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
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
- Manage the Rising Ground Associate Board, a Young Professional
- Corporate Volunteer events: these are group volunteer
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.
There are no direct supervisory responsibilities for this role.
They will see over volunteers.
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
Position Type/Expected Hours of
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
A sense of humor and determination is essential.
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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