Small Axe is a not-for-profit with one goal: to create movements that are progressive, hopeful and powerful, to inspire people to act on the most pressing issues of our time. We bring together bold creative, communications and organising to run integrated end-to-end campaigns.
We campaign with humility, integrity and passion for the causes we work on; whether hired by clients, collaborating with partners, or launching our own.
We’re proud that our work has played a crucial role in three General Elections. For Caroline Lucas, winning her 2015 re-election campaign. At the 2017 General Election, we ran the two most effective third-party campaigns against School Cuts and for a Progressive Alliance. In 2019, across three campaigns for the labour movement, pushing education funding to the third top issue behind Brexit and the NHS, and making sure no-one was denied their right to vote with the ‘canivote’ site.
Right now we’re working on campaigns with Compass, The National Education Union, EveryDoctor, Citizens UK, Pembroke House and more.
We don’t work with corporations, we don’t do CSR and we don’t extract profit from the movement. We’ve been a worker co-operative from the beginning.
We believe in the power of diversity of thought, life experience, opinions, culture and ideas. We don’t pretend to be free from bias and groupthink, but work hard to overcome this.
We’ve all come to Small Axe through different routes, applied and adapted ourselves and our skills to the job. Inspired by people like Saul Alinsky, Ella Baker and Marshall Ganz, obsessed with grassroots campaigners moving mountains and progressive candidates overturning the odds around the world.
We work hard — with a sincere belief that a small group of thoughtful and committed people can change the world. That’s why we’re called Small Axe:
“If you are the big tree,
Let me tell you that: we are the small axe
Sharpened ready ready to cut you down, (well sharp)”
You’re curious, humble, reflective — with a laser focus on building power, fighting oppression and creating campaigns that have impact.
You have experience in at least two of our three disciplines: creative, digital and organising — and you excel at never dropping the ball, even when there’s ten of them.
You’ll go the extra mile, you’re generous with your time and ideas. You’re just as prepared to make the tea as you are to speak to a room full of people, knock on doors, or spend all day at a screen optimising an HTML template. Whatever it takes.
You’re willing to challenge and be challenged, because you know we’ve all got a lot of learning, growing and changing to do if we are to dismantle the structures that hold us all back.
In campaigning in the UK representation is poor and for a movement that claims to fight for justice and power for everyone this isn’t good enough.
Representation is more than just a moral obligation, without it our campaigns are weaker and we can’t win the world we want without everyone at the table.
We pursue applications from people in underrepresented groups and welcome people to apply who can demonstrate their skills and aptitude even if a traditional career in politics or campaigning has so far been closed off to them.
You might be a keen blogger or vlogger, or have worked for a fast-paced agency - regularly creating and curating excellent content that gets attention.
You might have honed your multi-tasking and communication skills whilst producing events or balancing several jobs.
You might be curious about social media, grassroots organising, design, speeches, photography and how they can be used to make a difference.
You’ll form an important part of our Campaigns team, developing creative ideas and campaigning responses to political moments. You’ll work on multiple projects covering diverse issues with a broad range of clients.
You’ll help tell memorable stories to different audiences across a variety of platforms.
Every day will be unpredictable, will move fast and be a learning opportunity.
This role could be taken up by someone at either a junior or midweight level which is why the salary band is quite broad. It’s junior to the Campaigns Manager role that we're also currently advertising.
What we expect a Creative Campaigner to do:
Work alongside our design team, clients and partners to deliver creative communications; from writing punchy emails and moving film scripts, to directing a photoshoot, to producing beautiful posters, social media graphics and videos that cut through the noise.
Produce campaign actions eg. organising petition hand-ins, getting people to show up to rallies, seeing through creative stunts like projecting slogans onto buildings
Organise with grassroots campaigners to develop leaders and spokespeople for the causes we champion
Support in the management of projects and campaigns; that means getting stuck into the behind the scenes admin from start to finish, knowing your budgets and deadlines, and actively engaging in project reports and reviews
Contribute to building positive relationships with partners and suppliers; communicating in person, on the phone and over email with clarity, sensitivity and integrity
Use a variety of online and offline tools to achieve your aims, always willing to adapt and learn in response to different projects, issues, partners and audiences
What’s it like to work with us?
We’re a tight-knit team mainly based in London, currently working from home due to Coronavirus.
Days often go beyond 9 to 5, but hours are flexible. Intense periods of work are rebalanced with TOIL, or rewarded with overtime pay.
35 days annual leave (pro rata), including bank holidays - it’s up to you which national holidays you take off
The ‘office’ is closed to everyone at certain points in the year allowing the whole team to take a break
Team socials and Away Days
Deadline: 9am Monday 16 November
Interviews w/c 16 November and w/c 23 November
Start date: asap
Contract: 6 months, full time (40 hours per week)