Whether you’re an existing volunteer or long-time festival goer, you’ll very likely know there’s a large operations team that works behind the scenes to make everything possible. You may have wondered how this all happens, to build and sustain the event over three magical days!
Every year, the Festival has approximately 50 area managers, support coordinators, and supervisors who manage different areas of the festival. The whole team is called Festival Operations Group (FOG). Whether an area is run by a ‘Manager’, a ‘Coordinator’, or ‘Supervisor’ simply depends on the scale of the operation and how much work is involved both before, during, and after the festival. Most FOG members say they enjoy the social aspect of as well as the opportunity to become closer, and offer more, to the organisation.
From time to time, people move into new positions or step out of the operations team, which means there are vacancies to fill. You might wonder what is required as a FOG member, beyond being a regular volunteer.
FOG Area Managers and Support Coordinators take on the full responsibility of managing a particular area of the festival, including all pre-festival planning, volunteer management (from screening to rostering, training, supervising, and evaluating), and post-festival wrap up. Each Area Manager/Coordinator is responsible for ensuring that their area runs effectively, the volunteers are well supported, meetings are attended, and evaluation reports are submitted. The group meets between 6-8 times a year as a large group in Perth, and once a year on the festival site. All meetings are conducted with community spirit and a lot of fun.
Area Supervisors are the FOG Area Manager’s helpmate, allowing them time out for breaks on event. There is little pre or post festival work in these roles, but it does require someone who is comfortable to fill-in in a managerial role, can think on their feet, and are happy to work extra hours.
On event, we need our team to be sure they can cope with the demands, the fast tempo of activities, be prepared for what’s likely to happen in their area and have thought through how it’s going to tick like clockwork.
Anyone taking an operations role for the first time must be a previous Fairbridge Festival volunteer, at least for a couple of years, and needs to be known by the operations team.
If you’re keen to give it a try and be part of the team that creates the annual Fairbridge Festival celebration, then the qualities needed are:
- A passion for Fairbridge Festival
- Flexibility, a high level of organisation, and a solutions-based mindset
- Previous leadership experience, be it professionally or in a volunteering position
- Computer access with an active email address
Ideally, we would like our area managers to commit to three years, allowing a year to learn the job, one to build on skills so as to better manage the position, and one to mentor someone into the role, if necessary. Of course, if you do well and wish to continue in the post, we would be happy to discuss a longer commitment. To find out more about becoming involved in our exciting festival, and the benefits that come with taking part, please contact your previous Area Manager or our Event Manager on firstname.lastname@example.org