Solidarity Economy Association are seeking a new paid team member.

At Solidarity Economy Association, we are developing our long term vision for systems change and transition based on the solidarity economy in the UK. Our goal is a thriving solidarity economy for the UK – an economic system that has the values of democracy, social justice, ecological sustainability, and co-operation in its DNA.

We are looking for a new paid team member to shape this with us, as well as taking on everyday tasks of running the co-op.

We are looking for a strong community organiser with social and political vision, and a willingness to collectively develop SEA’s direction and strategy with our members.

SEA recognise that in order for a new economy to be built, it is necessary to change the way we organise and the way we see the world.

A lot of our work is currently focused on international solidarity, in particular on the transition to a co-operative economy in Rojava, North East Syria. We are very inspired by the work of Co-operation Jackson in Mississippi, North America. We have also committed to running workshops on class dynamics in co-operatives in England in the new year.

We see that to build a solidarity economy in the UK we will need to centre struggles on overcoming the systemic oppressions of class, race and gender, among others. Therefore, we value lived experience over academic achievements and a track record of community organisation over purely technical skills.
Most important however is a political vision, with strong organising and social skills. We are a small team who work closely together.

That said, we would very much welcome applications from people with skills and experience in some of the following:
• Communications – especially social media, Mailchimp, Canva;
• Fundraising – knowledge of available grants, ability to write funding applications, with a demonstrated record of success;
• Administration – basic book-keeping, spreadsheets, and other types of documents;
• Design – making posters and other images for use in comms and campaigns;
• Training – designing and giving workshops, public speaking;

We strongly encourage applications from people with working class backgrounds, as well as people of colour, disabled people, people identifying as LGBTQI+, and people with experience of the immigration system, for example.

This paid position will initially be for three days per week for a fixed term of six months, with a view to this becoming long term with successful funding. The salary is £29k pro-rata and includes a generous holiday allowance.

You can be based anywhere in the UK, but should be willing to travel.

To apply, please write to us about why you are interested in working with SEA and what you could bring to the position. You are also welcome to send a CV and covering letter if you have one. Please send applications to info@solidarityeconomy.coop by 21 December, 2019.