Could you be the London Leap Organiser?


Switched on London is looking for an experienced organiser (this can be lived and / or voluntary experience) to develop strong relationships with London organisations and actively build the London Leap network.

The London Leap will bring together black and brown folks, diaspora groups, local workers and other London communities to develop a collective climate vision for London––one of rapid transformation that makes people’s lives fairer, safer and more fulfilling. Taking inspiration from the Canadian Leap Manifesto, we know that climate change demands wholesale transformation: social, economic and cultural. This crisis is not just a threat, it is also our best chance of building a just city that works for everyone by closing inequalities, strengthening and renewing the public sphere, challenging racist border policies, generating dignified work and taking responsibility for our colonial past and present. It’s time to create a London that works for everyone. More details of the project can be found at

We’re looking for someone with previous experience in organising and strong personal skills. The position will be hosted by Switched on London, a grassroots organisation that has campaigned for clean, affordable, and democratic energy for Londoners since 2015. The position will be managed by Switched on London volunteers, and you will work closely with the London Leap coordinator (a position that is also hosted by Switched on London) and with the London Leap volunteer organisers.

This role will involve a significant amount of independent work and strategic thinking. To enjoy the position, you will need to be self-motivated, able to manage your own workload, and excited about the prospect of shaping this project from its early stages.

Job title: London Leap Organiser

Job purpose: To build relationships with progressive London organisations

Contract duration: 3 days per week, 12 months

Salary: £32,000 per annum

Location: London (flexible location, based out of Platform’s offices in Bethnal Green or working from home or other spaces)

Responsible to: London Leap organisers, line managed by Switched on London

Application Deadline: 10AM, 26 July 2018


Job Description:
We are looking for an experienced organiser to develop strong relationships with London organisations (in particular black and brown led groups) and actively build the London Leap network.

You will be working closely with the London Leap coordinator who will oversee and facilitate the activities of organisations already participating in Leap.

The main responsibilities of the role are:

  • To build strong relationships with black and brown led London organisations and involve them as active participants in Leap
  • To develop an organising strategy that builds a network of progressive London organisations working on London Leap
  • To create strong, trusting relationships with people from key partner organisations in the network
  • To map and identify progressive groups within London who would be interested in participating in London Leap
  • To identify goals that matter to groups and identify how those goals can be advanced through London Leap
  • To develop a clear and well articulated understanding of how the climate transition could intersect with the everyday experiences of Londoners

The candidate will also:

  • Work with others to design and deliver participative and accessible workshops for a range of London audiences
  • Act as a champion for the London Leap and persuasively present the project
  • Work with others to write funding bids and report to funders

Person Specification:
We’re looking for enthusiastic organiser. You won’t need to know lots about climate policy or debates but you will need strong interpersonal skills and an ability to to work independently.

Essential Criteria

  • A knowledge of progressive black and brown led organisations in London
  • An experienced organiser with a practical understanding of how to use organising to build progressive change
  • First hand experience of organising across difference
  • Interest in climate justice
  • A ‘people’ person – you enjoy having conversations with people and possess strong social skills
  • Strong and constructive team worker
  • Self-motivated with the ability to manage and prioritise multiple tasks and work responsibly in an unstructured environment
  • Commitment to an intersectional approach to organising

Desirable criteria (No need to meet all of these!)

  • Existing relationships with a range of progressive black and brown London organisations
  • Fundraising skills (charitable trusts, arts, academic, or individual donor fundraising)
  • Ability to think strategically about how to make change happen
  • Strong facilitation skills

Terms & Conditions

The post is offered on a 12 month basis with the possibility of extension or permanent appointment (subject to funding).

The successful candidate will be entitled to the equivalent of 5 weeks a year paid holiday (pro-rata – 15 days) plus bank holidays, plus sick pay for any period of incapacity due to sickness or injury.

The Organiser will be eligible to take Time Off In Lieu for any excess hours worked.

We will cover reasonable work-related expenses including travel to meetings.

The Organiser will need to be based in London, precise location to be negotiated.

We may be able to support working from home, we can also provide an office space in Platform’s offices in Bethnal Green. The job will entail a significant amount of travel and meetings across London.

Application Deadline: 10AM, 26 July 2018

We are aiming to interview on 2 August 2018

If you would like to discuss the role or the application process informally, email (you can ask us to ring you too!). If you’re unsure about anything in the person specification, please get in touch.

Switched on London strives to apply equal opportunities principles both in its recruitment and in its work. We oppose all forms of discrimination on the grounds of: colour, race, nationality, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexuality, marital status, religion, age or disability.

The successful candidate will be selected on the basis of how well they fit the person specification, as judged by their application materials and their interview performance. We would particularly like to encourage applications from people of colour / black or brown people, who are currently under-represented in Switched on London. Where two or more candidates are judged to be of equal merit, priority may be given to a BAME candidate as these groups are less well represented.

Let us know if there’s any reasonable adjustments you’d like us to make in the application and interview process in view of a disability or health issue.
Due to the ridiculous and racist border restrictions in the UK, Switched on London is unfortunately unable to arrange work permits for applicants without UK residency.

Application Deadline:
Please submit your application by 10AM on 26 July 2018. We will aim to conduct interviews on 2 August 2018.

How to apply:
To submit an application, please send an email to with the following components:
1. Your CV
2. A 1-3 page Supporting Statement. In the statement, please use these as headings:

  • how you meet the Person Specification
  • why you want this job
  • why you would like to join Switched on London / London Leap
  • where you saw the job advertised

3. A filled out Equal Opportunities form. These are used for our own monitoring purposes so we can improve our recruitment process to make it more accessible and inclusive. The information will not be used for selection purposes except for the positive action described above.
Email your application to by 10AM on 26th July 2018. Please use the subject heading ‘London Leap Organiser’.

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