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Posted on
9th September 2010
Kanchi News

PROJECT MANAGER – O2 Ability Awards 2011

Project Description:
The O2 Ability Awards are business awards for best practice in the inclusion of people with disabilities, both as customers and as employees. There are nine stages to the extensive Ability Awards programme, which are now in their 5th cycle in Ireland and 1st cycle in Spain. There are nine O2 Ability Awards and each Award is open to applications from all organisations, of all sizes, from all industry sectors. See the project website www.theabilityawards.com for all information regarding the O2 Ability Awards.

Kanchi are now looking to hire a Project Manager to manage the 2011 awards nationally. This contract is for a set period of 14 months.

The Role:
The Project Manager is tasked with managing all aspects and stages of the O2 Ability Awards 2011 in Ireland. This includes marketing all key stages of the programme, recruiting organisations to participate in the Awards, managing the short-listing and assessment of selected organisations, organising two judging events and the prestigious Awards ceremony. In addition, the Project Manger is responsible for liaising with all key stakeholders, including key sponsors, endorsers and judges and with TV, Radio and Newspaper Media Partners. The Project Manager will report to the Managing Director in Kanchi. Salary is €50,000 per annum.

Key Responsibilities:

Project Management
- To create and deliver a project plan for the Ability Awards 2011, including all pre-Awards publicity and associated events.

- To monitor and evaluate the project, and provide appropriate and timely updates to the Kanchi leadership team, sponsors, endorsers, judges and participating organisations.

- To manage the project budget, track all project income and expenditure and negotiate the best price for all products and services from third party vendors.

Sales and Marketing
- To create and implement a sales & marketing strategy, plan and key messaging materials to encourage organisations to participate in the O2 Ability Awards 2011.

- Engage with senior executive members of public, private and not-for-profit organisations to secure their participating and endorsement of the O2 Ability Awards

- To speak/meet with senior executive members of organisations to discuss and explain the reasons why they should participate in the Awards, in order to encourage them to register to participate and to achieve the project’s targets in relation to the number and breadth of organisations participating in next year’s Awards.

- To secure and attend speaking opportunities to promote the O2 Ability Awards 2011.

- To workwith the Kanchi team to secure partners for the Ability Awards from the business, media, government and the disability sector

Event Management
- To deliver a number of pre-publicity events and generate maximum publicity for Kanchi and Sponsors from these events.

- To design, organise and manage the O2 Ability Awards Ceremony with the support from an Event Management Company.

- Negotiate with third party vendors and secure sponsors for as many elements of the Awards ceremony as possible: e.g.: entertainment, catering, sound & lighting etc.

- To develop and implement a publicity campaign for the project in order to secure media coverage for Kanchi, our sponsors, key stakeholders, Ability Companies and winners of an O2 Ability Award.

- To work with TV, Radio and Newspaper partners to ensure the messaging and quality of all materials produced meet the Kanchi and O2 Ability Awards standard and to sign-off on RTE TV Programme, Irish Times Supplement and Newstalk Documentary on the O2 Ability Awards 2011.

- To write press releases, blogs and other publicity items to raise awareness of project developments and achievements.

Stakeholder Management
- To manage relationship with O2 and all other stakeholders, including participating companies, assessment teams, judges, third party vendors and event management agency.

People management

- To manage colleagues assigned to work on the O2 Ability Awards project: delegate tasks, coach employees and carry out regular performance reviews and appraisals.

- To build strong working relationships with all members of the Kanchi team.

- To manage external consultants and suppliers involved in the project.

Person Specification

Category Essential (Must have) Desirable (Should have)
Qualifications:e.g. specific qualifications (including IT skills) Third level 2.1 honours degree, minimum. Project management qualification. Experience of MS Project or equivalent project management software. Experience of MS Office. Marketing or Communications qualification.
Knowledge and Experience e.g. related job experience Minimum of three years relevant experience of managing large projects as a project manager. Experience of working with senior management in the corporate and/or government sectors. Experience of influencing and persuading at a senior executive level. People management experience. Experience of working as part of a team. Experience of working with/in a not for profit organisation. Event management experience. Press/PR experience.
Abilities & Aptitudes e.g. verbal/numerical skills, ability to work as part of a team, technical job skills Outstanding organisational skills. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Excellent project management skills. Proven track record of delivering on targets. Good problem solving skills and a can-do approach. Proactive, results-oriented individual with initiative. Mature, credible and comfortable with senior executives. Experience of working in or with a disability organisation.
Special Conditions: e.g. travel required A commitment to the goals and ambitions of Kanchi. Occasional out of hours work required. Travel around Ireland during key stages of the Project required e.g. Launch & Recruitment.

If you are interested in applying for the role, please submit a cover letter and CV to careers@kanchi.org by 5pm Friday, 24th of September 2010.

Unfortunately due to the high number of applications, Kanchi can only contact candidates who are short-listed for an interview.

Kanchi is an equal opportunities employer.

Kanchi welcomes applications from people with disabilities.

The Author: admin
Simon is currently in his third year studying business entrepreneurship at IADT and will intern with Kanchi until the new year. He loves cycling swimming and social media. He won cyclist of the year in 2010 with his cycling group the Willow Wheelers.

1 Comment

mccleary insurance 09/23/2010 at 2:51 am

I am glad that you said this :)


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