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Evolution Hospitality Los Angeles, CA, USA
Dec 10, 2018
Full time
Wedding Event Manager: Queen Mary   Business Unit : Evolution Hospitality   Title : Wedding Event Manager: Queen Mary   Location : Queen Mary   City : Long Beach   Metro Area : Los Angeles/Riverside/Orange County   State : CA   Postal Code : 90802   Functional Area : -Sales & Marketing   Requisition Number : 812601-1   First Open Date : 12/07/2018   Description : The Opportunity   We are currently looking for a Wedding Event Manager to join our team at the legendary Queen Mary. Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. Today the Queen Mary is one of Los Angeles’ major attractions, drawing visitors from around the world. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms spanning three decks including nine full suites which have hosted a variety of colorful characters from World War II leaders to British royalty and the stars of Hollywood’s golden era. The ship also features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall; signature restaurants including the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar; and a selection of retail shops. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Behind the Scenes tour, while guests of all ages love the Haunted Encounters tour and special events such as Scottish Festival, Dark Harbor, and concerts that are hosted on or by the ship throughout the year.   As Wedding Event Manager, you’ll be responsible for servicing in-house groups, generating upsell revenue, and booking room blocks for in-house weddings. The Wedding Event Manager’s primary focus will be on the wedding/social markets and will require working primarily on weekends and possible evenings.   Job Responsibilities Key responsibilities of a Wedding Event Manager include: Coordinating and executing wedding ceremonies Make presence known to customer during the event and be available to solve issues and/or suggest alternatives to previous arrangements Owning, driving and executing all aspects of in-house events for assigned catering groups to include managing the preparation of BEOs (banquet event orders) to client specifications, diagrams, audio-visual requirements, VIP amenity requests Contracting room blocks, managing and coordinating cut-off dates and special requests Preparing all documentation of the events to the satisfaction of the customer and with all appropriate departments Producing accurate banquet/catering event orders and resumes within specified timeframe Communicating and confirming details of events with customers Ensuring that event sheets are updated regularly and communicated with appropriate managers Listening to and reading the customer; identifying opportunities to up-sell the customer through food and beverage offerings, room upgrades, additional meeting space with room rental, audio visual and lighting upgrades, etc. Scheduling and facilitating pre and post conference meetings as necessary Conducting site inspections with sales team members as appropriate Maintaining accurate Delphi information on all bookings, specifically program details and client correspondence, traces up to date and use of To Do list Meeting with the catering and operations teams regarding details for upcoming events including event logistics, food presentation, and arrival/departure timelines Interacting with guests to solicit feedback on product quality and overall guest satisfaction with areas such as guest rooms, meeting facilities and equipment, food and beverage, and service levels throughout the planning process Following up with customers post-event Organizing and maintaining accurate detailed and orderly files of previous and upcoming events   Job Requirements The ideal Wedding Event Manager candidate will be detail oriented and have previous hotel event planning experience with a focus on sales as well as customer service. If you have high performance standards, a high level of enthusiasm and thrive in a fast-paced team environment then you just might be the candidate that we’re looking for! The minimum qualifications for this position are: Two or more years catering service experience Experience with servicing weddings a plus Strong teamwork skills including the ability to lead, cooperate, motivate and contribute as part of a team with representatives from multiple disciplines and various levels of the organization Demonstrated ability to understand customer requirements and translating these into sales solutions Ability to be assertive and persuasive without being aggressive Excellent communicator with strong written and verbal communication skills Track record of developing long term relationships and contacts Ability to quickly evaluate alternatives and decide on a plan of action Strong organizational skills including follow up, time management, ability to multi-task and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment Ability to communicate clearly and directly with guests using a positive, clear speaking voice Professional and friendly demeanor with a positive attitude Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and DELPHI Ability to work a varied schedule that will include evenings and weekends   About Evolution Hospitality: Headquartered in Orange County, CA, Evolution Hospitality is one of the top privately-owned hotel management companies in the US. Evolution Hospitality has a well-defined vision, a strong sense of values and guiding principles, and a long-range, quality-minded approach to business. From unassuming beginnings with a single property, today Evolution Hospitality is recognized as a first-class operator of hotels. We are proud to offer candidates a dynamic career, personal growth, a strong tradition of mutual trust, integrity and an opportunity to make an impact on the business. Simply put, it means that it feels a bit different to work here. We are universally driven by our fundamental values and beliefs. At Evolution Hospitality, all associates are selected and evaluated on two criteria equally: results and culture. Honesty and humility are equally important as intellect and ability, and each member of the team embraces the challenge of becoming a better human being, both personally and professionally, as part of the package. Superstars are those individuals that not only create value for the company but also genuinely embrace and live Evolution Hospitality’s unique culture.   Are you ready to evolve? If you are interested in establishing a solid career and taking giant strides in personal growth, Evolution Hospitality is just the family you’re looking for.
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Alexandria, VA, USA
Dec 10, 2018
Full time
  Director, Event Experience & Content Strategy Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria   Job ID 2018-1278 Category Communications Overview The Role: The Director, Event Experience & Content Strategy translates complex policy issues into original events and related audience experiences. The Director uses content strategy to develop a variety of events and programs on issues facing businesses to will tackle relevant topics. The Director will lead the content creation for SHRM’s marquee conferences and will partner with internal colleagues and external clients to build new opportunities and share best practices. As a senior member of SHRM’s brand and communication team, the Director will promote the brand, define SHRM’s reputation, and support SHRM’s business goals through powerful in-person storytelling opportunities. Responsibilities Your Day: Lead and manage the content development and execution for SHRM’s marquee convenings, from thematic framework, topic ideation, visual identity, creative execution, speaker recruitment, moderator preparation and on-site production. Serve as a critical member working cross-functionally with the events, communications and marketing teams, partnering with colleagues on event operations, sponsorship activation, and audience development and registration. Provide strategic direction to ensure content strategy is executed across channels to support and mirror event activations for the greatest audience impact. Play a front-of-business role to conceive of, package, and pitch new event opportunities in collaboration with the marketing, brand and events teams. Serve as an active consultant across the organization to encourage program innovation, share best practices, and deliver success and ROI. Be a generous and entrepreneurial leader and team contributor. Align business strategy to communication objectives and ensure pull-through in all events and PR activations. Provide leadership of measurement framework to showcase outputs and outcomes of programmatic success. Qualifications Must Haves: Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, or similar field 7 years experience in a similar work environment Content development background Voracious consumer of current events and the newsmakers driving those stories, with an eye to uncovering new voices and trends Experience with live/broadcast production and stagecraft and a diverse multimedia skillset Creative and strategic thinker Ability to forge strong relationships with stakeholders at all levels Persuasive communications skills and self-possession in presentation Exceptional writing, editing, and verbal skills Ability to manage complex and fast-changing program elements and prioritize effectively in response Entrepreneurial spirit, track record of initiative, and ownership of work Creativity and initiative required. Bold and curious sense of purpose Able to appropriately and positively represent SHRM to external constituents. Fully computer literate. Social media fluency Exemplary organizational skills, judgment, ability to balance multiple priorities with attention to detail, and adherence to deadlines. Let us know if you also have: Content development background with experience in media events or agency environment Digital skills Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   Regularly required to sit; talk and hear, use hands to type, file, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. Occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Visual acuity to use a keyboard, prepare and analyze data and figures; transcribing, viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.   Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   This job requires moderate travel 20-30%.   The Society for Human Resource Management is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran). ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: accessibility@shrm.org or TDD (703) 548-6990.
Canadian Cancer Society Vancouver, BC, Canada
Dec 10, 2018
Full time
Coordinator, Special Events & Sponsorship   Regular Full Time Vancouver-BCY Division Office, Vancouver, BC, CA Requisition ID : 1406      WHY JOIN THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY (CCS)? As Canada’s largest national health charity, we fund the most promising cancer research, champion cancer prevention efforts and deliver programs and services that benefit Canadians affected by cancer. Join us and you can work with passionate and committed individuals from coast to coast who are working towards a world where no Canadian fears cancer. To learn more about us, visit cancer.ca.   JOB OVERVIEW The Coordinator, Special Events & Sponsorship is responsible for the successful execution of our annual signature Daffodil Balls in Vancouver and Kelowna and various donor stewardship events throughout the year. The Coordinator will work closely with a variety of internal teams to ensure synergies and success for all events, specifically with a focus on sponsorship and event best practices.    This position is responsible for helping develop strategies and business plans for a variety of fundraising and cultivation events. Close interaction with staff members, donors, vendors and volunteers to ensure that all logistical components of the events are established, implemented and executed on time and within budget.   WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING: Program Development and Evaluation Helps in the development of strategic plans for our events to ensure alignment with the Society’s strategic plan. This includes strategic analysis of current event portfolio to assess ROI (revenue and community engagement) opportunities for development of current events and identifying and presenting business cases for new event opportunities. On-going management of objectives and revenue goals to make sure we are on track or if a shift in strategy is required. Monitors standards and guidelines to maintain brand integrity of all events. Develops annual timelines and key benchmarks.         Develops, analyzes and reports on monthly progress towards goals. Develops and analyzes post-event and year-end statistical reports. Develops and implements post-event debrief processes.  Analyzes trends and identifies need for development or modification of activities.  Resource Development Determines requirements for event marketing materials and works with Marketing and Communications department for the development of the pieces. Closely collaborates with Leadership Philanthropy and Corporate Giving teams to: Help prospect sponsorship opportunities    Maximize the fundraising potential of the events Ensure the right audience is attending Stewardship of corporate and individual donors; pre and post events  Works closely with all disciplines to maximize cross promotional opportunities Workforce (staff and volunteers) Management Provides functional guidance on event planning, organization and execution to Regional teams. Develops and implements a Leadership Volunteer structure for needed Committees.  Assists in stewardship of all event committee members as well as sponsor partners  Budget Preparation Responsible for the development of event budgets, goals and objectives, and operational plans.  Provides input to the development of departmental goals and objectives, policies and procedures. Provides monthly forecasts and other reports on division-wide progress towards event goals. Develops program key performance indicators to help track event progress and performance. Provides guidance and support to Regional Directors and Regional staff in monitoring budgets and progress towards goals, and in providing monthly forecasts. Other Duties as assigned   WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR: Specialized knowledge related to event planning for large and small events or other annual giving fundraising events of similar nature. Extensive knowledge of and ability to interact with senior level business and community leaders. An understanding of the local philanthropic community would be beneficial. Knowledge of strategic & operational planning, budgeting, and financial analysis required Proven ability to set and accomplish goals and objectives, establish priorities with minimal direction. Superior interpersonal skills with highly developed verbal & written communication skills: Proven relationship management skills with donors and volunteers Diplomatic, deal making and influencing skills Strong presentation (one-to-one and to groups) Driven and ambitious with the ability to create and achieve goals. Skilled teambuilding abilities. Proven ability to coach or mentor others.  Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends and to travel to attend meetings, workshops. EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Related event management experience and expertise in the area of revenue development, with specifically demonstrated knowledge and experience in: Management of events  Seeking corporate sponsorship Recruitment and management of leadership volunteers. University degree or professional certification in fundraising or related business discipline. Three to five years’ experience in conducting special events, revenue development, annual giving, project management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience and a sound knowledge of a comprehensive fundraising program an asset. Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge 7, Auction Tracker and Microsoft Office Suite.   WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US: CCS offers meaningful opportunities to make an impact in the fight against cancer. We are committed to fostering a culture that is inspiring, supportive and exemplifies our core values: CARING COURAGE INTEGRITY PROGRESSIVE. In return for your skills and dedication, we offer an attractive compensation package that encompasses a competitive salary, excellent benefits and the opportunity to have a rewarding employment experience where your contributions can make a true difference every day.  HOW TO APPLY: Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume, cover letter and salary expectations by December 19, 2018. The Canadian Cancer Society is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. CCS will make available reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. We thank all candidates for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please note that in keeping with the mandate of the Canadian Cancer Society to model and promote healthy lifestyles, employees are not permitted to smoke in or about Society premises or while carrying out CCS business.
American Montessori Society. New York, NY, USA
Dec 10, 2018
Full time
American Montessori Society 116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163 December 7, 2018 The American Montessori Society (AMS) is the foremost advocate for quality Montessori education, an innovative, child-centered approach to learning. AMS sets the high professional standards that inform Montessori education as practiced in AMS-accredited schools and taught in AMS-affiliated teacher education programs. A not-for-profit organization based in New York City, with more than 15,000 members world-wide, AMS is the hub of all things Montessori: an information center for its members, the media, and the public; a voice in the public policy arena; and a mobilizing force for the global Montessori community, through support services, research, and professional development events. AMS’s annual conference, The Montessori Event, is the association’s most visible professional development offering, attracting an average of 4,000 national and international attendees. AMS also holds additional smaller professional development events each year, geared toward heads of schools, directors of teacher education programs, administrators, and other stakeholder groups. Position Overview The Director of AMS Events is charged with delivering value for AMS’ diverse constituencies by producing a high-quality, large annual conference (4000+ attendees) and additional symposia and events. Working collaboratively, s/he is expected to integrate the AMS community’s in-depth expertise in Montessori education with innovative approaches to convening thousands of people for a high-value, professional development and community-building event designed to make a difference in classrooms, schools and institutions of higher learning in the US and internationally. As a strategic thought leader within AMS, the Conference Director will guide multi-year conference planning aimed at increasing the impact and accessibility of The Montessori Event, our annual conference, and related professional development events. In addition to leading program development and future planning, the Director of Conferences is responsible for project management, and oversight of conference registration and on-site logistics. Classification: Full-time (1.0 FTE), Exempt Reports to: Chief Education & Learning Officer Supervises: Conference Manager/Registrar and Meetings Manager Works closely with:  Senior Staff and Directors, Professional Development Staff, and Exhibits Manager Worksite: AMS Headquarters in New York City; travel required Responsibilities and Expectations STRATEGIC PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT. Partner closely with Montessori experts and AMS’s professional development staff to develop dynamic a conference program that addresses the interests of AMS’s diverse membership, and is informed by leading edge practices in conference design. Innovation, a spirit of experimentation and continuous process improvement are integrated into AMS’s conference and event design and planning processes. Systematic data-collection and feedback from conference participants inform programming and planning decisions. Collaborate with AMS professional development staff to generate new (or enhanced) professional development offerings and opportunities to tie these into the annual conference. Participation by AMS member-volunteers in conference planning and programming, and communications with keynote, general session and workshop presenters are effectively supported. LONG-RANGE CONFERENCE PLANNING & OVERSIGHT. Ensure that multi-year conference and event plans are continually updated and monitored, and that goals related to site selection, programming, logistics and finances are met. Long-range planning in partnership with AMS’s Contracted Meeting Planner and others ensures that decisions about conference locations and venues align with the overall strategy and vision for future conferences. Overlapping planning cycles are managed efficiently; regular monitoring and trouble-shooting supports reaching registration and financial targets. Conference and event budgets are monitored and managed within pre-established limits; conference income continues to underwrite AMS’s mission-driven programming. PROJECT MANAGEMENT. Coordinate and integrate the work of staff, contracted meeting planners and volunteers with mechanisms to support timely communications, decision-making and trouble-shooting. Ensure that 18- through 22-month project calendars accurately capture key milestones, target dates, work assignments and accountabilities for multiple annual conferences simultaneously. Plan and facilitate conference team meetings. Prepare and analyze pre- and post-event management reports, (e.g., registration data, budgets, etc.); summarize feedback and other relevant documentation and facilitate discussion of key learnings to ensure that new approaches are integrated into future event planning and project management systems. MEETING & EVENT MANAGEMENT. Ensure that people and systems are in place to support high impact meetings and events. Plan and organize pre-conference site visits and local volunteer events to support local leadership and build volunteer capacity. Oversee the development of space utilization plan for all events. Develop on-site conference staffing plan in consultation with senior staff; oversee on-site training and supervision so that all staff and volunteers understand their role and work assignments. Ensure that systems are in place for comprehensive, highly detailed coordination of all aspects of conference and event logistics. Oversee and take final responsibility for the review of hotel, food and beverage charges on the master bill both prior to and after the conference and events; confirm correct billing, allocation and coding of bills. QUALIFICATIONS Minimum of 5 years of leadership experience planning and managing large conferences and events in educational, membership associations and/or other nonprofit settings Demonstrated ability to think creatively and identify innovations to enhance the conference and event experience and grow member value Ability to work collaboratively with other professional development staff to craft meaningful professional development events Track record in project management with excellent priority-setting and time-management skills Exceptional relationship-building and teamwork skills Strategic thinker Experienced in developing and monitoring budgets and tracking expenses IT savvy Excellent verbal and written skills College degree required To Apply Please upload your résumé, a thoughtful cover letter describing how your experience relates to the requirements of the position, and your salary expectations through this portal: http://smrtr.io/RPc2 No calls, please. Equal employment opportunities and diversity among its employees are fundamental principles at the American Montessori Society. The American Montessori Society is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable laws.

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Evolution Hospitality Los Angeles, CA, USA
Dec 10, 2018
Full time
Wedding Event Manager: Queen Mary   Business Unit : Evolution Hospitality   Title : Wedding Event Manager: Queen Mary   Location : Queen Mary   City : Long Beach   Metro Area : Los Angeles/Riverside/Orange County   State : CA   Postal Code : 90802   Functional Area : -Sales & Marketing   Requisition Number : 812601-1   First Open Date : 12/07/2018   Description : The Opportunity   We are currently looking for a Wedding Event Manager to join our team at the legendary Queen Mary. Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. Today the Queen Mary is one of Los Angeles’ major attractions, drawing visitors from around the world. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms spanning three decks including nine full suites which have hosted a variety of colorful characters from World War II leaders to British royalty and the stars of Hollywood’s golden era. The ship also features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall; signature restaurants including the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar; and a selection of retail shops. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Behind the Scenes tour, while guests of all ages love the Haunted Encounters tour and special events such as Scottish Festival, Dark Harbor, and concerts that are hosted on or by the ship throughout the year.   As Wedding Event Manager, you’ll be responsible for servicing in-house groups, generating upsell revenue, and booking room blocks for in-house weddings. The Wedding Event Manager’s primary focus will be on the wedding/social markets and will require working primarily on weekends and possible evenings.   Job Responsibilities Key responsibilities of a Wedding Event Manager include: Coordinating and executing wedding ceremonies Make presence known to customer during the event and be available to solve issues and/or suggest alternatives to previous arrangements Owning, driving and executing all aspects of in-house events for assigned catering groups to include managing the preparation of BEOs (banquet event orders) to client specifications, diagrams, audio-visual requirements, VIP amenity requests Contracting room blocks, managing and coordinating cut-off dates and special requests Preparing all documentation of the events to the satisfaction of the customer and with all appropriate departments Producing accurate banquet/catering event orders and resumes within specified timeframe Communicating and confirming details of events with customers Ensuring that event sheets are updated regularly and communicated with appropriate managers Listening to and reading the customer; identifying opportunities to up-sell the customer through food and beverage offerings, room upgrades, additional meeting space with room rental, audio visual and lighting upgrades, etc. Scheduling and facilitating pre and post conference meetings as necessary Conducting site inspections with sales team members as appropriate Maintaining accurate Delphi information on all bookings, specifically program details and client correspondence, traces up to date and use of To Do list Meeting with the catering and operations teams regarding details for upcoming events including event logistics, food presentation, and arrival/departure timelines Interacting with guests to solicit feedback on product quality and overall guest satisfaction with areas such as guest rooms, meeting facilities and equipment, food and beverage, and service levels throughout the planning process Following up with customers post-event Organizing and maintaining accurate detailed and orderly files of previous and upcoming events   Job Requirements The ideal Wedding Event Manager candidate will be detail oriented and have previous hotel event planning experience with a focus on sales as well as customer service. If you have high performance standards, a high level of enthusiasm and thrive in a fast-paced team environment then you just might be the candidate that we’re looking for! The minimum qualifications for this position are: Two or more years catering service experience Experience with servicing weddings a plus Strong teamwork skills including the ability to lead, cooperate, motivate and contribute as part of a team with representatives from multiple disciplines and various levels of the organization Demonstrated ability to understand customer requirements and translating these into sales solutions Ability to be assertive and persuasive without being aggressive Excellent communicator with strong written and verbal communication skills Track record of developing long term relationships and contacts Ability to quickly evaluate alternatives and decide on a plan of action Strong organizational skills including follow up, time management, ability to multi-task and manage multiple priorities in a fast-paced environment Ability to communicate clearly and directly with guests using a positive, clear speaking voice Professional and friendly demeanor with a positive attitude Working knowledge of MS Word, Excel and DELPHI Ability to work a varied schedule that will include evenings and weekends   About Evolution Hospitality: Headquartered in Orange County, CA, Evolution Hospitality is one of the top privately-owned hotel management companies in the US. Evolution Hospitality has a well-defined vision, a strong sense of values and guiding principles, and a long-range, quality-minded approach to business. From unassuming beginnings with a single property, today Evolution Hospitality is recognized as a first-class operator of hotels. We are proud to offer candidates a dynamic career, personal growth, a strong tradition of mutual trust, integrity and an opportunity to make an impact on the business. Simply put, it means that it feels a bit different to work here. We are universally driven by our fundamental values and beliefs. At Evolution Hospitality, all associates are selected and evaluated on two criteria equally: results and culture. Honesty and humility are equally important as intellect and ability, and each member of the team embraces the challenge of becoming a better human being, both personally and professionally, as part of the package. Superstars are those individuals that not only create value for the company but also genuinely embrace and live Evolution Hospitality’s unique culture.   Are you ready to evolve? If you are interested in establishing a solid career and taking giant strides in personal growth, Evolution Hospitality is just the family you’re looking for.
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) Alexandria, VA, USA
Dec 10, 2018
Full time
  Director, Event Experience & Content Strategy Job Locations US-VA-Alexandria   Job ID 2018-1278 Category Communications Overview The Role: The Director, Event Experience & Content Strategy translates complex policy issues into original events and related audience experiences. The Director uses content strategy to develop a variety of events and programs on issues facing businesses to will tackle relevant topics. The Director will lead the content creation for SHRM’s marquee conferences and will partner with internal colleagues and external clients to build new opportunities and share best practices. As a senior member of SHRM’s brand and communication team, the Director will promote the brand, define SHRM’s reputation, and support SHRM’s business goals through powerful in-person storytelling opportunities. Responsibilities Your Day: Lead and manage the content development and execution for SHRM’s marquee convenings, from thematic framework, topic ideation, visual identity, creative execution, speaker recruitment, moderator preparation and on-site production. Serve as a critical member working cross-functionally with the events, communications and marketing teams, partnering with colleagues on event operations, sponsorship activation, and audience development and registration. Provide strategic direction to ensure content strategy is executed across channels to support and mirror event activations for the greatest audience impact. Play a front-of-business role to conceive of, package, and pitch new event opportunities in collaboration with the marketing, brand and events teams. Serve as an active consultant across the organization to encourage program innovation, share best practices, and deliver success and ROI. Be a generous and entrepreneurial leader and team contributor. Align business strategy to communication objectives and ensure pull-through in all events and PR activations. Provide leadership of measurement framework to showcase outputs and outcomes of programmatic success. Qualifications Must Haves: Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Communications, or similar field 7 years experience in a similar work environment Content development background Voracious consumer of current events and the newsmakers driving those stories, with an eye to uncovering new voices and trends Experience with live/broadcast production and stagecraft and a diverse multimedia skillset Creative and strategic thinker Ability to forge strong relationships with stakeholders at all levels Persuasive communications skills and self-possession in presentation Exceptional writing, editing, and verbal skills Ability to manage complex and fast-changing program elements and prioritize effectively in response Entrepreneurial spirit, track record of initiative, and ownership of work Creativity and initiative required. Bold and curious sense of purpose Able to appropriately and positively represent SHRM to external constituents. Fully computer literate. Social media fluency Exemplary organizational skills, judgment, ability to balance multiple priorities with attention to detail, and adherence to deadlines. Let us know if you also have: Content development background with experience in media events or agency environment Digital skills Physical Demands The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   Regularly required to sit; talk and hear, use hands to type, file, handle or feel. The employee is frequently required to reach with hands and arms. Occasionally required to stand; walk and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. Visual acuity to use a keyboard, prepare and analyze data and figures; transcribing, viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading.   Work Environment The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.   This job requires moderate travel 20-30%.   The Society for Human Resource Management is an equal opportunity employer (Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran). ACCESSIBILITY NOTICE: If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process due to a physical or mental disability, please send an email to: accessibility@shrm.org or TDD (703) 548-6990.
Canadian Cancer Society Vancouver, BC, Canada
Dec 10, 2018
Full time
Coordinator, Special Events & Sponsorship   Regular Full Time Vancouver-BCY Division Office, Vancouver, BC, CA Requisition ID : 1406      WHY JOIN THE CANADIAN CANCER SOCIETY (CCS)? As Canada’s largest national health charity, we fund the most promising cancer research, champion cancer prevention efforts and deliver programs and services that benefit Canadians affected by cancer. Join us and you can work with passionate and committed individuals from coast to coast who are working towards a world where no Canadian fears cancer. To learn more about us, visit cancer.ca.   JOB OVERVIEW The Coordinator, Special Events & Sponsorship is responsible for the successful execution of our annual signature Daffodil Balls in Vancouver and Kelowna and various donor stewardship events throughout the year. The Coordinator will work closely with a variety of internal teams to ensure synergies and success for all events, specifically with a focus on sponsorship and event best practices.    This position is responsible for helping develop strategies and business plans for a variety of fundraising and cultivation events. Close interaction with staff members, donors, vendors and volunteers to ensure that all logistical components of the events are established, implemented and executed on time and within budget.   WHAT YOU’LL BE DOING: Program Development and Evaluation Helps in the development of strategic plans for our events to ensure alignment with the Society’s strategic plan. This includes strategic analysis of current event portfolio to assess ROI (revenue and community engagement) opportunities for development of current events and identifying and presenting business cases for new event opportunities. On-going management of objectives and revenue goals to make sure we are on track or if a shift in strategy is required. Monitors standards and guidelines to maintain brand integrity of all events. Develops annual timelines and key benchmarks.         Develops, analyzes and reports on monthly progress towards goals. Develops and analyzes post-event and year-end statistical reports. Develops and implements post-event debrief processes.  Analyzes trends and identifies need for development or modification of activities.  Resource Development Determines requirements for event marketing materials and works with Marketing and Communications department for the development of the pieces. Closely collaborates with Leadership Philanthropy and Corporate Giving teams to: Help prospect sponsorship opportunities    Maximize the fundraising potential of the events Ensure the right audience is attending Stewardship of corporate and individual donors; pre and post events  Works closely with all disciplines to maximize cross promotional opportunities Workforce (staff and volunteers) Management Provides functional guidance on event planning, organization and execution to Regional teams. Develops and implements a Leadership Volunteer structure for needed Committees.  Assists in stewardship of all event committee members as well as sponsor partners  Budget Preparation Responsible for the development of event budgets, goals and objectives, and operational plans.  Provides input to the development of departmental goals and objectives, policies and procedures. Provides monthly forecasts and other reports on division-wide progress towards event goals. Develops program key performance indicators to help track event progress and performance. Provides guidance and support to Regional Directors and Regional staff in monitoring budgets and progress towards goals, and in providing monthly forecasts. Other Duties as assigned   WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR: Specialized knowledge related to event planning for large and small events or other annual giving fundraising events of similar nature. Extensive knowledge of and ability to interact with senior level business and community leaders. An understanding of the local philanthropic community would be beneficial. Knowledge of strategic & operational planning, budgeting, and financial analysis required Proven ability to set and accomplish goals and objectives, establish priorities with minimal direction. Superior interpersonal skills with highly developed verbal & written communication skills: Proven relationship management skills with donors and volunteers Diplomatic, deal making and influencing skills Strong presentation (one-to-one and to groups) Driven and ambitious with the ability to create and achieve goals. Skilled teambuilding abilities. Proven ability to coach or mentor others.  Ability to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekends and to travel to attend meetings, workshops. EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: Related event management experience and expertise in the area of revenue development, with specifically demonstrated knowledge and experience in: Management of events  Seeking corporate sponsorship Recruitment and management of leadership volunteers. University degree or professional certification in fundraising or related business discipline. Three to five years’ experience in conducting special events, revenue development, annual giving, project management or related field or equivalent combination of education and experience. Demonstrated experience and a sound knowledge of a comprehensive fundraising program an asset. Working knowledge of Raiser’s Edge 7, Auction Tracker and Microsoft Office Suite.   WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM US: CCS offers meaningful opportunities to make an impact in the fight against cancer. We are committed to fostering a culture that is inspiring, supportive and exemplifies our core values: CARING COURAGE INTEGRITY PROGRESSIVE. In return for your skills and dedication, we offer an attractive compensation package that encompasses a competitive salary, excellent benefits and the opportunity to have a rewarding employment experience where your contributions can make a true difference every day.  HOW TO APPLY: Qualified candidates are invited to submit their resume, cover letter and salary expectations by December 19, 2018. The Canadian Cancer Society is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates. CCS will make available reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities upon request. We thank all candidates for their interest and advise that only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please note that in keeping with the mandate of the Canadian Cancer Society to model and promote healthy lifestyles, employees are not permitted to smoke in or about Society premises or while carrying out CCS business.
American Montessori Society. New York, NY, USA
Dec 10, 2018
Full time
American Montessori Society 116 East 16th Street, New York, NY 10003-2163 December 7, 2018 The American Montessori Society (AMS) is the foremost advocate for quality Montessori education, an innovative, child-centered approach to learning. AMS sets the high professional standards that inform Montessori education as practiced in AMS-accredited schools and taught in AMS-affiliated teacher education programs. A not-for-profit organization based in New York City, with more than 15,000 members world-wide, AMS is the hub of all things Montessori: an information center for its members, the media, and the public; a voice in the public policy arena; and a mobilizing force for the global Montessori community, through support services, research, and professional development events. AMS’s annual conference, The Montessori Event, is the association’s most visible professional development offering, attracting an average of 4,000 national and international attendees. AMS also holds additional smaller professional development events each year, geared toward heads of schools, directors of teacher education programs, administrators, and other stakeholder groups. Position Overview The Director of AMS Events is charged with delivering value for AMS’ diverse constituencies by producing a high-quality, large annual conference (4000+ attendees) and additional symposia and events. Working collaboratively, s/he is expected to integrate the AMS community’s in-depth expertise in Montessori education with innovative approaches to convening thousands of people for a high-value, professional development and community-building event designed to make a difference in classrooms, schools and institutions of higher learning in the US and internationally. As a strategic thought leader within AMS, the Conference Director will guide multi-year conference planning aimed at increasing the impact and accessibility of The Montessori Event, our annual conference, and related professional development events. In addition to leading program development and future planning, the Director of Conferences is responsible for project management, and oversight of conference registration and on-site logistics. Classification: Full-time (1.0 FTE), Exempt Reports to: Chief Education & Learning Officer Supervises: Conference Manager/Registrar and Meetings Manager Works closely with:  Senior Staff and Directors, Professional Development Staff, and Exhibits Manager Worksite: AMS Headquarters in New York City; travel required Responsibilities and Expectations STRATEGIC PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT. Partner closely with Montessori experts and AMS’s professional development staff to develop dynamic a conference program that addresses the interests of AMS’s diverse membership, and is informed by leading edge practices in conference design. Innovation, a spirit of experimentation and continuous process improvement are integrated into AMS’s conference and event design and planning processes. Systematic data-collection and feedback from conference participants inform programming and planning decisions. Collaborate with AMS professional development staff to generate new (or enhanced) professional development offerings and opportunities to tie these into the annual conference. Participation by AMS member-volunteers in conference planning and programming, and communications with keynote, general session and workshop presenters are effectively supported. LONG-RANGE CONFERENCE PLANNING & OVERSIGHT. Ensure that multi-year conference and event plans are continually updated and monitored, and that goals related to site selection, programming, logistics and finances are met. Long-range planning in partnership with AMS’s Contracted Meeting Planner and others ensures that decisions about conference locations and venues align with the overall strategy and vision for future conferences. Overlapping planning cycles are managed efficiently; regular monitoring and trouble-shooting supports reaching registration and financial targets. Conference and event budgets are monitored and managed within pre-established limits; conference income continues to underwrite AMS’s mission-driven programming. PROJECT MANAGEMENT. Coordinate and integrate the work of staff, contracted meeting planners and volunteers with mechanisms to support timely communications, decision-making and trouble-shooting. Ensure that 18- through 22-month project calendars accurately capture key milestones, target dates, work assignments and accountabilities for multiple annual conferences simultaneously. Plan and facilitate conference team meetings. Prepare and analyze pre- and post-event management reports, (e.g., registration data, budgets, etc.); summarize feedback and other relevant documentation and facilitate discussion of key learnings to ensure that new approaches are integrated into future event planning and project management systems. MEETING & EVENT MANAGEMENT. Ensure that people and systems are in place to support high impact meetings and events. Plan and organize pre-conference site visits and local volunteer events to support local leadership and build volunteer capacity. Oversee the development of space utilization plan for all events. Develop on-site conference staffing plan in consultation with senior staff; oversee on-site training and supervision so that all staff and volunteers understand their role and work assignments. Ensure that systems are in place for comprehensive, highly detailed coordination of all aspects of conference and event logistics. Oversee and take final responsibility for the review of hotel, food and beverage charges on the master bill both prior to and after the conference and events; confirm correct billing, allocation and coding of bills. QUALIFICATIONS Minimum of 5 years of leadership experience planning and managing large conferences and events in educational, membership associations and/or other nonprofit settings Demonstrated ability to think creatively and identify innovations to enhance the conference and event experience and grow member value Ability to work collaboratively with other professional development staff to craft meaningful professional development events Track record in project management with excellent priority-setting and time-management skills Exceptional relationship-building and teamwork skills Strategic thinker Experienced in developing and monitoring budgets and tracking expenses IT savvy Excellent verbal and written skills College degree required To Apply Please upload your résumé, a thoughtful cover letter describing how your experience relates to the requirements of the position, and your salary expectations through this portal: http://smrtr.io/RPc2 No calls, please. Equal employment opportunities and diversity among its employees are fundamental principles at the American Montessori Society. The American Montessori Society is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, disability, veteran status, genetic information, family responsibility, political affiliation or any other status protected by applicable laws.

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