Senior Organiser – Food and Racial Justice

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Job Title Senior Organiser - Food and Racial Justice Reporting To Head of Activism Staff Reporting Fellows Salary £36,000 pro rata Duration 15-month contract with possibility of renewal, funding dependent Hours 4 days/ week (30 hours); flexible working arrangements Based Tottenham Hale, Northeast London, with possibility of hybrid working at home and in the office (there is currently an expectation of at least 1/3 time in the office, but this may increase in November) Start Date ASAP Anti-oppressive statement Feedback is an organisation actively seeking to move through an anti-racist and anti-oppressive journey in every aspect of its work. We acknowledge that the environmental sector is less open to people from under-represented backgrounds, and we are strongly committed identifying and correcting where we may be perpetuating patriarchal, white supremacist values and other forms of oppression in our organisational culture, partnerships and community work. We especially want to hear from you if you feel that you have lived experience of power structures preventing you from accessing opportunities like this.

We are looking for an experienced organiser to lead on fostering collaboration between progressive food and farming organisations and communities of colour in London and the South-East. They will utilise their skills, expertise, experience, and relationships to movement build, and reveal new avenues to pursue systems change to the benefit of people and planet. The successful candidate can expect to participate in principled, reflective and creative work to shift the paradigm through which Feedback, its allies and broader stakeholders fight for food that is good our planet and its people.

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About the job

ABOUT US

Feedback is a UK- and Netherlands-based environmental campaign group working for food that is good for the planet and its people. We have established a strong reputation as both an expert voice and practical actor on circular food systems and are regularly called upon by businesses, governments, and civil society to provide evidence and advice on diverse issues, including food waste, industrial (animal) agriculture, aquaculture and circular food economies.

The food system is not delivering on today’s priorities: rather than producing healthy, secure, nutritious food for all while regenerating the natural world and mitigating global temperature rises, it is driving climate and ecological emergencies and exacerbating global injustice. To address these challenges and carry out our mission, we combine investigative research, campaigns, community outreach and on-the-ground pilot projects for a better food system. We challenge power, catalyse action, and empower people to achieve positive change.

THE OPPORTUNITY

We’re looking for an experienced organiser to take up this new post, and lead on fostering collaboration between progressive food and farming organisations, and communities of colour, in London and the South-East. They will utilise their skills, expertise, experience, and relationships to movement build, and reveal new avenues to pursue systems change to the benefit of people and planet.

The successful candidate will work to foster up to 10 collaborative partnerships between organisations who might not otherwise collaborate. The successful candidate will utilise secured resources to form 10 Fellowship positions to anchor these partnerships. And they will deploy participatory methods to support 10 Fellows to map out fertile ground for progressive food system organisations and anti-racist organisations and activists to building a shared analysis of how the transformation of the UK food system can also deliver transformative racial justice.

This work will form a part of Feedback’s flagship portfolio of work seeking to address the historical failing of the mainstream progressive food system transformation actors to account for the intersection between environmental destruction and persisting societal injustice. The successful candidate can expect to participate in principled, reflective and creative work to shift the paradigm through which Feedback, its allies and broader stakeholders fight for food that is good our planet and its people.

TASKS

  1. Work with organisations known to Feedback, as well as new organisations, to form new partnerships and projects which explore the common roots of food system transformation issues (such as patterns of land use, land access, fisheries and aquaculture, and inequitable employment, historical roots to the food system) and racial injustice as it intersects with other forms of oppression (approx. 25% of time)
  2. Create 10 ten-month fellowship placements for young activists, campaigners, and growers of colour in partnership with progressive food and farming actors and organisations serving communities of colour (approx. 35% of time)
  3. Utilising participatory methods, work with Fellows, partner organisations and broader movements to envision and build support for new ways of pursuing a just and equitable transition to a regenerative food system (approx. 30% of time)
  4. Assist in all reasonable ad-hoc tasks in support of the furtherance of Feedback’s mission, as requested by the Head of Activism and other colleagues (approx. 10% of time)

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential:

  • Possess lived experience of the ways in which structural racism and white supremacy contribute towards social injustice and possess a demonstrable commitment to ensuring such experience is addressed within movements for food system transformation
  • A commitment to safeguarding the welfare of members of the individuals who may be disproportionately subject to structural violence and oppression
  • At least 5 years’ experience community organising or movement building (in a paid or unpaid context)
  • Outstanding communication and community organisation skills – able to pitch ideas compellingly to a wide range of diverse audiences
  • Significant experience facilitating discussions on race, white supremacy, and how racism intersects with other forms of oppressive power both sensitively and robustly
  • Ability to select and employ participatory methods successfully to support groups to build strong relationships, make decisions and build social power
  • Strong time-management skills and a self-starting attitude
  • Experience in, or willingness to learn, event organisation
  • Computer literate, able to use common office software
  • Able to motivate people in speaking and in writing
  • A deep belief in our vision – a world in which all have access to secure and nutritious food while regenerating the natural world, and in the power of civil society to achieve social and environmental change
  • Sharing Feedback’s values: bold, impact-driven, celebratory, collaborative, inspiring

How to apply

HOW TO APPLY

Please submit, in Word or pdf format, a CV and a cover letter (no more than 2 sides of A4 each) to jobs@feedbackglobal.org  explaining how you meet the person specification and why you would like to work at Feedback. Informal enquiries about the role can be sent to james@feedbackglobal.org

Unfortunately, due to the high level of applications we receive we regret that we will not be able to provide feedback to unsuccessful applicants.

Closing date for applications is Sunday 18th September 2022 at 23:59. Interviews will be held the week of the 3rd October.

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