Contract Type: Part-time, 3 days pw (21 hours pw, ideally Monday-Wednesday)
Location: Any location
We believe in ‘Technology for Good’ – in improving lives through education and research. Our people want to make a real change – at Jisc, everyone plays a key role and gets the chance to feel part of it, that to us is the definition of a meaningful career. Being a social enterprise means that no matter how small our individual actions are, the positive impact on our collective is huge.
We’re a place unlike any other, where the best of education fuses with the best of technology to create a unique model with its unique opportunities and interesting problems to solve. It’s what keeps our work varied, original and surprising – and that’s why we love it.
We know that sometimes people can be put off applying for a job if they think they can tick every box. But we realise the ‘perfect candidate’ doesn’t exist. If you're excited about working for us and can do most of what we are looking for, go ahead and apply. You could be exactly what we need!??
We’re ideally looking for someone with:
• Educated to degree level or equivalent (preferably in a relevant subject) or equivalent experience at this level
• Experience of programme development at similar scale events
• Good understanding of audience types and experience of matching content to expectations
• Developing strong relationships quickly and effectively in a complex organisation
• Effective communicator with members and/or customers of internal and external stakeholder groups
About the role
The event programme producer role will take full responsibility for the delivery of a successful programme at a number of Jisc’s priority events across the year. The programme needs to strike the perfect balance – meeting the needs of the organisation and commercial partners, while ensuring a compelling and inspirational offering that meets and exceeds the expectations of the delegates.
You will work with internal and external stakeholders to lead on the creation of the event programmes, delivering against top line themes and strands established by the steering group for each event.
The event programme producer will take full responsibility for delivering the programme against a number of Jisc’s priority events including the Security Conference, Connect More and Jisc’s flagship event, Digifest.
Key accountabilities and role outputs include:
• Work as part of the event steering group and with internal/external stakeholders to develop conference themes
• Develop and manage the call for paper process (both internally and externally)
• Evaluate programme proposals (alongside key business stakeholders) and create full event programme
• Manage all communications around programme submissions.
• Chairing of programme group and working with this group for programme session and speaker ideas
• Identify keynote and plenary speakers complimentary to the themes and strands.
• Work with the Senior Event Managers who hold overall responsibility for the events to ensure the programme integrates seamlessly with all other elements of the event.
• Work with exhibition and sponsorship manager to ensure that commercial sessions are fully integrated and complimentary to the wider event
• Work with event managers and other marketing and communications colleagues to ensure the programme is used to its maximum potential as a marketing hook for the event.
• Develop and maintain relationships and communications with speakers to ensure their experience is a positive one
• Regular reporting across the event operational / steering groups and to key stakeholders on progress on the programme development
• Look for ways to continually improve what we do around speaker management and to ensure programmes are inspiring and compelling
Why work at Jisc
We want to make sure our people have the flexibility they need to balance their personal lives and do well at work. So, we focus on outputs rather than presenteeism and are open to a whole range of ways of working including flexible hours and working from home.
We are always learning and developing. All our people have access to a huge variety of learning resources to help them achieve this.
Our benefits are great too:
• We offer 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays and 3 days Christmas closure)
• Simply health – a health cash plan
• You have the option to join the generous USS pension scheme
• We provide discounts on IT equipment, a cycle to work scheme and season ticket loans
• We also offer generous parental leave arrangements, career breaks and volunteer leave
Connecting with each other is a doddle, thanks to our technology, but getting face to face is something we value and is essential in this role, so you will need to travel. Our main offices are in Bristol, Harwell, London and Manchester.
Other stuff you need to know:
At Jisc we celebrate diversity and know that it is critical for our success. We work hard to make sure we’re inclusive. So, if you are great at what you do and share our values, we want to hear from you.
If you need any adjustments made to the application or selection process so you can do your best, let us know. We will be happy to help.
Just so you know, we review CV’s as we receive them, and interview as soon as we have applications that look like a good match (usually within a week). We don’t use closing dates. So, please apply as soon as possible to avoid missing out on this role. We advertised this role on 02/06/2021.