by | Jan 19, 2021

We are hiring! Programme & Events Manager

This is a pivotal role, managing the operational engine room at the heart of the organisation.

Programmes & Events Manager

Contract: Maternity cover up to 1 year.

Hours: Full-time

Salary: £30-35K, plus benefits

Location: Vauxhall, London

Reports to: Head of Training & Consultancy

How to apply: Deadline for applications is 9am 9th February 2021. Interviews are expected to take place 15th and 16th February 2021 via Zoom.

About the role 

This is a pivotal role, managing the operational engine room at the heart of the organisation. Working closely with the wider team, the Programmes & Events manager will be responsible for the efficient administration of SMK’s training and consultancy services. SMK is well-known as a leading trainer of campaigners, and we have recently launched a new flexible, online training product called the ‘Campaigning Carousel’. In addition, we have a programme of open training courses, and a rapidly growing consultancy service supported by a network of Associates.

These trading services are essential for keeping SMK connected to the campaigning community, for pursuing our mission to equip civil society to make change, and also for generating the income we need. As a market leader in the campaigning space we must achieve the highest standards of professionalism in the services we provide, and working with the Head of Training & Consultancy and the Deputy Chief Executive it will be your job to ensure that we achieve excellence across our services.

In addition, you will provide operational and administrative support to our events programme, including our headline SMK National Campaigner Awards, sharing this responsibility with others across SMK. And as a small and busy charity you will also be expected to help out with operational responsibilities across the organisation where capacity allows.

There is plenty of opportunity to develop in this role. Whether it’s getting involved with business development and marketing, using your initiative to improve the way we work, or contributing to developing new products and services.

About you  

You are someone with a passion for social change and the charity sector. Ideally you will be familiar with the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, but more important will be your ability to manage our programmes brilliantly! So we are flexible about the career path you have taken as long as you can demonstrate your ability to deliver.

As well as being an effective administrator you will need to be great with people, as the role will require you to liaise with customers, Associates and suppliers on a daily basis.

There are lots of competing demands in a small charity like SMK, so you will need to be able to keep your cool under pressure, and have the flexibility to handle a broad and changeable workload. You’ll be able to jump right in, working closely with the team to deliver at an exciting phase of our strategic development and organisational growth.

You will be able to use your initiative to spot issues and suggest improvements. There is enormous scope to be entrepreneurial in this role. In return we offer a positive and supportive working environment. You will be working with a close-knit and committed team of experienced charity professionals. And in an organisation at the heart of the charity sector.

The pandemic 

We have shifted to homeworking for the time being, but our work hasn’t slowed down. Civil society organisations are already starting to consider how their role as change-makers is becoming even more critical. Our events, workshops, and meetings have all gone online, and we are learning swiftly about the pros and cons of digital engagement.

While our offices are in central London, we welcome applications from other parts of the country. However, please be aware that occasional face-to-face meetings are still taking place (guidelines allowing) and we expect to return to the office once this is possible. Therefore, under normal circumstances, applicants should expect to work from our offices three to five days a week, with related travel and accommodation at their own expense (expenses incurred for SMK business outside London are covered).

How to apply  

Download the job pack here

Deadline for applications is 9am 9th February. Interviews are expected to take place on 15th and 16th February via Zoom. Please email your application (and any questions) to megan.poyiadzis@smk.org.uk

Emma Boyd
Emma Boyd is the Head of Marketing and Communications at SMK

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