Senior Events Manager

Senior Events Manager

Washington, DC

The Senior Events Manager will develop the overall event strategy that includes the planning and execution of all event elements regarding programs, meetings, conferences and special events for the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF). S/he will be responsible for defining and implementing this strategy with a focus on delivering events that will serve as profitable business drivers. TMCF events play a multifaceted role: introducing and engaging new people to the organization, raising substantial dollars to support our mission, and increasing the visibility and awareness of TMCF. The Senior Events Manager will work with internal and external teams to optimize the impact of the events.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Strategize closely with development and programs teams to develop new ideas and continuous improvements for meetings, events, and conferences, which will drive additional revenue to the organization
  • Find innovative ways to generate revenue/in-kind support and cut expenses for events
  • Develop marketing and special events production schedules and corresponding timelines and milestones
  • Create and reconcile event budgets in excess of $3 million
  • Select venues for conferences and events in target areas
  • Assist with the conference and hotel registration process
  • Collaborate on the production and printing of event collateral materials
  • Administrative duties to include processing expense reports, scheduling meetings and making phone calls
  • Recruit, train, organize, and support event volunteers
  • Organize pre/onsite/post logistics of event VIPs
  • Manage pre-event activity including venue site selection, contract negotiation, food and beverage selection, A/V needs, booth design, event staffing and speakers, attendee hotel accommodations, signage, agendas and on-site services, as well as pre-event meetings and reviews with all event attendees and show participants
  • Organize and facilitate program planning meetings (e.g., strategy sessions, progress checks) to ensure that all parties involved are properly informed and contributing, as necessary, to assure program success and to ensure that program objectives are met
  • Negotiate vendor contracts on behalf of TMCF with oversight on execution by senior leadership
  • Other duties as assigned

Job Requirements:

  • Associates Degree, Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Communications, Advertising or Sales or equivalent event experience
  • 3 to 5 years of experience working in marketing, event, customer service, brand promotions, or sales for non-profit and/or corporate events
  • Strong project management skills, with great attention to detail
  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment and able to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Be a proactive self-starter with the ability to work independently. Need strong ability to set priorities, solve problems, and be resourceful under pressure
  • Excellent verbal, writing, and presentation skills
  • Proven ability to work with individuals at all levels of an organization
  • Diplomatic, energetic, self-motivated, creative, and flexible
  • Strong organizational skills are necessary to keep multiple short and long term projects on track
  • Ability to work under pressure in order to meet strict deadlines
  • Outgoing personality with a passion for events and brand activations
  • Working knowledge of Internet and basic MS Office applications
  • Ability to work nights and weekends for events

Additional Information:

Employment Type: Full-time
Job Type: Marketing/Events
Salary: $65-$70k base salary commensurate with experience + 5% annual target bonus potential
Manages Others: Yes
Industry: Non-profit/Education
Required Travel: Minimum of 60%

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