Development Events Manager

Employment Opportunity

Classification: Regular/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. This position oversees all aspects of the 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 to $60,000, commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Responsibilities: Responsible for all aspects of membership and development events from inception to completion, including budgeting, theme, invitations, format, timing, audio-visual, food and beverage set-up and menu, evaluation, and follow-up; providing the highest level of attention to detail throughout. Ability to plan in advance for all needs of events and programs is essential to success. Work closely with the Senior Membership Manager and Vice President for Advancement to design events that achieve and support the strategic goals of the teams and organization. Collaborate with site staff to maintain event efficiency and excellence. Review results from events with team members to strengthen and increase participation and revenue through executing follow-up strategies. Attend events, with periodic evenings and summer weekends expected. Coordinate with development team appropriate follow-up to all events, ensuring proper stewardship and advancement for fundraising goals. Process RSVPs for membership and development events and prepare pre- and post-event briefings and reports. Serve as the staff liaison for the Young Friends group.

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. Requires fully competent computer skills, including advanced working knowledge of MS Office suite, databases, 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 comfortable interacting with members, donors, volunteers, and vendors on the telephone and face-to-face. Requires excellent interpersonal communication, writing skills, tact, and diplomacy for regular interaction with high-level internal and external constituents. 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. This position also involves lifting up to thirty pounds. The employee must perform functions including keyboarding and basic electronic and paper database and file management, each of which typically requires manual dexterity in combination with eye-hand coordination. The employee must be able to communicate clearly. The position also requires constantly reading documents, including contracts, 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