The National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine’s
Office of Development seeks a dynamic Manager of Special Events and
Donor Relations with a strong track record of planning, leading,
and executing successful in-person and virtual events and VIP donor
experiences. They will report directly to and support the Associate
Director, Donor Relations and Communications with communication
materials and stewardship needs. In addition to executing
high-level events for donor stewardship, campaigns, planned and
annual giving, this position will collaborate on stewardship
activities such as donor stories and endowment reporting.
Annual events include (but are not limited to): Elkan Blout Society
Luncheon, Golden Bridge Society dinner, NAM Society Luncheon, and
other stewardship events.
The Manager of Special Events and Donor Relations must be a
self-starter to work independently and be an effective manager and
proactive leader who excels at relationship building. In this role,
they will work closely with department colleagues and Academy
partners to understand donor passions and create bespoke engagement
opportunities. The National Academies of Science, Engineering,
and Medicine are strongly committed to diversity and inclusion in
the workplace and particularly seeks applications from members of
underrepresented groups, as well as candidates who share this
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
Organize, design and deliver high quality new and existing
signature events to steward and cultivate donors and stakeholders.
Create engaging and inspiring experiences and communications
surrounding donor events.
Manage full-cycle event planning process including but not
limited to run-of-show development, event speaker selection, event
budget management, site/vendor selection and contracting, logistics
and on-site organization, communications, production and delivery
of event marketing collateral and overall management and execution
of donor and stewardship events.
Prepare executive briefings, talking points, and event materials
for the President’s offices and Office of Development staff,
highlighting key performance indicators.
Collaborate with Directors of Development to identify donor
story opportunities and coordinate with donors to secure their
quotes/stories in real-time.
Compile financial data to draft endowment reports and
collaborate with the Associate Director, Donor Relations and
Communications and respective Directors of Development to disperse
Evaluate the effectiveness of stewardship programs, events,
and/or recognition activities, through analytics, and recommend
strategies for continuous improvement.
Work with the Associate Director, Donor Relations and
Communications to create an annual work plan with achievable goals
and objectives. Assist with stewardship management of major donors
(individuals, foundations and corporations) which can include donor
listings, donor recognition, stewardship activities and special
Manage systems and software, including our donor database
(Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge) and our primary communication tools
(MailChimp and ThankView). Identify new tools for communications
and uses of social and new media to better serve the needs of
current, past and future donors.
NONESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
Related duties and special projects as assigned.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, MailChimp, and Raiser’s Edge or
similar CRM fundraising database.
Excellent writing skills and attention to detail.
Three years of experience in fundraising, donor relations, or
special events within a science/educational/cultural institution or
Ability to set priorities, deal efficiently with multiple tasks,
and meet frequent deadlines.
Exceptional organizational, verbal, and written communication
skills with strong attention to detail and the ability to
effectively engage and collaborate with colleagues at all levels
throughout the National Academies.
A self-starter; ability to solve problems and think creatively
and operate with latitude for independent judgement and action.
Experience working in complex environments with a high degree of
Exceptional maturity, tact, diplomacy, and an outgoing
personality in order to engage with donors.
Some travel, evenings, and weekend hours required.
Minimum Education/Training Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent knowledge.
Minimum Experience: Three years of related
Physical Capabilities: Ability to work at a
computer for extended period of time.
Required Licenses, Certification or Registration:
Supervisory Responsibilities/Controls: Reports to
Associate Director of Donor Relations and Communications and
closely collaborates with Manager, Annual Giving and Marketing