Events Manager

  • College Possible
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Apr 11, 2019
Full time Event Management Event Planning Not-for-profit Sponsorship

Job Description

  • 09-Apr-2019 to 31-May-2019 (CST)
  • Events Manager - Minnesota Office
  • St Paul, MN, USA
  • Full Time
  • Open Until Filled

College Possible is a growing nonprofit coaching students from low-income backgrounds to and through college to break the cycle of poverty and empower the next generation of leaders. Our model has earned national recognition: the inaugural Evergreen National Education Award recognized our leadership in increasing access to and success in college for students from low-income backgrounds. It also earns top-of-field results: a 2011 Harvard study found that the program more than doubles a student's chance of enrolling in a four-year college, and our students are four times more likely to become college graduates than their low-income peers. College Possible has a budget of $22 million, more than 130 full-time employees and more than 270 AmeriCorps and VISTA service members. During the 2018-19 school year, we will reach an estimated 25,000 students in all 50 states, at more than 90 partner high schools and at more than 350 colleges. 

College Possible is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion, and seeks to build a diverse workforce to create impact in partnership with the communities we serve.  We welcome a diverse pool of qualified applicants.  For each of its positions, College Possible is mindful about what best serves our students, and seeks to hire staff with relevant experience, skills and aptitude, and a commitment to the power of education.

Headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, College Possible also operates in Philadelphia, PA; Chicago, IL; Milwaukee, WI; Omaha, NE; and Portland, OR; and has Catalyze partnerships in Minnesota, Iowa and Ohio. We're joining forces with colleges to achieve a transformational impact: by 2021, we will partner with 400 colleges to reach 50,000 students. 

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Basic Description

The Events Manager position is a key role in our development team that works across departments to coordinate events and other fundraising and awareness activities that bring in a significant portion of our individual and institutional revenue. The Events Manager is responsible for overseeing our signature fundraising events and other events or initiatives that occur as needed, developing strategy for, and implementing, the long-term follow-up, cultivation and engagement of individual donors that give at events, overseeing and executing our event sponsorship process, working closely with the Executive Director to provide support for our board of directors, and providing support for our Corps Alumni Council including Corps alumni events.

Essential Job Functions

Event Management: Lead on all aspects of annual signature fundraising events and other events or initiatives that occur as needed including but not limited to planning, execution and follow-up. Partner with board members, community members, peer organizations, etc. as needed to secure all the resources and human capital needed to execute high quality/high profile events. Work closely with individual giving and communications teams to meet attendance goals for events. Secure minimum of $200k in event revenue through individual donations, matching gifts, sponsorships, etc.

Event Donor Cultivation Strategy: Work closely with individual giving team to create strategies for converting event donors into either annual or sustaining donors and create per-event targets for percent of donors to convert. Implement tactics in pre-event and day-of event activities to lay groundwork for sustaining donations and then continue to work with individual giving team in follow-up during the post-event stage.

Sponsorships: Lead on securing all event sponsorships. Work closely with institutional giving team to identify prospects and strategy for approaching potential sponsors and securing sponsorship dollars. Collaborate with communications team to produce high quality materials to use in the sponsorship process from the early stage of informing about options through event follow up and impact reports. Work with communications team to identify social media and other marketing options to highlight sponsors. Secure a minimum of $50k in event sponsorship dollars (this is included in the $200k total listed above).

Board Support: Support Executive Director in administration of MN board of directors. Responsibilities include scheduling board meetings and managing invites for board members and College Possible MN senior leaders (MN SLT), drafting agenda and other board materials and sending out ahead of meetings, creating any materials needed for meetings such as Power Point presentations, reports, updates, etc., assisting with room set-up and clean-up and following up with any post-meeting to-do items. Work closely with Senior Manager of Community Partnerships and Engagement to administer Corps Alumni Council. All responsibilities mirror the activities outline above for board support.

Other Duties as Apparent or Assigned:  Work with the College Possible team and especially External Relations team on projects as assigned. 

Professional Requirements (Skills & Qualifications)

In addition to the requirements below, College Possible staff and service members are expected to demonstrate the Idealistic Leader traits of Strive to be Delightful, Energize those in your Presence, Keep Your Eyes on the Prize, Challenge Cynicism, Practice Empathy, Learn to be Grateful and Have Fun, as expressed in our organizational value statement and have a significant commitment to the mission of helping low-income students earn admission to college and persist toward degree completion.


  • Bachelor's degree required.

Related Work Experience:

  • A minimum of three years of relevant work experience, including two years in event planning. Experience planning fundraising events within a non-profit strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to secure revenue through event strategies
  • Prefer previous experience obtaining and managing event sponsorships

Computer/Software Skills:

  • Strong computer skills, including demonstrated proficiency in: Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point

Other Skills, Abilities and Requirements:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and strong interpersonal skills;
  • Self-starter with the ability to prioritize multiple projects and deadlines simultaneously;
  • Problem solver, flexible and adapt easily to change;
  • Attention to detail, including proofreading and project follow-through;
  • Some evening and weekend work, as well as occasional travel, is required.


Salary commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefits (complete health, dental, life, short-term and long-term insurance, 401(k) retirement plan and generous paid time off program).

To Apply

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