Organise is a technology startup helping everyone in the UK get a fairer deal at work. We’re strengthening rights by giving people a new way to shape their workplace. Organise members run dozens of workplace specific campaigns as well as big campaigns to improve and create national laws. We put power in people’s hands, using technology to build a progressive force for change inside UK employers.
We’re passionate about putting Organise members first – we believe change happens when more people get involved. There are now over 45,000 people in the Organise community.
We’re looking to recruit up to two non-executive directors to join the Organise board. Alongside the Executive Director and other board members, you’ll be responsible for ensuring appropriate governance, overseeing overall strategy and providing financial oversight of the organisation. Alongside other board members you will also be responsible for providing independent advice and constructive challenge to the Executive Director in their day-to-day running of Organise and the staff team.
We actively encourage applications from people with a variety of backgrounds, experience and perspectives. To strengthen our diversity, we particularly encourage applications from individuals from ethnic minorities, with disabilities, from the LGBTQ+ community or from other groups that are underrepresented in the technology sector.
What you'll be doing
Supporting members to exercise their rights in their workplaces with:
Governance: along with other board members, you will hold ultimate responsibility and accountability for Organise’s financial health and reporting, reputation, legal compliance and fulfilment of the social mission. You will collaborate with the rest of the board on key decisions regarding strategy, finance, governance and employment of Organise. You will hold the Executive Director to account for implementing decisions effectively
Strategic guidance: you will draw on your professional experience, networks and expertise to provide advice and challenge to the Executive Director across areas of Organise’s strategy. This may include ad hoc advice on a specific campaign at short notice, as well as key decisions made at quarterly board meetings
Ambassador for Organise: you will assist the Executive Director and staff team in building networks of organisations, funders and individuals who can help further Organise’s mission
Time commitment: approx 6 days per year. This includes quarterly board meetings, usually on a weekday evening (held in London, with video conferencing capability) as well as ad hoc conversations, networking and strategic advice
Compensation: our board is voluntary but travel expenses can be covered
What we're looking for
We're particularly interested in hearing from candidates with experience in at least one of the following areas:
Experience of enabling innovation and organisational growth
Experience of governance and leadership of a startup or social venture
Experience of fundraising in the startup or consumer-oriented businesses
Experience of using technology to drive social change or bring people together
A track record of making change happen, whether through business, government, communications, or campaigning
A track record of grant fundraising or securing financial investment for a social venture
Key criteria and ways of workings:
Commitment to Organise’s mission, values and culture
Up for doing things differently and taking calculated risks
Able to bring impartiality and objectivity to decision making
Able to contribute to the governance of Organise through oversight of our financial health, reputation, legal compliance and mission
Commitment to bringing high standards of ethics and transparency to Organise’s governance
Able to think differently, come up with new ideas, and challenge existing thinking
Able to operate at a strategic level and bring interrogation to Organise’s strategy and decision making
How to apply:
Please send through your CV and a short covering letter (max 1 page) to firstname.lastname@example.org
If you feel you match some but not all the criteria for the role we welcome your application regardless. You may also get in touch with any further questions to the address above
Deadline for applications: 14th January 2019. Please note we will consider applications on a rolling basis.
Interviews: week commencing 21st January 2019