Global meet-up & events manager


We’re looking for a globally minded community builder to inspire and coordinate a global network of Marco Polo translation events. We’re seeking a great networker with ideas to contribute, and we’ll be more than happy to take on board all your suggestions. We’re seeking somebody with a global vision, enthusiastic about managing a network of partners spread from Beijing to San Francisco, via London, Singapore and Adelaide.

To learn more about the benefits of working with us, check out this page. To learn more about the type of events we run, check out this video.

What you’ll be doing

  • Develop relationships with existing and potential overseas contacts, including language learning groups and institutions, and encourage autonomous organisation of Marco Polo branded translation events on a global scale.
  • Support emerging groups in designing and developing their local events.
  • Create visibility for a global Marco Polo event network, by gathering media material, regular blogging, and developing a unified Marco Polo event structure.
  • Help us make our events more awesome – by changing the mix of people, duration, room set up, agenda – your ideas will make a difference, we’ll definitely take them on board.
  • Help us improve our events management system.

What kind of person we’re looking for

  • We’re looking for someone who will ‘make stuff happen’, someone who’s not afraid to make contacts and follow up, and will deal equally well with success and failure.
  • Someone who’s organised, keeps track of things, doesn’t lose addresses, or forgets to follow up on an event.
  • Someone inspiring and engaging, particularly through digital communication – able to create enthusiasm from social media messages or emails.
  • Someone with a bit of quirk and creative flair – someone who will paste a cute pic on their invite, or bring bright red balloons to the party.
  • Someone who can make more with less. We’re running on a micro-budget, so we’re looking for creative ideas to keep our people entertained at low cost.
  • We’ll need you to be cross-culturally sensitive, especially when it comes to written and online communications – our members come from many different linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
  • You’ll need basic understanding of how to run and manage events these days. This includes an awareness of risk assessment and insurance processes, professionalism and not leaving things until the last minute.

More about the role

Language skills: A working knowledge of English is required for the position. Other language skills will be strongly valued, especially Mandarin and/or Cantonese. If Chinese is not your first language, but you’re learning it, that’s great too!

Remuneration: This is a volunteer position, but we’ll give you French cakes, free training and regular mentorship sessions.

Time commitment: The role will require approximately four to six days of work every month  – working times may vary, and will be negotiable. Appointments can be project based, or ongoing.

Reporting: The successful candidate will work as part of a team, and report directly to the CEO. We’ll provide the Wi-Fi, but we’ll expect you to bring your own laptop. If you don’t have a laptop, please don’t let that discourage you from applying, we may be able to work something out.

Work Environment: The successful candidate will have the option to work in our ‘cloud office’ in the Melbourne Docklands, or conduct most of the work from home, and meet with our CEO at our Docklands Office, or online through skype. This role can be conducted from any location on the planet.

How to apply?

To learn more about us, check out our website at and read through the page of our project blog at

We’re looking for people, not ‘resources’ or ‘skills’, so don’t write us a generic cover letter, but tell us a bit about yourself, and in particular why you think you’d be great for this role and why you think this role would be great for you. And if you’d like to send us a pic of your dog, please do!

To apply, send a CV to

For more information, call Julien at 0420 225 834.

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