Festival and Event Consultant
Kimberley Community Development Society - Kimberley, BC

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The Kimberley Community Development Society (KCDS) seeks an entrepreneurial, self starting individual to act as a catalyst in the festival and event sector, to grow existing festivals and events (F&E) and kickstart new ones.

Purpose of the Position:

  • To facilitate the organization, coordination, and delivery of Kimberley’s events and festivals.
  • To act as a consultant to those organizations and individuals working together in the organization, coordination, and delivery of tourism events and festivals.
  • To act as liaison with the marketing arm of ‘Tourism Kimberley’ to ensure that events and festivals are promoted.
  • To grow the impact of festivals and events and promote Kimberley as a tourist destination; to increase visitor numbers and their length of stay, and to expand tourism activities and options for visitors.

Workflow Description:
The F&E Consultant will work closely with the KCDS Manager to develop business relationships with clients in the Festival and Event community, including existing F&E and engaging community champions to kickstart new ones.

It is expected that periods of intensity, involving long hours during the production and execution of F&E, will be balanced with slower periods, involving work to support the F&E community by creating opportunities for community groups and F&E organizers to network, share best practices, as well as develop strategies for mobilizing and recognizing volunteers to ensure successful consulting activities.

Skills, Experience, and Education Evaluation Criteria:

  • Experience working with and mobilizing volunteers.
  • Experience in project and/or event management.
  • Experience in organizing and/or executing festivals and events.
  • Experience working with Boards and committees.
  • Experience conducting business case analysis, opportunity identification.
  • Relevant formal education.
  • Valid BC Driver’s License and vehicle.
  • Familiar with business software such as Microsoft Excel and file sharing platforms
  • In addition, the Events Consultant will have the following skills:

- Time management and organization;
- Interpersonal communication and leadership;
- Present ideas clearly and motivate action;
- Positive, collaborative and creative approach to problem solving; and
- Acumen for internet marketing platforms and technologies.

Physical Demands:

  • Depending on the nature of relationships negotiated with individual F&E clients, the F&E Consultant may be required to supervise, oversee and monitor events and festivals in all weather conditions, indoors and outdoors, and may have to work odd, evening, and/or weekend hours, depending on the nature of the event or festival.
  • The coordination and organization of events and festivals may involve evening and weekend meetings that suit the schedules of volunteers and partners.
  • The set-up, take-down and staging of events and festivals may involve lifting, carrying and moving equipment and apparatus.

Working Conditions:

  • The F&E Consultant may have to work in a number of facilities and outdoor locations and may have to manage a number of people and projects at one time in a busy, noisy and stressful environment which may include interruptions to meet the needs and requests of event participants, organizers, volunteers and partners.
  • The F&E Consultant may have to manage a number of projects at one time and must be aware of all events occurring in the community. He/she must be aware of relevant legislation, policies and procedures, and must be prepared to deal with emergencies and stressful situations at any time.

Primary Responsibilities:
Identify opportunities to contract with existing and new festivals and events; and assess their viability.

  • Develop resources and support for community festivals and events (e.g. volunteer list; equipment list and contacts; best practice sharing).
  • Tracking outcomes for the monitoring and reporting requirements.

Compensation:

  • This contract position is part of a pilot project from April 2013 to March 2014, with funding secured for one year; future funding will be sought and is dependent on the success of the pilot initiative. A base contract of $30,000 will be available, with additional compensation to be based on commission from work with individual festivals and events.

Reporting Relationships:

  • Reports to the Kimberley Community Development Society Manager.

Timeline and Process

  • Applications will be accepted until 12:00 AM, April 21, 2013
  • The Kimberley Community Development Society thanks all applicants; however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.
  • Interviews will be conducted between April 24 and May 1, 2013.

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