Special Events Manager Maternity Cover - Up to one year
We are recruiting a Special Events Manager for an inspirational charity on the London/ Essex border. This is a fantastic opportunity to join a very successful and passionate fundraising team where you will be responsible for developing and delivering events for HNWIs and corporates to maximise income from major gifts and galvanise support for the charity.
An inspirational charity, looking after children and young people aged from birth to 19 years old who have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions. Residential and community services extend across North and North East London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire and the charity is held in high esteem within the area.
The charity has won numerous awards and been shortlisted for many more, competing against national charities, due to a very passionate and successful fundraising team who are encouraged to be innovative and bring new ideas to a table. The charity has a flat structure and the Director of Fundraising and CEO have an open-door policy where creativity and sharing ideas is activity encouraged.
To develop and implement a 12-18 months events plan to increase net income from special events to support the delivery of the organisations strategic vision.
To research and recommend all aspects of high value event management including venues, auction companies, auctioneers, entertainment and catering.
To personally manage all high value events including an annual ball, golf day, business breakfast, evening with events, women in business lunch and other special event opportunities when they arise.
To work with the corporate and major gifts team to ensure events are designed in accordance with donor needs and marketed to the appropriate donor audience.
To develop event fund-raising products for the major donor/corporate market which retain and leverage existing supporters and encourage new donors.
To contribute to the planning of, and provide day-to-day management of, the income and expenditure budget for events to ensure a good ROI.
Project manage the delivery of the charitys own-brand high value events and any relevant beneficiary events.
To work with the marketing team to develop and deliver creative marketing strategies to promote events to existing and prospective supporters.
To produce detailed proposals for new events which assess feasibility, including profitability and reputational impact.
Substantial, demonstrable experience of organising and delivering high value, special events (100,000+ gross income) for high net worth individuals or corporate organisations.
Experience of delivering financial results against agree objectives, targets and time scales.
Experience of strategic planning to develop special events fund-raising over an agreed time period.
Experience of planning and running varied fund raising activities at events such as high level auctions, raffles, grand prize draws.
Experience of working with senior individuals from both inside and outside the organisation to deliver high value events.
A good understanding of charity legislation and its relevance to fundraising and events best practise.
Experience of managing volunteers for high value events.
Ability to work flexibly and out of hours, including weekends, when necessary.