Events Manager

Rainbow Trust Children's Charity
Leatherhead, Surrey
£35,000 - £37,000 pa
Closing date
6 Aug 2021

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Events Manager

£35,000 - £37,000 pa + benefits (including 25 days annual leave and pension, flexible working will be considered)

Leatherhead, Surrey.

Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity enables families who have a child with a life-threatening or terminal illness to make the most of their time together, providing expert, practical and emotional support, where they need it for as long as it is needed. For families living with childhood illness, time is everything. Right now, there are too many families coping alone with no support, no time to think, no time to make memories and no time for each other. We believe that no family should go through this alone, so we are here to change that.

About the role:

We are looking to appoint an Events Manager to lead the events programme - developing, promoting, and delivering a range of events that maximises income, drives supporter engagement and raises our profile.

Reporting to the Head of Engagement, you will work closely with the Chief Executive, the Director of Fundraising and Engagement and the fundraising teams to develop a strategy for special events that drives major funder engagement and cultivation opportunities and maximises income. As well as managing event committees and nurturing relationships with key individuals, you will oversee the delivery of the sports & challenges programme, ensuring first class supporter care.

It has been a tough time for live events over the past eighteen months, and we would particularly welcome applications from those who have held an events management role in a fundraising environment, and with knowledge of adapting and flexing event models to include a virtual environment.

What we’re looking for:

  • Experienced in managing a range of successful income-generating events – you will be skilled at working collaboratively with colleagues, including Senior Leadership teams and external committees, to deliver events and reach shared goals.
  • A poised and engaging empathetic style – you use your natural warmth and enthusiasm to enliven, engage and positively impact individuals and groups, and to achieve your goals.
  • A self-confident, outgoing, “selling” communication style – your knowledge and skill in successfully influencing and persuading others by understanding how individual needs and motivations link to goals is essential.
  • You thrive working in a fast-paced, results-oriented environment, managing multiple priorities simultaneously; you understand the importance of providing clear guidance and support in advance of, and during, events.
  • Proactive and able to respond quickly to a changing environment – you quickly establish relationships with new groups and motivate others when goals and desired results change.
  • Knowledge of the principles that underpin good customer care, and how to build and maintain effective working relationships – you are able to advise colleagues on the feasibility of events, return on investment, marketing strategies, and to explore opportunities in the events market.

How to apply:

To apply please visit our website via the link and apply online.

Close date: 6th August 2021

First interviews will take place on 12/13 August either at our Head Office in Leatherhead or on Zoom, with second interviews being held during the week commencing 16 August 2021.

We will only contact those applicants who have been successful.

Early application is encouraged as we will review applications throughout the advertising period and reserve the right to close the advert early.

An enhanced DBS disclosure will be required for this post.

Rainbow Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all employees to share this commitment.

Rainbow Trust is an equal opportunities employer and a Best Companies Two-Star rated organisation.


Rainbow Trust is a charity that provides emotional and practical support to families in England who have a seriously ill child. The charity is based in Leatherhead in Surrey and has nine teams operating across the English regions. Founded in 1986, the Trust has 100 employees and 350 volunteers. Its annual income is £5.1m.

Rainbow Trust was created by Surrey woman Bernadette Cleary who started the charity after she helped two close friends through the terminal illnesses of their children and realised the tremendous strain such families were under. Since then around 12,500 families have been helped. The charity supports families with children aged 0-18 years and they can receive support from the moment of their child’s diagnosis.

The charity has offices in Leatherhead, Durham and Manchester and nine teams of family support workers - in Central London, County Durham, Essex, Manchester, Southampton, Surrey, Swindon and West London.

When a referral or request for help is received, a team manager visits the family to assess their needs. Assistance may include providing transport to medical appointments, practical help in the home such as cooking, sitting with the sick child to provide the parents with a break or taking out siblings. In 2014/15, the charity supported 1,958 families, 16% more than in the previous year.

2014/15 also saw the Trust launch new drop-in groups around the country for families to meet others in the same boat. New groups for parents and bereaved siblings also provided opportunities for friendship, support and respite. In 2015, the Trust’s first Neonatal Support Worker was appointed and they helped 37 families in total.

The charity also has extended its hospital in-reach service to Cumbria, Durham, Manchester and Swindon. This service provides important information, advocacy and sign-posting to families during their child’s stay in hospital, regardless of whether they are likely to require the ongoing support of the charity’s family support workers.

Rainbow Trust’s strategy is to continually review existing care and explore new geographical areas for expansion. It also plans to focus on donor acquisition and major donor income and invest in the management and leaderships skills of its staff.

Corporate partnerships are a major part of the Trust’s strategy and partners have included Deutsche Bank, Hanover Dairies, clothing retailer Evans and investment manager, Invesco Perpetual.

The Trust prioritises flexible working, family friendly policies and offers numerous internships. In 2016, Rainbow Trust was named by the Sunday Times as one of the best 100 not for profit organisations to work for.

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