Are you interested in building a career that makes a difference and creates a legacy? Parker University, the fourth-fastest growing college in Texas and the fastest-growing college in Dallas, is currently searching for a talented and passionate Conference and Events Manager to join our rapidly expanding team!
We are seeking a qualified, professional Conference and Events Manager who desires to use their unique skills to innovate and make an impact. This individual is the primary person responsible for the event planning of Parker University events and conferences, which include Parker Seminars, Parker Power Weekend, and other events and expos the University chooses to host. This position manages the entire project lifecycle of each event and ensures timelines, budgets, and quality controls are met. This position works very closely with the Vice President and Chief Operating Officer as well as senior leadership from the University in relation to events and conferences.
WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING:
Serve as event planner for variety of University events to include, but not limited to Parkers Seminars, Parker Power Weekend, Fitness Expo, and third-party events.
Manages the daily activities of the University Event Management System and ensures all special events and conferences are successful.
Coordinates with other departments to handle all event planning needs to include food and beverage, audio visual, room reservations, etc.
Working with VP/COO, coordinate all venue and vendor solicitation, negotiations, contracting and management for Parker Seminars.
Manage all event logistics in advance, on-site, and post-conference to include site selection, room sets, audio visual, food & beverage, décor, signage, etc.
Manage and coordinate all vendors and staff through comprehensive event resume to include logistical facets for hotel, convention center, and applicable vendors.
Work with Corporate Partnerships team to manage fulfillment of sponsor benefits.
Work with Marketing & Communications on event promotion schedules and deliverables.
Work with Professional Programs to ensure all lead times are met for speaker selection, contracting, and payment.
Evaluate and maintain event budgets against pre-set spending limits. Provide management with accurate budget estimates pre-event and ensure post-event billing reflects these estimates
WHAT YOU WILL NEED:
Bachelor’s degree required
Three (3) to five (5) years’ of progressively responsible conference and event management experience
Experience managing multiple events and conferences a plus.
Diverse portfolio of experience including but not limited to annual conferences, exhibition management, meetings, workshops, and special events.
Team focus but independent judgment and vision
Strong project management skills.
Strong oral and written communication skills and ability to interact in a firm but highly collaborative fashion.
Solutions-oriented, creative problem solver.
Must have the ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects and deadlines in a fast paced, dynamically, changing environment.
Team player with a strong customer service focus.
Eager to learn with a desire for career growth in the events industry
Founded in 1982 by Dr. James William Parker, Parker University has more than 1,800 students and 34 academic programs. Parker University proudly offers its famed Doctor of Chiropractic degree and programs in Business and Technology and Health Sciences.
Parker University has been recognized as a Great College to Work For® and one of the 25 Fastest-Growing Colleges in the U.S.
Parker University offers competitive salaries, generous benefits, and the opportunity to engage with our unique campus community.