Fundraising Events Manager

New Orleans, LA Full-time

The Fundraising Events Manager reports to the Sr. Director of Fundraising Events and co-manages the planning for and execution of The National WWII Museum’s signature fundraising events, including the American Spirit Awards, the Victory Ball, special dedication ceremonies, and special events such as the Congressional Medal of Honor, among others. Additionally, the Manager will assist with any special projects as assigned by the Sr. Director of Fundraising Events or Associate Vice President of Membership/Annual Giving & Fundraising Events.

The idea candidate will be a collaborative colleague who possesses excellent organizational and communication skills, as well as the ability to manage multiple events at one time.

Responsibilities:

  • Working with the Fundraising Events team, co-manages the production of the Museum’s fundraising events such as the American Spirit Awards, the Victory Ball, Museum grand openings, Dedication events, and other fundraising events, as directed.
  • Working with the AVP of Membership/Annual Giving & Fundraising Events, Sr. Director of Fundraising Events, and Development Directors, manage the sponsorship operations and internal procedures for ticketing for multiple events.
  • Manage the event-related sponsor benefits, communications, and stewardship plans for event sponsors throughout the year.
  • Write, design, prepare, and package sponsorship proposals and printed materials related to the fundraising events.
  • Assist in managing event committees and/or event co-chairs, and evaluate and develop strategy for cultivating and soliciting long-term support for the Museum.
  • Cultivate vendor relationships for all fundraising events, seeking sponsorship opportunities for event production.
  • Execute plans for entertainment, including the procurement of vendors and on-site event logistics (ex. musicians, linens, graphics, catering, security).
  • Manage production-related tasks for the Museum’s fundraising events including vendor management for printing, lighting, sound, décor, staging, and video presentations.
  • Assist with arrangements related to the guest experience for each fundraising event including transportation, accommodations, flights, meals, etc.
  • Assist with development of the Museum’s Young Benefactors Society and associated events.

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree with at least three years of experience in special event planning.
  • Demonstrated competence in computer technologies, particularly Raiser’s Edge and Excel, as well as presentation and desktop publishing software.
  • Building and managing a volunteer committee with clear fundraising goals.
  • Proficiency in volunteer management and knowledge of best practices in events management.
  • Ability to understand the mission and programs of The National WWII Museum and to interpret those to donors in the form of creative proposal packages.
  • Excellent oral, written and electronic communications skills with an emphasis on attention to detail and ability to adapt style.
  • Ability to work on multiple assignments under pressure while managing a full-year event production calendar and maintain deadlines.
  • Must work a flexible schedule – including weekends and evenings.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to function effectively as a member of a highly motivated, highly experienced, dedicated team.
  • Creativity, initiative, organizational skills, and good judgment.  Team-oriented.  Patience, persistence, vision, and energy are important.

 

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