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Events Coordinator - Parental leave cover

Blackbird Ventures

Blackbird Ventures

Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2024

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About the Role

Blackbird is looking to hire an Events Coordinator to help us maintain a high level of experience at our events. We are big believers in Danny Meyer’s concept of ‘enlightened hospitality’ - so much so that it’s become one of our core Blackbird operating principles. Having hospitality at the heart of everything we do includes an obsession with creating great experiences for all our stakeholders - crafting peak moments and a feeling of community for them at each Blackbird event.

We are looking for someone who is an execution machine, and who thrives on the energy and the chaos of multiple moving parts when organising events. Someone who can pull the bigger picture into focus with project management and creative direction, but also be deep in the weeds when it comes to the on-the-ground execution of each event. Someone who can do all of this while juggling multiple events at the same time.


The Events Coordinator will be covering a parental leave, working most closely with our Portfolio Community Manager to manage the execution of stacked calendar of events to an excellent standard and in the Blackbird style. This will include:

  • Founder and Operator Events: We believe founders are the best people to help other founders and so we’re always looking to drive founder-to-founder connections through our events. This includes setting up curated dinners and casual lunches, fun outdoor gatherings, larger gatherings with speakers, and securing tickets and creating an itinerary for events around town. Our calendar of events spans multiple cities - including internationally.
  • Flagship founder events: We host 2 flagship events each year: an annual founder retreat and A 3-day hotel takeover around Sunrise Festiva. You will be responsible for executing all aspects of these events including runsheets, hotel bookings, transfers, dinners, activities, branding, and merchandise.
  • LP Day: Our annual LP day is a key experience for those who invest in Blackbird funds. You will be responsible for project managing an event for up to 150 investors including pre-event communications, catering, run sheets and managing staff on the day.

This role will be based in Sydney.

Position Requirements

Your background is less important than the key skills, which include:

  • Project Management: You build plans and execute against them, staying on top of multiple moving parts while always keeping things moving forward.
  • Execution-focused, detail-oriented: An event is the sum of many parts, and you take pride in perfecting each of those little parts. You are a checklister and love the satisfaction of executing events with precision.
  • Ownership mentality: You’ll have experience owning events from ideation to packing up the venue. No job is too big or too small for you to execute. You have experience owning event budgets of all sizes and running multiple events at a time.
  • Hustle: You know your way around a vendor negotiation and can create an impactful event on any budget.
  • Eyes up mentality: You’ll listen with all senses and customise experiences - always hearing, looking, listening to see what's going on.
Working at Blackbird

We believe that building a diverse and inclusive team is critical to Blackbird’s success. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, or marital, veteran, or disability status. We use Applied to ensure every applicant gets an equal chance of success.

We offer:
  • Flexible working: Whether it’s working from home or leaving early to pick up the kids from daycare or school.
  • Generous parental leave: We know family comes first, and we are proud to offer 20 weeks of parental leave for all parents (an additional 4 weeks for the birth parent), with no minimum tenure. In addition, we offer IVF, adoption and surrogacy leave. We also continue to pay superannuation and vest carried interest for up to 12 months of parental leave, and offer a supportive return-to-work policy to help with the ramp back.
  • Learning & Development Budget: Our team is hungry to continuously learn and you’ll receive a budget to spend on books, conferences, training, coaching and courses relating to your profession.
  • Wellbeing: We think in decades not days. To support our Blackbirds over the long haul we offer a range of holistic wellbeing benefits including a monthly healthy living allowance, 24/7 access to wellbeing support, a home office allowance, personal kit-kat days, and more!
  • Unplugged weekends: We work hard without letting work get in the way of life. We’ve implemented no Slack or emails on weekends, so you can switch off and enjoy yourself.
  • Connection: While being big fans of a fully distributed workforce, we value our vibe and time to connect online and IRL through team and company offsites, monthly social activities, weekly lunches and our many social clubs (#fun-manis, #fun-fantasybookclub, #bb-craft just to name a few!).

Blackbird is a Pledge 1% member — we pledge 1% of our time, equity and profits to help not-for-profit causes in our community. Through Pledge 1%, we established the Blackbird Foundation to supercharge the creative capabilities of young people.

We are also very proud to have won the 2023 AFR Best Place to Work award in three categories including Overall winner. In 2022, we became certified as one of Australia’s Great Places to Work.

About Blackbird

Blackbird is Australia's biggest venture capital fund whose mission is to supercharge Australia and New Zealand’s most ambitious founders. We do this by raising venture capital funds, investing into the best startup companies and helping them succeed. Our portfolio is worth over $7B, and includes more than 130 companies across Australia and New Zealand, from Canva and CultureAmp to rising stars like Halter, Partly, Carepatron, Gilmour Space, Eucalyptus, Fleet and Tracksuit.

We are inspired by investment firms such as Berkshire Hathaway and Bridgewater Associates. Like the companies we back, we want to build a business that lasts for decades and produces excellent returns for our investors. Most of all, we want to support our region’s most talented founders build category-defining technology companies.

We’ve written a lot about what we love at Blackbird, so check out our blog if you want some more information about us. In particular, you should read about our mission and values, our Blackbird’s Operating Principles (BOPs) and what we look for in founders.