This is another job ad. It’s still not very normal.
We’re Kaleidoscope. You may have read a previous job ad we put out. Since then, some things have changed. We now have 9 people. We’ve just bought a new whiteboard. However, a lot hasn't changed: we’re still a social enterprise set up to bring people together to improve health and care; our prized possession remains a large Welsh dresser, custom-made for a pub in 1979. We also have the same ambition: to be the most exciting company working in health and care anywhere in the world.
As a social enterprise, we exist to further our mission (bringing people together to improve health and care). We do this by supporting organisations with their strategy and engagement (we’re currently working with Public Health England and Guys and St Thomas’ for example) where people very kindly pay for our time. We also play with ideas we like and think help our mission, even if it hurts our finances. For example, we run Melting Pot Lunches, we’re about to launch the world’s largest health science-fiction writing prize, and have partnered with The Guardian to send brown paper envelopes full of cash to people who ask for them. We’re going to keep thinking up new ideas and seeing which work wonderfully, which flop fantastically, and which should never be touched by anyone, ever again.
We want someone, perhaps more than one, to join us (this is a job ad after all). Might that be you?
First requirement is that you’ve got to be somewhere on our wavelength. If you’ve read the previous 243 words without hesitation, deviation or repetition, you’re probably not doing too badly. We’re not a normal organisation, and we don’t have the remotest intention of becoming one. In fact, part of our rationale for being is that we think the basic template of energy-sapping, mind-numbing, gut-wrenchingly boring organisations is fundamentally broken and in need of a serious revamp.
The person we’re after is above all kind. They’ll have the belief – experience not so necessary – they can do some specific things, such as:
But I’m afraid if you’re not kind, well, we might as well part company now.
Still with us? That’s promising. I’m getting excited, hope you are too. As individuals working for Kaleidoscope we all decide our own pay (ie. we ask our fellow Kaleidoscopians for advice, but pick the number ourselves). So we’re interested in your salary expectations, but if you’re looking for a fixed salary structure with perhaps some natty increment system, you’ve come to the wrong place.
If you’re still interested in us, just write us a 500 word blog, or 3 minute video, about what you’d like to have achieved by the end of your first year as a Kaleidoscopian. Email it through to me, Richard Taunt firstname.lastname@example.org, along with your CV, by 16th April. Any questions ahead of time, use the same email.
Thanks very much, and have a great life.