Director of Events

Our Purpose

Living with cancer isn’t easy, but it doesn’t have to be so hard. It’s the everyday cancer problems, like telling your loved ones or paying the bills. The problems that simply don’t deserve to exist.

Settling for surviving isn’t good enough. It’s time to change how we help people live with cancer. Livestrong isn’t just about hope. Our legacy is more than a wristband. We are listeners, collaborators, and practical problem solvers improving the everyday lives of anyone affected by cancer.

We are finding new solutions to old problems right now so we can fix them for good. We are dedicated to disruptive, energetic and breakthrough ideas designed to ensure that each and every person with cancer doesn’t just survive, they Livestrong.

Because if you’re living with cancer, you deserve more than just hope for a better tomorrow. You deserve a better today!

Your Role

The Director of Events is responsible for planning, developing and executing all events, both internal and external, with the goal of increasing revenue, brand awareness and strength and growing our Livestrong community.

General Description

The Director of Events is responsible for working in the strategic development and implementation and production of all endurance, virtual, and signature events for Livestrong. This position will contribute to the creation of meaningful and impactful events that garner press and brand awareness, foster strong community relations, increase revenue, donor loyalty and acquire new supporters.

The Director must be able to demonstrate internal team leadership while employing an entrepreneurial, collaborative, and results-oriented approach to lead and drive the production of high-quality events that advance our brand, donor involvement, cultivation, and stewardship.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Works with the Senior Leadership Team in developing the strategy and executing Livestrong’s signature events which include the Livestrong Challenge and ICON.
  • Develops and executes the strategy, launch, registration, media, and execution of the Livestrong teams’ participation in endurance events around the country.
  • Provides expertise to third-party fundraisers in the planning and execution of events they conduct to benefit Livestrong.
  • Provide oversight on the strategy and execution of virtual events and fundraisers
  • Create & customize content for registration and event pages
  • Provide expert knowledge and training to other staff when needed to support projects
  • Support the development of materials such as Best Practices, FAQs, and training slides to support volunteers, participants, and event support staff
  • Identify and recommending appropriate platforms and features to use for different types of events
  • Serve as event lead during the rehearsal, live event, or virtual event.
  • Researches and connects with external networks to stay on top of trends and new tools in the virtual event space, bringing those key learnings and recommendations back to Senior Leadership
  • Negotiates with venues, consultants and vendors to secure rates that enhance budgets.
  • Manages consultants and vendors prior to and during the event to ensure flawless efficiency.
  • Develops budgets and oversees financial reporting of the event department
  • Works with the Marketing team to develop content for event correspondence, collateral materials, social media and web.
  • Oversees the post-event coordination including but not limited to debrief meetings, recognition to key constituents, financial reporting and data transfer.
  • Informs and updates staff members and other involved parties throughout the event cycle.
  • Assists the Director of Development to create sponsorship packages and helps ensure deliverables are executed during events
  • Manages internal and external event volunteers before and on the day of the event.
  • Performs additional duties and responsibilities as needed.

Qualifications and Experience

  • 4-6 years’ experience in managing in person and virtual fundraising activities.
  • Experience in Peer to Peer fundraising and a proven track record of success and growth
  • Prior supervisor experience and strong leadership skills.
  • The flexibility to work early mornings, late evenings and occasional weekends due to the nature of our events.
  • Excellent relationship management and interpersonal skills: the ability to work effectively with donors, volunteers and staff; display superior judgment and diplomatic skills; excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Proven strong negotiating skills.
  • Enthusiasm, commitment to excellence, self-motivation, a professional demeanor, is highly organized and detail oriented.
  • The ability to handle multiple tasks with organization and accuracy.
  • A collaborative, team-oriented attitude.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project), internet research and strong knowledge of social media.
  • Experience working with Salesforce, Classy, Strava and other digital platforms
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