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Events Assistant

Full Time/Permanent

Salary: £19,000 pa  

Reports to: Wild Rumpus Directors 

About Wild Rumpus

Wild Rumpus exist in a space where arts and culture meet the natural environment. Working from the Whirligig, 4 acres of woodland in Cheshire, we create experiences which inspire curiosity and design events that immerse audiences in incredible stories and moments of wonder.

Wild Rumpus CIC is a social enterprise producing large scale outdoor arts events, most often in wild natural landscapes. We believe that when audiences engage together in the highest quality arts in the great outdoors, something quite amazing can happen.

We produce extraordinary worlds, taking audiences out of their day to day lives into magical and enchanting places which can inspire, create moments of wonder and have a lasting impact.

We provide the environment where audiences can immerse themselves in incredible stories and believe that families deserve access to the highest quality art.

Alongside producing large-scale events, we’re working with performers, producers and programmers to shape a cultural environment where excellent outdoor work thrives.

As a not-for-profit community interest company, all of Wild Rumpus’s profit goes back into its arts programmes, developed to support emerging artists, create pioneering schemes for volunteers, and host creative adventures for families of all shapes and sizes.

Overview of the role:

We are looking for an exceptional assistant to join our team, working across all areas of our work. Next year’s portfolio of projects includes:

  • Hinterlands
  • Timber Festival
  • Just So Festival
  • Lanterns at Chester Zoo

This role is suitable for a recent graduate, looking for a diverse role offering on the ground experience in arts and events management. You should be a stickler for detail, with a love of systems and a willingness to embrace your inner geek. You’ll be working across our production, programming, volunteering and visual design teams ensuring that our administrative processes are effective and streamlined. You’ll be diving head first into our existing project management software, ticketing system, and programming processes, so should be quick to pick up and understand unfamiliar software, and support the less tech-savvy members of the team.

The purpose of the role is to:

  • Assist the organisation with the artistic enquiries, scheduling, contracting and artist liaison at events
  • Assist the project management of events including administration, production and marketing, managing our project management software, podio.
  • Manage the Eventree online Box Office system including issuing tickets to artists, volunteers, sponsors, guests and contractors
  • Support Wild Rumpus’ volunteer development programme ‘The Forge’, assisting with recruitment and volunteer communications.
  • Research and sourcing of of materials, products and services for our production and visual design teams, and supporting the management of our inventory/stores.
  • Actively participate in the evaluation and reporting on our events and projects.
  • Carry out any other specific tasks as may be reasonably required.

Person Specification

Essential
  • A proven interest in arts and events management, through work experience, higher education and/or volunteering.
  • A passion for the outdoors, and interest in our relationship with natural landscapes.
  • A strong communicator with exceptional interpersonal skills and an ability to develop and sustain relationships with a very wide range of stakeholders
  • Exceptional organisational skills with an ability to work effectively as part of a team
  • Willingness to work flexible hours, including extended periods on site at events (camping).
  • Desire to work in a woodland, and understanding that this involves insects and compost toilets as well as idyllic moments.
Desirable
  • 2 years experience in arts and events management.
  • A knowledge of the outdoor arts sector in the UK and internationally
  • A knowledge of the music festival sector in the UK and internationally
  • Enthusiasm for training, mentoring and support of emerging talent
  • Experience in negotiating contracts
  • Experience of budget management and financial control

Location

We work from a woodland near Scholar Green in Cheshire, ST7 3QJ. The nearest station is Kidsgrove, 10 minutes by bike or 30 minutes walk. This role will involve extended time on event sites, where we provide food and accommodation.

Timings

Closing date:  Tuesday 8thJanuary

Interviews: Wednesday 16thJanuary

If this sounds like the job for you please apply with your CV and a covering letter via our online form here.

If you have any questions about the role, contact Rowan on rowan.hoban@wildrumpus.org.uk.

Accessibility

We promote diversity and equal opportunities. If you experience or anticipate any barriers within the application process, or require help to make an application or access information, please contact Callum on callum.hogg@wildrumpus.org.uk and we can make any necessary adjustments.