Development Events Manager

Employment Opportunity

Classification: Full-time

Location: Otis House, Boston, Massachusetts

Description: Join Historic New England and manage social events at some of the region’s most beautiful historic properties. Historic New England seeks a development events manager to oversee exceptional social events for its donors and supporters. The events manager oversees all aspects of the premium membership and development events program. You will deliver a creative and goal-driven slate of annual events that meet attendance and revenue goals, and support the development team’s efforts to: 1) deepen engagement with Historic New England’s top-level donors, 2) encourage current top-level members to increase their engagement and support, and 3) attract new donor prospects. Working collaboratively with colleagues you will design an annual events calendar and deliver experiences that tell Historic New England’s story and support institutional fundraising goals. Events include receptions, parties, fundraising dinners, trustee excursions, donor travel programs, and more. The successful events manager is comfortable working both independently and in a fast-paced team environment, is proactive and well organized, adaptable to evolving needs, and a strong communicator. Working directly with the vice president for advancement and senior membership manager, and collaboratively with colleagues throughout the organization, the development events manager delivers events that highlight Historic New England’s mission, support annual fundraising goals, and achieve established event attendance and revenue goals.

The salary range for this position is $55,000-$60,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Responsibilities: Oversee all aspects of the premium membership and development events program. Deliver a creative and goal-driven slate of annual events that meet attendance and revenue goals, and support the development team’s efforts. Serve as the primary contact for development events. Plan events from start to finish. Prepare budgets and source/negotiate with vendors. Coordinate all event details as required, including but not limited to venue selection and contact, food and beverage, audio-visuals, parking and signs, invitations and communication, RSVPs, collateral materials, and staffing. Work closely with colleagues throughout the institution to ensure strong communication and support of development events, including drafting or arranging for others to draft event remarks. Attend and manage events, with evening and weekend work regularly required. As assigned by the vice president for advancement, work with fundraising event volunteer committees for select events. Prepare pre- and post-event briefings and reports for all events. Coordinate with development team staff on appropriate event follow-up to maximize engagement. Initiate, schedule, coordinate, and implement governance meetings including one annual meeting of the Historic New England Council, one annual plus regional meetings of the board of overseers, and the annual trustee excursion, working closely with leadership team for dates and program content.

Qualifications: Requires a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of event planning experience with increasing responsibility for program conception, management, execution, and evaluation. Must be well organized and able to thrive in a fast-paced setting while maintaining precise attention to priorities, formats, procedures, details, and quality. Exceptional project management skills. Excellent budget management skills. Ability to negotiate with vendors and solicit in-kind donations. Requires fully competent computer skills, including advanced working knowledge of MS Office suite, internet research, and email management. Requires excellent internal and external customer service, interpersonal communication, writing skills, and tact and diplomacy for regular interaction with high-level constituents and the ability to maintain confidentiality of information. Must be a team player with leadership skills and the ability to work independently. Valid driver’s license and means of transportation are required.

Other Preferred Qualifications: Prior experience in non-profit or member-based event planning. Prior experience with donor databases. Prior experience working with high-level volunteers. Prior experience marketing events to targeted audience segments, including an understanding of the role of social media in event communication.

Work Environment:As typically performed, this position regularly involves talking, hearing, sitting, standing, walking, and bending/stooping. The position also involves lifting up to thirty pounds. The employee must perform functions including basic keyboarding and electronic and paper database/file management, each of which typically requires manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination. The position also requires constantly reading documents for general understanding. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the position.

Applications: Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to [email protected].