Bi Pride UK’s mission is to create spaces where people who experience attraction beyond gender can be freely visible and celebrate themselves and their identities. It’s not enough to be ‘welcome’ at a Pride. We make up a very large proportion of the GRSD (Gender, Romantic and Sexual Diversity) community – many stats actually say we’re over half the community – and we deserve to be visible and celebrated in our own right.
There are many ways to make this happen, and we work in many ways to bring this change about:
- Outreach work with other Prides, LGBT organisations and bi organisations– our consultation work with local Prides, the UK Pride Organisers Network and local and national LGBT organisations works in a tailored way to make sure that bi-inclusion is a top priority and is being done well
- Organising a high-profile annual Bi Pride event– from September 2019, Bi Pride UK made history with the largest ever gathering of bi people recorded. A performance stage, a panel stage, stall village, street food, and over 1,300 attendees. After going virtual with the BiFi Festival for 2020 due to Covid-19, we are aiming even higher for 2021
- Building a strong online and virtual community– just as important as the rest of our work is making sure that people hear about it! People need to know what resources and spaces exist for them, and how they can connect with other people like them
We are looking for a volunteer to lead our Education and Outreach department, a team spanning our local engagement volunteers around the country, our Prides engagement work across the UK, our corporate training offering, and a research and impact function evaluating our work. This is an exciting opportunity to take on a new challenge of building up a cohesive and wide-ranging team which delivers a vital part of our charity’s strategic work.
Although our outreach plans for 2020 have not gone quite to plan, we attended 30 Prides in 2019, and 27 in 2018; attending Prides is a very important part of our engagement with bi communities and beyond across the UK, and our presence at Prides offers a space and a recognition for people attracted beyond gender which they may not otherwise have at the Pride event. In an unexpectedly virtual world, we are keen to explore ways to find alternative methods to engage people across the UK, and this is a key challenge we hope to see championed by our new Head of Education and Outreach.
Also sitting within this team is our work to build relationships and partnerships with grassroots bi organisations operating throughout the country, and local and national GRSD organisations. This is an area going from strength to strength, and (pandemic permitting) we hope soon to see our new annual Bi Pride Local (a smaller version of our September flagship event in partnership with a local bi group) create new spaces around the UK for celebrating bi identities and exploring issues faced by our communities. The partnerships our Head of Education and Outreach will spearhead us developing will be crucial to this work.
The Head of Education and Outreach will be responsible for leading the direction of this department, thinking strategically about how to maximise impact in this area and managing the teams to deliver against key objectives; the role is supported by a Deputy Head of Outreach and Education who supports with management and administration of the department as well as feeding into the strategic planning. Day-to-day responsibilities of the Head include:
- Scheduling and leading conference calls to align teams on department objectives
- Tracking and setting objectives of the volunteers managing each team
- Managing and developing clear workflows between teams and departments
- Delegating budgets to various teams in the education and outreach department
- Setting strategic targets for the operational year for the collective department and each team
- Growing the team and supporting with interviewing volunteers for management of teams and volunteers within individual teams
- Researching and suggesting partnerships and opportunities for growth for the organisation
- Approving proposals and pitches from teams in the education and outreach department
- Building new networks of collaborations with other engagement teams in GRSD charities and organisations
Why volunteer for a charity? Volunteering in your industry position is an excellent way to build up your skills and add another exciting project to your CV. Bi Pride UK are growing rapidly and quickly making a name for ourselves in the GRSD environment as a historic charity. This is an excellent opportunity to grow professionally while making great change for a fantastic cause.
- Interest and passion for tackling discrimination against and improving the visibility of people in the UK who experience attraction to more than one gender;
- An understanding of the needs of bi people and communities in the UK;
- Commitment to the aims and objectives of Bi Pride UK;
- A creative problem solver, always seeking solutions;
- A team player who is ready to get stuck in with an awesome charity team;
- Meticulous attention to detail;
- Ability to self-motivate when working remotely;
- Strong written and oral communication skills;
- Some experience of developing and/or delivering educational resources and programming relating to identity and/or sexuality;
- Confidence in developing and leading community-building programmes and projects;
- Experience of managing a team delivering on multiple areas;
- Able to communicate confidently, coherently and sensitively on complex issues of identity;
- Strong understanding of the complexity of identity, power dynamics and privilege.