StopWatch Community Engagement Coordinator (based at Release)

Details of the role

·         Title:                    StopWatch Community Engagement Coordinator

·         Conditions:         Full Time 5 days a week, fixed term 11 months

·         Location:             London

·         Starting Salary:   £24,500 - £27,000 (depending on experience) 

·         Accountable to:  StopWatch Coordinating Group & Release                                                         Executive Director

StopWatch is a coalition of academics, NGOs, lawyers and young people that was formed in 2010 and works to:

•Promote effective, accountable and fair policing

•Inform the public about the use of stop and search

•Develop and share research on stop and search and alternatives

•Organise awareness raising events and forums

•Provide legal support challenging stop and search

StopWatch is entering an exciting stage whereby we are moving to towards establishing ourselves as an independent organisation in early 2015. During this period of transition StopWatch will be supported and hosted by Release - the national centre of expertise on drugs and drugs law. The StopWatch Community Engagement Coordinator will initially be employed by Release.

The role

The Coordinator will lead on an exciting new project which will seek to work with black and minority ethnic groups to advocate for reform of stop and search at a local level. In particular, the Coordinator will work with local groups around the next Parliamentary election in May 2015, helping them to brief local candidates across all parties on the impact of stop and search on the local community.

The successful candidate will be required, under direction, to:

-          communicate and liaise with stakeholders involved in the project;

-          consult with local communities to understand local issues and experiences;

-          identify and build links with relevant community groups;

-          effectively engage with impacted communities, policy makers and others working in the field;

-          develop materials and briefing papers relevant to the project;

-          support local groups in engaging with local decision makers.

This is an opportunity for someone who has effective communication and networking skills as well as knowledge and experience of working with BME community groups. The position requires someone who cares deeply about the impact of stop and search and wishes to work with a team of people who are dedicated to changing policy and practices within this area. We particularly welcome applications from BME communities.

Application Process

Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines why you meet the person specification and why you want to work for StopWatch. The covering letter should be no more than 3 pages long. Please also complete the equal opportunities monitoring form and return to us.

The closing time and date for applications is 22 August 2014 at 5pm. It is expected that interviews for candidates who are successfully shortlisted will be held between 29th August – 2nd September 2014.

The successful candidate will have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check upon appointment which forms part of our Recruitment of ExOffenders Policy, which are contained below.

Your application can be sent either via email to or by post to Release, 124‐128 City Road, London EC1V 2NJ.

For an informal and confidential discussion regarding the position, please contact the StopWatch Coordinator – Natasha Dhumma ( or telephone 0207 324 2990)

Complete details of the position are available by downloading the application information pack below.

Good luck!