The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the largest nongovernmental foundation supporting retinal disease research in the world, funding rigorous scientific discovery and clinical trials to preserve and restore vision. We are headquartered in Columbia, MD with regional offices in New York NY, Chicago IL, Raleigh NC and Santa Monica CA.
Over the past four decades, FFB has raised more than $650 million to fund research studies at prominent institutions worldwide, focused on retinal disease research. We are seeking a dynamic, experienced and organized EVENTS MANAGER to be part of our team. This position will be based in Raleigh, NC.
Ensure all fundraising events are within budget, meet financial objectives, and appropriately represent the Foundation to the donor community
Plan fundraising events in coordination with management, vendors and volunteers
Responsible for event logistics including venue, communication, vendor, staff and volunteer matters. Events include dinners, walks and other smaller events
Works with internal and external parties to initiate, plan and execute fundraising events including venues, photographers, food, floral arrangements, etc.
Recruit, trains, and supervises event volunteers
Cultivates, solicits, and stewards prospects, donors and volunteers
Functions as Foundation liaison with Planning committees and meetings
Transports event materials and equipment as needed
Participates in special projects and events as assigned
Supervise and mentor an Administrative Assistant
The selected candidate will possess:
Bachelor’s degree required
5+years of demonstrated experience in non-profit event planning and fundraising
Fundraising with walk-a-thon experience is highly desirable
An ability to lead and motivate volunteers, and maintain positive client relations
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills; strong verbal and written communication skills
Excellent attendance and be must be accountable for quality of work
Fully proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
Working knowledge of relational databases; Convio helpful
Overnight and weekend travel required
Able to lift up to 20 lbs.
Possess valid driver’s license with driving record acceptable to FFB insurance carrier