Ideal time commitment: approx. 10-15 hours per month; flexible.
Responsible to: the Events Trustee.
Bi Pride UK’s mission is to create spaces where people who experience attraction beyond gender can be freely visible and celebrate themselves and their identities. It’s not enough to be ‘welcome’ at a Pride. We make up a very large proportion of the GRSD (Gender, Romantic and Sexual Diversity) community – many stats actually say we’re over half the community – and we deserve to be visible and celebrated in our own right.
There are many ways to make this happen, and we work in many ways to bring this change about:
- Outreach work with other Prides – our consultation work with local Prides and the UK Pride Organisers Network works in a tailored way to make sure that bi-inclusion is a top priority and is being done well.
- Organising a high-profile annual Bi Pride event – from September 2019, Bi Pride UK made history with the largest ever gathering of bi people recorded. A performance stage, a panel stage, stall village, street food, and over 1,300 attendees. After going virtual with the BiFi Festival for 2020 due to Covid-19 and running a virtual Pride event in 2021, we are looking forward to being back in person in 2022.
- Building a strong online and virtual community – just as important as the rest of our work is making sure that people hear about it! People need to know what resources and spaces exist for them, and how they can connect with other people like them.
Bi Pride UK’s flagship Bi Pride event is a highlight of the year, and it’s the product of our amazing volunteers’ efforts throughout the year. The Head of Events is a crucial element of delivering our flagship event, so this is an exciting opportunity to take on a new challenge of building and supporting a team which delivers a vital part of our charity’s strategic work.
Before Covid, we delivered our first Bi Pride event attended by 1,300 people, becoming the biggest single day bi event in the world. It was an amazing success and the community response was overwhelmingly positive! In 2020 and 2021, our events went virtual, which gave us a lot to learn from about how we can make our events more accessible, and we decided that when returning to a physical event, this would become a permanently hybrid event, with content live streamed to online attendees as well as those with us in person.
The Head of Events will work closely with the Comms team and the Education and Outreach team to build our bi communities into the heart of our events and to reach the widest audience possible. They will have freedom to explore new ways to expand and improve our flagship event, and other events that Bi Pride UK could run through the year.
Day-to-day responsibilities of the Head include:
- Growing the team and interviewing volunteers across the team;
- Setting strategic targets and workflows for the operational year for the collective department and each team;
- Overseeing budgets assigned for any events Bi Pride UK runs;
- Build and develop relationships with third parties and suppliers for different elements of event delivery;
- Managing year-round event volunteers and temporary volunteers supporting with specific events;
- Overseeing and supporting all key areas of event delivery.
Our team volunteers remotely from anywhere in the UK, with some travel required occasionally (primarily for our flagship Pride event in London in September). Our Trustees and Heads meetings take place via conference call on the third Monday evening of every month. All reasonable expenses incurred are reimbursed, including travel, lunch at away days and other all day events, and some childcare costs if required.
- Interest and passion for tackling discrimination against and improving the visibility of people in the UK who experience attraction to more than one gender;
- An understanding of the needs of bi people and communities in the UK;
- Commitment to the aims and objectives of Bi Pride UK;
- A creative problem solver, always seeking solutions;
- Meticulous attention to detail;
- Ability to self-motivate when working remotely;
- Strong written and oral communication skills;
- Experience of delivering large events (up to and beyond £60K budgets);
- Strong understanding of health and safety and risk management as it relates to events;
- Experience of running remote or hybrid remote/in-person events;
- Some experience of overseeing a team, especially volunteers.
The position is open to anyone over the age of 18. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, especially minority groups such as applicants of colour, trans and non-binary applicants and disabled applicants. Bi Pride UK is aware of the barriers that can be faced in gaining traditional work experience, particularly for BAME, disabled and trans people. We will give weight to this and encourage people when applying to consider caring responsibilities, including parenthood, volunteering, and other non-paid experiences and responsibilities when making their application.