Overview

Community Organiser Success Profile

The Purpose of this Role is to…

Enable people from all walks of life to build power and take non-violent action in order to shift the UK public to support Animal Freedom.

The Accountabilities of this Role are…

  • Building a team of skilled community organisers
  • Identifying potential volunteer leaders
  • Recruiting volunteer leaders
  • Developing volunteer leaders by running trainings, providing coaching and other support
  • Activating volunteer leaders by supporting them in forming their own groups and taking action

About the Role

This Lancaster-based role aims to lead the work of building the social movement that will shift how people all over the UK take action for Animal Freedom.

Within our Social Movement Operations team, you will work with a group of fellow Community Organisers to enable everyday people to campaign and form groups that build power for animals in their communities. Our Community Organisers draw primarily on the work of Marshall Ganz and the Ayni Institute to build a movement inspired by past efforts like the Civil Rights and Indian Independence movements.

  Who We’re Looking For

It’s essential that:

  • You have skill and knowledge in community organising
  • You believe in the power of everyday people to change the world
  • You’re eager to build the lasting community power needed to win Animal Freedom
  • You can commit to an organisation engaged with non-violent civil disobedience

 

Ideal, but not essential:

  • You have experience doing community organising for “ally movements” (e.g. refugees, or other solidarity work)
  • You have experience in animal advocacy
  • You are familiar with Momentum-driven Organising as described in This Is An Uprising by Mark & Paul Engler

 

Key Projects

Initially, some top priority projects of the role will include…

Project 1: Setting up the movement’s first groups  

Background: This project involves using 1:1 relational organising methods to set up the first groups of a social movement in the Lancaster & Morecambe area. We are currently seeking to set up groups to run community campaigns within a prominent Lancaster workplace. Within a framework of structure-based organising, we will connect with communities and work with volunteer leaders to craft campaigns that speak to their interests while contributing towards Animal Freedom.

 

Project 2: Helping to develop a plan for how the movement will spread across the country

Background: We are intent on our movement having hundreds of volunteer-led groups all over the country, and in those groups involving a diverse set of people – younger people, older people, people from across the political spectrum, religious and non-religious and so on. As a Community Organiser, you will play a key role in helping us understand the methods we’ll need to use to scale effectively.

 

  You shouldn’t take this role if…

  • You prefer to do the work yourself, rather than empowering community members to take action
  • You are not open to building an Animal Freedom movement that creates space for people of different values and backgrounds (including non-vegans/vegetarians and people of different political leanings) to participate.

About Animal Think Tank

Our Mission:

Animal Think Tank’s mission is to support the building of a broad-based anti-speciesist movement that has the power, resilience and longevity to ensure all individual animals have their rights to life, liberty and the security of person protected in UK law and embraced by society. We aim to achieve this by organising and mobilising people to engage in constructive work and nonviolent civil disobedience. Alongside this, we aim to assist the strategic direction, capacity and innovation of the wider movement, seeding any needed organisations, and supporting the many others working towards Animal Freedom in their own diverse ways. Our main areas of work include: Movement Building and Unity; Anti-speciesism; Strategy; Narrative Framing; Organising Structures; Culture; Nonviolence; Leadership Development; and Training.

Our Story:

Launched in 2018, Animal Think Tank came together as a group of people determined to apply social movement theory and cutting edge strategy to build a broad-based movement for animal freedom.

Since launching, we’ve trained hundreds of changemakers through Movement Building workshops in the UK, US and Canada. We also launched Animal Rebellion, an ally to Extinction Rebellion, who are seeking to push the issue of animal farming and fishing into the environmental movement’s focus.

By 2022/23 we intend to scale into a large team of 20-30 people and launch a mass movement organisation for animal freedom.

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