Director Role Description
RE is seeking a dynamic, talented and passionate individual to help take our campaign to change economics to the next level. You will be a collaborative leader with a commitment to empowering others to create positive change. You will have excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to listen, build positive relationships and help others to achieve their potential. A strategic thinker, you are adept at balancing the competing demands of day-to-day delivery with a firm focus on the bigger picture. Direct experience of building and managing teams, a proven track record of fundraising and a good working knowledge of pluralist economic thinking would be highly advantageous.
Rethinking Economics is an international network of students, academics and professionals building a better economics both in the classroom and in wider society. In its first five years, RE has become a leading voice in the debate on the future of economics and has catalysed real change at universities across the country. We have a dedicated staff team of 5 who support the student movement, and the Director’s role will be to lead and support this team.
We are committed to minimising unnecessary hierarchy and making decisions by consensus where possible, and have developed a governance structure which allows students to be involved in decisions at all levels of the organisation. This way of working can be challenging but it is also hugely rewarding. Joining our staff team is an exciting opportunity to help support, shape and energise an international movement working to change economics for the better.
This new Director position reflects a shift in emphasis in the way we plan to govern ourselves and represents a departure from our non-hierarchical tradition. We are seeking a Director who can work well in this shifting governance environment and respect the ways of working that have been established.
Director Role Description Breakdown
Leadership and Strategy
Work with student organisers, staff, trustees and stakeholders to update RE’s theory of change and long term strategic plan, and to translate this into annual operational plans.
Work with staff to ensure that RE’s activities contribute as effectively as possible to the organisation’s mission and strategic objectives.
Act as the lead point of contact between the staff team and the board of trustees, including monitoring and informing the trustees of key internal and external issues that may affect RE.
Maintain a positive, inclusive and collaborative working environment, in line with RE’s values of participation and equality – with a focus on empowering staff and student organisers to create change.
Work with trustees and staff to maintain and strengthen the organisation’s accountability to the Rethinking Economics student movement it exists to support.
Line manage the staff team, ensuring they are well supported to fulfil their roles and develop their skills.
Work with the Operations Coordinator to oversee RE’s HR function, including overall responsibility for staff recruitment, probation and grievance and disciplinary procedures.
Oversee the efficient and effective day-to-day operation of the organisation.
Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of projects and work with project delivery staff to provide regular updates to the Trustees.
Finance, fundraising and business development
Take overall responsibility for ensuring RE’s financial sustainability and for maintaining and growing the organisation’s funding base.
Develop and implement a fundraising and business development strategy, in line with the agreed strategic priorities of RE.
Maintain strong relationships with current funders; research and build relationships with new potential funding sources.
Prepare and submit funding applications, working with relevant project staff where necessary.
Work towards agreed annual fundraising targets, reporting regularly to trustees on the organisation’s financial position and fundraising plans.
Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, politicians, academics and other stakeholders to help achieve the goals of RE.
Represent RE at events and conferences to enhance the organisation’s profile.
Act as a media spokesperson for the network where appropriate.
A good working knowledge of pluralist economic thinking and of current debates in economics.
An interest in economics and the reform of economics.
A strong understanding of the Rethinking Economics movement and its objectives.
An open and collaborative leadership style, including willingness to be accountable to others and an ability to bring out the best in others.
Self-reflective, willing to listen and consider other points of view.
Excellent facilitation skills, including the ability to ensure both that all voices are heard and respected, and that clear and timely decisions are reached.
A commitment to RE’s values and ethos, including accountability to the student movement, collaboration within the staff team and seeking to make decisions by consensus where possible.
Ambitious, dynamic and energetic, constantly reflecting on RE’s effectiveness and seeking ways to improve our impact.
A critical and strategic thinker, able to both see the big picture and have an eye for detail.
Excellent time and project management skills, including the ability to prioritise limited resources to maximise impact.
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including the ability to influence and persuade others.
A proven track record in fundraising, and/or strong relationships with potential funders and supporters of RE.
The ability to assess problem situations to identify causes and generate solutions.
Excellent relationship building skills, including the ability to proactively identify, explore and realise new partnerships and funding opportunities.
A degree in economics or a related discipline, or demonstrable equivalent experience gained via another route.
Experience of building and managing teams, including recruiting and supporting staff or volunteers.
Experience of charity governance and/or facilitating the smooth running of an organisation in line with its mission.
Experience of working with or supporting networks and movements to achieve change, particularly (but not necessarily) in a student campaigning context.
What We Offer
The opportunity to be part of a dynamic, values-driven movement working to achieve lasting social change
An exciting opportunity to play an integral role in shaping a small charity and help transform an international student campaign into a broader social movement
Support from the Trustee Board
Terms and Conditions
Contract: The role is for a permanent position with a 6 month probationary period.
Salary: £30,000 – £37,500 pro rata depending on experience
Location: Our offices are in Manchester. Candidates will be expected to work in the Manchester office.
Hours: 30 hours per week, with the expectation of working 4 days per week Monday – Friday to be agreed. Post holders would be expected to work the occasional evening or weekend for time off in lieu. Flexible working arrangements will be considered.
Holiday: 25 days pro rata in addition to statutory holidays.
Please send a CV and covering letter (no more than 2 A4 sides) outlining why you feel you are suited to the role, addressing in particular:
Why you believe it is important to campaign for better economics
Your approach to leadership and how you would apply this at RE
Your initial thoughts on RE’s key strategic opportunities over the coming 5 years.
We are an equal opportunities employer and particularly welcome applications from those under-represented in leadership positions, including women, people who identify as black and ethnic minority, people with disabilities and people who identify as working class. If you are interested in the role but are not sure whether you meet all aspects of the person specification, we would strongly encourage you to apply or to contact us for an informal discussion, indicating which aspects of the role you feel you are well suited to. We are open to considering job-share arrangements for the right candidate(s). Please note that Rethinking Economics can only accept applications from individuals with the right to work in the UK.
The closing deadline for applications is midnight Friday 29th September.
Interviews will be held in Manchester from Wednesday 11th to Friday 13th October. Arrangements for Skype interviews can be made on request.
If you have any queries about the role or would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please do not hesitate to contact us via recruitment [at] rethinkeconomics.org.