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Event Support Executive (Oxford)


The Events & Community Fundraising Team at Oxfam inspires people to give their time, talents and enthusiasm to raise money for Oxfam.

This short term role will focus on supporting the Events Team to deliver some of our Autumn Season running events:

  • Run To The Beat
  • Royal Parks Half Marathon
  • Trailwalker 100km Challenge Celebration Evening.

We aim to deliver market leading running events ensuring that participants, volunteers and friends & family receive the best possible experience, before, during and after the event.

This internship is a great opportunity for anyone looking for experience in project management, events management, or of working in the charity sector.

The successful applicant will report to the Operations Executive within the Events Team.

Frequency: 3 days per week (we don 't mind which days!) plus Sunday 8th September and Sunday 6th October.

We ask for a minimum commitment of 3 months.

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Key responsibilities:

You will play a key role helping to deliver  Oxfam's Autumn Season events. Your role will include:

  • Manage the event materials, before, during and after the event.  Materials include, banners, signs, t-shirts, donated goods. We have a storeroom and this will include organisation of the room, audits of available stock, and helping others to find what they need.
  • Help to source ethical gifts in kind from external organisations for use at events (tea, coffee, biscuits, give-aways). This could be by phone or email, and you will receive support on how to do this so that you feel comfortable.
  • Maintain and develop social media activity (mainly Facebook and Twitter) to promote to, inform and enthuse our volunteers.
  • Review website content to make sure that our information is up to date (no technical knowledge required).
  • Produce communications for our event volunteers- write, emails to 100+ active Oxfam event volunteers to make sure that they know what to expect, and are happy about their role.
  • Help to allocate volunteer roles for event days.
  • Assist with event evaluations - we'd be keen to hear your ideas for any improvements we can make!

Please note: we are looking for someone to be available any 3 days per week and on the following weekend days:

  • Run To The Beat  - 08 Sept 2013
  • Royal Parks Half Marathon - 06 Oct 2013
  • Trailwalker 100k Celebration - Mid Oct (date TBC)

N.B. Transport will be provided for all events.

Skills and competencies:

  • Strong organisational skills
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Basic knowledge of Facebook and Twitter and the interest to learn and do more
  • Creative skills and ability to use initiative
  • Problem solving skills and 'can-do' attitude
  • Team player, able to build team spirit, amongst volunteers and delegate tasks as necessary
  • Ability to work well under the pressure of tight deadlines and be comfortable with some responsibility
  • Applicants must be over 18
  • Drivers license preferred but not essential

What this role can offer the volunteer:

  • Experience of working with Oxfam, one of the world's leading development charities
  • Chance to work in a dynamic  team bursting with energy , inspiration and fun
  • Enjoy communicating  with the most amazing volunteers on the planet
  • Experience of working in a busy office environment
  • Planning and organisational experience
  • The opportunity to build skills and experience in a supportive, progressive environment (whether you need to build up your CV, want to have a career change, or just for fun!)
  • We are flexible and friendly and would welcome the opportunity to work with the successful candidate on specific skill sets and experiences.
  • Lunch and travel expenses re-imbursed in line with Oxfam's volunteering policy


Jen Harris


tel: 01865 473531

Application process:

Please complete Internship Application Form and return it to the email address above.

Application deadline:

Friday 9th August

Interview date:

Thursday 15th August 

Start date:

Week commencing Monday 19th August


  • Oxford


  • Home and community
  • Office

Work Days:

  • Weekdays
  • Weekends

Work Times:

  • Day Time