Advertised Summary Job Description: The Special Events Manager is a member of the five-person Special Events team that plans and executes events and high-level meetings for the Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) Office of Development. The Events team produces approximately 70 fundraising, donor stewardship and cultivation events per year, which engage donors and prospects with the goal being to raise critical funding for various clinical areas within Columbia University Irving Medical Center (CUIMC). The Special Events Manager will report to the Senior Director of Donor Relations and Special Events. Responsibilities of the Manager role encompass two key areas: the first, to be the event lead on functions including but not limited to, stewardship and cultivation events, as well as board/council meetings, under the supervision of the Senior Director; and the second is to support the lead event planners in the planning, logistical management and production of fundraising events.
General Minimum Qualifications: Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus three years of related experience.
Additional Specific Minimum Qualifications: Proven ability to manage budgets and teams. Must be resourceful and creative in terms of researching, resourcing and securing venues, vendors and event related merchandise. Strengths lie in the ability to work in a fast-paced environment; manage multiple projects, tasks, and concurrent priorities simultaneously; and bring them to completion in a timely and thorough manner. Ability to plan long-term and meet deadlines. Maintain a professional demeanor and possess a high level of interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills. Adept at problem-solving and using independent judgment in situations requiring initiative, diplomacy, and tact. Highly ethical, discretionary, and able to maintain confidential information. Must possess client services skillset and a customer service ethic. Exceptionally well-organized, accurate, and attentive to detail on a consistent basis. Importance lies in the ability to work well within a team, as well as independently. Willingness to learn and employ new technologies as required. Must be flexible, forward-thinking, and willing to take on new responsibilities and initiatives. Strengths lie in creativity, resourcefulness and thinking out of the box. Demonstrates a proactive approach and an enthusiastic and positive attitude. Willingness to collaborate with teams of colleagues across campus toward a common goal in a complex higher education environment. Must demonstrate the ability to work with management information systems and software systems. Willingness to work above and beyond regular hours, including evenings and weekends as events require. Moderate level of physical activity required. - Highly skilled at MS Office software, especially Excel, a requirement - Strong technical and digital capabilities, a requirement - Superior written and verbal skills, a requirement -
Preferred Qualifications: Preferred work experience in post-college event management experience. - Experience with client relations/customer service - Experience working in fundraising and development - Experience working in the medical and/or education fields - Experience in marketing and/or press relations - Experience in proofreading and editing
As a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Council of Ivy Group Presidents (Ivy League), it is imperative that members of the Columbia University community, in all matters related to the intercollegiate athletics program, exhibit the highest professional standards and ethical behavior with regard to adherence to NCAA, Conference, University, and Department of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education rules and regulations.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.
Internal Number: 126_168566
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