We are at a pivotal moment: the climate and biodiversity crises are deepening, and inequalities are even more marked in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic. The global investment system has an oversized impact on many of these global challenges. We want to make sure that impact is positive. ShareAction punches above its weight, working with investors, policymakers and individuals to unleash the positive potential of the investment system. We aim to build a world where our financial system serves our planet and its people.
You’ll be joining our Civil Society Engagement team which works to shift power to, and with, people outside the financial sector. We work across the spectrum of civil society, from individuals to organisations, focusing on education, coordination and community building. As part of our Individuals sub-team, you will work with individual people to leverage their power to affect change in the financial system, most notably through shareholder activism.
This Campaigns Officer role is a unique opportunity to gain experience of a niche campaigning area, supporting individual people to use their voice and agency to influence powerful actors in the financial system.
Specifically, you will play a key role in coordinating ShareAction’s work to file shareholder resolutions. This is one of our trademark campaigning tactics, which sees individuals and investors come together to campaign for changes at the biggest companies. We’ve had significant success filing resolutions at HSBC, Sainsbury’s and Unilever, on climate, living wage and health topics respectively in recent years.
Alongside this, you will work on other projects throughout the year which support our work to maintain and build our community of engaged supporters and allies. This will include contributing to education/ training projects, supporting our broader AGM activism campaigning, and developing digital action and storytelling opportunities.
What the previous postholder says about the role:
‘This role allows you to get stuck in to one of the most important and high-profile campaigning tactics in the investment world, shareholder resolutions, and feel like you are making a crucial contribution to ShareAction’s work. Through the role, I developed my skills in engaging supporters and collaborating with partner organisations, as well as significantly improving my knowledge of the financial system. The team is a super friendly group of people, and I always felt very supported throughout my time in the role.'
What you’ll do (key responsibilities)
Please note that this list isn’t exhaustive, and the role might change slightly from time to time and will be responsive to your own interests and development.
What you’ll bring to the team
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What we will do for you
Contract type: Full-time, Permanent
Who it reports to: Campaigns Manager - Individuals, managing two members of staff
Salary: from £29,200-£30,735 dependent on experience + 8% pension contribution
Deadline for applications: 9am Wednesday 4 October
Interview dates: First round interviews 9th & 10th October, second round interviews between 12th and 16th October
Start Date: As soon as possible
ShareAction values and respects all differences in people (seen and unseen) and welcomes applications from all backgrounds, communities and industries. We are committed to having a team that is made up of diverse skills, experiences and abilities and so if you are not 100 percent sure that you meet all the requirements but believe you could excel in this role, we encourage you to apply and use the application questions to tell us about your experience and what you hope to bring to this role.
We have a London office, and actively encourage staff to work in ways that best suit their needs and our flexible working policy outlines many of the options available - such as part-time and term-time working, job sharing, home working and working compressed hours. Please talk to us at the interview about the flexibility you need. We can’t promise to give you exactly what you want, but we do promise not to judge you for asking.
ShareAction’s London office is based in vibrant Aldgate and a short walk from Aldgate East underground. Remote working will remain the norm for many ShareAction staff, with office space available as described in London for those who wish to use it.
Please note that to be considered for this post you must be legally eligible to work and live in the UK. Due to employment law and tax reasons, you must reside in the UK to be employed by ShareAction. We are unable to sponsor visas for this role.
Please refrain from using any AI tools to write your answers, as this will result in immediate disqualification for the role.