Charity event professionals work in the third sector, planning and managing events, conferences, exhibitions and training workshops for charities and NFP organisations in order to raise the profile of the organisation, create awareness of their cause or bring in additional income.
Specific job titles for events roles include Events Administrator, Events Coordinator, Events Assistant, Event Organiser or Events Manager.
Responsibilities & Duties for Events Roles
The responsibilities for events jobs vary greatly depending on the charity. Events organisation and management for larger charities will involve greater quantities of work with a press team and with the media, while events for smaller charities will involve a wider scope which could involve anything from writing funding applications to setting out the chairs prior to functions.
Event jobs can include any of the following:
- brainstorming ideas for events
- contacting artists, speakers, venues and agents
- working with PR, marketing and press teams to boost the charity’s public profile
- planning the logistics of events: venue, food, seating etc
- coordinating invites and sending out correspondence
- dealing with health and safety
- writing press releases
- attending industry functions
- making funding applications
- necessary administration and record-keeping
- managing teams of assistants and volunteers
Skills Required for Events Jobs
While some events organisers come from a commercial background, many charity employers will specify that a good knowledge of the third sector is required for events jobs.
Charity events organisers need the following skills and qualities:
- Good verbal and written communication skills
- Good administration and time management skills
- Previous event management or coordination experience is required
Charity event professionals sometimes go on to other jobs in the third sector, working in departments such as marketing and fundraising or moving up to more senior roles within larger teams or charities.