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Job Opportunity: Campaigning Conference Organiser

October 24, 2019

November 2019 marks the 60th anniversary since the building at 5 Caledonian Road, Kings Cross was transformed into Peace House, a space which has gone on to provide a base for many campaigning organisations, such as Peace News, War Resisters’ International, Gay Switchboard, Campaign Against Climate Change, amongst many others – it is also the home of Housmans Bookshop. 

To celebrate this anniversary we are organising a conference which will bring together a range of contemporary campaigning groups, local and national, for the purposes of showcasing their campaigning work to the wider public, forming new networks, energising existing ones, and sharing good practices and success so as to strengthen the extra-parliamentary activist movement.

A one-off event will take place on Saturday 21st March at a University of East London venue in Stratford. The expected attendance figures will be somewhere between 500-1,000 people. We expect somewhere between 30-50 organisations to be involved.

We are looking for an experienced events organiser to lead on the necessary organising and promotional work to make this event a success. The role will be carried out in collaborative conjunction with two volunteers from the Peace House staff and other stakeholders. One of the volunteers will act as a line-manager for the post.

Job title

Campaigning Conference Organiser

Salary and hours

Fixed term project, beginning 4th January 2020 and completing by March 28th 2020.

Pay will be a flat rate of £1,800. Total hours required are uncertain. Rate based on a projected workload of a total of 18 days, or 135 hours, and paid at £13.30 an hour. Hours will not be spread equally across the period, with increasing amount of hours being required as the conference nears. Total time required for the successful delivery of the project may be greater or lesser than the amount projected.

Work to be carried out under a contracted, self-employed status, rather than as PAYE.

Location

Work can be done from home, but a significant amount of hours are to be carried out at Peace House and in liaison with other event workers, subject to arrangement.

Role, responsibilities and key tasks

Overseeing and instigating a promotional campaign
Managing a modest budget, and using it effectively
Create informational materials to be distributed on the day
Liaise with speakers as already identified by colleagues and stakeholders
Liaise with campaigning groups and other stakeholders
Answer all communications on behalf of the organisers
Posting on social media accounts and updating website
Co-ordinating the conference on the day itself, including volunteers

Key requirements (qualifications and skills)

Essential:

Proven previous experience of events organisation, particularly of a conference scale.
Previous experience of working collaboratively with a range of partners and stakeholders.
Ability to work to a flexible timescale
Ability to work unsupervised and organise own work flow
Previous experience of managing a budget

Preferred:
Previous experience within and understanding of activist movements
Experience of managing a promotional campaign
Creating informational materials
Experience with WordPress websites
Previous experience of working with volunteers

How to apply and key dates:

Closing date for applications: Midnight Sunday 17th November
Interviewing date: In the week of Wednesday 4th December (tbc)
Job start date: Monday 6th January 2020

To apply please send a CV and Cover Letter to nik@housmans.com, and put CONFERENCE POST as the subject of the email.

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