Co-Directorship

Job Description:

Reporting to: Board of Directors
Manages: Contractors

Apply to: kinfolknetwork@gmail.com for a Job Pack

Location: Remote (can be based anywhere in the UK)
Salary: £35k FT PA (4 day work week)
Hours: 4 days per week; one year fixed term, with probability of extension
Benefits: 7.5% employer matched pension after probation, flexible working, 28 days holiday per year (plus bank holidays and Dec 26th – Dec 31st), staff development budget

Application deadline: Thursday 4th February 2021, 5pm
First interviews: 11th and 12th February 2021
Second interviews: 18th February 2021
Preferred start date: ASAP post-interview

 

About the role
After three years incubated by the New Economy Organisers Network [NEON], KIN’s co-founders have spent 2020 focusing on organisational development, strategy and pulling KIN into independence. Now registered as a CIC, KIN seeks to resume operations in 2021 with new co-directors at the helm. Since our inception in 2017, KIN has held two convenings, one national and one international, three local events, run a partnership with the George Padmore Institute, released two reports in collaboration with Runnymede Trust and has built a community of Black activists and organisers who see KIN as a home for community, connection, important conversations and great food.

We are now looking for two confident and passionate people to step into a joint leadership position, which will form KIN’s first staff team as an independent organisation. KIN’s co-directorship will have strategic vision, significant experience in events and operations, and a strong background in leading and managing projects of a substantial size.

Co-directorship – Key Responsibilities
● Strategic thinking – designing and implementing a robust organisational strategy with the core considerations of organisational purpose, internal resource and external conditions

● Relationship building – with fundraisers, stakeholders, potential KIN collaborators, network members from the UK and a number of other countries and languages

● Financial oversight – managing financial processes, drawing up budgets, reporting to Board and funders, liaising with our accountants and day to day management of our accounts through Xero

● Fundraising – fundraising strategy design and delivery, including income generation such as bid writing, reporting, crowdfunding etc.

● Project management – including project planning, event logistics and delivery

● Organisational culture – creating an anti-oppressive culture in which mutual feedback, self-reflection and wellbeing are centred and modelled from the top

● Event design and delivery – planning or curating events or workshops, utilising a variety of pedagogical approaches, facilitating and holding space during our regular public events

● Communications – designing and managing ways of communicating the work externally such as blog writing, website maintenance, daily management of social media

● HR and governance – developing policies that ensure a safe, joyful and thriving working environment

● People management – line management of potential future staff and/or contractors

About You
The ideal candidate for this position has lived experience of the core issues that KIN works on, as well as a demonstrable commitment to Black liberation, global justice and intersectionality. You have an interest in KIN’s strategic objectives, such as centering black leadership for healing and liberation, creating infrastructure for a growing global movement demanding freedom and dignity for black lives everywhere, and offering a restorative, strategic space to nourish and support our communities and community leaders.

On top of this, you have experience in grassroots activism and a familiarity with the landscape of Black and anti-racist movements in the UK and elsewhere.

You are comfortable holding positions of power, and have a strong practice of accountability that you are able to embed within the structures you create. You know how to curate and hold spaces for a range of people with diverse needs, and are passionate about facilitation and pedagogy in a social justice context. You have experience in event management, and are familiar with movement and campaign strategy, which helps you to understand the needs of Black activists and organisers on the frontline.

Finally, you have a visionary heart and mind, which sees the abundance of possibility in the struggle for Black liberation. You’re able to build solid relationships with a broad range of people, including those who may be vulnerable or have complex needs. You are organised,
reliable and committed to delivering outputs of the highest standard, while holding values of joy, compassion and transformation as central.

Lastly, you have an understanding of the importance of creativity in our movements, and can work with others to capture and
archive KIN’s work, so that we can pass on our legacy to those who follow.

About KIN
KIN is built on the fundamental belief that Black activists and organisers working on radical, structural change need Black only spaces to learn, heal and build together.

KIN believes that we, as Black communities, have the skills and the knowledge to achieve collective liberation, but the systematic attack on collectivism and the under-resourcing of Black communities nationally and globally are obstacles to achieving this. Founded in 2017 by a collective of London-based activists, KIN has for three years created a hub of solidarity, thought and restoration for Black activists and organisers in the UK and across the globe.

Our vision is a thriving and sustainable movement for Black liberation in the UK, with healing, joy and international solidarity as its practice.

KIN Aims
● Knowledge sharing and archiving: Curate and hold space for a network of Black people to share and build knowledge. Archive the thinking and analysis around our struggle against anti-Blackness.

● Connecting and building: Connect Black activists, campaigners and educators across the world and catalyse the development of meaningful collaborative relationships.

● Healing and restoration: Connect people who can emotionally and materially support each other on their healing and learning journeys. Cultivate and develop a nurturing and healing practice for Black organisers and hold spaces which speak to that.

How to apply
Our application process is pretty straightforward. Please email us your CV and request a Job Pack which includes an application form and a completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring form to kinfolknetwork@gmail.com. You can find both forms in the job pack.

Application deadline: 5pm, Thursday 4th February

Interviews: Successful applicants will have two interviews for this post. First interview will be held on 11th and 12th February, and the second will be 18th February.

The first interview will be a standard interview with the KIN Board of Directors.

The second interview will have two parts – another interview with the same panel as the first one, and a short task.

If you have questions about the role or are worried about applying, you can get in touch on kinfolknetwork@gmail.com. We will treat the data you provide in your application in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

We particularly encourage applicants of African or Caribbean descent, especially those who are from outside of London, or identify as disabled, queer/questioning, trans or as a person who has migrated.

 

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