Apply for the 2019 Committee
Palatinalps 2019 starts here. If you want a challenging, enjoyable and hugely rewarding role for the coming year then look no further! The roles available on the Palatinalps Committee are as follows:
If successful, you’ll be invited to an interview later in the term!
Position currently held by Issy Davies
As head of Merchandise you will be expected to release a range of stash to be sold as part of the booking system as well as on the trip. It is your decision as to what items you sell and what designs go on the stash, so you can be creative as possible. The role also requires you to think pragmatically about what can realistically be sold and what would suit the Durham crowd. The role requires you to work closely with suppliers and choose the best company for the trip, based on price, quality and reliability. You have the option to work with designers, but also make the most of your own, and committee skills in making designs for the items. While on the trip it is your responsibility to make sure the stash is distributed in an efficient way, and also that there is limited stash left by the end of the trip in order to make the most profit.
In short, the head of Merchandise’s key responsibility is to make sure people want to buy the stash. It is a rewarding, creative and fun role that gives you a lot to speak about when having job interviews. You gain real-world experience in contracts, supply and demand and also problem solving, so it’s a great thing for your C.V.
- A good communicator- you will be expected to negotiate and talk to a number of clothing providers who are all trying to get your business
- Organisation- you will have to follow deadlines and coordinate a number of things in order to get your designs and quotas ready in time for the trip
- Creativity- while you may not be involved directly in the designs used on the stash you will have to make a judgement as to what you think looks best and also provide a specification to designers as to what you think would work.
- The ability to give and take constructive criticism- you will have to constantly refine the designs and also take advice from members of the committee as to what they think looks and works well
- Experience of Excel- you will be expected to record your expected profit, as well as your actual profit and make judgement upon the price of the stash based upon the amount of money you want to make.
Position currently held by Riki Ross & Charlie Bailey
If you’re in charge of events, you’re in charge of making sure the trip is as fun and exciting as it can possibly be. Good skiing is one thing but memorable nights can transform a great week into an unforgettable one…you’ll be responsible for the ideas behind and delivery of the notorious Palatinalps Opening and Final Night parties, as well as mid-week events. In the past this has seen pool parties, mountain meals, parties at the top of mountains, parties in igloos and Durham club nights in the alps. You also get to choose the artists, theme the nights and everything in between. DJ Fresh, Sub Focus, Rudimental, David Rodigan, Chase and Status, Congo Natty, Dimitri from Paris and Horse Meat Disco have all performed in the past, and it could be up to your who headlines Palatinalps 2019. From the word go, you’ll be conceptualising your events, liaising with your chosen professional production company and choosing your headline acts. On the night of your events, you’ll be in charge of organising teams and delivering them to the highest possible standard. One of the more exciting roles on Committee, nothing beats being backstage watching everyone enjoy the product of your hard work!
- You need to be creative and determined to make sure the vision you have for the events comes to life.
- You need to have tons of ideas and be able to adapt these to a budget.
- You need to be good with communication because you’ll work closely with whichever production company you choose throughout the year.
- You must be attentive to detail since slight changes here and there can make a difference.
- You must be able to think ahead to the event itself on the night and anticipate any problems in advance.
- You need to have an interest in music so you can choose the best acts for the trip.
- You should have some experience with Excel in order to keep track of your Events budget.
- You need to be able to work under pressure at times, and make quick decisions if things go wrong. At the end of the day it’s your event and you must be able to call the shots.
Position currently held by Hannah Robertson
You will be in charge of creating a brand image for 2019. Each year there is a different theme that makes Palatinalps stand out from the previous year.
Throughout the year you will be designing a wide variety of Palatinalps paraphernalia including signs, flyers, merch, lanyards, packs of cards, the event guide, graphics for apps, social media posts and much more. You will need to ensure a consistent design and aesthetic appeal across these various design tasks. Due to the high number of design tasks you must be organised and be able to work quickly and confidently in the required software packages. You will work closely with different members of the committee- stash for merch designs, editing photos and social media posts with media and marketing and liaising with the tech director to work on websites, apps and filters. You must have the ability to communicate your ideas either verbally or through sketches.
- T ons of creativity
- The ability to visualise and then create a brand image
- Develop continuity across all marketing platforms
- A high proficiency in a raster- based program (Photoshop, GIMP etc.), a vector- based program (Illustrator, Inkscape etc.) and publishing software (Indesign, Scribus etc- NOT Microsoft Publisher!).
- A willingness to learn and develop your ideas
- Organised with good time management skills
- The ability to work to tight deadlines.
Position currently held by Matthew Freeman
This is the job for any social media (and skiing) enthusiasts. Media includes Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, YouTube and emails. You will be in charge of keeping all of these up to date with information and your own creations. There is complete creative licence when it comes to the videos and how you choose to present and promote the trip. It is your job to shape the online presence of Palatinalps and there is a lot of scope for new ideas and innovation. You may also wish to run some advertisements with flyers or posters or any method you can think of (e.g. chalk logos on the street.) Your key responsibilities along with making all the films and taking the photographs on and before the trip is to post online and develop the marketing strategy. You must also work with the rest of the committee to see in what ways the trip is progressing and keep some idea of an overall picture. This is essentially the most creative role on the committee and ideally requires some understanding of design, to assist with the Graphics creator. This is a really fun job that means going skiing every day and attending every event.
- Energy and stamina
- Some idea of editing software (we use FCP x & Aperture but this is not essential)
- Organisational skills
- A love of photography and cameras, and experience using them
- A vision – lots of creativity and ideas
- The ability to work under pressure (filming and making the welcome video during set-up week is quite demanding)
Position currently held by Eddy Herman
Alongside your own work, you will also assist with the technical side of the graphics and media team, working closely with them throughout the year. It will be up to you how to delegate the jobs that need doing by tech and media team which includes all marketing schemes, brand design, stash design, emails, website and video creation. The website needs updating every year to relay trip information, so it will be your responsibility to work with graphics and media to ensure that this gets done to a high standard, and according to the brand image. It is very important that there is continuity across all our marketing platforms.
- The ability to delegate where appropriate
- A willingness to learn and develop your ideas
- Experience with web development.
- Preferably some design experience as well.
Position currently held by George Hailstone
Being the Sponsorship Officer for Palatinalps will not only mean that you get to be a member of one of the University’s best committees, but you also have extremely good experience to draw from when applying to jobs and internships subsequently. Negotiation, difficult decisions, presentation ability – these are all aspects of your skillset which will be tested during your time as Sponsorship Officer.
Sponsorship Officer is a rewarding role, of which you can measure your success quantitatively: you will be in charge of dealing with our previous sponsors as well as seeking new sources of income for Palatinalps. These sponsors include not just blue chip firms such as graduate recruiters but Durham-specific firms such as real estate agents as well. You must draft a Sponsorship Pack and send it to potential sponsors. Once you have reached an agreement, you are in charge of coordinating with Team Durham’s lawyers in drafting contracts. You are then responsible for meeting the obligations you have agreed to and constantly keeping sponsors up to date. Another aspect of the Sponsorship role is out in resort: you are in charge of acquiring deals for those attending Palatinalps: restaurants, bars, activities, etc. You are subsequently in charge of advertising these partners’ deals in the Event Guide and ensuring that the partners are aware of the procedure.
- You need to be very comfortable speaking and negotiating in French
- You need strong negotiation skills
- You need really good organisational skills and must be very quick at replying to emails
- You must be attentive to detail
- You must be able to be adapt to the environment as appropriate (professional vs relaxed)
- You need confidence in presenting to and speaking to professionals
- You need the patience and drive to send hundreds of emails and get rejected or ignored over and over again
Position currently held by Andrew Law
As competitions coordinator you’re responsible for the complete organisation and running of all competitions during the trip. You’ll decide which disciplines should be run, what format they will take, when they will run and also where you want to run them on the mountain.
Prior to the trip you will also need to source an incredible array of prizes for your winners. A large part of the job is working closely with Team Durham to ensure all your competitions run within their requirements ensuring a high level of college sport points are maintained for all competitions.
During the week you will organise a scheme for competition signups, promote your competitions as much as possible to maximise signup numbers and spectator attendances. You will have to ensure the smooth running of all the competitions with the aid of your team of NUCO competition reps and work through any complications which may be created by poor snow and weather conditions.
- You must be an active member of DUSSC.
- You need extensive knowledge and experience of snowsports competitions, for both freestyle and racing disciplines.
- You need to be able to deal with high pressure scenarios for competitions during the week, you are calling all the shots to a number of different people at once.
- You need to be a good team leader to work with your team of comps reps.
- You need to be creative for ideas for making comps as good as they can be.
- You must be organised so all your plans are confirmed before the competition day but also be flexible to adjust for adverse conditions on the day.
Position currently held by Lilly Thompson
The Palatinalps Head Rep is responsible for the organisation of the trip on a college level. The agglomeration of 15 separate college into one unified Palatinalps is done through the organisation of the Palatinalps College Reps. The role includes communicating with the reps on ways to promote Palatinalps and delegating responsibilities between the reps. The Head Rep holds periodical rep meetings in which they deliver all required information to the College reps as well as answer any of their enquiries. In resort, you will host meetings with both college reps and tour operator reps on the next day’s information to be distributed on room rounds and you will also prepare an incredibly detailed rep pack, detailing every piece of information about the trip for college reps. While often challenging and hard work, becoming Head Rep is a very rewarding experience – leading the team who are the faces of Palatinalps for most participants.
- Must have been a Palatinalps College Rep.
- Charisma and self-confidence in order to lead meetings and convey information accurately and coherently.
- Flexibility and calmness under pressure. Things will go wrong on and before the trip and college reps are the front line to problems. When they report to you, you need to remain composed and efficiently execute solutions to issues.
- Must have a keen eye for detail. As Head Rep, together with the President, you are often the source and giver of information to committee, reps and participant alike – so information must be accurate.
- You absolutely must have strong organisation skills to organise yourself and 30 others.