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Manager of Special Events

Rising Ground
New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Closing date
Jun 3, 2023

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Position Type
Fundraising, Special Events
Community Development
Employment Type
Full Time


Rising Ground is seeking a qualified professional to join us at our Brooklyn, NY location (the position is at Rising Ground's downtown Brooklyn headquarters, and remote work two days a week is possible).

 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.

 Rising Ground 

 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 assistance program.


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.


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 company.

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 must.

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 necessary.

 We offer a salary $70,000 and outstanding benefits package.

Apply online at: Careers at Leake & Watts | Leake & Watts | Manager of Special Events in Brooklyn, New York | Careers at Brooklyn Main (


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