Make Votes Matter is the national movement for Proportional Representation

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As we know, 2024 looks set to be a big year in politics. We don’t know for sure what the general election will bring, but we do know that the movement for electoral reform needs to be ready to capitalise on the opportunities that an election campaign brings. 

To shift PR up the political agenda, we need to ensure that the demand for change is louder than ever – and for this we need to increase our campaign capacity.

This is why MVM is seeking to recruit a CEO to boost its existing leadership team.

Job summary

The CEO of Make Votes Matter (MVM) takes ultimate responsibility for the organisation’s campaign to achieve Proportional Representation in the House of Commons.

As leader of the campaign, they are primarily responsible for building the popular and political momentum needed to secure this seismic reform.

As leader of the organisation, they are primarily responsible for defining and executing MVM’s strategy, while ensuring its good financial health and legal and regulatory compliance.

As leader to the MVM staff and volunteer team, they are primarily responsible for providing clarity of direction while ensuring the organisation maintains a collaborative, empowering and inspiring culture.

JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Job title: CEO
  • Reports to: Board of Directors
  • Location: Remote role with hot-desking office space in Westminster
  • Basis: Full-time with flexible hours. Some evening and weekend work will be required. 
  • Salary: £50,000 – £60,000 depending on experience

Main duties and responsibilities

CAMPAIGN LEADERSHIP

Duties include:

  • Lead the UK campaign for Proportional Representation
  • Ensure MVM has a clear external brand, with consistent messages, effective and emotive arguments, and impactful use of evidence
  • Be a spokesperson for the organisation on a variety of public platforms including national media and at key MVM events
  • Create and strengthen relationships with key stakeholders

ORGANISATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE

Duties including:

  • Lead on development of MVM’s post-election strategic plan.
  • Line manage and delegate responsibilities to staff, as appropriate.
  • Take ultimate responsibility for the good governance of MVM, including but not limited to the organisation’s financial health, legal compliance, and good standing with regulatory bodies.
  • With support of relevant MVM staff, to ensure that the Board is supported in performing its governance role, including: 
    1. providing an appropriate flow of information between staff and the Board, including information on major risks, upcoming external developments that could affect our strategic direction and reporting on key targets;
    2. regular meetings/communications with the Chair and Board committees, and acting promptly to fulfil actions from these discussions;
    3. providing other support as required, for example, ensuring comprehensive induction for new Board members.
  • Support and comply with MVM’s policies active within the organisation pertinent to the role.
  • Undertake other related duties as required to assist MVM in meeting its objectives.

Person specification

  • Track-record as a successful leader in an organisation of comparable size, or equivalent managerial or director experience.
  • Political or campaigning experience, an understanding of the UK’s democracy sector and an ability to work in a non-partisan, cross-party way.
  • Experience of being a spokesperson on public platforms 
  • A collaborative approach to team management and facilitating empowerment of staff 
  • Prior experience of good governance practices, financial planning and managing an operation to tight budgets.
  • An experienced leader of people, able to ensure coherent and aligned activities across staff, governance and volunteer teams that support the overall objectives and enable high impact campaigns to be realised.
  • Excellent communication and influencing skills and the ability to convey a message with impact and inspire trust; being comfortable communicating with senior stakeholders, volunteers, staff and funders.
  • A high achiever with an ambitious mindset.
  • A strong personal commitment to winning Proportional Representation.

In addition to the skills listed above, the following would be highly desirable:

  • Experience of not-for-profit or political organisations.
  • Experience of political communications.
  • Experience of working in supporter growth and fundraising.
  • An established political network.
  • Experience of working in diverse volunteer-driven environments involving highly motivated people.

Diversity

Make Votes Matter is committed to improving the diversity of our team.

We positively encourage applications from people of all identities / communities / demographics, including those of any gender, sexuality, ethnicity, disability, age, socioeconomic background etc. We are taking steps to help us attract a wider range of candidates, including adopting a more inclusive recruitment process, offering the role on a flexible, part time basis, and being flexible on the location of the role.

Please let us know if you require any other adjustments in order to apply for this role.

To apply, please email your CV and covering letter to ceo@makevotesmatter.org.uk by no later than 23:59 BST,  Sunday 5th May 2024.