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Events Manager - West Division

Location: San Francisco, California
Date Posted: 02-14-2018
As a member of the national philanthropy team, the Senior Manager of Special Events (West) is responsible  for leading the production of high-level cultivation and stewardship events that contribute to the philanthropy goals of The Trust for Public Land and is charged with developing systems and standards for the organization that will elevate the stature of and improve our philanthropic return on investment for events. The Central Events Team and this position focus on events of nationwide significance. The Senior Manager of Special Events (West) will have a special focus (50%) on events in the San Francisco Bay Area and Los Angeles and (50%) on events of nationwide significance and central events team initiatives.

Specifically, in SF and LA, when working on assigned West focus market events, the Senior Manager of Special Events is responsible for directing event production, including but not limited to, consulting with and advising fundraising teams on philanthropy event best practices and directing planning flow, venue selection, program development, working in concert with marketing managers on event material design and development, and management of event consultants and vendors. Event types may include but are not limited to high level prospect and cultivation events, donor recognition events, high level stewardship events, and other events as assigned.  Beyond event production responsibilities, this position consults with the California philanthropy team to develop a comprehensive multi-year event calendar and strategy with the goals of: building upon the success of recent events in San Francisco to initiate multiple new philanthropy events in SF proper, developing a plan for new philanthropy events in the greater Bay Area and Los Angeles, and seeking opportunities to capitalize on California program events with high potential for philanthropy partnership. 

The position reports to the Director of Conference & Special Events, and will work closely and in consultation with the California Director of Philanthropy, and with other internal departments such a Marketing, Philanthropy Operations, Stewardship, Accounting and Legal.

  • Serve as an organization-wide expert on special event concepts, strategies and production.
  • Perform at a managerial level, working both independently and collaboratively to set and achieve the goals of this position. 
  • Responsible for working with the Director of Conference & Special Events on developing the strategy and overseeing execution of high-level West Coast events and events of national significance for the Trust for Public Land.
  • Take a leadership role in developing and overseeing Central Events Team initiatives.
  • Consult on and manage production of California philanthropy events, where appropriate.
  • Oversee design and production for all assigned events including but not limited to conceptualization, timeline creation, vendor procurement and management, staffing reports, venue scouting, event materials creation, sourcing of materials, and on-site run-of-show.
  • Work closely with the Marketing team  to develop communications strategies for events and develop event partnerships.
  • Work closely with regional markets and Directors of Philanthropy to develop strategies to support their local donors and communities.
  • Tracking of local and significant event trends, to keep organization events on trend and desirable to attend for target audiences.
  • Work closely with Stewardship and fundraising staff on event follow – up plans, including communication timelines, timely transfer of networking notes, and prospect assignments.
  • Develop and consult on organization-wide event management systems, processes, and protocols. | Conserving Nature Near You
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