Senior Events Manager
Location: DC Metro Area
Please note: This position could be based anywhere our client has an office. Salary will differ based on location.
Our established non-profit client is seeking a highly organized, creative, and collaborative person to join its team in the role of Senior Events Manager. The Philanthropy Team is a 20-person powerhouse that is responsible for raising funds to help fuel the organization’s fight to protect our wild places for future generations. The Sr. Events Manager will create and manage an event calendar guided by the national fundraising strategy, ensure donor events are an integrated part of our donor communications strategy, and who can provide key opportunities for engagement between our donors and a team of fundraising professionals.
The Sr. Manager’s main objectives are the strategic development and implementation of all donor events, bringing a creative vision to their work in order to support the Philanthropy team as a whole in reaching our fundraising goals as we launch a new 5-year comprehensive campaign. This includes developing high-value events that advance our brand and support meaningful donor engagement, coordinating event timelines and budgets and overseeing the management and execution of event logistics.
This position plays an important role in supporting an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes. Our client has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization and the Sr. Events Manager will integrate these priorities throughout their work. Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to the following areas:
- Lead the strategy and creative development of donor engagement events for each phase of our comprehensive fundraising campaign to further the qualification, cultivation, and stewardship of donors and prospects across Philanthropy giving channels.
- Work in partnership with internal partners, such as External Affairs and Conservation Programs, to identify opportunities to turn stakeholder outreach into a collaborative donor engagement opportunity.
- Ensure brand and associated vision, mission and values are consistently represented in all facets of event production, including visuals, messaging, and other donor touchpoints.
- Oversee and manage planning for new and existing events, both virtual and in-person, including but not limited to “President’s Circle” calls, Stewardship briefings for mid-level and “legacy” donors, wilderness trips, donor “salons” or other fundraising or “friend-raising” events in various markets.
- Collaborate with front-line fundraisers and the Campaign Committee of the Governing Council to engage and manage event volunteer leadership, leveraging the organization’s strengths to raise our profile with targeted donor bases.
- Oversee and manage all production and logistics, including but not limited to working across teams within Philanthropy and across the company on event invitations, donor lists, program development, vendor relationships, technical competencies, day-of execution and follow up.
- Develop and manage events budget and event revenue targets for each fiscal year.
- Achieve event revenue targets, working with front-line fundraisers in soliciting sponsorships, selling tickets, and securing other financial donations.
- Work with Philanthropy Operations to ensure accurate data management and tracking for all events.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- 5-7 years of experience in events
- Track record working successfully in teams representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives—across race and gender
- Excellent organizational and communications skills
- Demonstrated creativity in tailoring events to different audiences
- Ability to multi-task and maintain attention to detail and accuracy
- Ability to remain calm and stay flexible in fast-changing and high-pressure situations
- Ability to discreetly handle sensitive information
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel, Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and desktop publishing programs.
- Previous work experience in a fundraising or development office
- A collaborative, self-motivated style with a strong customer service mindset
- Ability to work independently in a fast-paced, team-oriented environment
- Ability to work with all levels of internal management and staff as well as external volunteers, donors, and vendors
- Proficient data entry skills, preferably with fundraising and/or relationship databases
- Familiarity with and/or interest in environmental issues is a plus.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision.
This organization offers a full suite of benefits.