Events Manager - Living Wage Foundation

Citizens UK

  • Team: Living Wage Foundation
  • Grade: Manager
  • Salary: £31,479 + £3,000 London Weighting
  • Location: London with flexible homeworking arrangements available
  • Closing: 11:59pm, 17th Jan 2022 GMT

Perks and benefits

Flexible working hours
Work from home option
Employee Assistance Programme
Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
Extra holiday
Cycle to work scheme
Free fruit

Candidate happiness

8.24 (503)

Job Description

Living Wage Foundation

The Living Wage Foundation was launched in 2011 by Citizens UK to tackle in-work poverty and ensure that workers earn enough to live on and participate in family and community life. Citizens UK is the home of community organising with diverse civil society alliances set up to develop leaders to work on the issues that matter to them, such as the Living Wage. Other projects include PACT (Parents and the Community Together) and Sponsor Refugees to add depth to the impact of Citizens UK’s work.

The Living Wage is a movement of businesses, organisations and people who believe that a hard day’s work deserves a fair day’s pay. The real Living Wage is an independently-calculated hourly rate based on the cost of living and announced each November during Living Wage Week, our annual celebration of a growing network of over 9,000 Living Wage Employers.

The Living Wage Foundation celebrates employers that voluntarily choose to pay the real Living Wage through an accreditation scheme that recognises a long-term commitment to fair pay and has secured pay rises for over 300,000 low paid workers.


We have an exciting opportunity for an experienced events professional to join the Living Wage Foundation team. You will be responsible for developing delivering, and supporting the team with innovative events to promote the Living Wage movement, support the existing employer network, increase public support for fair pay and encourage Living Wage accreditation.

Central to this is our annual Living Wage Week in November where we announce the new rates and celebrate Living Wage Employers nationwide with multiple events, but you will also be responsible for our annual Champion Awards ceremony and organising parliamentary events, roundtables and webinars for our network of employers and beyond.

The ideal candidate would be an energetic and creative events manager, with strong project management skills, the ability to identify and manage effective partnerships, establish strong relationships with freelancers and suppliers, work across the internal staff team and have a passion for engaging audiences to create social change.

Main Responsibilities

Events Management

  • Develop creative, participative events that raise awareness and promote the Living Wage Foundation and our key messages influence public opinion, encourage accreditation, and champion  and engage our network of accredited employers.

  • Work with both the communications and accreditation team to create an annual calendar of events, launches, webinars and roundtables to meet the business plan objectives of the Living Wage Foundation.

  • Work with the team to produce detailed plans for events: timeline, venues, suppliers, legal obligations, staffing, budgets, external communications.

  • Produce detailed analysis and evaluation of the success of our events, understand and respond to data and feedback and put results and lessons into practice.

  • Provide support for the delivery of events by attending, performing tasks and taking a senior role on the day of events delivered by other team members.

  • Manage a significant events budget to deliver on objectives in a timely and efficient manner.

  • Maintain up-to-date knowledge on event news, trends, techniques and best practice.

  • Manage and mitigate any risks associated with events.

  • Develop strategy and guidance to ensure that all events are accessible, speakers are representative, and diversity and inclusion is at the forefront of events

Relationship Management

  • Create and maintain database of venues and suppliers and develop strong relationships with partners, freelancers and Citizens UK staff.

  • Lead and coordinate the work of the Living Wage Foundation team involved in delivering events with support, coaching and development.

  • Manage events project groups and meetings by building strong relationships, structured meetings and clear events plans with assigned responsibilities.

  • Work with the communications team, designers and content managers to develop events resources that promote our events and ensure they run smoothly.

  • Identify, manage and develop partnerships and alliances to further our events plans and business plan objectives. 

  • Create opportunities for community leaders and workers to participate in and speak at our events.

  • Share learning and skills across Citizens UK as part of formal training sessions and informal coaching and support of staff outside of the Living Wage Foundation team.

Living Wage Week

  • Oversee the events plan for Living Wage Week including a series of 30+ remote and in-person events around the country, delivered by a mixture of Living Wage employers, staff, freelancers and advocates.  

  • Work alongside the Campaign Manager to ensure that all Living Wage Week events meet the overall aims and objectives of Living Wage Week

  • Create a project plan to support the development of each event, with structured meetings, development and coaching of staff and creation of resources including agendas, invites and speaker briefings

  • Work with the team to secure high-profile and diverse speakers at events

Champion Awards

  • Management of our annual Living Wage Champion Awards. Planning and delivering an event for the Living Wage movement which recognises champions.

  • Managing strategic relationships including sponsors, working with external agencies where needed.

  • Working with wider Living Wage Foundation team to coordinate nominations and shortlisting process.

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Mon 17th Jan 2022


Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Applications closed Mon 17th Jan 2022