2 positions at ShareAction

Director of Programmes and Advocacy

ShareAction is a ground-breaking charity that promotes responsible investment and ethical practices amongst multi-£billion pension funds and fund managers. Partnering with other NGOs we have orchestrated campaigns that have successfully mobilised shareholders to secure improvements in companies’ human rights and environmental impacts across the world.  

Purpose of the Post

You will lead, manage and grow ShareAction’s ambitious programme of responsible investment campaigns. We run two types of campaign. First, we run campaigns that enlist supportive investors and other stakeholders to catalyse improved corporate impacts on society and the environment. Second, we run campaigns that seek to improve the accountability and ethics of the investment sector itself.

The Director of Programmes will be a member of ShareAction’s Senior Management Team, working closely with the Chief Executive and other Directors to develop and deliver the strategy of the organisation, ensure the overall quality and impact of the charity’s work, and make ShareAction a fantastic place to work.

Key Tasks

  • Provide strategic leadership for advocacy and campaigns across the organisation so that it delivers on its campaigning objectives
  • Research and scope new campaign proposals and secure funds to deliver them.
  • Lead the delivery of annual workplans, manage the programmes budget
  • Manage, develop and support a team of analysts and campaigners who are delivering responsible investment projects across the spectrum of Environmental, Social and Governance factors, including climate change, corporate tax, the Living Wage, corporate lobbying, modern day slavery, and other topics.  This will involve an appropriate degree of delegation but also a strong grasp of the detail on our key campaigns.
  • Develop, sustain and build strong working relationships with a range of external campaign partners and funders.
  • Support and participate in a program of meetings to press our case with executives in pension funds, asset management firms and publicly listed companies.
  • Represent ShareAction as a speaker at industry and civil society conferences.
  • Working closely with the Communications team, undertake media interviews and help secure positive coverage for our responsible investment campaigns.
  • Working closely with the Outreach team , make sure that ShareAction’s grassroots supporters are a campaigning asset, providing the authentic voice of the pension saver in our campaign communications and actions.
  • Lead on the development and preparation of high quality reports and briefings for institutional investors, ensuring their distribution to our targets for influence.
  • Monitor and measure progress towards campaigning targets.
  • Support the development of ShareAction’s activities internationally Participate in the management of ShareAction as a member of the Senior Management Team

Person Specification

Experience

Essential

  • A demonstrable track record of successfully persuading individuals or organisations (whether in a campaigning or business context).
  • People management experience in a supervisory capacity, demonstrating the ability to inspire and motivate in the face of challenges.
  • Experience of conceiving, developing and delivering projects and/or campaigns.
  • Experience and demonstrated success at public speaking in conferences and/or media settings.
  • Experience of working in or with the investment community.
  • Masters level degree or equivalent experience or vocational qualification

Desirable

  • Experience of working with other civil society groups such as NGOs or unions, whether in a formal or voluntary capacity.
  • Experience of project management and controlling a budget.
  • Experience of meeting with and lobbying major decision-makers such as investors, publicly listed companies, NGOs/charities, or government bodies.
  • Experience of successful fundraising, preferably in the voluntary sector.

Knowledge

Essential

  • An understanding of responsible investment, CSR, shareholder activism
  • An understanding of basic investment principles and decision making

Desirable

  • Understanding of company financial statements and cash flow
  • Legal knowledge

Skills and Abilities

Essential

  • Research and writing skills for reports, briefing papers and publications
  • Ability to inspire, manage and motivate others
  • Ability to take the initiative and move a project forward
  • Ability to present complex arguments in an accessible fashion
  • Excellent oral presentation and written communication skills
  • Excellent networking and interpersonal skills
  • Managing internal and external relationships constructively, diplomatically and with discretion.

Desirable

  • Familiarity with social media to achieve changes and enable action
  • Experience of strategic thinking and planning

Attitudes and Interest

Essential

  • A demonstrable interest in ShareAction’s work
  • A commitment to inclusive campaigning
  • A willingness to undertake mundane tasks when necessary
  • A creative but disciplined approach to the work
  • Attention to detail
  • A flexible and collaborative approach, adaptable to change and willing to take on and learn new tasks and skills
  • Willingness and ability to travel on an occasional basis
  • Ability to meet deadlines under pressure 

Job Title: Director of Programmes and Advocacy

Reporting to: Chief Executive

Location: London

Salary: £45,000 - £55,000 per annum, depending on experience, plus 8% employer pension contribution

Contract: Full time, permanent

Closing date: 16 January 2015

Proposed interview dates: 22 and 23 January 2015

 

Shareholder Activism Coordinator

Job Description

The Shareholder Activism Coordinator will arrange for a diverse range of individuals, institutions and campaign groups to attend and ask questions at company AGMs during the 2015 ‘season’ from March-August 2015. The objective is to hold companies to account on their social and environmental performance, and to push for improvements through asking Boards of Directors carefully crafted questions on issues such as Living Wage, climate change, tax avoidance, child labour, and human trafficking.  The question topics will often align with ShareAction’s wider campaigning objectives, or could be determined according to the particular campaign interests of the individuals, organisations or institutions attending the AGMs.

The Coordinator will work closely with ShareAction’s Outreach team to run well attended training sessions for people planning to ask a question. Trainees will range from institutional investors with a concern for environmental, social and governance issues, to individuals who are directly affected by the practices of a company whose AGM they plan to attend.  The Coordinator will be responsible for arranging all the necessary paperwork for attendees (including liaising with shareholders and appointing individuals as proxies), briefing them on what to expect at the AGMs, supporting them with drafting questions, and assisting with follow-up correspondence with companies after the AGMs. 

The Coordinator will also be required to work with individuals who attend AGMs to prepare blogs and other online content throughout AGM season that profile the issues raised with companies and the answers given by directors.  The Coordinator should keep abreast of the news agenda in order to spot potential opportunities to ask salient questions at forthcoming company AGMs, and collaborate with ShareAction’s communications team to develop media opportunities, as appropriate. 

Person Specification

Essential skills:

  •  Highly organised
  • Friendly and professional
  • Good at building and maintaining relationships with a wide range of interest groups
  • Good at record-keeping
  • Good at team working with other colleagues
  • Competent at researching company issues
  • Able to think laterally to identify potential institutional investors or campaign groups who might be interested in getting involved in AGM season

Desirable skills:

  • Experience of working with press and social media
  • Knowledge of leading business and human rights and environmental issues

Job title: Shareholder Activism Coordinator

Reporting to: Director of Programmes

Salary: £28,000 pro rata

Contract: temporary (mid-February to September 2015); part time (3 or 4 days a week)

Closing date: 21 January 2015

Interview dates: 30 January 2015