Rising Ground is seeking a qualified professional for our
Brooklyn, NY location.
The Manager of Special Events reports to the Executive Vice
President of Institutional Advancement. They are primarily
responsible for two major areas within the Institutional
Advancement Department (IA) - Fundraising Events and the Young
Professional group. The position is in Downtown Brooklyn
and can work remotely two days a week. The Manager of
Special 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. They will also assist with other
IA activities as needed.
Founded as an orphanage in 1831, Rising Ground has been at the
forefront of evolving community needs. Driven by the belief that
each of us can thrive when life has hope and opportunity, Rising
Ground provides caring support and proven paths to positive change,
helping children, adults, and families rise above adversity, and
each year, Rising Ground is a positive force in the lives of more
than 25,000 individuals. We do this through 50 programs in 70
locations throughout New York City and Westchester. Our strong
belief and commitment to diversity shows not just through our work
with supported persons but is integral to the building of a strong
staff that reflects the communities we serve. Rising Ground is
headquartered in downtown Brooklyn.
At Rising Ground, we encourage everyone to live a healthier life.
When you enroll in health care benefits — medical, dental, and
vision care, you and your family can take advantage of each plan’s
preventive services, which will help everyone to stay well. Another
way to remain healthy is to eat right and keep active. Ultimately,
we all benefit when we make the right choices, whether through diet
and exercise or health care services. You can also take advantage
of other important benefits, including life and accident,
disability benefits, the retirement savings plan, and the employee
They will manage, 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 forms but is typically a cocktail party
in a unique space. The Manager is the primary liaison for these
events. They work with the Manager of Individual Giving to ensure
all gifts are correctly accounted for in Raiser's Edge and that all
guests are thanked promptly. They will work with the EVP to
increase the cultivation and stewardship of event donors. They will
also work with outside consultants on a follow-up 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 Manager on the Rising
Ground Discussion Series. These discussions are held twice a year.
They are free but ticketed events typically held in conjunction
with another non-profit.
Young Professional Group the Associates - They are the primary
liaison to this group of early-career professionals. The Manager
and the EVP will design a series of events for the group that
includes two fundraising cocktail parties and volunteer
opportunities throughout the year. The Manager will be integral in
the re-establishment of this group.
Must have excellent administrative and time management skills —
ideally have a working knowledge of Raiser's Edge and proficiency
in Microsoft Office. The ability to work as a team is an absolute
There are no direct supervisory responsibilities for this role.
They will oversee event volunteers.
The position is at Rising Ground's downtown Brooklyn headquarters,
and remote work two days a week is possible.
Position Type/Expected Hours of Work:
35-hour week with nights and weekends as needed. The position
includes two remote days a week.
Occasional travel throughout New York City and Westchester may be
Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor's degree is preferred with ideally a minimum of two years
of experience handling all aspects of producing events (fundraising
and cultivation) with a medium or large non-profit or
Additional Eligibility Qualifications:
A sense of humor and determination are essential.
Competitive salary and benefits. Apply online at: