Special Events Manager

Job Type

Full Time




United States


The Special Events Manager will be responsible for partnering with the Deputy Executive Director to lead the Special Events programs for the Crohn’s & Colitis Northwest Chapter, including its Annual Benefit Luncheon, Flag Football Tournament and Microsoft 5K run/walk. This results driven Special Events Manager will be responsible for $725,000 in event revenue and for developing strategies and implementing event best practices to ensure the Chapter meets and exceeds this goal annually.

Essential Functions and Responsibilities:

  • In partnership with Deputy Executive Director, recruit, train, and cultivate high impact volunteers across all special events. This includes event chairs, committee leadership, committee members, and event day volunteers
  • Cultivate a pipeline of future volunteer committee chairs and honorees for all special events
  • Work with chapter on special event strategies as it relates to identifying and cultivating major gift and sponsorship prospects
  • Plan and execute strategies for developing and soliciting sponsorships to grow corporate support
  • Work with corporate donors to fulfill sponsorship benefits; Create Return on Investment reports post-event to cultivate corporate relationships
  • Oversee all aspects of major fundraising event implementation, including: securing and stewarding table captains and Flag Football teams, securing and organizing auction donations and packages; working with volunteer leadership to secure the venue, food, decorations, marketing materials and event day volunteers; acting as liaison to vendors and sponsors; managing run of show at events
  • Oversee all aspects of the Foundation’s role in its community partnership with the Microsoft 5K run/walk, including acting as charity lead with the Microsoft core planning team

Core Competencies:

  • Highly driven Special Events Fundraiser who will develop strategies and implement event best practices that will lead to profitable special events programs within the chapter.
  • Capable of building and sustaining relationships with a variety of individuals and businesses
  • Successful track record in fundraising, specifically in special events and corporate sponsorships
  • Strong leadership skills in volunteer management and development
  • Ability to assess and prioritize key deliverable's while managing multiple projects


  • BA/BS degree with relevant experience
  • Minimum 3 years in not-for-profit fundraising, preferably within a health-related organization
  • Travel is required during some weeknights and weekends for meetings.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement