Coordinator, UBI Hub

Salary: up to £35,000 p/a

Deadline for applications: 25 September 2019

Compass is hosting the newly established national Universal Basic Income Hub and is recruiting a Coordinator to manage the day-to-day activity of the Hub.

Job aims and activities:
To play a prominent role in helping to initiate and develop a co-ordinated promotion of Universal Basic Income (UBI) in the UK through various means, including:

  • raising the profile of UBI as a key policy proposal addressing issues surrounding inequality, poverty, welfare benefits, etc.
  • engagement with media, MPs, activists, local organisations, think tanks and academics
  • promoting adoption of UBI pilot schemes
  • developing educational material for a variety of audiences
  • encouraging research in order to fill information gaps
  • developing the National UBI Hub as the ‘go-to’ place for information and comment on UBI.

You will have experience of some of the following areas of work:

  • commissioning, analysing and/or summarising research
  • commissioning or preparing communications materials (including audio-visual)
  • managing online presence and interaction (including website and social media accounts)
  • outreach to a variety of stakeholders and audiences
  • fundraising
  • event management
  • working with media (print, broadcasting and social media)
  • working with parliamentarians and other politicians
  • working with civil society organisations
  • working with academics and research institutions.

You will possess most of the following skills and qualifications:

  • Self-motivated and experience of organising own work and priorities
  • Good communication skills
  • Excellent writing and good numeracy skills
  • Good understanding of British political and current affairs
  • Ability to interact with different types of people including activists, academics, think tanks, MPs and local organisations   
  • Ability to think strategically
  • Good academic qualifications.

With regard to UBI, you will have:

  • Some knowledge and understanding of the current debates about UBI, UBS, inequality, poverty and welfare benefits
  • Ability to absorb information on UBI including technical papers written by academics/think tanks
  • Ability to undertake or commission a review of current literature on UBI.

Further information about the Coordinator role:

The debate about Universal Basic Income (UBI) in the UK continues to develop. An increasing number of people and organisations is taking an interest in UBI, recognising its relevance as the tension between flexible work patterns and rigid social security systems grows. A lot of good work has been done on UBI in the UK over recent years, but with better coordination the impact of this work could have been greater. Our aim is to improve this, so that the work amounts to a sum that is greater than its parts.

This is why we are looking to establish a national UBI Hub. Funding has now been secured for up to two years to set this up, in the first instance through employing a Coordinator. This person will help bring the different strands of thinking and campaigning on UBI together to build the profile of the issue in the UK.

The Coordinator will be someone with a passion for social justice and an ability to work with ideas, research and evidence and to help make these accessible to a variety of audiences, closely collaborating with researchers, politicians and communicators. Deep knowledge of UBI systems is not essential. The emphasis of the work will be on building broad awareness of and support for the idea.

Compass, the pressure group for a Good Society, will be playing host to the Coordinator and the Hub. The Coordinator would ideally be based in Compass’ offices in Central London, although we are happy to discuss options for working remotely. We will also consider job shares and part-time working.

While the Coordinator will be able to call upon Compass colleagues and others in the UBI field for support and advice, it is critical that they are a self-starter with the ability and confidence to manage the project. The UBI Hub is a new initiative and therefore is ideal for someone who wants to face all of the challenges and opportunities of a start-up.

The Coordinator will report to the Director of Compass and work alongside Compass staff, as well as the digital agency Small Axe and other key players in the UK UBI scene.

Pay is up to £35,000 p/a according to experience. Funding for the second year is dependent on the performance of the Hub and the Coordinator in the first year. Securing further funding to develop the Hub will be part of the job, working with the Director and others.

How to apply:

If you want to apply for this post, please send us your CV accompanied by a covering letter of up to 500 words. It should clearly set out why you are interested in the post and why you would be a suitable candidate.

Please email your letter and CV to Neal Lawson at Compass: neal@compassonline.org.uk.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday 25 September.

Interviews with shortlisted candidates will be held in Central London on Tuesday 8 October.

Any questions or queries you have about the post can be directed to Neal Lawson at Compass at the email address above.