The Special Events Officer is responsible for the planning and production of all Project Open Hand events (special, stewardship, external/beneficiary, etc). Currently there are three signature events - Taste of the City (sunsetting in 2017), Giants Race and Hand to Hand. In addition, Project Open Hand is a beneficiary of several other events in which we partner with organizations or corporations such as the Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival, AVON Walk for Breast Cancer, SF AIDS Walk, and SF Pride Parade. Combined, these efforts raise over $875k to benefit our programs and services, and we have a 3-yr strategic plan to grow these events to a $1M portfolio.
Key responsibilities include planning and analyzing, creative, yet cost-effective events; setting revenue goals; managing a special events associate; supporting the VP of Development & Communications, Director of Communications, CEO, Board of Directors and fundraising volunteers in soliciting sponsorships for the events, and stewarding those relationships. The SEO develops and manages relationships with contractors, vendors, employees and volunteers. He/she is responsible for the management of event logistics and production and special events associate; supporting the recruitment and coordination of event volunteers including host committees; coordinating event marketing and communications strategies with Communications Team; record keeping; and some cultivation and solicitation of event sponsors, in-kind donors, and individual event donors.
This is an ideal position for a highly engaged, dedicated and organized special events professional interested in growing their career in a highly collaborative and transformational agency.