Employment Opportunities

F/T Events Co-ordinator



Events Co-ordinator

We are recruiting for an enthusiastic, self-motived person to help coordinate our events program. The successful candidate, who will report to the Events Director, will work collaboratively to build an events program that complements and promotes the Centre’s research and fundraising interests. As well as generating ideas for events, the Events Co-ordinator will have hands-on responsibility for executing numerous projects from concept through to completion.

You must be able to demonstrate outstanding organisational ability, and must combine a flair for ‘big picture thinking’ with fine attention to detail. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential as is the ability to work harmoniously and confidently with a wide range of people within the CIS, in business, government and the general community. You will have solid administrative experience, strong computer skills and be a team player.

The position would suit a tertiary qualified and switched-on individual with 3 years + experience in an events-related capacity, ideally in a policy, research, academic or non-profit environment.

This is a great opportunity to work in an intellectually stimulating and collegial environment where the idea that may change Australian public policy are researched and publicised. CIS was founded in 1976 and is a non-profit organisation that relies entirely on private support. It is important for all applicants to be aware of the classical liberal philosophy of the CIS and to be supportive of our objective; individual liberty and responsibility, free markets and limited government.

CIS Event Co-ordinator Position Overview   (This outlines the role but is not intended as a comprehensive scope of duties)

Events to manage:

  • Regular program of in-house and external lectures
  • Roundtables, seminars and book launches
  • Boardroom dinners
  • Cocktail events and pub talks
  • Assist the Events Director with annual conference for senior business people, politicians, academics and community leaders (Consilium)
  • Assist the Events Director with other large scale event projects as needed

Duties will include:

  • Event co-ordination from end to end
  • Developing reports and invitation lists from database
  • Creating event copy
  • Website management
  • Event registration process
  • Event marketing
  • Stage-managing events
  • Working closely with the Events Director, Communications Director, External Relations Manager, Design Manager and Multimedia Manager
  • Liaising with researchers, politicians, speakers, guests and suppliers and the media
  • Budgeting
  • Maintaining contacts database
  • Customer/stakeholder enquiries and service
  • Fostering good relationships with members, supporters and the general public

Essential selection criteria:

  • Minimum 3 years’ work experience
  • Previous event co-ordination experience
  • Outstanding organisational ability
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Good administrative skills
  • Good computer skills, with solid database experience
  • Demonstrated team player with a collegial nature and “can-do” attitude
  • Able to work with a wide range of people, from senior politicians and business leaders to kitchen staff
  • Curiosity about intellectual ideas and current affairs
  • Practical, hands-on and unafraid of hard work
  • Ability to juggle multiple projects and competing priorities
  • Willing and able to work outside of standard business hours to manage evening or early morning events and on rare occasions, weekend activities.

Desirable selection criteria

  • Tertiary qualifications in a related discipline
  • Back-end website experience
  • Social media marketing experience

Please address your application to:

Mrs Jenny Lindsay
General Manager
The Centre for Independent Studies
Applicants must include a cover letter and CV. Applications not including a cover letter will not be considered.


A small number of short-term unpaid internships are available throughout the year. If you would like to be considered for a position during 2015 please send in your CV and a cover letter and we will add you to the waiting list.

We select interns on three main criteria:

1. That the intern is studying in a field that we have a research interest in or that they are prepared to be involved in the project we offer them which may not be directly research oriented.
2. That a mentor within the CIS is available to work with the intern. We have found that the experience is less than satisfactory on both sides if there isn’t a real project to be worked on and real support for the intern.
3. That you are available to work at our office in St Leonards, Sydney

Please send your CV and a cover letter explaining why you would like to intern at the CIS. We would also like to know your availability. For your information we have have interns who have worked with us for 12-14 weeks for 1 day a week and others who have worked 2-3 days a week over a shorter period of time in holiday periods.

Please send your application to Jenny Lindsay jlindsay@cis.org.au