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Manager of External Events

Rising Ground
New York, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
May 24, 2022

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Position Type
Fundraising, Special Events, Administrative, Public Relations and Communications
Social Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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Rising Ground seeks a qualified professional for our  Brooklyn, NY location.


The Manager of External Events reports to the Executive Vice-President of Institutional Advancement. She/He is primarily responsible for three major areas within the Institutional Advancement Department (IA) - Fundraising Events, the Associate Board, and Corporate Volunteer experiences.



Special Events - He/She/They manages, at present, two major events - The Annual Gala, and the Fall Benefit. The Annual Gala, traditionally held in March, is the primary event fundraiser for the organization. The Fall Benefit can take different froms but is typically a cocktail party in a unique space. The Manager working with the EVP will oversee all aspects of the running of these events. This can include designing the run of the evening, working with speakers, acquiring auction Items, and being the primary liaison to the event space. She/He working with the Manager of Individual Giving and Stewardship makes sure all gifts are correctly accounted for in Raiser's Edge and that all guests are thanked promptly. He/She/They will work with the EVP to increase the cultivation and stewardship of event donors. They will also work with the EVP and outside consultant on a follow-up plan for the events. These activities will include post event media coverage, social media exposure, and guest cultivation. Additionally, the Manager will work with the EVP and Communications Manger on the Rising Ground Discussion Series. These discussions are held twice a year. They are free but ticketed events and typically held in conjunction with another non-profit.


Associate Board -  She/He will act as the primary liaison to this group of early-career professionals. The manager, along with the EVP, will design a series of events for the group that includes, two fundraising cocktail parties, and volunteer opportunities throughout the year.


Corporate Volunteerism - Each year, the director will work with companies that want to do volunteer opportunities with the organization's programs.  He/She/They will working with the Manager of Special Projects and the Director of Foundation and  Corporate Giving to design one-off and ongoing programs for this volunteer activity. The Manager of External Events will act as an ambassador for the organization in all aspects of their job. They are expected to stay abreast of the latest trends in fundraising events. In addition, staff development will be provided where possible. She/He will also assist with other IA activities as needed.



  • Oversee two fundraising events meeting income goals set for each
  • Manage the Rising Ground Associate Board, a Young Professional group
  • Corporate Volunteer events: these are group volunteer projects.



Must have excellent administrative and time management skills — working knowledge of Raiser's Edge, Microsoft Office, and major social media platforms. The ability to inspire people and to work as a team is an absolute must.


Supervisory Responsibility:


There are no direct supervisory responsibilities for this role. They will see over volunteers.


Work Environment:


The position is located at Rising Ground's downtown Brooklyn headquarters. He/She will need to travel to the Rising Ground to programs and corporate sites for events throughout New York City and Westchester.


Physical Demands:


Light lifting


Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:


35 hour week with nights and weekends as needed.






Required Education and Experience:


Bachelor's degree and a minimum of four years of experience in handling all aspects of major special events with large non-profits.


Additional Eligibility Qualifications:


A sense of humor and determination is essential.


Other Duties:


Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities required of the employee for this job. In addition, duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

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