Event Manager
Joylister - Vancouver, BC

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Joylister is a fast-growing Toronto-based startup that provides unique and exciting events. Our most recent event, Toronto Poutine Fest, was a resounding success and we'd like to create many more events of different themes and scale to further enrich the lives of locals.

We are looking for an EXPERIENCED, ENERGETIC, RELIABLE freelance event planner/manager to help us organize more fun events. In a two person team, you will be responsible for everything from origination of the event idea to the successful execution of the event itself.

We aim to create only original and unique events that have never been done in the city and we expect the scale of each event to be 1,000-4,000 attendees. Currently, we're focusing on food/drink related events.

Here's what Joylister can offer you:

  • Excitement! We're a fast-growing startup that can provide a lot of interesting challenges and dynamic work environment.
  • Freedom: You get to have a lot of control of your work - both space and time. Unlike working for a larger company and working under its limitations, you will experience what it is to work for yourself.
  • High visibility: This is a high profile position. You will be able to create a reputation for yourself as you successfully execute Joylister events that often receive a great deal of exposure.
  • Growth opportunity: We're expanding aggressively and if you prove yourself, you will have a chance to grow with us in a pace unmatched by your peers in other companies.
  • Minimum risk: Events of this scale cost tens of thousands of dollars before you see a dime in revenue - all without the guarantee of making your money back. Joylister will provide the necessary capital, enabling you to try exciting, large scale events.

PLEASE NOTE: this is NOT a salaried position. Compensation is based on a profit sharing model.

You will be involved in every facet of the event organization including but not limited to:

  • Coming up with interesting ideas for an event and doing the necessary research to find out if the proposed event idea has not been done before and is likely to have high demand from the public
  • Securing appropriate venue (centrally located, cost effective, etc)
  • Contacting and securing vendors to participate in the event
  • Getting necessary sponsorship
  • Hiring and managing interns and volunteers as needed
  • Coordinating the creation and production of marketing collateral and event signage with graphic designer and printers
  • Devising a budget including all necessary expenses, expected revenue as well as contingency costs
  • Gathering all supplies and sorting out all logistics and details of making the event happen
  • Contacting and managing appropriate media contacts and other bloggers/individuals to promote the event
  • Any other marketing related tasks to selling out the spots for the event
  • Supervising the event at the time of its occurrence
  • Post event followup with vendors, media, and attendees for future improvement
  • Anything else necessary to make the event a success!

This position is NOT for you if:

  • You are not highly action-oriented person
  • You need a lot of hand-holding and cannot work independently
  • You cannot work with others well
  • You have no prior event planning experience
  • You don't have passion for attending and running events

Passion for, and knowledge of various topics such as food, drink, music, fashion, fitness, design, etc. is a plus. Prior marketing experience or background is also a big plus.

PLEASE SUBMIT: 1) your resume; and 2) answers to the following questionnaire (you can include the answers in the message or attach it as a separate Word document). Please note that applicants without the completed questionnaire WILL NOT be considered.

  • What events would you like to see happen in your city? Please give us your best idea for a food/drink related event you want to create in your city.
  • Which event are you most proud of organizing? Please talk about 1) what makes this your best event; and 2) what role you played in making this event happen.
  • Please name your favourite venue in the city for food/drink events and briefly tell us why it’s your favourite.
  • Do you have any contacts with local media? If so, which publication do they work for in what capacity and how do you know them?
  • Are you currently employed? If so: 1) what do you do; and 2) what position do you hold? If not, what are you doing currently?
  • What’s your availability like? Please tell us: 1) what times you are available; and 2) how many hours you can commit to working with us.

We appreciate your interest in this position, but due to limited resources, we regret that only selected candidates will be contacted for an interview. Thank you!

About this company
Joylister is a Toronto-based startup that provides unique and exciting events for the locals.