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Senior Manager of Events (Location Flexible)

Minneapolis, MN
Quality parks and green spaces are fundamental for sustaining equitable, resilient communities. Access to nature and the outdoors—close to home, in the cities and communities where people live—is a matter of health, equity, and justice. That is why Trust for Public Land (TPL) - a leader and innovator in land protection and park creation - works alongside communities across the country to create, protect, and steward the nature-rich places that are vital to human well-being.

TPL seeks a Senior Manager of Events to join our events team. The events team creates experiences that show and tell TPL’s mission and vision and provide opportunities to be a part of and see the impact of our work firsthand. As we celebrate our 50th Anniversary connecting everyone to the outdoors, it is an exciting time to work for us. We are ready to inspire current and soon-to-be supporters to join us in closing the outdoor equity gap by creating more outdoor spaces in the communities that need them most.

TPL creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. At TPL, we do not just save land—we create places to advance health, equity, climate action, and community, from neighborhood schoolyards to national parks. We are committed to creating more places that bring us outside and make them available and welcoming to everyone, everywhere. Every park, playground, trail, and public space we create is an open invitation to explore, wonder, discover, and play. Today, millions of Americans live within a 10-minute walk of a park or natural area we helped create, and countless more visit every year.

Our events team is essential to this vision. If you are creative, innovative, and passionate about the power of parks and land, come join us! 

The Senior Manager of Events is a creative and experienced events producer with a background in fundraising and donor relations. They are responsible for designing and delivering a range of strategic events throughout the year, introducing new partners to the TPL community; inspiring individuals, foundations, and corporations to support our mission and work; and stewarding existing donors and volunteers.

Reporting to the Director of Events, the Senior Manager of Events supports all TPL fundraising and engagement goals and activities. They lead the production of high-level cultivation and stewardship events that contribute to TPL’s philanthropy goals and assist in the development of events systems and standards for the organization that will elevate the brand, increase stakeholder engagement with TPL, and measure each event’s success.  

This role requires 25% travel, or more, as needed within the United States and occasional weekend and evening hours. The position may be fully remote. The person in this role must live near a major airport.

50% Event Production
  • Plan and deliver a range of projects and events (in person and virtual) in partnership with field offices across the country.
  • Manage design and production for all assigned events, including but not limited to conceptualization, timeline creation, vendor procurement and management, budget tracking and development, staffing reports, venue scouting, event materials creation, sourcing of materials, and on-site run of show.
  • Take leadership role in strategy and planning of high- level philanthropy events as identified by Director of Events and Philanthropy leadership.

25% Strategy and Thought Leadership:  
  • Contribute to the overall development of strategic events, including engagement plans for Philanthropy, providing information to enable efficient and effective planning that meets the department’s objectives.
  • Serve as an organization–wide expert on event concepts, engagement strategies, and production.
  • Work with relevant field office staff to define event parameters and expectations, and to establish event project plans that support local donors and communities.

15% Operations:
  • Work closely with internal partners across the organization, including Marketing, Philanthropy Operations, Donor Relations, Finance, and Legal to ensure alignment for assigned events.
  • Liaise with internal stakeholders and leaders to inform, review, and guide decision-making around events.
  • Develop and consult on organization-wide systems and processes, including event management and registration platforms, and Philanthropy Customer Relationship Management (CRM) database.

10% National Events:
  • Serve as a member of the planning team for national events including National Leadership Conference (boards and volunteers), Day on the Hill (boards, volunteers, and partners), and Community Impact Day (Earth Day events).

  • Minimum of 5 years' experience planning and delivering events or similar projects, preferably within the nonprofit, fundraising, or higher education sector.
  • Strong project management skills and experience managing multiple stakeholder expectations.
  • Outstanding communications and interpersonal skills, including sensitivity to and experience working with people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities.
  • Highly organized with a proactive approach to undertaking assigned work.
  • Ability to manage a mixed workload with minimum supervision.
  • Demonstrated experience selecting vendors and consultants and negotiating contracts.
  • Experience working in a CRM or another complex database.
  • Willingness and ability to work flexible hours.
  • Demonstrated expertise with high-level donors or high-net-worth individuals.
  • Interest in and commitment to Trust for Public Land’s mission

As a full-time, exempt employee, you will be eligible for Trust for Public Land’s comprehensive benefits program, which includes medical, dental, and vision insurance, three weeks of vacation annually plus 16 holidays, and a 403(b)-retirement plan, currently with a company match up to 7%. We offer competitive salaries commensurate with experience; the range for this position is $70,000 - $80,000 annually.

Trust for Public Land’s goal is to be an inclusive and equitable place to work and build community. As the organization actively works to eliminate racial and other disparities, it welcomes candidates with diverse backgrounds and/or multicultural skillsets. We are open to the possibility that a great candidate for this job may not precisely meet all the above criteria; if you believe you are the right person for this job and can persuasively make that case, we encourage you to apply.
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