In the run-up to the European Capital of Culture year in 2018, the Valletta 2018 Foundation is seeking the services of a Community and Sponsorship Officer to join a busy and energetic team in the coordination of the Cultural Programme for 2018.

The selected candidate will actively seek partnerships for the Valletta 2018 programme, by linking specific projects with suitable partners and nurturing the link between them.

This person would seek to build commercial bridges, of community and participatory value and significance. S/he would do so by engaging local commercial outlets to support, through cash or in-kind means, local projects with strong social impact. S/he will also encourage local businesses to have a strong sense of ownership towards Valletta 2018, and to share this spirit with local communities.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • To identify and action the needs and potentials of the Valletta 2018 programme and its individual projects with respect to support from external sponsors;
  • To actively source potential partners using creativity and non-traditional means;
  • To work closely with the Programme, Communications and Research Departments of the Valletta 2018 Foundation;
  • To develop a partnership strategy that chooses partners responsibly and that, in turn, reflects the Valletta 2018 brand;
  • Present creative and engaging partnership proposals based on the main values of the Valletta 2018 Foundation;
  • To communicate the Valletta 2018 programme clearly to stakeholders and partners;
  • To continue correspondence with partners and nurture relationships between projects and their respective partners;
  • To draft and refine tools such as documentation, presentations and visual material in order to attract and retain external sponsors in collaboration with the Communication Department within the Foundation;
  • Collate and maintain data related to the Foundation’s partners and ensure that each partner is adequately represented within the Programme and overall Valletta 2018 communications;
  • Manage, direct and deliver incumbent partners’ contractual rights with the assistance of Valletta 2018 Foundation Legal Officer;
  • Coordinate and disseminate sponsorship-related information with other Valletta 2018 Foundation departments;
  • Formulate sponsorship proposals, finalise deals and ensure sponsorship requirements are met;
  • Host partners during Valletta 2018 events and projects.

Competencies:

  • Must be able to communicate and write well in the Maltese and English languages
  • Must have excellent interpersonal and social skills
  • Must have excellent negotiation skills
  • Must have proven analytical skills and good report writing skills
  • Must be IT Literate and have experience using relevant software applications
  • Must be able to work according to set deadlines
  • Must be in possession of a clean police conduct
  • Prior experience in securing and effectively managing partnerships will be considered an asset

Reports to: Programme Coordinator, Executive Director

Contract and salary

This post is a contract for service contract on a definite basis, i.e. freelance against VAT.

Payment will be negotiated according to experience and qualifications, and will include a retainer as well as an attractive percentage on sponsors achieved.

Applications

Interested applicants are to send an application letter together with a copy of their Curriculum Vitae on projects1@valletta2018.org by not later than Monday 29th May 2017, noon.

Applicants should clearly specify they are applying for the post of ‘Community and Sponsorship Officer’ in the subject of their email.