Fabian Society are Recruiting a Head of Partnerships and Events
The Fabian Society
The Fabian Society is a leading left of centre think tank and political society, committed to creating the political ideas and policy debates which can shape the future of progressive politics.
We are recruiting for the senior post of Head of Partnerships and Events, to lead the Society’s events and partnerships strategy and deliver an events programme, which includes some of the highest-profile events in British politics.
The Society has a staff team of 11 people, based in our offices in Westminster (near St James’s Park Underground Station and within walking distance of Victoria). The Society is unique among think-tanks in being a thriving, democratically-constituted membership organisation, affiliated to the Labour Party while being organisationally, editorially and financially independent. With over 300 Fabian MPs, MEPs, Peers, MSPs and AMs among our national membership of over 7,000, the Society plays an unparalleled role in linking vigorous grassroots debate with the ability to influence policy debates at the highest level.
About the Post
The role of the Head of Partnerships and Events is to coordinate and build the society’s relationships with funders and partners; and successfully lead and deliver an events programme which maximises the Society’s political and policy influence and public profile and contributes to the Society’s income.
The Fabian Society’s income includes sponsorship and grants from companies, non-profit organisations and trade unions. We have three teams, each with their own fundraising budget, and this role is responsible for coordinating the development of funding partnerships across them all, including cultivating new contacts and maintaining strong, professional relationships.
Through our events, we seek to develop new political and public policy ideas and proposals, informing public and policy debate so as to promote progressive change, with leading decision-makers, thinkers and opinion formers addressing key issues from a centre left perspective.
Fabian events range from major public conferences, lectures and pamphlet launches to small-scale expert policy seminars. The Fabian New Year Conference is the highest profile think-tank public conference in the UK, attended by 1,000 people each January, and the Fabian Society has a high-profile presence at the Autumn party conferences. Our events programme also includes seminars which regularly bring together key policymakers, politicians and professionals to discuss detailed policy challenges.
This is a full-time post, managing an events team of one full-time Events Assistant, plus freelancers and volunteers. The Head of Partnerships will have responsibility for the programme and for securing a budget of £160,000 to £200,000 per annum from a wide range of partner organisations, including corporations, trade unions, NGOs, charitable trusts and others.
The job involves playing a key role in planning and delivering the development of partner relations, including internal co-ordination and face-to-face relationship building. It also includes all aspects of the commissioning, planning, delivery and dissemination of a successful think-tank events programme: from contributing to the events strategy and developing ideas and themes for events; building relationships with speakers, funders, participants and others; overseeing the effective delivery of events and managing the work of the staff team; and ensuring we communicate effectively about our events through the media and to other key audiences. The post-holder will also have the opportunity to contribute to the Fabian Society’s broader public and organisational strategy.
The ideal candidate would have experience in a policy/political environment or be able to demonstrate equivalent knowledge; aptitude for building external relationships and securing sponsorship; experience of events delivery and management; strong relevant networks and relationships; experience of managing people and budgets; and a strong understanding of and engagement with the Fabian Society’s objectives and values.
To lead, manage and deliver a successful Fabian events programme which contributes to the political and policy impact of the Society and ensures Fabian events contribute to the Society’s key relationships, public profile and budget.
To co-ordinate the society’s work in identifying and securing sponsorship for Fabian activity, by building external relationships and developing sponsored packages of activity (involving teams across the society), working with the General Secretary and other managers.
To manage the events team budget, including securing income for events (sponsorship, ticket sales etc) and controlling costs.
To deliver the society’s events programme, and particular events within it, sometimes with the support of assistants, contractors and volunteers.
To take lead responsibility in planning and delivering ‘flagship’ Fabian events, to ensure they meet the society’s aspirations and objectives (eg New Year Conference; Party Conferences fringe programme).
To play a central role in marketing and publicising Fabian events - through the media, marketing databases, digital communications and other dissemination channels – working with the Editorial and Communications manager.
To identify and build relationships with speakers and key participants in Fabian events, and to identify and manage relationships with event venues and with other key suppliers (eg designers, caterers, etc)
To represent the Society publicly where appropriate – for example in chairing and speaking at Fabian and other events - and in particular to play a lead ambassadorial role with key external stakeholders for the events programme (including speakers, funders and other event participants)
To line manage an Events and Office Assistant, providing appropriate direction, support and challenge (including career development support), and also occasionally to manage contractors and volunteers.
To act as a member of the society’s management team, supporting the General Secretary in the overall direction and strategy of the society, and undertaking other cross-organisation tasks or duties as required, where appropriate.
The salary scale for Head of Partnerships and Events is £30,000 to £35,000 pa. The starting salary would dependent on relevant skills and experience. The remuneration package includes a contribution towards a personal pension plan of 7% of gross salary, and 30 days holiday.
We work a 35 hour week with contracted hours from 10am to 6pm – the role involves regular evening and weekend commitments for which time off in lieu is given. Two month's notice of termination of contract is required.
The Society has an equal opportunities policy and aspires to be an equal opportunity employer. We strongly encourage applications from people under-represented in politics and at the Fabian Society, including women, disabled people, and people from a low-income or ethnic minority background.
Please note that the Society has the primary right to the professional services of its staff. No outside activities affecting or concerning the Society may be undertaken without the explicit agreement of the General Secretary.
The post is based in the Society’s offices in , central . These are non-smoking.
Applicants should send a copy of their CV and a covering letter setting out
(1) how their skills and experience meet the person specification for the post
(2) their reasons for applying.
Your application should arrive no later than 5pm on 26 November 2015
We plan to hold interviews during the week commencing 30th of November 2015. Please indicate your availability for interview on these dates when you apply.
Please apply by email with the subject line ‘Recruitment: Head of Partnerships and Events’ to: [email protected]