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Event Manager

THE OPPORTUNITY
The Walrus is a charitable non-profit foundation with an educational mandate to create forums for Canada’s conversation. It fulfills this mission by publishing fact-based journalism about Canada and its place in the world in The Walrus and at thewalrus.ca; by producing The Walrus Talks, a national, curated speakers’ series; and through other innovative projects, such as The Walrus Books, The Walrus Podcasts, The Walrus Leadership Dinners, and The Walrus Editorial Fellowships.

We are currently seeking an energetic and resourceful event manager to join our team. The ideal candidate is passionate about the national conversation and the core areas of focus at The Walrus: arts and culture, the environment, politics and world affairs, fiction and poetry, health and science, and law and justice. The successful candidate will possess intellectual curiosity as well as the eagerness to make The Walrus events successful in every way—throughout our multiplatform ecosystem and from coast to coast to coast. This position involves national travel and occasional evenings.

Responsibilities
The event manager’s primary role is to manage the fast-paced national program of revenue-generating events and to ensure all events are delivered to meet and exceed partner expectations and the organization’s revenue target. The event manager will support sales and business development efforts by building and maintaining strong client relationships and will be expected to proactively anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, collaborate cross-functionally across departments while meeting deadlines.

This position will require management of multiple concurrent events from concept to completion and deals with a wide range of responsibilities, which include, but are not limited to:

Content & Event

  • Setting and meeting deadlines and managing schedules and deliverables
  • Researching, curating, and booking event topics and content that is fresh, innovative, and exciting
  • Researching and selecting event cities and dates
  • Recruiting and liaising with event speakers to develop and fine-tune presentations
  • Producing events by gathering content and determining speaker line-up and flow/stage movement for each Walrus Talks, cue to cue
  • Preparing, writing, and editing event scripts for hosts, speakers, and everyone involved on stage
  • Being the point of contact for speakers and guests’ pre-event and on the road
  • Acting as a liaison between speaker and guests and the logistics team to communicate any tech, travel, accommodation, and hospitality needs
  • Travelling and performing front-of-house guest services, including overseeing green-room hospitality, sound checks, show walk-throughs, ticketing and program distribution, on-stage presentations, and staffing of merchandise table (when needed)

Marketing & Media

  • Executing publicity and marketing campaigns for each event
  • Writing event programs and materials, house ads, and the online presence of The Walrus events
  • Managing media outreach for earned media coverage
  • Working internally with other departments to create and execute event marketing plans

Audience

  • Ensuring delivery on audience promised to client
  • Creating e-invitations and newsletter and social-media announcements
  • Managing ticket sales, curated invitations lists, VIP guests, name tags, and signage for any reserved seating, as required
  • Preparing and executing exit surveys and post-event sponsor and internal reports
  • Fostering positive audience relations

General

  • Staying current and plugged in to event trends, possible topics, speakers, current events, and what is on the minds of Canadians
  • Representing The Walrus brand
  • Building and nurturing relationships with speakers, partners, and sponsors
  • Collaborating with other departments to ensure alignment with strategic plan and delivery
  • Updating the CRM database related to all events
  • Overseeing and mentoring volunteers and interns

Education
University degree in a related field (i.e., business administration, event management, hospitality and tourism, political science) or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Skills & Qualifications

  • A minimum of three (3) years of event-management, content-creation, and/or production, marketing, and media experience
  • Ability to manage multiple relationships and projects simultaneously with an eye to both short-term and long-term deadlines and goals
  • Capacity to work independently while being an excellent team player
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Ability to be a self-starter, motivation, and a results-driven work ethic
  • Excellent writing skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite software
  • Knowledge about Canada and its place in the world and about the Canadian media landscape
  • Knowledge of CRM or Salesforce is an asset
  • Ability to thrive in a high-pressure, fast-paced work environment

Compensation
Package includes a competitive base salary and a full benefits package, which includes medical, dental, vision, prescription, and paid vacation.

The position is available immediately. Consideration of candidates will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. If you are interested, please send your resumé to careers@thewalrus.ca. Note that a cover letter is required with your application.