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Cambridge Liberal Democrats: Campaign Organiser (see below for job description and application details)

Cambridge Liberal Democrats are seeking a new Campaign Organiser to lead our efforts across the city as we work for success in local and national elections, following the promotion of the current postholder to a regional role (a number of previous postholders have also followed this career path).

The Cambridge Local Party has an excellent campaigning heritage, having employed at least one full time organiser for over 20 years. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to join a dynamic campaigning team in a local party that is soundedly financed, and gain a broad range of further experience.

Local election results in 2021 ended with Liberal Democrats leading the joint administration at Cambridgeshire County Council - leaving the Conservatives in opposition for the first time in decades - and continuing to provide the main opposition to the Labour-run City Council.

As a local party we are looking to consolidate ward gains in the 2022 local elections, aiming to build our presence on the City Council, which was Liberal Democrat-run until 2014.

Nationally, Cambridge is one of only a few seats where second-placed Liberal Democrats face a sitting Labour MP. A vibrant, progressive city with a great liberal tradition, the constituency was held by the Lib Dems from 2005-2015. An energetic 2019 campaign having reduced the majority of its Labour MP from its 2017 zenith, an important early role for the successful candidate will be involvement in the selection of our next PPC to provide focus and leadership in the run-up to the next General Election.

Critically, our city-wide remit also includes two wards where the electorate will vote for the next MP for South Cambridgeshire, one of the Party’s top national targets with a sitting Conservative MP. The Cambridge-based Organiser will therefore work with colleagues in South Cambs to help co-ordinate messaging to and campaigning in these areas as we look to win the constituency.

Critical to all of the above will be membership engagement - as a Remain-dominant city, we have been successful in growing our local party membership to record-high levels since Brexit.

How to Apply

Please submit your application by email to Catherine Smart, Cambridge Liberal Democrats Secretary, at [email protected] Applications should include a CV together with a cover letter (no more than one side), stating experience and track record in constituency level campaigning - which must include literature design and preparation. Potential candidates will be expected at interview to discuss how their offer might fit with our need.

Closing Date: Friday 21st January 2021
Interviews will be held the week commencing 24th January 2021.
Start Date
: ASAP

Person Specification
Essential criteria:
● Good written and verbal communication skills
● Good organisational skills
● Ability to lead and manage teams of volunteers
● Practical experience of constituency-level campaigning for the party including literature
design and preparation
● Support for the values and principles of the Liberal Democrats
● Ability to work independently

Highly desirable criteria:
● Familiarity with Liberal Democrat software and databases (e.g. Connect, NationBuilder)

Job Description

Job Title: Campaign Organiser for Cambridge Liberal Democrats
Line Manager: Chair of Cambridge Liberal Democrats
Salary: £20-£23,000 per annum depending on experience
Hours of Work: Five days a week, 10:00-18:00 - flexible by agreement to
include out-of-hours working as needed over the annual campaigning cycle
Location: Cambridge office with flexible remote working by discussion
Closing Date: Friday 21st January 2021

Roles and Key Responsibilities:
• To work with local party officers, councillors, and other key stakeholders to ensure the local
party has a sound strategy and a coordinated approach
• To oversee the development, updating and delivery of the annual constituency campaign plan
as agreed by the local party executive and to an agreed budget
• To manage the local party’s communication and messaging grids
• To lead our ideas and activities to build capacity, engage members and energise effective
campaigning from data to doorstep, from artwork to delivery to achieve the constituency
campaign plan
• To lead a small number of teams personally (e.g. to manage printing)
• To be responsible for day-to-day budget management for campaigning
• To undertake such training as is recommended in order to develop and update required skills
• To attend council group meetings, local party executive meetings and other meetings as
required by the line manager
• To undertake such other duties as the line manager may require to further effective
communication, campaigning and organisation in the constituency

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