Full time | Permanent | Kenya or Rwanda | £35,000 - 40,000 per annum |
Deadline: 9am GMT +1, 11th September 2023
We’re looking for a brilliant Collectives Engagement Manager who is passionate about convening diverse groups to learn together to pursue sector shifting, life improving goals.
We’re passionate about harnessing the wisdom of the crowd, building networks of changemakers, and making sense of their experience and expertise to influence decision making and make positive progress. We love using design, strategy and behavioural science to translate group thinking into social impact initiatives. If you are reading this, we hope you do too!
We are looking for someone who can help us:
- Grow and manage multidisciplinary networks and collate their knowledge into tangible outputs for public good
- Test and measure how content is reaching and impacting different people: what's working for who, how and why
- Turn research and insights into bitesize content that people can use to effect positive change in the world
Today you might be growing online communities, using data to determine what works, or using creative content to change hearts and minds. We are interested in hearing from candidates from all sectors who want to translate their experience and passion into positive impact.
You'll be joining a multi-disciplinary team made up of psychologists, strategists, designers, conveners, creative thinkers and tech optimists, and we’re excited about the new skills that you’ll be bringing to the table.
This Collectives Engagement Manager will be part of the Collectives Practice at Brink, the team testing and codifying ways to bring people together in the most effective ways for change.
🐙 Why this role matters to us at Brink
We believe that when we intentionally bring diverse people, data and knowledge together in response to a shared goal, they can accelerate positive change in the world. However too often, we see that evidence and knowledge is contained within an elite group, inaccessible to those on the ground. We think that one of the ways we can change this is through growing knowledge networks based around people, not the other way around. Right now we’re:
- Supporting business leaders to apply the best evidence on health and wellbeing in their workplaces
- Connecting social entrepreneurs working in conflict zones
- Convening world class experts to make Oxygen Concentrators that are fit for use in low resource settings
- Deploying collective learning to supercharge how pioneering civil servants are using frontier technologies to solve global challenges
- Connecting EdTech social entrepreneurs to share evidence, wisdom and leverage their collective voice for change
- Holding 11 African city mayors as a cohort as they embark on the journey of social change with their communities
We are now looking ahead to new projects and testing what's possible within our existing work. We are excited to welcome a team member to bring new skills, interests and experience.
✋The ideal person for this role will be a natural network builder with experience testing a diverse range of content with different user groups
Alongside contributing to research creation, we are looking for someone who is deeply passionate about getting it into the hands of the right people who can use it. You don’t necessarily have to have experience in network building, but the motivation to make this your obsession and pioneer this across Brink’s work. We think you will already be able to bring to the role:
- Gets a kick out of building back end systems that ensure great human experiences: a love of building community/network infrastructure, whether it’s membership databases or designing online community platforms.
- An ability to use data to increase engagement: comfortable using a mix of creativity and strong analytical skills to understand behaviour, identify opportunities to drive an increase in network growth, and improve user experience
- A rigorous approach to testing and learning: great at trialling new and interesting ways of engaging user groups but always with clarity about what is being tested and why
- A researcher: Loves surfacing and making sense of evidence and knowledge emerging from multiple sources such as events, interviews and secondary research
- Natural dot connector: embraces ambiguity and is a natural at joining the dots between users, audiences and opportunities
- A knack for knowing where to dig: is familiar with the best online tools and ways to go find, test and share the most effective ones for the task at hand
- Plenty of collaboration skills: comfortable working in multidisciplinary teams, seeing opportunities to forte on their unique experience and expertise but also adapt to different methodologies
Interpersonal skills (being a ‘Brinkster’):
- Growth mindset: keen and eager to experiment and learn, comfortable with not knowing all the answers yet, and happy to let stuff go when it doesn’t quite hit the mark
- Is ‘interoperable’: quickly establishes rapport with all kinds of people
- Enjoys ‘making others shine': Brink is a low-ego zone that thrives on making our colleagues, clients and collaborators shine
- Self-starter: proactive, can 'get on with it', has a sense of agency and a point of view
In addition to your annual salary you’ll have access to extra things to support you to be your best self, in and out of the office.
🐙 A role that isn’t available for anyone else and shaped around you and your interests
🏖 ‘Take what you need’ annual leave
🧠 Dedicated coaching and therapy for your mental health and wellbeing from platform partner Oliva
🐣 16 weeks full pay parental leave
🎒 Brink retreats and away days
📚 Kindle with unlimited books
🎓 Generous training budget
🏡 Workspace expense budget for working from home
🚴♀️ Access to a cycle to work scheme (if in UK)
How we work:
- A team of around 30 (and growing) that genuinely enjoy spending time together, online and in person where possible
- Remote-first approach
- If based in the UK, you can work outside of the UK for a maximum of 100 days within the tax year. If based elsewhere, local tax laws regarding working abroad apply
- Flexible working hours; you take ownership over how you get your work done
- Dedicated learning time at our ‘Dojo Days’
- Certain set days over the year where we require the team to be together in real life. This is usually for around one week in mid January and for another week in mid July. Depending on your location it may also include travel and overnight stays.
How to apply
If you’re interested in joining us, please click on the ‘apply now’ button. This will take you to an online application form where we will ask you to upload your CV as well as a response to the following questions:
- Please write us a one page letter that includes...
- Your story and why you believe this is the right role for you.
- A case study or piece of work you’re proud of - include links out to websites, videos or other places where we can see your work. Ideally this work will be ‘live’ and out in the world.
- A recommendation for a book, article, podcast or something else that’s shaped your thinking lately.
- Answer one of these 36 questions in 500 words or less. This can be a video, voice recording, PDF or any other format which you would prefer - we’re open to the weird and wonderful! Please remember to keep it under 50mb.
Please note that once you are in the online application form, there is no option to save and return. So please feel free to pop in just to have a look and come back later when you're ready.
📅 The deadline for this application is 9am GMT +1, 11th September 2023. You will receive an email from the system to confirm your application has been received and we will be in touch (we aim for within 2 weeks) to let you know if we’ll be taking it further.
💻 We’ll be hosting a Virtual Hiring Open Day on Tuesday 29th August at 1pm BST (GMT+1). This is your chance to hear more about Brink and what it's like to work here. The session will also include space to join individual breakout rooms to learn more about the specific role you are interested in applying for, where you'll have the chance to ask any questions you have. Sign up now.
You can find the timeline below:
- Application launch: 9th August 2023
- Closing date: 9am GMT +1, 11th September 2023
- First stage interviews: w/c 18th September 2023
- Second stage interview: w/c 2nd October 2023
- Final offer by: 13th October
- Start date: ASAP
🔗 Our commitment as Brink
Diversity is in our DNA at Brink and we’re proud of the broad range of Brinksters we have on board. We also know there is always room for improvement which is why we track diversity in all its guises to see how we’re doing, and make efforts to cast our hiring net as wide as possible. Our latest survey shows we could do better in some areas, so we’re particularly encouraging applications from people of the Global Ethnic Majority, people over 50, parents, neurodiverse people and/or those living with a disability.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability or age. We are happy to discuss any reasonable adjustments individuals may require in the recruitment process, on commencement, or once in post.
❓❗ Questions that people often ask us
How many years of experience do I have to have?
We don’t score people based on the “number of years” or higher education qualifications such as a university degree. This is a remarkable opportunity to work with some of the best changemakers in the world and the right person will have an opportunity to establish their career.
Where is this role based?
Brink is a remote team and we work all over the place from London, Nairobi and Kigali! For this role our preference is for UK or Rwanda based applicants, however we will consider (on a case by case basis) candidates based in countries that are on London time +/- 3 hours.
Please note that we are unable to employ anyone that does not have the right to work in the country they live in and work from. If you plan to work on an existing visa, there is a section on the application form where you can let us know the type and expiry date.
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