Chief operating officer

Democracy Club
Closing date
18 Aug 2021

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Technology & New Media
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We are an ambitious team of software developers, data specialists, geospatial engineers and election experts with a strong digital delivery focus.

The successful applicant will be driven to improve information about local governments in the UK. They will lead on the organisation's delivery, sustainability and growth.

The initial focus will be on finance and fundraising for a newly written strategy. This will involve working with the CEO and board to develop a fundraising strategy for the next few years. This role is new to the organisation and will involve taking on responsibilities from the CEO who is currently acting as COO.


In the first year of the contract, we expect the COO to have:

designed and taken ownership of internal processes
developed relationships with new and existing funders
an active funding pipeline in place with some new income or grants finalised
set up a team mentoring programme

What skills and experience do you need?

Passionate about digital and democracy and the space where they meet.
Experience with managing finances
Experience with people operations/HR
Experience fundraising
Experience managing a team
Non-partisan and open about any previous political involvement
Comfortable with home or remote working.
We expect everyone in Democracy Club to adhere to our code of conduct.
Be comfortable working in a light agile way, with daily standups, sprint plans and open working, or have a willingness to learn.
Have the right to work in the UK


As we are a small start up, each of us is involved in many areas of work. This role will involve close work with the whole team on most non-development based work. Specifically the role will include taking on some of the CEO and voting information manager's work in the following areas:

Maintaining internal policy documents and processes
Manage cash-flow, finances and accounts
Help with fundraising and sales
Reporting to existing funders
Organising quarterly board and team meetings
Helping the team plan work and ensuring delivery is running smoothly
Managing HR functions, including team development

The ideal candidates will have experience in working in strategic and leadership roles in small organisations. Understanding of UK elections, local authorities and 'civic tech' is useful but not required.

We are open to adapting the role to fit the right person. This includes flexibility on working hours, and supporting learning on the job.

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