The Cornell SC Johnson College of Business ("College") includes three schools: the School of Hotel Administration (SHA), the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management (Dyson), and the Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management (Johnson). The College delivers undergraduate, graduate, and professional business programs and initiatives creating collaborative, comprehensive business management practices with roughly 240 faculty, 900 staff, more than 3,200 students, and 40,000+ alumni. The College seeks an experienced event manager to assist in the planning of all logistical aspects of 40-50 events on an annual basis on behalf of the Office of Alumni Affairs & Development that align with strategic objectives.
The Events Manager will...
Assist with national and international complex events for alumni, students, parents, and friends of the College. These events will often involve volunteers, key alumni, and major donors.
Collaborate with Alumni Affairs staff to prioritize engagement opportunities and the communications team to ensure all details of the engagement opportunity are accurately captured in electronic and print communication.
Manage metrics to assess return on engagement.
Provide various services including venue selection, date selection based on regional criteria, catering and menu selection, contract review and negotiation, site inspections, floor plan design, decor, audio/video/lighting services, event staffing needs assessments, transportation, photography, entertainment, hotel room blocks, equipment rentals, parking, signage, security, etc.
Prepare and maintain required documentation for all events including budget estimates, cost projections and tracking event budgets.
Liaise with College Business Center to process vendor contracts, deposits, and payments Create event registration pages.
Prepare all material for events such as name badges, registration lists, and required spreadsheets
Drive pre and post event discussions and evaluations.
Acquire and maintain a depth of knowledge of the college and school's missions, and programs as well as familiarity and understanding of course content and faculty capabilities.
Bachelor's degree or equivalent. Two-three years of related experience, or equivalent. Attention to detail and ability to work independently. Able to prioritize multiple projects/assignments under pressure with extremely tight deadlines. Excellent planning, coordinating, and organizational skills. Experience in planning, executing, and staffing special events. Strong interpersonal skills and effective oral & written communication skills. Ability to supervise and train assigned staff. Ability to analyze and solve problems. Negotiating skills. Proficient in Word and Excel. Travel and working evenings and weekends will be required
4 -6 years of related experience. Knowledge and intermediate or higher-level skill with InDesign CS4, CVENT, and Adobe, as well as previous use of an event planning software, are highly desirable. Understanding of Cornell University also desirable. Previous sales experience in conferences, events or hospitality a plus. Certified Meeting Planner a plus.
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Event/Conference Coord II
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