Job Title: Event Coordinator
Location: Bolton, Greater Manchester – with occasional field-based work as required
Hours: 5 out of 7 days, including some weekends
Salary: Up to £25,000 dependent on experience
Contract Type: Permanent, Full Time
If you really want to make your mark in a rapidly growing business that is committed to improving the lives of children and young people, we have the role for you!
We have a fantastic opportunity for a motivated and enthusiastic event coordinator to join the National Fostering Group in the Bolton office.
About the Group
National Fostering Group is committed to building incredible futures for vulnerable children and young people in the UK by empowering them to be happy and make their way in the world.
We achieve this by providing foster parents with excellent skills and genuine commitment, who can give children in need a safe, supportive and nurturing environment where they can thrive and be happy.
About the role
The successful candidate will be responsible for all aspects of coordinating and facilitating information and carer recruitment events. These events are to introduce members of the public across the UK to the role of Foster Carer and are to encourage recruitment of new Foster Carers throughout the year.
The coordinator will be joining a supportive and caring team who put a relentless focus on the outcomes of the children and young people in our care.
You will work closely with the agency Registered Managers and Carer Recruitment Officers to identify key locations and will work closely with the marketing team, playing a central role in maximising the number of attendees at events. The successful candidate will not be required to attend all events, but will manage the full process, supporting the local fostering agencies, Foster Carers and Carer Recruitment Officers who host the events.
As event coordinator you will also be required to establish post event communication in order to support the recruitment process. The role will also be responsible for collating data, seeking feedback and helping to shape and inform the strategies for future information events.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions it is envisaged that the events run in the first quarter of the 2021 financial year will predominantly utilise online platforms. You will therefore have the opportunity to organise both online and face to face events throughout the year.
As event coordinator you will be the first point of contact for all event stakeholders, dealing with queries effectively and confidentially.
Who we are looking for
You will be in your comfort zone arranging and managing events and working closely with the marketing team to create effective marketing campaigns that will reach relevant enquirers, both new and existing for each event.
You will be a motivated individual who is looking to use their experience in organising events and building links and relationships to coordinate events that are targeted to bring in new carers from enquiries. You will have experience of working within an office environment and coordinating and facilitating events with the assistance of local agencies who will be hosting the events. The successful candidate will need a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications, social media platforms, event booking and feedback software.
It is important that you are able to work efficiently within a fast-paced environment. You should have the ability to meet tight deadlines and work calmly under pressure as well as deal with peaks in activity throughout the year that will increase the workload periodically. You should also have the ability to plan each event with attention to detail within a budget and compile ad hoc reports on local event activities and outcomes when required. It will be useful to have experience of collating data and seeking feedback so you can be proactive in informing strategies for future information events to maximise recruitment of new Foster Carers.
We are looking for someone who can demonstrate a willingness to be proactive and uncover opportunities to improve the applicant and their experience at events in order to maximise net carer growth.
- Experience in event (or similar) coordination
- Evidence of organising successful events
- Strong IT skills
- Knowledge and experience of using Microsoft Office, social media platforms, event booking and feedback software
- Excellent communication skills using online and telephone platforms
- Ability to build effective networks and working relationships across stakeholder groups
- Organised with the ability to manage numerous tasks & deadlines
- Ability to problem solve effectively
- Commitment to delivery best practice and seeking to continually improve
- A degree in hospitality management or relevant field would be an advantage
- Willingness to learn and happy to undertake professional training where necessary
- Team player
Why work for us
- Holidays starting at 25 days per annum
- Extensive training suite
- Career development across the Group
- Professional support network
- “Your Wellbeing Matters”
- Employee Rewards Hub
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and we expect all employees to share this commitment and undertake appropriate checks.
We are an Equal Opportunities Employer