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Co-Director – Culture Unstained

  • Location: Working from home, with preference for candidates in the UK
  • Closing: midnight GMT, 25th July 2022

Job Description

Culture Unstained is looking for a Co-Director to help lead our small but impactful team in the UK, at a key moment in the exciting campaign to end fossil fuel sponsorship of culture.


Working from home, with a preference for candidates in the UK. 


The role is for 3-4 days a week at a pro rata salary range of £40k. It is a permanent employed role, with access to a pension.

About us

Culture Unstained is a small campaigns, research and engagement organisation which primarily aims to end fossil fuel sponsorship of arts and cultural organisations. We work to undermine the social legitimacy oil, gas and coal companies gain from associating with leading UK cultural institutions, both by targeting specific sponsorship deals and mobilising networks of artists, workers, scientists, young people and cultural organisations who are committed to creating a Fossil Free Culture.

Since being founded in 2016, our impact has grown rapidly and fossil fuel sponsorship has become a prominent campaign within the wider climate movement. In just the last three years, we have played a decisive role in a string of high-profile campaign wins with nine of the UK’s leading cultural organisations ending long-running relationships with BP and Shell. Most recently, our work mobilising opposition to the Science Museum’s current sponsorship deals with Shell and Adani has hit the headlines and stretched our capacity, while the announcement of George Osborne as the new chair of the British Museum means the campaign to prevent the imminent renewal of the museum’s contract with BP is even more challenging. 

Sponsorship deals with iconic museums and galleries offer fossil fuel companies an effective way of maintaining their influence and ‘social licence to operate’. But by exposing the truth and holding oil-sponsored institutions to account, we are undermining the influence that these companies have sought to buy, a necessary part of a wider societal and cultural push to make the transition away from fossil fuel dependence. 

Our work is often fast-paced and reactive, and includes:

  • policy, research and investigations work to scrutinise fossil fuel companies’ sponsorship deals and business plans
  • ensuring that fossil fuel sponsorship remains one of the most controversial debates within the cultural sector through strategic media and communications work
  • developing and supporting networks of on-side culture professionals, including trade unions, museum workers, scientists and prominent individuals prepared to speak out publicly against oil sponsorship, as well as being deeply embedded in the wider climate movement 
  • incorporating climate justice and solidarity principles into our work and creating opportunities for frontline voices to be heard  

We have markedly shaped the debate on fossil fuel sponsorship through extensive media coverage, and are seen by the media and the culture sector as the ‘go to’ organisation to comment on this issue, as well as on the wider environmental obligations of the arts sector and the challenges of ethical funding and sponsorship.

Culture Unstained currently consists of two Co-Directors and a Senior Campaigner who undertake all the organisation’s work, reporting back to an Advisory Group whose members work in the arts, the museums sector and in the environmental justice and human rights movement. As one of our Co-Directors is leaving, we are keen to recruit a new Co-Director with the expertise, energy and commitment to help lead the organisation forward at this crucial moment for the fossil fuel sponsorship campaign. We are also seeking someone with a vision for where the organisation could focus beyond its current campaign targets, as the tide continues to turn on fossil fuel sponsorship.

About you

  • You’re passionate about climate justice, you want to see a rapid and managed decline of the fossil fuel industry and a just transition both for workers and affected communities – and you’re inspired by art and culture. 
  • You are comfortable with and enthusiastic about taking on the responsibility of co-leading an organisation.
  • You have significant campaigning experience or can demonstrate you have the aptitude and commitment to pick up the specific skills needed to work with us: high impact communications and media work, effective relationship-building, strategic thinking and analysis, and organising skills that lead to real-world campaign wins. 
  • You’re a generalist who’s happy to be flexible and turn their hand to a range of different activities in a fast-paced and often reactive campaign context, while also being able to engage deeply with the political complexities at play, both within the culture and climate sectors. 
  • You have the interest and ability to use creative ideas and tactics as part of campaigns, and a good eye for detail. 
  • You enjoy working collaboratively and accountably as part of a small team, but are highly self-motivated and able to manage your own work reliably. 
  • You have some experience managing finances and fundraising.

The Role 

In this role you will be responsible for developing and implementing the campaign to end UK fossil fuel sponsorship of culture, and leading Culture Unstained’s work into the future, in collaboration with the other Co-Director. Key responsibilities include:

  • Implementing strategies to influence the shift away from fossil fuels in the cultural sector
  • Determining the most strategic role for Culture Unstained beyond our current active campaigns
  • Building relationships across the cultural sector and with networks of NGOs, campaigning and frontline organisations, and working collaboratively with a range of organisations/contacts at significant campaign moments
  • Pitching media stories, writing press releases and building relationships with key journalists in the mainstream and arts media
  • Organisational management and fundraising, including developing organisational policies and processes
  • Producing public communications material including briefings, blogs and social media
  • Contributing to our research and investigations work

Person specification 

Essential (you have all of these)

  • Demonstrable commitment to climate justice and decolonisation
  • Experience in running/leading an organisation or relevant project
  • Experience of developing and implementing campaign strategies that have brought about real-world change
  • High level of initiative and the ability to work independently
  • An understanding of the politics of climate change and the dynamics of the fossil fuel industry’s ongoing role in driving it
  • Ability to work well in a small team in a fast-paced environment and as part of an evolving organisation
  • Ability to quickly process information and translate it into new campaign strategies, tactics and materials
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English

Desirable (you have some of these)

  • A knowledge of the cultural sector, particularly the museums sector
  • Experience of working as part of, or in solidarity with, frontline, impacted and under-represented communities
  • Experience submitting successful funding applications and managing organisational finances
  • Experience of developing organisational processes and procedures and leading an evolving organisation into new areas
  • Creative thinking and practice, and experience in applying creativity and storytelling to campaigns
  • Experience of successfully placing stories in the mainstream media
  • Experience of writing and editing high quality briefings, punchy blogs, effective press releases and impactful social media posts
  • A background in science or STEM subjects and connections to networks of science professionals
  • Experience of undertaking successful FOI requests or other investigations work including analysing and communicating source materials
  • Experience using WordPress to update and edit websites

Employment conditions

  • This is a 3-4 day a week position, with flexible working hours including occasional evening/weekend activities. 
  • It is a permanently employed position in a workers’ co-operative with access to a pension.
  • You will work collaboratively with the other Co-Director and Senior Campaigner, and maintain non-hierarchical working relationships. 
  • The location is flexible, with a preference for the UK as it involves some face-to-face meetings and attending events. 
  • There will be a three month probation period to check this is a good fit for everyone.
  • We are an Equal Opportunity Employer — all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or family/marital status.

How to apply for this job

Please send your CV and a covering letter (no more than two sides of A4 for each) explaining why you want this job and why you would be right for it to by midnight, 25 July 2022.

Please also submit an example of your written communication skills, which could be a blog, article, report or a particularly effective social media post. Please do not send us more than two sides of A4 of examples (if it’s a long article/report just send us the summary or an extract). 

We will use an anonymised system to assess candidates to reduce the potential for unconscious bias. We plan to interview on the 8th and 9th August so please keep those dates free.