Hiring: Shareholder Activism Coordinator

ShareAction is a charity which promotes responsible investment by pension funds and other institutional investors. We believe that investment can be a force for good, serving savers and communities, and protecting our environment for the long term. We campaign on specific environmental and social issues that the investment industry has the power to influence, like climate change and workers’ rights. We advocate for policy changes required to enable responsible investment to thrive. We undertake research and rankings to drive up best practice among pension funds and asset managers. And we work with savers to help them push their pension schemes towards more responsible behaviour and sustainable investment practices.


Hours: Fulltime (35 hours per week)
Contract type: 
One year contract with possibility of extension 
Salary: 
£23,600- £25,500 + 8% pension contribution
Deadline: 
Monday 14 January 2019 at 9am
Interviews will take place in the week starting 21 January 2019
Start Date: First two weeks of February 2019

All applications will be reviewed, and if necessary interviews will take place before the application deadline. We are keen to hear from you if you think this role might be for you, but aren’t sure you are what we are looking for. If that’s the case, and if you have any questions on the role itself, AGM activism, or ShareAction’s work ethos and accessibility, please give Michael Kind or Jeanne Martin a ring on +44 (0)20 7403 7800.

Job Description

ShareAction is looking for a new Shareholder Activism Coordinator to join our team. The coordinator will help a diverse range of individuals, institutions and campaign groups to attend and ask questions at company Annual General Meetings (AGMs) during the 2019 ‘season’ from March-July 2019. The objective is to hold companies to account on their social and environmental performance, and to push for improvements by asking Boards of Directors carefully crafted questions on issues such as the real Living Wage, gender equality, climate change and sustainable food systems. The questions asked will usually be on ShareAction campaign topics, but can also be determined by partner organisations, or the interests of our supporters. Topics include climate change, employee issues, sustainable food systems and other related topics.

You will deliver training sessions for people planning to ask an AGM question, both in the UK and abroad, working with other ShareAction team members to do so. Trainees will range from institutional investors with a concern for environmental, social and governance issues, to ShareAction’s partner organisations and individuals who are directly affected by the practices of a company whose AGM they plan to attend. Part of this role is to build relationships with groups and individuals based in the UK and continental Europe, such as campaigning organisations, unions, students, company employees, and vulnerable groups, and support them to attend AGMs.

You will be responsible for coordinating ShareAction’s AGM interventions across the organisation, managing our network of AGM volunteers, arranging all the necessary paperwork for AGM attendees, briefing them on what to expect at the AGMs, supporting them with drafting questions, preparing detailed action packs and assisting with follow-up correspondence with companies after the AGMs. You should have a keen interest in current affairs in order to spot potential opportunities to ask AGM questions about topics that are in the news.

You will work with our Comms team to develop an AGM season comms strategy, and support our AGM attendees to prepare blogs, vlogs and other online content throughout the AGM season as part of this.

Finally, you will organize social events, such as our legendary summer party, to bring our m together and make sure that they feel part of a movement.

We will train and support the successful candidate to learn everything they need to know about AGMs and our campaigns.

Your job description may change after August 2019, as the AGM season becomes much quieter. You may be asked to work with ShareAction’s movement building team on projects that align with your interests and skills.

Person specification

Essential:

  • Enthusiasm for ShareAction aims and objectives
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills, and great attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, confidence in presenting information to an audience verbally and in setting an appropriate tone with different audiences (including companies and investors)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to work as part of a team and to build good relationships with external stakeholders, such as savers, campaigning groups, journalists, and investors
  • Experience outreaching to and engaging with new groups
  • Competent at researching company issues, and a keen interest in current affairs
  • Willingness to handle multiple tasks, changing priorities, and an ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Desirable:

  • Experience organising events
  • Experience writing high-quality, engaging communications materials such as mass emails, press releases, and social media content.
  • Experience delivering trainings
  • Knowledge of leading business and human rights and environmental issues
  • An understanding of the role of the investment sector in influencing corporate behaviour on social and environmental impact
  • Willingness to travel for work across the UK and Europe, on an occasional basis
  • Additional European languages are an asset

A few more details

  • Hours of work: 35 hrs per week with an expectation of some out-of-hours working
  • Holidays: 25 days per annum plus working days between Christmas and New Year, plus statutory bank holidays

How to apply

Please send us an up to date CV and cover letter (no longer than one page), please describe why you would be perfect for this job.  Make sure your application clearly explains your interests and the skills you would bring to the role. Please note that we are unable to progress applications that do not include all of the asked-for information.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Don’t be afraid to show your enthusiasm! Please send your Cover letter and CV to recruitment@shareaction.org by Monday 14 January 2019 at 9am.

Please note:
To be considered for this post you must be legally eligible to work in the UK, due to the size of the organisation we are unfortunately unable to sponsor anyone for a visa.

ShareAction is committed to promoting responsible investment throughout all sectors of society, understanding that the investment industry affects everyone. We welcome anyone who shares our enthusiasm for responsible investment – whether they have experience in the investment system or not. We particularly encourage applications from women, people from ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities and other protected characteristics in underrepresented areas of work. We are happy to make reasonable adjustments to enable disabled candidates to show their suitability for any role.

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