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Sports and Challenges Events Portfolio Manager

Young Lives vs Cancer
Bristol, Bristol City (Hybrid)
£35,882 FTE
Job description


Today, 12 children and young people will be diagnosed with cancer. We’ll stop at nothing to make sure they get the right care and support at the right time.

Salary: £35,882 FTE

Hours: 35 hours per week

Contract: Permanent

Location: Hybrid, two days in the Bristol office and three days home-based

Closing date: Wednesday 19 June 2024

Interviews: w/c Monday 1 July 2024

Change lives in a life-changing career

When a child or young person is diagnosed with cancer, their whole world can feel like it’s falling apart. Independence is taken and confidence is stolen. Stability no longer exists. The future suddenly feels uncertain.

The impact of cancer on young lives is more than medical. That’s why we exist. Our specialist social workers help children and young people with cancer and their families navigate the emotional and practical impact of cancer. We remove barriers, solve problems and prioritise wellbeing. And we stop at nothing to make sure they get the right care and support at the right time.

We challenge the systems and policies that surround children and young people, we highlight gaps and campaign for change. Because we know what a better future could look like. And we know what we need to do to make that future a reality. We need to push harder, reach further and work smarter. And we need the right people on our team to help us get there. People like you.


We’re looking for a Challenge Events Manager to join our Sports and Challenge Events Team managing an innovative and evolving portfolio of mass participation events, including the mighty London Marathon.

You’ll join a driven team committed to growing our challenge events portfolio and delivering standout supporter experiences, whether they’re jumping out of a plane or crossing that iconic London Marathon finish line. You’ll be marketing a range of tantalising mass participation events to supporters and devising engaging and inspiring stewardship journeys to make their Young Lives vs Cancer experience memorable.


No two days are the same at Young Lives vs Cancer. So, summarising your ‘day to day’ isn’t easy. Here are some of the main things you’ll be doing, but you’ll find more details in the job description.

  • You be responsible for driving supporters into the charity, using your top-notch marketing skills, and working with our Digital and Brand teams, to target third party mass participation events to new and existing audiences.
  • You'll possess strong relationship building and stakeholder management skills, you’ll be as comfortable liaising with event organisers and suppliers as you are working with internal stakeholders.
  • You’ll create and deliver consistently awesome supporter journeys, working with our regional and central fundraising teams
  • Your project management skills will help you deliver incredible event experiences for participants
  • You’ll be meticulous about your budget, your targets and numbers
  • You'll have a drive to keep on top of event trends; networking and researching new event concepts to help us shape a really forward-facing events offering


Diverse perspectives and unique skillsets are at the heart of Young Lives vs Cancer. If you're passionate about making a positive impact and eager to learn, we encourage you to apply, even if you don't meet the criteria and person specification fully. Your potential is what matters most to us, and we’re committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive work environment to help you develop.

The key skills we’re looking for in this role are:

  • Strategic and operational experience in mass participation events
  • Results and goal driven with experience of reaching and exceeding targets
  • Experience of devising and delivering mass participation marketing and acquisition campaigns
  • Experience of creating and delivering audience-focused plans to inspire and motivate customers/supporters
  • A great communicator
  • Strong prioritisation and organisation skills
  • Adaptable and resilient
  • A team player
  • Epic at relationship building, with supporters, internal stakeholders and external suppliers and event organisers
  • Self-motivated and driven
  • Great at spotting opportunities and being proactive
  • Confident at influencing and negotiating

What will I gain?

  • For people to reach their full potential, they need the right environment. As a member of Team Young Lives, you’ll be made to feel supported, valued and appreciated. Here’s how we do it:
  • Flexible working: we’re open to working hours outside of 9 - 5 and we can talk through your flexibility requirements at interview stage
  • Wellbeing days: four days a year to do what works for you – from catching up on training to going for a walk
  • Generous annual leave allowance
  • Great family/caring leave entitlements
  • Enhanced pension
  • Access to our employee savings scheme


At Young Lives vs Cancer, we recognise that opportunities for too many people remain a condition of their sex, ethnicity, class, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation – or a combination. This has never been acceptable to us as an organisation. We don’t just accept difference, we value it, celebrate it, nurture it and we thrive because of it.

We’re on a journey to be reflective of the diverse children, young people and families we support. We know we aren’t there yet, and we’re passionately committed to taking actions and making changes to be a truly diverse, inclusive and equitable organisation. This includes taking anti-oppressive action and removing barriers in our recruitment practices. We particularly welcome applications from members of minoritised communities. Our Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Belonging strategy will tell you more.

We’re committed to providing reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process and we’ll always aim to be as accommodating as possible. Please let us know in your application form of any adjustments or access requirements we could make to help you with the application process and interview.

You may have experience in the following: Challenge Events Manager, Events Fundraising Manager, Sports Events Coordinator, Charity Events Manager, Fundraising Events Manager, Mass Participation Events Manager, Community Events Manager, Events Project Manager, Events Marketing Manager, Event Operations Manager, Special Events Manager, etc.

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Posted on: 30 May 2024
Closing date: 19 June 2024 at 16:56
Tags: Project Management