Programme Manager (Pre-Crime)

Open Rights Group (ORG) is recruiting for a Programme Manager to lead our projects covering predictive policing, counter-terrorism policy and technology, and to support civil society and grassroots organisations that represent and advocate for over-policed and over-surveilled communities.

  • Job Title: Programme Manager (Pre-Crime)
  • Salary: £37,150 – £43,200 (4 days per week, equivalent to £46,400-54,000 full time)
  • Benefits: Flexible working; parental leave; 7% pension contribution; generous training and development budget; 27 days paid annual leave (including any public holidays) and additional time off in December when office is closed; company-provided Macbook.
  • Location: Nationwide (home-based/remote). Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.
  • Duration: Permanent
  • Deadline for Applications: 6 December 2023 at 11pm
  • Interview Dates: 11, 12, 13 December 2023
  • Start Date: ASAP

What we’re looking for

Above all else, we need a passionate and effective advocate. And as regards the rest, we’re more interested in your skills, rather than your knowledge.

You might be knowledgeable on the current and emerging technologies impacting policing and the criminal justice system.

You will likely have experiencing managing multiple projects addressing harms impacting communities that are marginalised and made vulnerable by society.

You might have a strong policy background with an interest in human rights, policing, surveillance or draconian technology.

You will have the capacity to perform simultaneous roles such as research, project planning and creating communication outputs and have the creativity and lateral thinking skills to ideate interventions and disrupt harms.

You may be bringing a wide range of contacts to the role or have the skills to build relationships with diverse stakeholders with sensitivity to their aims and values.

What the job will involve

  • Research: for example on the impact of current data processing practices under the Prevent Duty on individuals and targeted communities.
  • Drafting policy documents: including public-facing documents such as consultation responses and reports.
  • Outreach to policy-makers: including engagement with UK Parliamentarians, Senedd and Holyrood.
  • Feeding into our campaigning work: through collaboration with our Campaigns Manager, to ensure that your policy research is fed into our campaigning and grassroots activism.
  • Coalition building: through collaborating with other team-members to expand our coalition of cross-sectoral allies.
  • Creating comms outputs: such as blog and video posts summarising policy submissions and campaign materials.
  • Some public speaking: such as giving press quotes and interviews, as well as representing ORG at external events.
  • Programme management: for example, setting goals, objectives and key performance indicators for the programme to deliver.
  • Project planning: including identifying further opportunities and partnerships for programme growth.

What we’re like

ORG is a vibrant digital rights campaigning organisation. Founded in 2005, we have over 20,000 members and supporters and 10 local groups across the UK.

We uphold our human rights to free expression and privacy. We condemn and work against repressive laws or systems that deny people these rights.

We campaign, lobby, go to court – whatever it takes to build and support a movement for freedom in the digital age.

Our remote team is spread across the UK. We’re a supportive, flexible group with high standards. We’re innovative and agile. You’ll work hard but be rewarded by the impact you collaboratively achieve.

We take staff well-being seriously and meet up regularly for in-person work and social events.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a CV and covering letter (no longer than 2 sides of A4) setting out how you are suited to the role by emailing by 11pm on 6 December.

Please ensure that your email has the subject heading ‘Programme Manager (Pre Crime) and that all attachments are sent in PDF or ODT format.

Interviews for short-listed candidates will be held online.

Length and Salary

The Programme Manager (Pre-crime) will be employed on a permanent basis following successful completion of a six-month probation period.

The annual salary is £37,150 – £43,200 4 days per week (equivalent to £46,400-54,000) less any required deductions for income tax and national insurance. As mentioned above, the position is home-based, though travel into London for in-person events is required.

Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.

ORG is an equal opportunity employer. We believe that a diverse and inclusive team working in a supportive environment is vital to the success of our work. We particularly welcome applications from candidates from marginalised and racialised backgrounds as well as from LGBTQ+, and non binary candidates.