What’s the job?
We are not recruiting for this role.
But you can learn more about what we expect from Campaigns Managers at Small Axe on this page.
You can also send your CV to be held on file for future opportunities to firstname.lastname@example.org
A Campaigns Manager at Small Axe holds it all together! We’ll be honest, we’re looking for someone exceptional, for whom campaigning is a way of life.
This is a senior role which we expect to be taken up by someone with at least 5 years campaigns-related work experience, though this may be not through a traditional route.
You’ll lead on multiple projects covering diverse issues with a broad range of clients.
You’ll tell memorable stories across a variety of platforms, lead teams to deliver creative stunts and build trusted relationships with grassroots organisers and national organisations.
Every day will be unpredictable, will move fast and be a learning opportunity.
Read more below.
Commitment to grassroots campaigning and social movements
Strong sense of how social issues intersect, and the nuanced interplay of class, gender, race, sexuality, life experience and context with regards to power
5+ years of working on, or volunteering, with social or political campaigns using two of our three core disciplines: campaigning, creative and organising
Strong sensibility of what makes good creative and copy in a campaigning context
Confidence in using digital tools and platforms
Proven experience in managing projects and reporting on budgets
Proven experience collaborating with and leading project teams
Experience of line-managing and training individuals
Extremely well organised, with excellent time and task management skills
Independent and resourceful with a can-do attitude, able to learn quickly
Friendly and open, not afraid to ask questions when unsure
Proactive and creative problem solving
Able to work under pressure while maintaining excellent attention to detail
What we expect a Campaigns Manager to do
Manage multiple campaigns and projects like a well-oiled machine — responsible for contracts, budgets, deadlines and evaluation and everything in between — with a strong eye for detail throughout.
Keep your ear to the ground on political developments — acting on new campaign opportunities and areas to build relationships, pitching for new ways to build power
Craft and execute ambitious campaign strategies appropriate to the resources available, integrating offline and online actions
Build and maintain positive relationships with our partners — founded on honesty, integrity, adaptability and trust
Work closely with the creative team to deliver great products for digital, print and events
Recruit grassroots leaders and spokespeople and amplify their voice
Nurture our network of trusted, reliable suppliers
Stay up to date with technological innovations and changes across digital platforms
Lead multidisciplinary project teams with the right mix of delegation, clarity, freedom and kindness.
What that means in practice
Within a week, or even a day, you might find yourself working on the following:
Communicating with partners: presenting ideas confidently, pushing back sensitively, advising thoughtfully, pitching for new work proactively
Writing persuasive emails: briefing in designs or finding the perfect photo, crafting copy that cuts through the noise, setting up the back end processes of online actions using tools like Action Network and MailChimp
Organising parliamentary briefings: strategising supporter journeys, training volunteers to follow up with politicians, developing the materials that will be presented on the day
Producing a film end to end: writing scripts, finding actors, contracting freelancers, choosing a location, directing, overseeing post production
Landing a strong story: thinking of creative ways to get your issue to capture attention, identifying suitable spokespeople, crafting a powerful press release or persuasive pitch, sharing using tools like Meltwater and Front
Wrangling data: using Google Sheets to understand all sorts of data, whether it’s relating to policy, analysing metrics from an ad campaign or carefully transferring supporter data from one system to another
Coordinating stunts & live-streams that cut through: programming an action, driving turn out through email and social media, managing peer-to-peer texting and community organising, developing creative that stops journalists in their tracks, organising photography and videography
Bringing in new work: developing relationships with existing and new partners, understanding where Small Axe can move their work
Responding promptly and proactively: to feedback, to current events and political moments, and in support of changing priorities across the whole team