scottish campaigns
  • Work with the Campaigns Officer to develop grassroots participation in Scottish campaigns
  • Organise public events
  • Plan and implement campaign actions and communications

Supporters

  • Build our activist and supporter base in Scotland, with help from the Supporter Officer
  • Build local groups in Scotland, with help from the Supporter Officer

Networks

  • Build a network of external contacts, specialists and advisors to help our campaigns
  • Build relationships with decision-makers within government departments and political parties in Scotland
  • Build coalitions of Scottish interest groups to help protect digital rights

Media

  • Represent ORG in public at events, meetings and in the Scottish media
  • Work with the Communications Director to secure Scottish press coverage
  • Maintain the ORG Scotland website

Finance

  • Manage budgets and expenditure as directed by the Executive Director

Travel

  • Some evening and weekend work may be required

Line Management and team working
You will report to the Executive Director.

Your place of work will be your own home, or a shared office, within easy reach of Edinburgh. You will attend meetings in Edinburgh and within Scotland as required.

You will work with the whole ORG team based in London, usually attending team meetings remotely but also in person several times a year. You may also be required to attend meetings and conferences in the rest of the UK and Europe from time to time.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential Qualities and Skills

  • Proven political and campaigning abilities
  • Proven experience in a public affairs, government or policy environment
  • Knowledge of and commitment to human rights and digital rights
  • Self-driven, able to manage and prioritise your own work 
  • Budget management experience
  • Excellent strategic thinker
  • Excellent communications skills – written and oral
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Good organisational and planning skills
  • Ability to work with people at all levels of organisations
  • Ability to work effectively in a team environment 
  • Ability to work well under pressure
  • Demonstrable ability to use new software


Desirable Qualities and Skills

  • Experience of developing strategy and plans for public affairs, implementing and achieving policy change
  • Law degree
  • Well-developed contacts in Scottish politics
  • Online campaigning experience

How to apply

Please complete the application and equal opportunity forms and send to info@openrightsgroup.org by 5pm March 3, 2017

Interviews will take place in Edinburgh on Saturday March 18.