Enable Animal Think Tank to grow as large as needed while being effective and robust, by guiding ATT to operate as a self-organising organisation, in order to supercharge the power of ATT and any entities
The Accountabilities of this Role are
Training, coaching and supporting members to self-organise using Holacracy
Researching and implementing governance best practice
Helping members maintain the organisation’s governance records
Implementing structures to safeguard the organisation’s long-term health
About the Role
This Lancaster-based role is core to our organisation’s long-term agility and resilience.
The role has spent the last 18 months leading Animal Think Tank’s adoption of Holacracy, a progressive management system that distributes authority and enables the organisation to govern itself effectively. The new role-filler will continue that adoption process and help the organisation mature its Holacracy practice.
The role is also tasked with looking outward at what other practices can help the organisation be more effective, adaptable and resilient. Initially, the role will be part of Animal Think Tank’s Direction & Coordination circle. The role-filler will work closely with our Direction Stewards, and the role will initially be shared with the previous role-filler until handover is complete.
Who We’re Looking For
It’s essential that:
You have experience with Holacracy or a similar management system
You’re eager to build the long-lasting structures needed to win Animal Freedom
You can think in a structured way
You can collaborate with others and have a good capacity for empathy
You value the importance of strong culture as a complement to strong structure
You can work with ambiguity and complexity
You’ve experienced being part of different types of groups, including grassroots groups
You can commit to an organisation engaged with nonviolent civil disobedience
It would be ideal, but not essential, if:
You have some experience of researching best practice
You have experience coaching others
You have experience developing trainings and training resources, and delivering trainings
You have some experience leading groups or leading in an organisation
You have some literacy in group dynamics
Initially, some top priority projects of the role will be
Project 1: Set up systems that enable effective self-organising in the long-run.
Background: So far, approximately half of ATT’s members have completed a course in Holacracy adoption. Multiple members have completed HolacracyOne’s Facilitator Fundamentals training. New members are asked to complete an in-house Self Organising Crash Course. A variety of resources and materials are available to ATT members, including short in-house trainings on the Circle Lead, Secretary and Facilitator roles.
This project will require skills in systems-building and collaboration to think through and implement what will be needed for ATT to self-organise effectively over the long-term.
When complete, this project might result in an organisation that features things like:
A rhythm of training that reinforces Holacracy-relevant practices
Personalised Holacracy skills coaching for influential members
A rhythm of assessing members’ Holacracy skills and then designing interventions to fill skills gaps
An improved self-organising onboarding experience
Project 2: Improved Articles of Association in line with needs of Direction Stewards
Background: While Holacracy adoption is a major focus of this role, it does not purely focus on Holacracy. Rather, the role exists to help Animal Think Tank stay effective and robust into the future. Therefore the role also considers governance structures beyond those described by the Holacracy Constitution.
We have identified that a key safeguard against organisational collapse is a strong set of Articles of Association, the legally binding document which sets out the duties and rights of the organisation’s directors.
This project will require skills in research, consultation and synthesis to improve ATT’s Articles of Association such that they meet the needs of the organisation’s Direction Stewards.
You shouldn’t take this role if…
You’ve never heard of Holacracy
You always want things clear-cut and you can’t handle human ambiguity & mess
You’re not willing to navigate group dynamics and conflicting perspectives
You have trouble being self-directed
You struggle to communicate simply and clearly
You are unhappy about working with people with different values and backgrounds, including people with different politics, norms, attitudes and behaviours.
Animal Think Tank’s mission is to support the building of a broad-based anti-speciesist movement that has the power, resilience and longevity to ensure all individual animals have their rights to life, liberty and the security of person protected in UK law and embraced by society. We aim to achieve this by organising and mobilising people to engage in constructive work and nonviolent civil disobedience. Alongside this, we aim to assist the strategic direction, capacity and innovation of the wider movement, seeding any needed organisations, and supporting the many others working towards Animal Freedom in their own diverse ways. Our main areas of work include: Movement Building and Unity; Anti-speciesism; Strategy; Narrative Framing; Organising Structures; Culture; Nonviolence; Leadership Development; and Training.