3 September 2019
Applications are invited for a Software and Data Workers Project Organiser based at Prospect's Edinburgh office. This is a fixed-term contract for 14 hours per week.
Software and Data Workers Project Organiser
- Fixed term contract for 14 hours per week due to end in March 2020, however could be extended depending on funding.
- Post holder will be based in our Edinburgh office, they will need to travel regularly within the city (and occasionally further afield) for meetings. Working hours can be flexible but the nature of the role will require working outside of normal working hours.
- £14,301 per annum (£35,752 fte).
Prospect has over 250 staff helping support over 143,000 members. Our members work in the private and the public sector, in a range of areas including energy, heritage, civil service, defence, communications, media, entertainment and many others.
As a union for modern working life we aim to get the best deal for our members by using evidence and building partnerships with employers – while never being scared to call employers out when they get things wrong.
Diversity is an important value for the trade union movement, and as an organisation we are passionate about promoting equality at work and are committed to it for all our staff; we would be particularly interested in applications from groups that are underrepresented in the workplace.
Prospect is a great place to work - this role has access to our high-quality defined benefit pension scheme and 25 days annual leave each year. We offer a good work-life balance and offer support for training and development.
About the role
Prospect is seeking to recruit a Project Organiser, as part of a project to provide a union voice for software and data workers. This is a temporary role assigned to a project funded by the STUC Union Modernisation Fund. The Union Modernisation Fund project aims to develop innovative and new organising methods which can then be applied more widely by Prospect and also other unions to promote Fair Work and achieve the aims of the Fair Work Action Plan.
This project will attempt to develop a Prospect group for freelance software and data workers in Edinburgh, bringing together workers who are not covered by existing collective bargaining agreements and who may be working in non-traditional models of temporary, freelance, and in other ways precarious employment.
The role will involve working mostly in Edinburgh, as part of a small team, organising workers in the digital/tech sector. Your objective will be to help individuals understand the benefits of joining a union and helping them to develop skills, build confidence and organise in their workplaces. This role will involve running awareness/training sessions for workers, recruiting new members, developing potential activists and organising a number of events for tech/digital workers.
Prospect is seeking a talented and creative individual with experience of working within the sector or related industries alongside a knowledge union organising.
You will need to:
- Be able to work independently or as part of a collaborative team to deliver the outcomes of the project.
- Be an effective verbal and written communicator with experience of dealing with confidential and sensitive issues.
- Be organised and have the ability to prioritise workloads and meet deadlines.
- Be able to solve problems in a professional manner and tailor communications for different audiences.
- Plan, promote, and deliver a number of events/meetings that will bring workers together to discuss working conditions in the sector.
- Connect and reach out to workers through social media and other methods, helping them to build a network via a suitable online platform.
- Be able to plan and delivery of training sessions.
- Want to improve the world of work for everyone through promoting the values of the trade union movement.
Where this role fits in:
This is a temporary and part time role which is partially funded through project money from the STUC Union Modernisation Fund. You will join an 8 strong team working in Edinburgh as part of the Scotland team.
This project complements the existing Prospect plan to organise workers in digital technology (software and data) and our overall organising strategy. There is also the potential for some overlap with the BECTU digital sector.
This role will work closely with our Prospect Organiser in the Edinburgh office and be managed by the National Secretary for Scotland, Richard Hardy. You will also be working with a project officer from STUC who will oversee the project outcomes.
Employee Benefits include:
- 10 days leave per annum on entry in addition to pro-rata bank/public holidays
- a contributory defined benefit pension scheme with an employer contribution of 14.9%
- access to training to support career development plus many other benefits
Please submit your CV with a covering letter to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Closing date: Noon Thursday, 12 September 2019
Interview date: Thursday, 19 September 2019
Prospect is an equal opportunities employer