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ACAN ARE HIRING !


ACAN is a network of individuals within architecture and related built environment professions taking action to address the twin crises of climate and ecological breakdown. We are a Community Benefit Society currently run by volunteers.


We are looking for talented and experienced individuals to join our team in 2023! The positions are:

  • Administrative Lead

  • Campaigns Strategy Lead

  • International Coordinator

Please see full role descriptions below, deadline for applications 03 January 2023. Any questions jobs@architectscan.org Download PDFs of Role Descriptions here

 

Administrative Lead


Contract Type: Flexible freelance

Remuneration: £25 - £35 per hour depending on experience.

Time: Estimated one year (52 weeks), 7.5 hours per week (negotiable). Flexible & remote working.

Start Date: 6th February 2023 (depending on candidate availability)


About ACAN

ACAN is a network of individuals within architecture and related built environment professions taking action to address the twin crises of climate and ecological breakdown. We are a community benefit society currently run by volunteers.


Background

ACAN have recently received grant funding from the Laudes Foundation to increase organisational capacity, and further our strategic development along three key themes:

  • Campaign strategy development (Work package 1)

  • International Outreach (Work package 2)

  • Longer term financial sustainability.

Role Description

We are looking for an individual to take a key role in leading ACAN’s administration. Although advantageous if the applicant is already familiar to ACAN, the role is open to anyone with relevant experience, and who is passionate about climate action in the built environment. We are looking for someone who will be proactive, is highly organised and has excellent communication skills. The administrative lead will act as the coordinator and point of contact for the two work packages above. Your role will include the following responsibilities:

  • Point of contact for external consultants appointed to carry out the above work packages, overseeing their outputs and coordinating regular reporting back to the ACAN’s steering group

  • Report progress on the above work packages to the relevant ACAN volunteers to provide strategic direction and insight

  • Delivering an end-of-initiative learning report, at the end of the contract term, on the grant outcomes.

  • Assisting in the wider administration of ACAN as an organisation, including: managing ACAN’s primary email Inbox, assisting with editing the webpage, facilitating social media posts, managing our filing system and assisting the financial coordinator.

  • Attending monthly Steering Committee meetings held in the evenings.

  • Assist with organisation and communications between ACAN’s various thematic groups.

Who might suit the role:

Successful candidates will be passionate about the work that ACAN does, and our three core goals:

  • Decarbonise Now

  • Ecological Regeneration

  • Cultural Transformation

This role would suit someone with a built environment, campaigning or business support background, who can work flexibly - the role is likely to develop iteratively as ACAN’s needs evolve.

We are looking for someone who can work proactively and independently in a start-up environment. This requires the successful application to be highly organised, confident in communications and reaching out to people, and has clear leadership qualities.


Previous involvement and understanding of ACAN as an organisation is advantageous but this role is open to all applicants.


By taking on this role you would be playing an important part over the next 10 months for ACAN as we reimagine power systems and seek radical change.


Through this work, you will actively support grassroots campaigning to decarbonise our built environment, and the growth of an international network of climate activist architects.

ACAN is committed to equality, diversity & inclusion, we are conscious of the need to build inclusive workplaces, we encourage applications from all backgrounds.


How to Apply

Please send you CV, a cover letter, relevant examples of work and two references to: jobs@architectscan.org

To apply, please send a CV via email, any relevant examples of your work, and a brief covering note or email stating why you would be suited to the role to jobs@architectscan.org Expected interview date, week commencing 16th January. Please put your applications in early as we plan to interview and appoint someone before the deadline if an ideal candidate comes forward before that date. Two references will be required on request. During the interview, we can make reasonable adjustments should the candidate require. Please contact us in advance if you would require reasonable adjustments to be made.


Closing Date: 23:59 03 January 2023

 

Campaigns Strategy Lead


Contract Type: Flexible fixed term freelance.

Remuneration: £40-£46.6 per hour depending on experience.

Time: 9 months / 38 weeks, 15 hours per week. Flexible & remote working.

Start Date: 6th February 2023 (depending on candidate availability)

About ACAN

ACAN is a network of individuals within architecture and related built environment professions taking action to address the twin crises of climate and ecological breakdown. We are a community benefit society currently run by volunteers.


Role Background:

ACAN have recently received grant funding from the Laudes Foundation to increase organisational capacity, and further our strategic development along three key themes:

  • Campaign strategy development (Work package 1)

  • International Outreach (Work package 2)

  • Longer term financial sustainability.

Role Description:

We are looking for an individual, or organisation, with political and/or environmental campaigning and strategy experience, who wants to shape ACAN’s work going forward, and maximise our impact. Your role will be to deliver work package one above, and include the following responsibilities and outputs:

  • The creation of a short term (2 year) campaigns strategy that highlights the most effective action we can take to achieve our three core goals*.

The strategy will:

  • Analyse our current campaigns and their effectiveness

  • Focus our action to achieve our goals in the current economic, political and environmental context

  • Suggest next steps to further our current campaigns and introduce new campaigns where necessary. Establish connections and collaborations with other organisations where synergies might exist.

The strategy must be grounded in the knowledge that ACAN has a decentralised decision making structure, with thematic groups who self-determine actions.

  • Development of a Campaign Delivery Plan - a framework for campaign delivery to maximise reach and impact in the short and long-term. This will include working with ACAN volunteer groups to operationalise the delivery plans for our leading campaigns**, and refine a replicable framework to structure future campaigns.

  • Facilitating workshops with ACAN’s coordinator groups, to develop the campaigns strategy and delivery plans.

  • Report back to ACAN’s Steering group, and feed into an end-of-initiative learning report, which will be compiled by the Administrative Lead.

Who might suit the role:

Successful candidates will be passionate about the work that ACAN does, and our three core goals*:

  • Decarbonise Now

  • Ecological Regeneration

  • Cultural Transformation

You will have campaigning and / or strategy development experience, and may have a background in sectors including: the built environment, politics, climate change, climate justice, health or the environment. The role is likely to develop iteratively and in collaboration with you.

We are looking for someone who can work proactively and independently in a start-up environment. This requires the successful application to be highly organised, confident in communications and reaching out to people, and has clear leadership qualities.

Previous involvement and understanding of ACAN as an organisation is advantageous but this role is open to all applicants. By taking on this role you would be playing an important part over the next 10 months for ACAN as we reimagine power systems and seek radical change. Through this work, you will actively support grassroots campaigning to decarbonise our built environment, and the growth of an international network of climate activist architects.


We are conscious of the need to build inclusive workplaces, we encourage applications from all backgrounds.


**Information on examples of our lead campaigns:

National regulation of embodied carbon emissions in the UK – link here

ACAN is calling for the urgent introduction of policies to reduce embodied carbon emissions generated by construction activities in the UK. As previously highlighted, these emissions amount to just under 50MtCO2e per year and as it is calculated that approximately 49% of the UK total carbon emissions are attributed to buildings, their contribution to the global greenhouse effect is significant. To date, circa. 1500 industry professionals have signed a petition to the Government.


Government action on retrofit – Link here

The UK has almost 29 million homes and they are amongst the oldest and least energy efficient houses in Europe. Increasing amounts of precious energy is wasted in heating and cooling these leaky buildings. In order for the UK to meet legal obligations under the Climate Change Act and commitments under the Paris Agreement to stay below 1.5C, emissions from heating and powering homes must be reduced by 78% in less than 15 years and then to zero by 2050. To date, circa 1300 householders have signed a campaign declaration.


ACAN is committed to equality, diversity & inclusion, we are conscious of the need to build inclusive workplaces, we encourage applications from all backgrounds.

How to Apply

Please send your CV, a cover letter, relevant examples of work and two references to: jobs@architectscan.org

To apply, please send a CV via email, any relevant examples of your work, and a brief covering note or email stating why you would be suited to the role to jobs@architectscan.org. Expected interview date, week commencing 16th January. Please put your applications in early as we plan to interview and appoint someone before the deadline if an ideal candidate comes forward before that date. Two references will be required on request. During the interview, we can make reasonable adjustments should the candidate require. Please contact us in advance if you would require reasonable adjustments to be made.

Closing Date: 23:59 03 January 2023

 

International Outreach Lead


Contract Type: Flexible fixed term freelance

Remuneration: £30-£40 per hour depending on experience.

Time: 9 months / 38 weeks, 7.5 hours per week. Flexible & remote working.

Start Date: 6th February 2023 (depending on candidate availability)

About ACAN

ACAN is a network of individuals within architecture and related built environment professions taking action to address the twin crises of climate and ecological breakdown. We are a community benefit society currently run by volunteers.


Role Background:

ACAN have recently received grant funding from the Laudes Foundation to increase organisational capacity, and further our strategic development along three key themes:

  • Campaign strategy development (Work package 1)

  • International Outreach (Work package 2)

  • Longer term financial sustainability.

We are looking for an individual to lead work package 2 above and help broaden and nurture our international chapters and strengthen the network between them.


ACAN has international chapters in Ireland, India, Finland, Norway, Portugal, Sweden & Spain and affiliated organisations in Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, Austria, Chile & France. We have also begun to establish partnerships with pan-European organisations aligned with our campaigns such as the European Coalition on Standards and the European Environmental Bureau.


Role Description:

You role would include:

  • Mapping ACAN’s international Network and affiliated connections, to strengthen collective power of all working towards decarbonisation, ecological regeneration and climate justice. Developing the structure of ACAN’s international network into one that is responsive, scalable and evolvable.

  • Facilitating conversations between the international groups, to strengthen ties, find synergies and share resources. This will include organising and facilitating monthly international group meetings.

  • Helping to identify, record and communicate shared goals, barriers and solutions.

  • Producing guidance, tools and delivery plans for emerging groups, this work will feed into and complete the emerging ACAN handbook. This document will provide a roadmap for setting up and developing new ACAN chapters.

  • Work directly with ACAN Chapters and affiliated groups, to help them implement the guidance in the handbook, identify goals and plan a route to achieve these

  • Working with our campaigns strategy lead, to ensure the campaigns delivery plans produced are relevant and applicable to the international chapters, and supporting their use across our international chapters.

  • Presentation back to ACAN’s Steering group, and feeding into an end-of-initiative learning report, which will be compiled by the Administrative Lead.

Who might suit the role:

Successful candidates will be passionate about the work that ACAN does, and our three core goals:

  • Decarbonise Now

  • Ecological Regeneration

  • Cultural Transformation

You will have experience working with international organisations, enjoy building networks and making connections between parties, be a confident facilitator and effective verbal and visual communicator. You will work closely with ACAN’s international coordinator, and coordinators within ACAN’s international groups.


By taking on this role you would be playing an important part over the next 10 months for ACAN by capacity-building the international chapters, strengthening the connections between chapters, and enabling the creation of further ACAN groups throughout the world. Through this work, you will actively support grassroots campaigning to decarbonise our built environment, and the growth of an international network of climate activist architects.


ACAN is committed to equality, diversity & inclusion, we are conscious of the need to build inclusive workplaces, we encourage applications from all backgrounds.


How to Apply

Please send you CV, a cover letter, relevant examples of work and two references to: jobs@architectscan.org

To apply, please send a CV via email, any relevant examples of your work, and a brief covering note or email stating why you would be suited to the role to jobs@architectscan.org Expected interview date, week commencing 16th January. Please put your applications in early as we plan to interview & appoint someone before the deadline if an ideal candidate comes forward before that date. Two references will be required on request. During the interview, we can make reasonable adjustments should the candidate require. Please contact us in advance if you would require reasonable adjustments to be made.

Closing Date: 23:59 03 January 2023

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