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We are recruiting!

FESTIVAL VOLUNTEER MANAGER, Part time short-term freelance contract, 21 hours a week from November 2016 to July 2017; £30,000 pro rata

We are looking for a highly organised volunteer manager to support the planning and delivery of the Crystal Palace Overground Festival 2017. This is a diverse, demanding and rewarding role combining volunteer recruitment; community engagement; events planning and delivery; support and management of volunteers; and detailed administrative support for a small, ambitious and thriving arts and culture organisation.

The festival volunteer manager role is a wonderful opportunity to lead and support the volunteers who are the heart and soul of our festival. We expect 10,000 visitors to our park event in June 2017 and the volunteer team will grow from a smaller delivery team of about 20 to approximately 300 for the full festival week over the course of November 2016 to June 2017.

This role would benefit a highly organised, resourceful, confident and reliable individual who has extensive project / event and volunteer management experience. The fast-paced working environment will require an energetic team player able to support others while juggling competing priorities. A can-do attitude, a warm sense of humour, collaboration and fun would be very welcome, as would a strong personal interest in culture, arts, music, social and environmental justice, and evidence of any corresponding networking/networks within London or the UK.

Working alongside the Board of Trustees and Festival Director, the appointed candidate will demonstrate affinity with our vision, values, activities and goals. Efficient and reliable, they will possess the capacity to communicate with a wide range of people from different backgrounds, ideally backed by previous marketing communications experience, and the ability to get results from contributors with diverse agendas and to manage and motivate volunteers.

Please click here for the full personal specification and role description

How to apply

To apply for this position please send us a covering letter and your CV clearly addressing how you meet the criteria for the role as set out in the person specification. Please also state your current salary and where you saw this advertised (for recruitment monitoring purposes). You may address your covering letter to Noreen Meehan – please email your letter and CV to info@crystalpalacefestival.org 

You must be eligible to work in the UK.

The closing date for receipt of applications is Midnight on Friday 4 November. Please note that we are unable to accept late or incomplete applications.

We are taking a year off in 2016 but will return bigger and better in 2017

The trustees of the Crystal Palace Overground Festival have made the decision not to run a festival in 2016. The festival has outgrown Westow Park and we are planning to move the main event to Crystal Palace Park in 2017. This will allow the festival to safely welcome the increase in visitors to the event which has grown massively since a park event was instigated in 2011. “Moving to Crystal Palace Park will involve a new direction for planning, organising and funding a sustainable event going forward. We want to ensure that there is enough time for such a big challenge and that the funding for the 2017 event and future events is secured”. During 2016-2017 the festival trustees will focus on ensuring the organisation is strong and ready for the challenge of expansion. This will involve consolidating the governance and funding for the organisation.

You can Gift Aid a donation to the festival as by the magic of the Local Giving Foundation, we will receive that funding despite not being a charity.


 Volunteering makes you happy – thank you so much to our volunteers who make it happen!

The festival is almost entirely volunteer run and led and is a wonderful opportunity to get involved with a fun, creative event, meet new people and give something back to your community. Our volunteers tell us that the best thing about being part of the team is that they get to meet their neighbours and feel part of a special event. Thank you to all of our volunteers for the past 5 years – you are the heart and soul of this festival!!!

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