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Director of Freelance Initiatives – Full Time
The key priority of this role is to manage and maintain an efficient and supportive management infrastructure, and work to ensure that the Frontline Freelance Register (FFR) meets its core objectives, expands its reach and impact, progresses its activities, and realises its objectives. The Director will launch a pilot Local Freelancers Register (LFR) in a handful of localities.
The Frontline Freelance Register (FFR) is a representative body for freelance journalists, created and run by freelancers. It is an independent, ring-fenced entity which sits within the Frontline Club Charitable Trust. The register was launched on 7 June 2013 with membership open to all freelance journalists who face significant risk while working in foreign environments.
The director will primarily work with and report to the Representative Board of the FFR Register and the Frontline Club Charitable Trust management. The role will involve extensive liaison with FFR’s current members, Local Freelance Register hubs, potential freelance members, the FFCT board, the ACOS Alliance, news industry figures and media NGO stakeholders and partners.
Tasks and Responsibilities
- To coordinate all aspects of FFR’s day to day running on behalf of FFR’s representative board.
- To draft and execute FFR’s strategy and workplan as determined by the FFR board.
- To liaise with the Frontline Club and the Frontline Club Charitable Trust and attend the FCCT’s Trustee meetings.
- To support FFR officers with their contribution to FFR initiatives and to monitor it.
- To launch a pilot of the Local Freelance Register (LFR) across a handful of localities, using the FFR model and tying local journalists voices into messages for industry bodies.
- To ensure the integrity and expansion of the freelance register and databases.
- To ensure that FFR continues to play a key role in the ACOS alliance, and that the LFR becomes integrated into the alliance.
- To deliver utility to freelancers through trainings and other enterprises.
- To identify and promote business models and useful technology to registrants where they can be found.
- To maintain good communications with donors and sponsors and manage grant applications and reporting.
- To manage the FFR and LFR budgets and expenditure.
- To oversee FFR’s social media platforms and messaging in line with communications strategy.
- To write and implement FFR’s internal and external communications strategy and build.
- To support the launch of a new project to to support local freelancers.
- To maintain/update FFR’s basic website infrastructure.
- Manage and coordinate work plans and workstreams as required, carrying out project work where needed to achieve FFR’s objectives.
- Plan and coordinate FFR Board meetings (includes; prepare agenda and ensure notes and action points are shared with the wider group and implemented).
- Represent freelancers views to news organization and relevant NGOs.
- Lobby relevant organizations to improve safety in journalism for freelancers and local journalists.
- Coordinate and support FFR members representation at relevant meetings, conferences and events and projects or industry working groups.
- Represent the FFR on panels, events and meetings where needed, and coordinate attendance by relevant members where required, ensuring they are on message.
- Maintain brand identity and ensure its appropriate use in member communications and media.
- Maintain good relations with as many FFR members as possible, solicit updates on their relevant work and ensure it is communicated to other members and/or the public/employers.
- Maintain and update all public facing FFR materials (signatory list, website, etc.) including creating and promoting safety notices and relevant resources for members.
- Maintain contact lists
- Work with FCCT trustees and FC to ensure grants and funding are sought and spent appropriately, including managing the budget and report back to Executive Committee.
- Seek out and harness opportunities for joint working, funding and implementation of FFR projects as appropriate.
- Create and submit monitoring reports in line with donor requirements and prepare and submit funding applications for future funding and project work.
The Frontline Club is seeking a highly organised individual, with good writing and communication skills. He/she should have a meticulous attention to detail, experience of working on deadline, be a good team player, but also be capable of working on their own initiative. They should be comfortable communicating with a range of stakeholders, from freelance journalists to news organization executives.
- fluency in written and spoken English
- excellent interpersonal and communication skills, ability to write a variety of copy
- be comfortable with MS Office, basic CMS/website management, use of social media, database usage, document management and project management
- global outlook and an interest in international news and current affairs
- a working understanding of commissioning, news production and the news industry landscape
- discretion and an understanding of the requirements of confidentiality
- a track record creating and managing communities or stakeholder groups
- strategic thinking skills and experience writing and implementing organisational and communication strategies
- experience managing an organisation or project and working with limited supervision
Desired experience but not essential:
- experience writing grants or funding applications
- event or conference management experience
- lobbying or political affairs experience
- excellent networks within the news industry and freedom of expression spaces
- knowledge/understanding of the safety needs and challenges of local and international journalists
- Deadline for applications: 6 February, 5pm. Interviews WB/ 13 Feb.
- To apply, please send cover letter, CV and references to: [email protected]
- Only candidates that have been selected for an interview will be contacted.
- London location preferred, but not essential.
Club and Membership Manager – Full Time
The Frontline Club is seeking an enthusiastic Club and Membership Manager to join our team full-time in our Paddington, London office.
This unique position is ideal for someone who is seeking to build on a career in events venue management and hospitality while also exploring interests in politics, journalism and the media.
The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 13 January.
-Processing of new and renewed membership applications and payment processes strictly guided by the membership process deadlines.
-Engaging the members by organising and hosting Club events
-Maintaining current (monthly drinks, annual party, quiz, booknights) and developing new events
-Writing and uploading members’ events online.
-Identify opportunities for membership recruitment
-Maintain member communication in person and email, newsletter and social media.
-Ensuring the Clubroom is properly staffed and presentable and maintaining product availability
-Managing reservations, seating plans, hosting and serving
-Training and developing the Clubroom staff.
-Organising the members’ annual party.
-Organising the Fixers’ Fund Dinner.
-Developing and maintaining strong relationship with Head chef, Trust staff and Reception.
-Management of own department(s) ensure team understand the vision, motivate, develop, performance manage, conduct reviews.
-Scheduling/rotas for clubroom team to ensure correct manpower levels (fully parred).
-Responsibility for Health & Safety compliance.
-Contributing to disciplinary procedures where necessary.
-Supporting the GM in developing the annual business plan
-Assisting the Accounts department with financial monthly and annual reports
-Identifying ways to drive sales and guest count
-Cash ups and Banking
-Familiarity working in hospitality, such as managing a major events venue or members’ club
-At least 1 year in a management position and familiarity maintaining stock and staff rotas
-Experience in restaurant service, both floor service and management
-Interest in journalism, politics and media a plus
-Must be a people person, and enthusiastic about getting to know Frontline Club members and contributing the the community feel of our Club Room
-Experience in event planning and production
The deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 23 December.
To apply please send a CV and cover letter to Pranvera Smith at [email protected] with the subject heading ‘Club and Membership Manager Application’.