WC2N, London
£33,179 salary per annum (commensurate with skills and experience) + benefits
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Do you want to help strengthen, empower and mobilise networks of people to work together to 

tackle today's most pressing social challenges?

Are you an experienced events manager looking for your next challenge?

Are you interested in working for a progressive and constantly evolving social change organisation?


We’re looking for a creative events manager to curate a diverse programme for Rawthmells, the RSA’s 21st century enlightenment coffeehouse.


During the Age of Enlightenment, coffeehouses became centres of creativity and innovation. Embracing people from all walks of life and providing spaces for debate and discussion, they were the information network of the 17th and 18th centuries, playing a vital role in bringing about the radical innovations that transformed our world.


The RSA was established in 1754 in an enlightenment coffeehouse named Rawthmells, by a group of people with a shared vision for a better tomorrow.


Today, the RSA’s Fellowship is a global community of nearly 30,000 problem-solvers who support the mission of the organisation to unite people and ideas to resolve the challenges of our time. Rawthmells coffeehouse, a 21st century enlightenment coffeehouse at the heart of RSA House, is the natural home for anyone who wants to enable people to connect, share knowledge and collaborate.


Rawthmells coffeehouse features a suite of spaces, from the small and intimate, to a mini amphitheatre seating up to 30 people. The Rawthmells and London Events Manager is instrumental in animating the spaces, helping to foster connections and interactions between Fellows and other visitors. They work closely with Fellows to exhibit and display their work and run a series of regular and one-off events.


While Rawthmells is a dynamic hub for Fellows in and near to London the technology available enables us to offer many of the opportunities, including elements of the events programme, to Fellows anywhere in the world. We host a busy programme of activity, with on average four events per week. These include Breakfast Clubs, Friday lunchtime conversations, network meet-ups, and a variety of other evening events. The Rawthmells and London Events Manager is responsible for curating and developing this by seeking new opportunities and making data-driven decisions to enhance and improve the programme for Fellows.


You’ll show a commitment to the RSA mission and ideally be able to demonstrate an interest in the key research areas of the organisation. You will have excellent interpersonal, communication and negotiation skills, proven experience of initiating, facilitating and delivering a range of events and activities, and the ability to think strategically, evaluate impact systematically and make data-driven decisions. You will have strong organisational skills and be able to work flexibly within a busy team, with minimal supervision.


This role involves some travel and the need to work some early mornings and evenings, with time off in lieu.


What the role involves:

·       Working closely with Fellows of The RSA and with colleagues across the organisation to identify activities and collaborations in the coffeehouse which offer an opportunity to contribute to the RSA mission

·       Making informed editorial and programming decisions, giving careful consideration to RSA alignment, thematic balance and scheduling capacity

·       Managing a core programme of events and undertaking day-to-day event management and support as required, including some out of hours working

·       Developing productive working relationships with users of the coffeehouse in order to establish connections between individuals and groups, foster increased activity, and enable a sustainable and vibrant community of Fellows

·       Working closely with our commercial partners CH&Co to ensure the commercial success of Rawthmells, as well as its realisation as a 21st century enlightenment coffeehouse


To find out more about this role, please download our job pack on our website.



About Us

The RSA combines thought leadership with civic innovation to further human progress. Building on our 260 year history as a beacon for enlightenment values, the RSA is currently at an exciting period in its history. We provide platforms for leading experts through the UK’s most ambitious free public lecture series, our projects generate new models for tackling the social challenges of today and we are building on our network of nearly 30,000 Fellows around the world – these are achievers and influencers from every field with a real commitment to progressive and social change.


We offer great benefits, including 29 days holiday (plus bank holidays), additional wellbeing allowance, free fellowship throughout employment and lots more!



How to apply

In order to apply, please click ‘apply for this job’ on our recruitment page and submit a comprehensive CV. You don’t need to submit a cover letter.


Please submit your application through the RSA website. We cannot accept applications via email. All applications will receive an automated response.


The closing date for receipt of applications is 9.00am on Tuesday 6 August. First interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 15th August and second interviews on Tuesday 20th August. Please note that we cannot accept late or incomplete applications.


Please note that we cannot accept late, incomplete applications, and we can only consider candidates who apply through the online application process.


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Posted on: 18 July 2019
Closed date: 06 August 2019
Job ref: Rawthmells & London Events Manager
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