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Full-time role as Head of Operations, based in London. Max £35,000 pa depending on experience. Application deadline: September 6.  

openDemocracy Opendemocracy
28 July 2013

This is a central position in a small organisation with a global role going through exciting development. You will help facilitate a flat, federally organised, creative ‘digital commons’ with international debates and editorially independent sections, working under pressure with very modest resources, great ambitions and a world-wide reputation.

You will have to roll up your sleeves and do everything from engaging in strategic discussions to hand-on practical implementation, team management, scheduling and opening the mail.

You will report to our Editor-in-Chief, Magnus Nome, and work alongside our publisher, Andrew Hyde, our Editor, Rosemary Bechler, and the editors of the openDemocracy sections.

Tasks include:


- Managing the business side of openDemocracy, including responsibility for tax, insurance, payroll, staff contracts and company administration matters, and managing the professional bookkeeper.
- Taking an active part in our Management group, Business development team and Budget committee.
- Being point of contact for the accountants, bookkeeper, bank, advertising partner and other organisations relevant to the business side of oD.
- Assisting the Editor-in-Chief especially with strategy documents and fundraising applications.
- Assisting Section editors with financial data and documents required for their operation and fundraising.
- Leading work on reader donation campaigns, building supporter networks and funder appreciation activities.
- Working with our Editor and Publisher on the financial and administrative side of Editorial partnerships
- Assisting our Editor and Section editors with the employment of interns.
- Working with our Publisher on management issues arising from his overseeing the website.
- Preparing quarterly financial reports to the Board and annual budget, under the direction of Finance Director.
- Implementing management decisions.
- Administering office matters, post and archive.
- Staff support and ensuring the office is looked after.
- Facilitating internal communication, including meeting schedules and agendas.

Person specification

This could be a job for a person with business and management experience in creative or online enterprises seeking to enhance their responsibility and greatly widen their experience, or it could be a welcome opportunity for someone with a lot of experience who wants to work with a younger generation in a new field.

You will need to be educated to degree level or equivalent, able to read and enjoy, if critically, the content of openDemocracy and engage sympathetically with the passions editing arouses without wishing to be an editor yourself.

You will need proven relevant administrative experience with outstanding organisational skills, numeracy, business management, experience of working with budgets and producing financial reports.

An interest in online business models and high degree of computer literacy is essential including using databases and Excel, maintenance and development of online resources such as calendars and enough IT culture to help, if necessary, the Publisher deal with software suppliers and support. 

Clear reporting skills including the ability to draft documents quickly and accurately.

You will need to like taking responsibility for your own actions and enjoy inspiring, mentoring and encouraging others to take responsibility for theirs in a cooperative, tolerant environment.

This means you will need an ability to prioritise work accurately and independently under pressure, and to work reliably and flexibly as part of a team; which calls for excellent interpersonal and communication skills both written and verbal.

Desirable 
Experience of working in the university, charity/NGO, media or publishing sectors and working in an international environment will be a plus. We particularly welcome applications from black and minority ethnic candidates and from women. 

Salary
We want to pay up to a maximum of £35,000 according to experience.

openDemocracy
We are a digital commons publishing quality articles, comment and analysis on an independent and not-for-profit basis (see our About section). Since our foundation in 2001, we have published over 20,000 pieces by over 5,000 authors. We're read in every country of the world, and have an average monthly readership of 250,000.

Expressions of interest and a brief CV should be sent to our Publisher, Andrew Hyde: [email protected]

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