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Job description for the Director of Events at SOS.

As the Director of Events, you will be responsible for overseeing and delivering the various community outreach and fund-raising  events SOS hosts throughout the year. There is a small team of volunteers available to help out with these events, and you will be in charge of recruiting and deploying them as needed. You will be expected to work closely with the Owner and other Directors in order to ensure a seamless experience for our peer mentors, hosts, and service users. 

 


The Event Squad volunteers will report directly to you, and you will report directly to the owner.

 

We have three fixed annual events at SOS.

  • The most important event of the year is the annual Christmas Fair. It is by far our largest event of the year, lasting for the whole month of December. This is our main fund-raising event, and how we raise enough money to keep SOS running for the year ahead. It is also our most publicized event, making it our best opportunity to raise awareness about our organization around the grid. 

  • We will hold a Mental Health Fair in May to mark Mental Health Awareness Month. This is a much smaller scale event than the Christmas Fair, and will be much more heavily focused on mental health awareness than fund raising. Since 2020 will be the first year we are hosting this event, the new Director of Events will be able to make their mark with this event and set the framework for how we will host it going forward. 

  • Last but not least, we also mark World Suicide Prevention Day in September by holding a music festival and inviting the Second Life community to join us. This is a golden opportunity to inform and educate the SL community on how suicide is preventable, and how to get help. It is a fun event, 

Along with these fixed events that are publicized and for fund raising, you must also think about the group.  

Group events are a good way to remind everyone that we are all in this together.  There are no pre-set group events, you can do what you think would be well received or relevant to the the group.  Ideally we would have something happening each month, and this can be achieved by setting up some events that more or less run themselves such as Optimistic October Calendar where journal and gratitude prompts were provided for members to focus on what they had and the good things in their lives, and the Cure for March Madness where we focused on ways to self-soothe when someone is having a hard day, etc.

Key functions of the Director of Events:

  • Organize the planning and preparation for SOS events.

  • Maintain a list of event squad volunteers and their skills.

  • Maintain good relationships with marketing contacts, sponsors and volunteers.

  • Collect feedback from members and visitors to our events.

  • Write and publish blog articles on our website about our events.

  • Administrate our flickr page

  • Assist in running SOS Radio

  • Ensure that our events reflect the whole Second Life community.

  • Various tasks as required in the daily operation of SOS, including at our parcel, and at events around the grid.

  • Be able to enter events on the SL event calendar, SL Destination Guide and to Firestorm MOTD. 

  • Please note that this is an unpaid position, though any expenses related to SOS will be fully reimbursed. 

Minimum commitment:

 

This role requires a substantial time commitment of at least five to ten hours per week, rising to around 20 hours per week during the annual Christmas Fair. As such, this role will be best suited to someone who isn't in full time education or employment.

Application deadline:

This application will close at 23:59 SLT on March 15th 2020. All successful applicants will be notified inworld and via email the following day, and successful applicants will be invited for interviews the following week. 

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