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Event Manager (six month leave position from May to November 2021)
The primary role of the event manager is to ensure that all of the revenue-generating events produced by The Walrus are meticulously managed and delivered on target to meet and exceed organizational objectives and partner expectations. The event manager will support business development efforts by building and maintaining strong client relationships, and is expected to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, manage events from conception to completion, and meet all deadlines.
Content and Event
- Set workback schedules and meet all deadlines in collaboration with the event partner or sponsor
- Research topics and curate content that is fresh, innovative, exciting, and relevant
- Stay plugged-in to event trends and what is on the mind of Canadians while on the lookout for possible event topics and speakers
- Recruit and liaise with event speakers to develop and fine-tune presentations in order to generate high quality and engaging material
- Produce the event by gathering content and determining speaker line-ups
- Write and edit event scripts for hosts, moderators, and speakers
- Be the point of contact for speakers and guests from event conception to completion
- Liaise with speakers and guests about technological and logistical needs, as well as necessary accommodations
- Perform front-of-house and back-of-house services when public health directives allow for in-person events, including overseeing green room hospitality, sound checks, show walk-throughs, and on-stage presentations
Marketing and Media
- Write and prepare event programs and materials
- Create and execute publicity and marketing campaigns for each event in collaboration with the marketing manager
- Manage media outreach, earned media coverage, and develop external promotional opportunities in collaboration with the marketing manager
- Ensure a diverse audience, and reach attendance goals set by the head of events
- Manage event registration and curated invitation lists
- Prepare and execute exit surveys and post-event partner reports
- Foster positive audience relations
- Represent The Walrus brand and create opportunities to bring The Walrus brand to life
- Build and nurture relationships with speakers and partners for future opportunities
- Collaborate with internal departments to ensure alignment with strategic plans and delivery
- Ensure CRM database and various project management tools are maintained and data are current
- Oversee and mentor volunteers and interns in collaboration with the head of events
- A university or college degree, or equivalent experience in the arts, humanities, social sciences, or a related field
- A minimum of three (3) years of event management, content creation, production, and/or marketing and media experience
- Ability to manage multiple relationships and projects simultaneously with an eye to both short- and long-term deadlines and goals
- Capacity to work independently while being an excellent team player
- Excellent attention to detail and excellent writing skills
- Knowledge about Canada, its place in the world, and the Canadian media landscape
- Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite and Google Workspace; knowledge of Salesforce, Trello, Active Campaign, Eventbrite, and Zoom platforms an asset
- Ability to thrive in a high-pressure, fast-paced work environment
Compensation and benefits
The compensation package includes a competitive base salary, and offers an annual rate of ten days of vacation.
How to Apply
Please send a cover letter, your resumé, and up to two letters of reference to email@example.com with the following subject line: Event Manager: [your name]. The deadline for applications is 11:59 p.m. ET on Sunday, April 18, 2021.
The Walrus supports diversity and inclusion as we work to fulfill our educational mandate. We value employment equity and strongly encourage applications from Indigenous, Black, and other racialized people; people with disabilities; all genders; and the LGBTQ community. If you require any accommodation in the recruitment process, please let us know by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Though this position will be remote for the foreseeable future, applicants must be eligible to work in Canada to qualify.
Only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.
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