We want Life on Earth to thrive, in a World that works for all. In the devastating social, climate and ecological context we’re in, Navigate exists to do what it can to help turn things around. We want the work we do - facilitation & training, for transformative & collaborative processes & systems - to support change at the systemic root causes of the crises we face. We want to be as strategically effective as we can. We have worked for years supporting groups working for social and environmental justice with mediation, facilitation & training. We are now also exploring ways to bring together and sustain much bigger, deeper and more powerful social movements, and to support radical democracy in communities.
We try to create an environment of care and support within Navigate, where we get to connect with each other in a Human way - this is really important to us - whilst keeping our purpose at the centre of what we do. We are trying to find ways of doing things that keep a feeling of lightness and meaning in our work, and support everyone to do the things they have abilities, energy and passion for. It’s important to us to find flow as a team, and to have the feeling of working together effectively, in harmony. We really value having clear, strong, living systems and ways of working - ways of handling conflict, making decisions and getting the support we need, for example. We also understand these as evolving and improving ongoingly, and that we’re not and never will be perfect.
Another thing that feels important to us is together finding ways to work with the cycles of our bodies (including menstrual cycles), to undo what we understand as a patriarchal pattern that requires everyone to work in the same way without sensitivity to our different physical, emotional, mental realities.
You can see more about the current team HERE.
You would be working with Roz and Paul, who are both co-directors and facilitators with Navigate. Paul has been working as a mediator, facilitator and trainer for about 12 years and has been at Navigate for about 7 years. Roz has been working as a facilitator in settings somewhat different to Navigate for the last 15 years and began learning conflict mediation when she joined Navigate 4 years ago. Because Paul has significantly more experience and training in the approaches we work with (e.g. Mediation, Convergent Facilitation, etc.) and with social movement strategy and theory of change, Paul will mostly likely be leading on many decisions, especially in terms of the coops strategy and theory of change. Facilitators will most likely look more to Paul for advice and support with facilitation and mediation.
Navigate is a cooperative, but is not a structure where everyone decides everything with the same level of authority. We will provide more in depth information on our organisational structure for those that we’re inviting to interview.
Kathryn and Jana are both in the process of leaving Navigate and would both be involved in the induction process / hand over for the person in this role, before they say final goodbyes. Kathryn is one of the founding members of Navigate and has been deeply and profoundly involved in environmental and social justice movements in the UK for over 35 years. She’s moving on from Navigate to develop new projects around sustaining ourselves as we confront the many crises we face and to create more space for caring responsibilities. Jana joined Navigate around 4 years ago and since then they’ve created new courses, mediated conflicts, guided internal processes, facilitated us and others and saved us when technology fails. They’ve now moved to The Netherlands where they’ll be continuing to mediate, facilitate and train, as well as focusing on integrating somatic approaches into these fields.
The Application Process
We’re aiming to make this application process as inclusive, accessible and transparent as we can, so people with different backgrounds and identities can explore and demonstrate their compatibility with the Navigate team and this role.
We’re taking a CV-less approach. The 4 questions below focus on some critical things for the role and by answering them you can feel confident you’ve highlighted the most relevant experience, skills and ways of being you have for this role. If you feel you’d like to send us your CV as well, you can. We’re not expecting you to and it won’t disadvantage your application if you do, or if you don’t.
If you’d like to know more about this approach to hiring, or give us feedback, do get in touch, or checkout Collaborative Futures whose approach we’ve drawn on.
A few more things about the process...
About the Role
The Main Objectives of the Role
We know how crucial the work of this role is and would love to find a team member who brings their creativity and passion to it. The main objective of this role is to hold the logistics, practicalities and administration of making Navigate powerfully effective (so that the facilitators can facilitate as much as possible). In an ideal world we’d love to work with someone who’s passionate about and engaged by all of the below, and we know that might not be possible and want to talk to you about which bits really suit you and which bits don’t, so we can see if there is a set up that works for everyone
Read the full role description here.
NB: Please do note that this role is not a route in to facilitating with Navigate. It’s a separate role. We’re hoping to start a separate process of working with facilitators new to Navigate in the middle of 2024
You’ll Thrive in this Role if You…
We’re aiming to make this application process as inclusive, accessible and transparent as possible, so people with different backgrounds and identities can explore and demonstrate their compatibility with the Navigate team and this role.
We’re taking a CV-less approach. We’ll ask you for some basic information about yourself and then ask you 4 questions (below), which focus on some critical things for the role. We want to give you space to speak about the aspects of your experience that feel most important to you in relation to this job. Feel free to draw from personal, voluntary or professional experiences. Answering the questions below fully really is enough! And if you feel you’d like to send us your CV as well, you can. We’re not expecting you to and it won’t disadvantage your application if you do, or if you don’t.
To apply for this role you can do any of the following (pick the one that suits you best), by 5pm, Friday 10th Nov 2023
The aim of this approach is to make the opportunity as accessible as possible and ensure a diverse range of people are able to demonstrate their potential.
If you have any questions about the role or the process, if anything isn’t clear please, please do contact us at hello[@]navigate.org.uk