Director of Events and Special
Position Reports to: Chief
Executive Officer (CEO)
Full Time/Part Time: Full Time
Save the Chimps (STC) operates one of the largest chimpanzee
sanctuaries in the world. Located on 150 acres on the Treasure
Coast of Florida, the Sanctuary provides high quality clinical and
lifetime care and enrichment for over 220 chimpanzees rescued from
research laboratories, entertainment, and the pet trade. The work
of the organization is accomplished by a team of over 75 full-time
dedicated employees, an impassioned community of volunteers, and an
accomplished board of directors.
Working with STC’s senior management, development, and marketing
teams, the Director of Events and Special Projects will be
responsible for the strategic development and implementation of all
major fundraising and community events for STC. The Director
will create and execute meaningful and impactful events to raise
revenue, increase brand awareness, strengthen community
connections, and steward current and prospect supporters to new
levels of engagement. The Director must be collaborative and
results-oriented with an enthusiastic commitment to
professionalism, excellence, and STC’s mission.
Essential Job Functions
- Plan, organize and execute fundraising and engagement events
based on industry best practices to engage supporters,
increase brand awareness and grow revenue, including but
not limited to: Donor receptions, Fundraising Luncheons and
Dinners, Member Day(s), Chimpathon, Online Auction, and board
- Coordinate and oversee all event logistics including ticketing,
registration, catering, programming, AV systems and other
- Source, vet, and select vendors and negotiate favorable,
competitive contracts. Manage consultants and vendors prior to and
during events to ensure event success and efficiency.
- Attend events (on-site and off-site) as needed to oversee
logistics and serve as point person for vendors, staff, and
- Oversee all post-event coordination including debrief meetings,
recognition of key constituents, financial reporting and data
- Assemble and support committees and internal teams (staff and
volunteers) to secure host committees, sponsorships, auction items,
and in-kind gifts.
- Track and report event-related metrics for fundraising and
engagement, including overseeing event budgets and record
- Develop content, collateral materials, and strategy for
marketing and communications plans, along with directors of
marketing and development. Implement and manage pre- and
post-event outreach for various platforms as applicable (web,
social, email, direct mail).
- Manage and contribute to special projects on an on-going basis,
including webinars, documentaries, educational initiatives, and
board committee initiatives.
- Contribute to strategic initiatives in sanctuary operations,
management and resourcing, as needed, to advance STC’s
Required Skills and Abilities
- Strong organizational, project management and administrative
skills with impeccable attention to detail.
- Self-motivated with collaborative, team-oriented attitude.
- Clear and open communicator, written and verbal, with effective
- Demonstrated ability to prioritize and multi-task to complete
projects on deadline in a fast-paced environment.
- Excellent relationship management and interpersonal skills with
coworkers, volunteers, and donors.
- Ability to identify, innovate and deliver on opportunities that
connect STC’s mission, priorities and funding
- Technical competence, including demonstrated proficiency using
Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint).
Comfort learning and utilizing new technology. Working familiarity
with event platforms (Cvent, Neon/Rallybound, Classy), CRM database
systems (Blackbaud, Hubspot), virtual collaboration technology, and
marketing reporting/analytics functions.
- Creative design skills and experience in design software (Adobe
Photoshop, Canva) preferred.
Education and Work Experience
- Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in a related field
- 5+ years of experience in event management and
- 3+ years of experience in a leadership or supervisory
- An ethical and unbiased approach to co-workers, donors, and all
other community members, as well as an understanding of charitable
giving legal guidelines.
- Ability to work a flexible schedule, which includes nights,
weekends, and extended hours due to the nature of our events.
- Travel within the United States will be required to manage and
The physical demands described here are representative of those
that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the
essential functions of this job.
- While performing the duties of this job, the employee is
occasionally required to stand for long periods of time; walk; sit;
use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel,
crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must
occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision
abilities required by the job include close vision, distance
vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the
ability to adjust focus.
- Able to drive and operate golf cart or other vehicles for use
on sanctuary property.
- Must be able to run and swim in the face of danger.
- Must be able to pass a pre-hire drug screen.
Public Health Requirements:
STC follows and adheres to all local, state and federal
regulations and CDC recommendations for COVID infection control and
other public health mandates. STC currently requires all
employees to be vaccinated for COVID, Hepatitis A & B, and
Tetanus. Employees must be comfortable and compliant with sanctuary
protocols which may include: remote or in-person attendance,
working in proximity to both humans and chimpanzees, and wearing of
PPE, among other best practices in public health
Tasks are regularly performed with potential for exposure to
adverse conditions, such as dirt, dust, pollen, odors, wetness,
humidity, rain, temperature and noise extremes, machinery,
vibrations, animals/wildlife. Employees must not object to
unpleasant chimpanzee behaviors including spitting of water or
saliva, throwing of feces, food or other waste, and chimpanzee
displays that may include banging, kicking of the mesh barrier, and
loud screams or hooting.
Work outside in inclement weather, if needed.
Save the Chimps is an equal opportunity employer
and considers applicants for all positions without regard to race,
color, religion, creed, gender, gender identity, national origin,
age, disability, marital or veteran status, sexual orientation, or
any other legally protected status. Interested applicants should
send resume and cover letter to:
Must be able to pass a pre-hire drug screen. Also due to
the safety risk to the chimps, it is an essential function of the
position to have received the COVID-19 vaccine along with several