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Senior Events Officer

Are you an experienced and confident events professional, with an active interest in London and urban policy?

Centre for London is a think tank and charity focused on London’s critical challenges. As Senior Events Officer, you will develop and deliver conferences, report launches and roundtables that make a difference to policy and practice – tackling issues such as employment and skills, transport and public realm, neighbourhood resilience, and London’s place in the UK and the world.

Working within a small events team, you will help to come up with new ideas, to deliver existing projects and to support events and fundraising. Reporting to the Events Manager, you will be responsible for developing and running events, working collaboratively with the research, communications and fundraising teams, and seeking out brilliant new London innovators and ideas to feature in our busy events programme.

The role will include preparing proposals and fundraising, handling end-to-end event logistics, working directly with sponsors and high-profile speakers, and helping Centre for London maintain our reputation for excellent events, including our annual flagship event The London Conference. The selected candidate will join a growing team at the Centre’s offices in central London.

This role requires flexibility, ingenuity, and self-direction. We’re looking for someone who can deliver events large and small with minimal oversight, while helping us foster lively debate about the future of London. We don’t ask that you be an expert in London policy issues – though interest in urban and social policy would be helpful – but you will need to be able to learn quickly, think creatively and communicate compellingly.

Full details of the role can be found in the job description. If you meet the criteria in the person specification and are excited about this opportunity, we’d love to hear from you. Unfortunately, we cannot accept applications from individuals without the right to work in the UK.

Centre for London

Centre for London is a politically independent think tank and charity focused on solving London’s critical challenges. Through its research and events, the Centre acts as a critical friend to London’s leaders and policymakers, promotes a wider understanding of the challenges facing London, and develops long-term, rigorous and radical solutions for the capital.

About our culture

We’re a small charity with eighteen members of staff. Everyone is passionate about London and committed to making it a better city. We have a friendly, fun and collaborative team culture. We invest in our team to help them succeed; offering on the job support, lunch and learns, whole team and individual training.

We celebrate London’s rich and diverse culture and we want our team to reflect the city we serve. We’re a London Living Wage and an equal opportunities employer – an ethos which also drives our work as we convene advisory groups and round-table discussions and public events. We value the ideas and input of every team member and we regularly hold team-wide sessions to give everyone the opportunity to shape our future work.

We also know that there’s much more to life than work. Our flexible hours policy allows staff to make sure work fits around their personal lives. Benefits include 25 days holiday per year (plus extra days during office closure between Christmas and New Year), and a contributory pension. People who have worked with us for more than two years are also able to take career breaks of up-to six months, giving them time for personal or professional development (or to simply take an extended holiday!).

Job Description

Salary: £25,000 – 28,000 p.a.
Contract: Permanent
Location: Hatton Garden, London
Hours: 37.5 hours per week
Reports to: Events Manager

Job Purpose

To work with the Events Manager and alongside the Events Assistant to ensure excellence in the delivery of Centre for London’s events programme.

Main Responsibilities

  • Lead on the production of selected events– report launches, private roundtables, public events; oversee preparation, delivery/logistics and post event actions
  • Contribute towards the design, coordination and production of The London Conference, playing a key role in its successful delivery
  • Draft copy for websites, invitations, briefings and social media
  • Work with Development team to coordinate and deliver events sponsorship benefits; research potential funders; approach funders with support of Development team
  • Work with Communications team to coordinate media involvement and marketing/promotion of events, with special emphasis on social media
  • Work with research and development teams to develop compelling programmes addressing London’s critical challenges; develop events ideas and create proposals
  • Work with Events Assistant to ensure all events data, systems and processes are up to date and running smoothly (primarily working with Salesforce)
  • Manage volunteers and hired events staff
  • Desk based research e.g. locations venues and suppliers, finding ideal dates for events
  • Contribute to the development of the organisation’s objectives, philosophy and values
  • Help maintain, enhance and extend the organisation’s networks of funders, supporters and stakeholders
  • Represent and promote the ideas of Centre for London in public and in private, extending its reach and influence
  • Undertaking any other tasks necessary to ensure the successful implementation of the work of the organisation

Person specification

  • Event Logistics: Significant experience delivering on the logistical side of events including venue selection and booking, working to budgets, and managing catering and A/V
  • Events Content: Experience working with stakeholders to collaboratively plan event content, including determining key questions and selecting speakers
  • Flexible, highly organised, and able to multi-task and prioritise work to meet deadlines
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills in a variety of contexts, e.g. composing event copy, preparing event briefs, communicating with funders and speakers
  • Experience of working with Salesforce or other CRM systems (desirable)
  • Proficiency in Mailchimp and WordPress CMS (desirable)
  • Excellent customer service/stewardship skills, working with key stakeholders, speakers and funders
  • Decisive and quick-thinking under pressure
  • Passionate about London, and aware of London policy, networks and government
  • Commitment to the mission of Centre for London: to develop new solutions to London’s critical challenges and advocate for a fair and prosperous global city

How to apply

To apply for this role please send a CV (2-3 pages max) and cover letter (1 page) showing how your experience and achievements to date would make you a suitable candidate for this role. Your application should be saved as a single PDF with your name as a title.

Applications should be sent to [email protected] with the subject line ‘Senior Events Officer’. Please include where you saw this advert.

Deadline – 9am on Monday 26th February 2018

We do not want any contact from recruitment agencies regarding this vacancy.