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Economists for Future Organiser

Rethinking Economics
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5 May 2021

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This is your chance to join an amazing initiative that works to reform how the economics discipline considers issues related to the environment, sustainability and diversity. We are excited to launch our search for an Economists for Future Organiser, to help drive forward the E4F core team. The successful candidate will be supported by Rethinking Economics International.

Role title: Economists for Future Organiser

About Economists for Future International

Economists for Future is an international initiative aiming to mobilise economists, and the influence they have, to help arrest the planetary emergency. We do this through targeted research and advocacy.

Rethinking Economics International.

Rethinking Economics (RE) is an international network working to build a better economics in society and the classroom. We started as a student movement in 2012 and have since grown to become a registered charity with a 7-person staff team. Through a mixture of campaigning, events and projects, Rethinking Economics International supports over 100 groups in over 30 countries around the world, alongside thousands of supportive members of the public, to reform the university economics curriculum to make it more pluralist, critical and applicable to the real world.

Rethinking Economics International is undertaking an exciting transition process in which we are developing and expanding the future of the organisation. We will be accepting candidates from the UK, Germany and candidates based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

The successful candidate will support the continued growth and success of Economists for Future.

What we're looking for

Someone with a passion for how economics can better address the planetary emergency and with experience in organising and campaigning, particularly in a student, economics or environmental sphere. The ideal candidate will be adept at leading campaigns and supporting others to do so.

Diversity, Equality and Inclusion

We are committed to providing equality and fairness for all and not to discriminate on grounds of gender, marital status, race, ethnic origin, colour, nationality, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, mental health, religion or age. We encourage and celebrate the different qualities that our colleagues, and others we work with, bring to our work. And we believe that seeing things from a wide range of different perspectives helps us to resolve problems, adapt our approaches and develop as an organisation. We want to bring greater diversity to our team and we're keen to hear what you think you'll bring from your own background and experience (beyond your professional skills and knowledge).

Terms & Conditions

Reporting to: Senior Organiser

Starting salary: £10,343- £11,143 for 2 days a week. This is based on a pay scale of £25,857 - £27,857 pro rata per annum. Any offer made will be non-negotiable.

Start date: April 2021 (negotiable)

Contract type: 1 year contract with possible extension

Hours: 2 or 3 days a week based on 7 hours per day. Regular evening and weekend work will be necessary from time to time, for which time off in lieu can be claimed. We support flexible working across the whole team.

Benefits: Statutory pension increasing to 5% matched from April 2021 (only applicable to the UK candidates, negotiable for candidates based elsewhere), 25 days holiday pro rata in addition to winter break between Christmas and New Year, access to bespoke economics education, person centred training opportunities, yearly cost of living increase.

Location and Travel: The role will occasionally require international travel to events or to our or one of our partners offices. Any work-related travel will be reimbursed, not including commuting.

For UK based applications - Remote/Flexible

For South Africa based applications -Office based/Flexible. You will need to be within commutable distance to Institute of Economic Justice, 62 Juta Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg.

For Germany based applications - Remote/Flexible. Our partners are ZOE. Institute for future-fit economies, Thomas-Mann-Str. 36, 53111 Bonn, Germany. For those seeking an office role, candidates will need to be based near or commutable to Bonn. Remote roles can be based anywhere in Germany but you will be required to travel to Bonn on average once per month.

Purpose of the Role:

To support and help develop Economists for Future International team and campaigns.


Main Areas of Responsibility

Work with E4F team to develop stimulating and effective projects and programs

Support organisers within the team to develop skills and take on leadership roles

Develop an eye for the longer-term development and strategic questions of the initiative

Drive forward day-to-day work of the initiative

Person Specification - Key Skills and Experience

The role profile asks for a wide range of competencies and we recognise that we are unlikely to find a candidate who fits every requirement. If you fit some of the essential and/or desirable criteria and believe you have the potential to learn the other areas of the role, we'd like to hear from you. A strong background in economics, organising, movement building and environmental issues would be of great advantage.


Experience of facilitating meetings

Experience of leading a campaign

Experience of working with student or youth organisations / campaigns

Familiarity with key debates surrounding the environment and climate


Experience of working with environmental or climate organisations / campaigns

Experience of overseeing online communications platforms (e.g. Slack)

Experience of working on economics education reform at a local, national or international level

Experience of conducting independent research

Economics and the environment

An interest and understanding of economics, particularly a knowledge of alternative and pluralist economics

An interest in climate and environmental questions

Familiarity with ecological and environmental economics and the key debates within them

A passion to reform the economics discipline

Higher education qualification in economics or economics with a related social science

Values and behaviours

Commitment to RE's Values of Justice & Fairness, Diversity & Inclusion and Collaboration.

Ability to adapt to a constantly evolving environment and a movement that is growing

Self-reflective, willing to listen and consider other points of view.

Ambitious, dynamic and energetic, constantly reflecting on RE's effectiveness and

seeking ways to improve our impact.

A critical and strategic thinker, able to both see the big picture and have an eye for


Ability to excite others for a given topic or project.

Ability to work in a self-directed, independent way.

Organisational competencies and experience

Ability to bring together colleagues from different teams to work on projects or initiatives, or creating networks who work in partnership with us to support our work and aims.

Ability to manage own workload to meet agreed deadlines and standards with minimal day-to-day supervision.

Ability to identify good working practices, apply to your own work and to teams that you work in.

How to Apply:

To apply, please click 'Apply on website' at the top of the ad and fill in the application form by 12:00 UTC/ 13:00 BST/ 14:00 SAST/ 14:00 CEST on Sunday 23rd May 2021.

If you have any queries or would like to have an informal discussion about the role, please do not hesitate to contact us via recruitment [at] rethinkeconomics [dot] org.

Please note that we cannot accept any applicants not based in the UK, Germany or South Africa.
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