HEAD OF EVENTS

Deadline: We will be reviewing and progressing applications as they come in and aim to let you know the outcome of your application within 10 working days of receiving your standardised test result. Applications will close midnight GMT, Sunday 30 January 2022 or sooner if a successful hire is made before the deadline.

We are open to hiring for a less senior position (e.g. Events Specialist) if a Head of Events cannot be found. We strongly encourage you to apply even if you do not have event planning experience, or you think this role is slightly too senior for you. 

 

About Longview Philanthropy

Longview Philanthropy's mission and activities


Longview Philanthropy
 
is a non-profit based in London and Oxford. We are a grantmaking organisation (granting from the Longview Philanthropy Fund) and we also design and execute bespoke giving strategies for major donors. Our grant recommendations are driven by the conviction that we can use evidence and reason to find the highest-impact opportunities in the world. We focus on global challenges that could transform our future for many generations to come, including safely navigating emerging technologies and fostering a society with a more long-term outlook. Everything we offer is free-of-charge, independent, and reviewed by external experts. We currently advise donors in Europe, North America and Asia, whose giving capacity ranges from $1 million p.a. to several billion. 

​Longview Philanthropy's team culture


We are
a collaborative, dedicated and positive team. We are all deeply motivated by the work that we do and the impact we can have. We are an ambitious start-up with a culture of clear communication, feedback, ownership over our work and a strong focus on outcomes.

Responsibilities

The overarching responsibility of the Head of Events will be to work with the Longview team to understand which events (retreats, conferences, dinners, Longview-led events, externally-led events, etc.) will best help us achieve our goals (excellent longtermist grantmaking; building the longtermist community; working with major philanthropists) and then make them a reality.  

 

The responsibilities for this role are:

  • Events Strategy: Mapping out potential Longview events, assessing the value of various events and prioritising the highest-value calendar of events to execute. The ideal candidate will be part of the senior team contributing to strategy and will have full responsibility over our events programme.

    • This will include Longview’s annual residential retreat, tentatively scheduled for September 2022. The Longview 2021 Retreat was a weekend-long residential held at Ditchley Park for c. 65 key stakeholders (major philanthropists; policymakers including representatives from the UN and OECD; academic experts in AI, biosecurity, global priorities research; top YouTubers; key EA figures).

    • We may want to host smaller residential retreats to inform our grantmaking strategy (e.g. in areas such as nuclear security; truth-seeking, scope-sensitive media; global priorities research).

    • We want to host a book launch event to mark the publication of our collection of essays, The Long View.

  • Creating and following project plans for a variety of events, including understanding the goals of each event and creating agendas to match. 

    • Working with the team on content creation for events.

  • Selecting and communicating with venues, vendors, and attendees (experts, UHNWIs, policymakers, communicators, academics, etc).

  • Executing all logistics for the events.

  • Contracting and managing additional staff during events. 

  • Managing and tracking the budget for each event.

  • Evaluating each event’s impact.


The successful candidate will be managed by Longview’s Managing Director, Simran Dhaliwal (which involves weekly 1-1s and regular performance reviews).

 

Who Should Apply for This Role?

The ideal candidate will demonstrate the following attributes:
 

Essential

  • Self-starter: a demonstrated ability to execute multiple projects without significant oversight. There is very high potential for autonomy in this role.

  • Action oriented: someone who loves getting things done.

  • Excellent communication skills: for liaising externally (vendors, UHNWIs, experts, etc) and for liaising internally with the team. 

  • Highly organised: demonstrated ability to effectively manage a significant task volume in order to ensure timelines are adhered to. Ability to delegate effectively when needed. 

  • Independent: able to use discretion and good judgement to make object level decisions without needing to defer to others in the team. 

  • Familiarity with effective altruism: we are a mission-driven organisation and familiarity with the concepts of effective altruism and longtermism are important as they guide our content, work and strategy. 

  • Discretion and confidentiality: commitment to maintaining appropriate levels of confidentiality.   

  • Existing right to work in the UK.

 

Desirable

  • Experience in organising events: experience in owning the entire process (planning, execution, review). Experience running retreat-style or conference-style events and/or polished, high-end events. 

    • Note: this is not an essential attribute. If you think you are an excellent fit for this role but don’t have significant events experience, we strongly encourage you to apply or reach out to simran@longview.org to discuss.

    • A concrete example: we hired Katie Hearsum as our Senior Operations Analyst with no prior operations experience (she was in finance) and she is an excellent fit for her operations-focused role.

  • Problem-solver: someone who enjoys working on many different things, having to learn about best practices in areas they might not have previous experience in.

  • Team player: willingness to do unglamourous tasks with a positive attitude to ensure success!

 

We are open to hiring for a less senior position (e.g. Events Specialist) if a Head of Events cannot be found. We strongly encourage you to apply even if you do not have event planning experience, or you think this role is slightly too senior for you. 

Salary, Benefits and Location

  • This position is full time and we have a strong preference for in-person working from our London office in the beautiful, plant-filled Second Home Spitalfields. However, for exceptional candidates we would consider remote working.

  • Starting salary of £60,000 - £75,000 p.a., dependent on experience and skills.

  • Benefits include: generous paid vacation time, 10% employer pension contribution, equipment budget, training budget, well-being budget, private healthcare (Bupa) and dental care, and a well-stocked office fridge. 

  • We also have flexible working hours and some team members regularly work from home. 

    • We typically work regular hours (c. 9am-6pm) but would expect the successful candidate to be willing to work outside of these hours when needed in the run up to events and when attending/running events.

Application Process

  • First stage: CV, short application form & standardised test

    • Once you have submitted the short application form and emailed your CV to jobs@longview.org, you will be emailed the next working day with instructions to complete the online standardised test. 

    • We will let you know the outcome of your application within 10 working days of you completing all components of this stage.

    • Deadline: midnight GMT, Sunday 30 January 2022. Note that we may close applications early if a candidate is successfully hired before the deadline.  

  • Second stage: paid work task (c. 4 hours)

    • We expect this stage to conclude by Sunday 13 February.

    • We will pay candidates £50/hr for completing this stage.

  • Third stage: in-person interview (1 hour)

    • We expect interviews to take place w/c 14 February or earlier as we progress candidates on a rolling basis.

  • Fourth and final stage: in-person 1 week work trial

    • We recognise an in-person trial is a significant commitment. Compensation will be provided to all candidates who complete a work trial (£1,000/working week) and travel/accommodation costs will be reimbursed. 

    • We are keen to work with the final candidate(s) to ensure they are able to complete a work trial, and aim to be flexible and accommodating. Please reach out if you are interested in applying but think you’d be unable to complete a work trial.

    • We expect in-person work trials to take place w/c 21 February and w/c 28 February but will be flexible to accommodate candidates availability. Trials may occur earlier, as we progress candidates on a rolling basis.

  • The starting date for the position will be determined together with the successful applicant. However, we are looking to hire as soon as possible.

  • Email jobs@longview.org with any questions. 

  • Longview Philanthropy is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity at our organisation. We do not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, religion, nationality, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are happy to make any reasonable accommodations necessary to welcome all to our workplace. Please contact us to discuss adjustments to the application process.