Associate Partner - help us help progressive campaigns to win!
ChangeLabLondon/Berlin or remote +/-2 GMT10 days ago
ChangeLab is striving to build an organisation that is diverse and is truly inclusive. We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly people of colour, trans and non-binary people, parents, and disabled people.
ChangeLab is a worker-owned co-op with one goal: building ambitious tech for progressive campaigns. We work with organisations like the Labour Party, Unite the Union, 38 Degrees and Change.org to help them win progressive change. With over 20 years of experience in building technology, our partners have:
- led the Labour Party's technology team during the 2017 general election
- built key parts of the tech powering 38 Degrees - from sending 2 million emails per hour, to raising millions of pounds in donations and powering tens of millions of actions per year
- started from zero to get over a million workers signed up to organise in their own workplace
Remote in GMT +/- 2 (offices in London and Berlin)
Six month provisional partnership (with the aim of becoming a full partner in the business)
30 hours a week (fully flexible, e.g.: 3/4 days a week or 9am - 3pm, 5 days per week)
£50,000 - £70,000 p.a. depending on experience, not pro rata
We're a small but ambitious worker-owned co-op who build and run campaigning technology for progressive clients.
The four partners that currently make up ChangeLab make all of our decisions together, democratically with a flat hierarchy. We're a small team, each with a focus area — but we also all mix it up and pitch in on anything that needs doing. We work flexible hours and trust each other to manage our own time without supervision.
We've recently reached a point of rapid growth in our business, so we need another pair of hands. However, we don't want to just hire an employee. Instead, we want to keep our democratic process and flat hierarchy intact and hire someone who will eventually become an equal partner and co-owner of the business.
We're currently in the process of transitioning from a traditional agency-style project model to product-based SaaS model. We're developing three different campaigning tools, ranging from phone banking to ad microtargeting, which we'll provide to progressive campaigns around the world to help them win. That means now is an exciting time to get involved and help us build them from the ground up!
Some of the things we've done
- Ringround - We built the Call for Keir app for Keir Starmer's leadership campaign, connecting over 300,000 calls over the course of the race. We're now building a new campaign telephony app using what we've learnt from that experience. The GMB union have already used a beta version to great success on their British Gas provisional strike ballot to get an overwhelming rejection with 86.4% against, on a super impressive turnout of 85.7%.
- Email Control Centre - An outbound communication tool we built for planning and deploying mass email communication to millions of people - using machine learning and predictive analysis to optimise what communications they receive, when they receive them, with the goal of increasing their engagement.
- NEU Checklist/Escalation - A data-collection tool we built and rolled out within two weeks of the COVID-19 crisis for the National Education Union. Filled in by 10,000s of teachers, it helped the union and its members find out what precautions schools were taking - and to successfully convince the government to back down on its risky reopening plans. This was covered in the HuffPo, the Evening Standard and the Daily Mail.
Read more: https://www.changelab.io/our-work
The main thing we're looking for is killer project management skills. You'll have successfully managed projects in high-pressure environments for high-profile clients. In addition to that, we're looking for someone with one of the following specialisms:
- Technical skills - can you code? Work with data? We primarily code in Ruby (mostly Rails), use Postgres hosted on AWS RDS for most of our databases, and use Heroku to host most of our web applications. You don't need to be a programmer - knowing your way around a scripting language like Python or being familiar with SQL is enough here.
- Design - are you a dab hand with Illustrator? No stranger to Sketch? We'd love someone with a designer's eye to join as a partner.
- Sales - do you have a strong network in the campaigning or political space? Are you good at closing deals and helping clients imagine ambitious projects? We focus on exciting innovative tech: projects we love to build, as much as our clients love to use them!
You definitely don't need to have all of these — so don't be put off if you have one but not the others! You'll shape your role with us as we go, these are just some directions that we think it would be good to go in.
You will own some of our relationships with clients right from the earliest stages, meeting prospective clients, and working with our partners to devise proposals that will help them hit their goals. You’ll play a crucial role in making sure our team can deliver the best possible results for our clients, building relationships with senior stakeholders.
- 5-7 years work experience, ideally working in the progressive campaigning or political space and culminating in a senior role, leading projects, campaigns and/or teams
- Managing substantial projects (>£100,000 in total value) in a flexible and nimble way — ideally but not necessarily technology projects
- Managing and juggling multiple fast-changing projects and priorities and switching contexts quickly between them
- Working effectively with technical and non-technical colleagues alike to bridge the gap in understanding
- Campaign/project idea generation
Nice to haves:
- Established relationships within the campaigning and third sector
- Experience working at an agency
- Experience with business development work
- Experience with account management
- Experience of proposal writing
- Experience with social media marketing and web content
- Experience of presenting at pitches or internal meetings
- Exposure to Ruby/Rails, Postgres, AWS (RDS, Redshift, SES, S3), Heroku, React
- Previous freelance experience
- Part-time job, full-time salary
- Flat hierarchy, get to co-own all the decisions we make together
- Manage your own day, decide your own schedule
- Work remotely anywhere in +/- 2 hours from GMT, or in our London or Berlin offices - totally up to you
- Up to £2,500 to spend on a laptop/working setup of your choice, £250 per year to spend on whatever makes you more productive, and we'll pay for a desk in a coworking space where you're based (if it's not London or Berlin, where we already have offices)
- After six months, the opportunity to become a full partner with an equal share in the business
How to apply
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with:
- Your CV
- Contact details and when you're be free for a 30 minute intro call
- A short answer to these three questions:
- What excites you about designing and building technology for progressive causes?
- Tell us about a tech project you are most proud of and why - what was the vision, and what was your role in making it happen?
- Tell us about a useful or challenging piece of feedback you received from a colleague: what was it and how did you learn from it? (No right or wrong answer here. It's not a trick question where we want you to talk about a strength as though it's a weakness — we're looking to hear about how you learn and develop based on feedback!)
Closing date for applications is midday, Monday, February 1 2021.
Our application process
We've all gone through application processes that have taken too long and left everyone dissatisfied, so our goal is to have the most respect possible for our applicants' time by keeping it short and sweet.
- You email in an application to us on email@example.com with your CV, when you're available, and short answers to the questions above.
- We arrange a time together for a 30 minute call with one or two of our partners to talk more about your experience and what ChangeLab is about. These will take place on an ongoing basis even before the closing date.
- If we're all happy to proceed after that, we go onto an interview with all four partners. Depending on your specialism there may be a task to do ahead of the interview or some pair programming. The interview itself will be focused entirely on your experience, using competency-based questions. We know interviews aren't many people's favourite thing, so we'll tell you in advance what kind of areas we'll be focusing on so you can prepare accordingly. This is also your chance to ask all of us questions.
- The four partners will meet after all of the interviews take place to decide on who to offer the job to.
- You'll get a call from one of us to discuss you taking the job! 💫
After you start
We'll have regular check-ins and set goals together for where we want to be after one month, three months and six months. After the end of the six month contract (and if you want to continue!), our partners will hold a vote on you becoming a full partner. You'll then be issued voting shares and become a full partner and co-owner of ChangeLab.
Any other questions at all?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with them - if you're not sure whether you're the right fit, if you're curious about who we are, what we do, if we've missed anything or haven't been clear, or if you just want to chat about what the job would be like.