VOLUNTEER ROLE

UK Prides Manager

Ideal time commitment: approx. 5-10 hours per month, increasing during peak Prides season (May-August); flexible

Responsible to: the Head of Education and Outreach

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 and running a virtual Pride event in 2021,  we are looking forward to being back in person in 2022
  • 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

The role:

The UK Prides Manager will be part of the Education and Outreach team, coordinating Bi Pride UK’s attendance at Pride events across the country and helping us to address an existing lack of bi-specific celebration at many Prides across the country.

This volunteer will be responsible for planning Bi Pride UK’s attendance at Prides across the country, including all logistical factors and thinking strategically to maximise our impact through our Prides attendance. We have relationships with many of the local bi activism groups across the UK and aim to work collaboratively with them when we are in their city. It’s important to us to find ways we can use our privilege as a national charity with funding to support existing local bi communities.

The UK Prides Manager will liaise with local Prides and local bi groups regarding Bi Pride UK’s participation, coordinate with Bi Pride UK volunteers on the logistics for our Prides attendance, and work with other parts of the charity to ensure that we have sufficient merchandise and promotional materials. Their main responsibilities will include:

  • Planning Bi Pride UK’s annual Prides attendance;
  • Liaising with Bi Pride UK volunteers to co-ordinate their attendance at Prides on Bi Pride UK’s behalf;
  • Liaising with local Prides to confirm the nature of Bi Pride UK’s participation in their event;
  • Sourcing sufficient merchandise and publicity materials for Bi Pride UK’s participation in Prides;
  • Finding groups and individuals of bi people and allies to march with Bi Pride UK in Pride marches;
  • Carrying out any other tasks which ensure Bi Pride UK’s full participation in Prides across the UK.

Our team volunteers remotely from anywhere in the UK, with some travel required occasionally (primarily for our flagship Pride event in London in September). Each team has its own monthly evening team meeting, via conference call; the day varies depending on the team and can be arranged for the most convenient timing for the team’s members. All reasonable expenses incurred are reimbursed, including travel, lunch at away days and other all day events, and some childcare costs if required.

Volunteer specification:

  • Interest and passion for tackling discrimination against and improving the visibility of people in the UK who experience attraction to more than one gender;
  • Commitment to the aims and objectives of Bi Pride UK;
  • An understanding of the needs of bi people and communities in the UK;
  • Strong time management, organisational and administrative skills;
  • Good IT skills & knowledge of computers for word-processing, database, email;
  • Well-developed and effective communication skills, (written and verbal) with proven ability to tailor communication style to audience
  • Experience of engaging with a variety of stakeholders
  • Meticulous attention to detail;
  • Ability to self-motivate when working remotely;
  • Some familiarity with the UK Prides landscape, or knowledge of how to build this familiarity;
  • Some familiarity with bi activism groups in the UK, or knowledge of how to build this familiarity.

Applying

To apply, please email a CV and cover letter to chair@biprideuk.org

The position is open to anyone over the age of 18. We welcome applicants from all backgrounds, especially minority groups such as applicants of colour, trans and non-binary applicants and disabled applicants. Bi Pride UK is aware of the barriers that can be faced in gaining traditional work experience, particularly for BAME, disabled and trans people. We will give weight to this and encourage people when applying to consider caring responsibilities, including parenthood, volunteering, and other non-paid experiences and responsibilities when making their application.