Administration & Events Officer

Start Date: Monday 12th October. Two days per week in October and November, increasing to full-time in December.

Salary: £24,000 p.a.

Contract: Permanent

Location: 145 City Road, London, EC1V 1AZ*

Accountable to: Operations Manager

 *COVID Response: During the past months, the SOHK office has been closed and the staff team has been working from their homes. We foresee a partial return to the office in the coming months, however, please be aware that you will be required to work from home in some part.

 The Organisation

School of Hard Knocks (SOHK) uses sport, a research-based curriculum and mentoring to help people improve their physical and mental wellbeing. We help unemployed adults to find sustained work; and children at risk of permanent exclusion to complete their education.

Job Description

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join our team to assist in the planning and management of fundraising events, as well as providing administrative support to the Operations Manager and the wider leadership team at School of Hard Knocks.

You will help design and deliver our largest annual fundraising event in London, as well as supporting our regional staff in Wales and Scotland with smaller events. You will also support the Operations Manager with daily administrative and operational tasks in the charity. This is a broad role with potential for career growth. 


Event Planning & Fundraising

  • Help to plan and execute our annual fundraising dinner in London
  • Support leadership team with research for bids
  • Play a key role in creating, planning and executing new event opportunities

Administration & Operations 

  • Onboard and off-board staff members
  • Run Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks
  • Organise and maintain electronic filing systems in relation to DBS
  • Support staff with phone and computer issues
  • Liaise with service providers to ensure the efficient running of the office
  • Manage and maintain our storage facilities
  • Update and manage our online shop
  • Maintain accurate records on the database (Salesforce)
  • Undertake any other reasonable duties as identified by the line manager


Person Specification


  • Education to degree level or equivalent professional experience

Knowledge & Experience


  • Direct experience with event management
  • Experience working in office administration


  • Run a successful event programme from initial concept to completion
  • Experience working with and managing volunteers
  • Experience in fundraising (?)
  • Experience in a charitable organisation
  • Knowledge of GDPR 

Skills & Attributes 


  • Ability to keep clear, concise and objective records
  • Ability to perform administrative tasks and manage spreadsheets
  • Numerate and proficient in Microsoft packages
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to creatively solve problems as they arise
  • Ability to work efficiently and with attention to detail


Application Process: Send a CV and covering letter outlining why you feel you would be a good fit for this role to [email protected] by Sunday 20th September. Interviews will take place via Zoom on Monday 28th September

The successful candidate will be required to undertake an enhanced DBS check.