Agriculture Conference Coordinator
North Cariboo Agricultural Marketing Association (dba FARMED) - Quesnel, BC

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Contract Type: Contract for $5,000.00 + Completion Bonus
Closing Date: October 14, 2013

FARMED has received funding support to sponsor an agriculture conference (Ag & Hort Leap) on February 8 & 9, 2014. This 2-day event will provide workshops, keynote speakers, hands-on demonstrations and an evening social for interested participants. The time commitment for this position will be approximately 200 - 250 hours.

The Ag & Hort Leap conference coordination will involve, but is not necessarily limited to, the following activities:

*Build the conference agenda including sourcing of workshop leaders and keynote speakers
*Work with keynote speakers and workshop leaders to facilitate scheduling, equipment requirements, transportation and hospitality
*Develop the conference guide and evaluation
*Research and enlist catering services
*Advertise the event including use of social media
*Coordinate registration of conference delegates
*Organize evening social
*Sign up exhibitors
*Organize door prize donations and presenter’s gifts
*Coordinate volunteers
*Develop Master of Ceremony’s script
*Set up conference venue and work with college to ensure custodial, tech support & AV equipment are in place
*Work with volunteer team to facilitate conference organization and clean up on event days
*Work within budget guidelines in consultation with Ag & Hort Leap Committee Chair
*Develop a conference evaluation report
*Work with and report to Ag & Hort Leap Committee throughout the term of this position.
*Write and deliver final report to the Quesnel Ag. and Hort. Leap committee (includes financial and anecdotal)

Skills:
*Completed Grade 12
*Must be energetic, outgoing and take initiative within a team environment
*Strong interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
*Ability to work under pressure with a calm customer-focused manner
*Past experience with, and solid understanding, of organizing conferences would be an asset
*Must have effective time management and organization skills; be detail-oriented and able to handle multiple tasks/projects
*Be able to use most commonly used software, Internet and e-mail systems
*Make cold calls in person or over the phone

The successful applicant may need to provide their own office space and computer access.

Applications will only be accepted via email. Submit both resume and covering letter in one document

While we appreciate all responses, only candidates under consideration will be contacted.


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