Summary of the Opportunity
We are looking for a Senior Manager of Events (SMOE) with proven
success in event management, project management, relationship
building, and working with digital tools to join our innovative,
passionate, fun and mission-driven team.
Through a variety of events, Little Kids Rock raises funds and
cultivates support for its mission, while also celebrating and
providing engagement opportunities for music teachers and students
in schools across the United States. Events are one of the most
important ways that we grow, connect, and inspire both our
supporter and teacher communities. Many events moving forward will
have both in-person and virtual elements, capitalizing on
opportunities to engage varied audiences in multiple locations, and
continuing to invest in digital engagement resources while
realizing the value of bringing our community members together
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, and working closely
with department leaders with respect to events that achieve
respective departments’ goals/initiatives, the SMOE will be the
primary events professional at the organization. This “shared
service” role includes developing, planning and implementing the
organization’s events to support fundraising, programmatic, and
internal goals and initiatives. Examples of events include
fundraising galas, conferences for teachers, and staff and Board
events such as retreats. The SMOE will also coordinate
opportunities for third parties to produce external events to
support the mission of the organization as guided by the
organization’s revenue strategy. This position is responsible for
ensuring that all events are high quality, professionally managed,
support the mission and embrace nonprofit event best practices,
including creating and evaluating processes, policies and
procedures around the organization’s events. This is a full-time
- Create high quality, impactful and accessible events – both
in-person and integrating virtual elements – that represent Little
Kids Rock’s brand and adhere to nonprofit event best
- Manage event planning from start to finish, with a primary
focus on fundraising events (e.g. timelines, programs, venue
logistics, production schedules, staffing, F&B, décor, budgets,
auctions, etc.), as well as the organization's annual Modern Band
- Serve as the nerve center on all events produced by the
organization, functioning as a cross-departmental liaison between
the development and program departments, and collaborating with
various colleagues to both create dynamic and engaging event
experiences and to plan promotional strategies to increase event
- Provide high-quality support to internal and external
stakeholders, including fellow colleagues, event participants,
Board members, teachers, volunteers and partners.
- Work with development, program, marketing and technology
departments to build annual events roadmap, calendar, timeline and
processes, including decision-making protocols around prospective
- Conduct post-event wrap ups, debriefs, and analyses; monitor
and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of events.
- Working with the technology department, manage event processes
in Salesforce, from approval processes through event
- Work closely with development and finance departments to
maximize ROI for fundraising events, per nonprofit event best
- Plan and implement organizational events, such as staff
retreats, outings and professional development events.
- Manage National Board meeting logistics, and support regional
advisory board events as applicable.
- Maintain and manage relationships with vendors, venues,
consultants and partners.
- Manage soon-to-be-hired coordinator-level team member who will
focus on teacher and student engagements.
Skills, Experiences and Qualifications
Strong candidates will bring a diverse set of skills,
characteristics, and experiences, both professional and lived.
Little Kids Rock strives to mitigate inherent biases that influence
hiring practices by focusing on a holistic view of potential
candidates and understanding that no single candidate will offer
every desired skill and characteristic.
The following offers an aspirational view of the ideal candidate
profile; we encourage applications from candidates with a wide
range of experiences and backgrounds, especially those from
Ability to be resourceful and thoughtful in finding creative
ways to meet organizational needs. Able to be flexible and
adaptable to changing priorities as conditions require.
Ability and desire to work cooperatively and collaboratively
with others across teams; Ability to work and manage across lines
of difference and build consensus both internally and externally.
High level of emotional intelligence.
Able to identify the actions necessary to achieve task
completion and positive results. Able to meet deadlines and
Passionate about events and about creating meaningful, impactful
experiences – both in-person and virtually. Ability to “tell a
story” through an event. Understands the mission of the
organization and its impact on students, teachers, and their
communities, and can translate this into successful, values-driven
Strategic Project Manager
Able to multitask, work efficiently and pay the highest-level
attention to detail. Ability to handle multiple
tasks and competing deadlines in a fast-paced environment; can
prioritize effectively and is extremely organized, detail-oriented
Innovation and Change Management
Uses personal knowledge and professional experience to envision
the future, anticipate change, capitalize on opportunities and
develop innovative options that further the strategic direction of
the organization. Understands and adapts to changes in the
strategic and/or operational direction of the organization
Purpose Aligned and Committed to Diversity, Equity
Committed to kids and teachers and passionate about the power of
music to impact their lives. Culturally responsive and able to
identify and navigate power and privilege dynamics, as well as
willing to assess gaps in own cultural awareness, listen to
feedback, and commit to ongoing growth and learning in these
Skills and Experiences
- At least 5-7 years of experience in event planning/event
management, production and promotion, preferably in a nonprofit
- Experience producing fundraising events that raise more than
- A demonstrated ability to leverage opportunities to raise funds
- A successful track-record of producing virtual events and event
integrations with software-based solutions.
- Comfortable in an online environment and “tech-forward,” with
an aptitude for working with digital systems and applications to
build effective engagement opportunities.
- Can handle multiple tasks and competing deadlines in a
fast-paced environment; can prioritize effectively, and extremely
organized, detail-oriented and efficient.
- Superb written and verbal communications skills, copyediting
and proofreading skills, familiarity with brand-conscious design,
and ability to compose effective and brand-conscious
- Excellent budget management skills, including the ability to
negotiate and manage costs.
- Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and Google
- Proficiency with database systems, preferably Salesforce.
- Proficiency with other software solutions, such as project
management and financial applications.
- People management experience.
Preferred Skills and Experiences
- Experience producing industry conferences with hundreds of
- Experience producing team events, such as retreats.
- Experience planning concerts and/or other events with musical
- Relevant certifications and/or degrees in event
- Displays a sense of fun, wonder and humor.
- Experience working with or as an educator a plus.
- Music maker is a plus.
Compensation and Benefits
Salary range for this position is $72,000 - $76,000 per year.
Little Kids Rock is committed to its team and strives to offer
employees a competitive compensation package that reflects the
organization’s values, culture, and mission. Salary is in
accordance with Little Kids Rock’s competitive compensation and
career path plan, and the organization’s array of benefits include
medical coverage (health, dental, vision) with significant employer
contributions, short and long-term disability, life insurance,
matching 403(b) plan and pre-tax spending accounts (FSA, commuter).
Perks include generous discretionary time off policy, flexible work
arrangements and professional development.
Please submit an application through the application link.
References may be requested. No phone calls please. Early
submission recommended. We are accepting applications until October
29, 2021. This position is available immediately.
Location and Travel
This is a full-time position, based remotely. The organization
will eventually return to an office environment, likely in Northern
New Jersey. At that time, this position may be required to commute
periodically to this office. Occasional travel will be required,
including events and event planning trips.
Working at Little Kids Rock – Our Workplace
- We are committed to kids and teachers and passionate about the
power of music to impact their lives.
- We are one team, with one mission, and one groove, and together
we make good things happen.
- We are creative, entrepreneurial, positive and playful.
- We are inspirational.
- We are accountable.
- We are respectful.
- We support personal and professional growth.
- We work to lead the field – thoughtfully, strategically and
Little Kids Rock is committed to recruiting and maintaining
a diverse staff; individuals from all backgrounds are encouraged to
apply. We promote equity, diversity and inclusion in order to
create a healthy and safe work space as we work together to foster
success for future generations. We do not discriminate on the basis
of race, color, ethnicity, religion, gender, sexual orientation,
national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status,
pregnancy, parenthood, or any other basis prohibited by applicable
About Little Kids Rock
Little Kids Rock transforms lives by restoring, expanding, and
innovating music education in our schools. Their network of
thousands of K-12 teachers across 49 states lead a national
movement that brings innovative and inclusive music education to
Using genres including rock, pop, Latin, and rap, their program
empowers teachers to build music programs as diverse as the kids
they serve. As a result, students see themselves reflected in their
classes, which strengthens their connection to their school, their
peers, and their community. Little Kids Rock also donates necessary
instruments and curriculum, meeting a key need of many school music
The world of music expands through innovation. Little Kids Rock
ensures that music education does as well.
Since 2002, the organization has reached more than 1,000,000
students with highly inclusive and culturally responsive music
education. Today, more than 500,000 kids currently participate in
Little Kids Rock programs. Learn more here: http://www.littlekidsrock.org