Rethinking Economics (RE) is an international network of students, academics and professionals building better economics in society and the classroom. Our vision is of economies which serve people and the planet. Our purpose is to build a diverse movement of people who challenge, interrogate and renew the practice, teaching and application of economics.
RE started as a student movement in 2012 and has since grown to become a registered UK charity (Charity no. 1158972) with a six-person staff team based in Manchester. Through a mixture of campaigning, events and projects, we support more than 100 student groups in 25 countries across the world, alongside thousands of supportive members of the public, to reform the university economics curriculum to make it more pluralist, critical and applicable to the real world. Over the next year we will be releasing a book on the lack of diversity in economics and working with our partners to grow the diversifying and decolonising economics movement.
Just a few of our highlights include featuring in the film Boom Bust Boom (now on Netflix), publishing ‘The Econocracy’, a book outlining our vision for economics, publishing a pluralist economics textbook ‘The Rethinking Reader’ with Routledge and organising the Festival of New Economic Thinking in Edinburgh in 2017 along with INET’s Young Scholars Initiative and Netzwerk Plurale Ökonomik. Across the world we have held conferences that have brought together students, academics and the general public. Even with the current pandemic, we have successfully moved much of our organising online with a festival in July 2020 that gathered thousands of Rethinkers together from all over the world and our videos were watched over 5,000 times across the festival by the attendees.
Our campaigning has achieved change. The University of Cambridge has introduced a new module on the history of economic thought and philosophy of economics, and other universities including Greenwich, Goldsmiths and Kingston have gone even further, fully reforming their curricula and introducing new degree programmes. Many universities and institutions, no longer debate ‘if’ we should change economics but ‘how’. We are frequently invited to input into discussions within campaigning circles but also in institutions like the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development and the Bank of England.
We’ve achieved a lot as a young movement and we know that there is much more to do. We are looking for new trustees who can bring financial and organising expertise to our board. It is essential that applicants can demonstrate substantial charity or small business finance or student organising or movement building experience (please see requirements below).
Whilst we remain a student-powered network, our board of trustees retain ultimate legal responsibility for all aspects of the charity and therefore must ensure all our activities further RE’s charitable purpose and retain effective oversight and scrutiny. Becoming a RE Trustee is an exciting opportunity to provide guidance, support and oversight to an international student movement and ensure that its work is sustainable and effective in the future.
To serve on the board you must be able to attend quarterly trustee meetings (either in person or by video-conferencing, meetings alternate between London and Manchester), read detailed papers and policy documents, act as a personal mentor to a member of staff and serve on a board subcommittee. Roles are non-remunerated and require 1-2 days commitment a month. Please note that this role is unpaid but all expenses e.g. travel, will be reimbursed in line with our Expenses Policy.
– To ensure that Rethinking Economics complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulation;
– To ensure that Rethinking Economics pursues its charitable purpose as defined in governing documents;
– To contribute actively to the board of trustees’ integral role (in collaboration with staff and student organisers) in setting the strategic direction of the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals, setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
– To safeguard the good name and values of Rethinking Economics;
– To ensure the effective and efficient administration of Rethinking Economics;
– To ensure the financial stability of Rethinking Economics;
– To support the co-Directors and wider staff team.
We are looking for people who have:
– A commitment to the objectives and values of Rethinking Economics;
– An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibility and liabilities of trusteeship;
– Good, independent judgement
– An ability to think creatively
– The courage and willingness to speak their mind;
– A willingness to listen, reflect and respect others’ points of view;
– An ability to work effectively as a member of a team.
This role would work closely with the Co-Director and Operations and Finance Coordinator to review and monitor RE’s financial performance and prepare accounts.
– Reviewing and monitoring RE’s financial performance
– Ensuring RE prepares and files proper accounts
– Ensuring that RE has robust and effective financial controls in place
– Appraise the financial viability of projects, plans, proposals and other initiatives which may have a financial or structural implication.
– Oversee the production of regular forecasts, an annual budget and a long term financial plan, in partnership with the Operations Officer and the Finance and HR Committee.
– It is essential that this trustee is able to understand and interpret routine financial data and has financial or accountancy qualifications or experience
– Good understanding of financial controls and the legal responsibilities of Trustees in relation to RE’s financial health / financial reporting.
– Prior experience of charity finance and fundraising.
– Desirable: Experience of Xero software; Experience of Economics Education at University Level; Experience of working in higher education (ideally in Economics or related subject)
Student Organising/Movement Building
This role would work closely with the Co-Directors to build out RE’s network, using the most inclusive organising and movement building strategy. We are looking to improve our practice in terms of challenging systemic racism and colonialism in the economics discipline and especially welcome applicants with experience/interest in this area
– Work closely with the Co-Directors on RE’s strategy and the implementation of that strategy to maximise the number of students joining the movement.
– Experience of student organising and movement building
– Experience of challenging systemic racism and/or colonialism in the academia, especially within economics discipline or the majority world
– Desirable: Experience of Economics Education at University Level; Experience of working in higher education (ideally in Economics or related subject)
Rethinking Economics is committed to providing equal opportunities for everyone regardless of their background. We acknowledge that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented in progressive movements and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We are also looking to improve our practice in terms of challenging systemic racism and colonialism in the economics discipline and especially welcome applicants with experience/interest in this area.
We are particularly keen to receive applications from Black, Asian and minority ethnic people; people with disabilities; people who identify as being LGTBQIA; people who have a mental health condition; and people who identify as working class or have done so in the past.
How to apply
To apply please send the equal opportunities form (found at the bottom of the Charity Job ad), a CV and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org with the headline ‘Trustee application’ and specifying ‘financial’ or ‘student organising’. Applications should be made before midnight on Sunday 4th October 2020. Please mention how you meet the specified criteria and explain briefly how you can demonstrate the qualities outlined above. Interviews will be held in London or Manchester or via video conference w/c 12th October 2020.