Assistant Director of Events

Job Type

Full Time




121 6th Avenue
New York
New York
United States


University Settlement Society of New York is one of New York City’s most dynamic human services institutions, with an impressive legacy as the first settlement house in the country, serving over 40,000 New Yorkers with a range of critical social services at 31 sites across Manhattan and Brooklyn. Together, these sites offer a comprehensive network of programs that includes quality early childhood programs, afterschool and youth development programs, extensive mental health services, eviction prevention and benefits assistance, adult literacy, arts enrichment programs, support for the aging, and community center resources. In total, University Settlement operates $40 million in programming.

The Door, founded in 1972, The Door is New York City’s premiere youth development organization, providing comprehensive support to 10,000 vulnerable New Yorkers ages 12 to 24 each year. Our integrated programs – quality health and wellness care, innovative education and career programs, essential legal services, runaway and homeless youth support, and cutting-edge arts opportunities – are under one roof and all for free. The Door’s mission is to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth services in a diverse and caring environment. We recognize the importance of working beyond a young person’s vulnerabilities to help them develop connections to positive, supportive relationships and challenging, meaningful experiences.

In partnership with and co-located at The Door, Broome Street Academy is a unique charter high school that prepares New York City’s most vulnerable youth for a successful future through rigorous academics paired with supports of The Door. Broome Street Academy serves 330 students annually in grades 9 – 12.

Successful events will serve to further strategic fundraising objectives by cultivating current and prospective donors. The Assistant Director of Events will be a member of the Development team and will work closely with the Special Events Coordinator to plan and execute all fundraising events across University Settlement, The Door, and Broome Street Academy. 


  • Supervise all aspects of the organizations’ existing annual fundraising events, as well as build out new events that help cultivate and engage existing and new donors
  • Under direction of the Managing Director of Institutional Advancement, develop plans in support of all fundraising events and activities
  • Build and maintain effective working relationships with the board of directors and engage board members to leverage their personal and corporate contacts
  • Create meaningful opportunities for board members to engage in fundraising planning, strategy and activity
  • Work closely with the Communications team to ensure that all special events materials (both print and online) are consistent, compelling and effectively support the organizations’ fundraising efforts
  • Manage and grow a portfolio of donors and event attendees, prospects and gifts-in-kind through the cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of donors
  • Manage budgets for events and activities and ensure the revenue and expense targets are met
  • Closely monitor events calendar with a detailed timeline for each event; share event status and information with organization and all stakeholders
  • Oversee and coordinate services for events, such as: accommodation and transportation for participants, facilities, catering, signage, displays, name tags, special needs requirements and event security. Ensure compliance with applicable regulations and laws


  • Bachelor’s Degree required
  • At least five years’ hands-on development experience, in particular with special events or individual donors
  • Self-starter with a sense of urgency, a clear set of priorities, a strong work ethic, and the ability to adapt to changing circumstances in a highly collaborative environment
  • Demonstrated ability to envision an ambitious strategy to use events to cultivate donors and build reputation, and execute on that strategy
  • Demonstrated track record of successful philanthropic fundraising including planning for, growing and managing a successful development program
  • Success in soliciting and securing support from individuals

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

4-year degree