Oceana is the largest international advocacy organization dedicated solely to ocean conservation. Together, we are rebuilding abundant and biodiverse oceans by winning science-based policies in countries that control one third of the world’s wild fish catch. With over 200 victories that stop overfishing, habitat destruction, pollution and killing of threatened species like turtles and sharks, Oceana’s Campaigns are delivering results. A restored ocean means that one billion people can enjoy a healthy seafood meal, every day, forever. Together we can save the oceans and help feed the world.
The Senior Manager of Events, East Coast is a senior member of Oceana’s fundraising team. S/he leads the fundraising efforts for Oceana’s signature East Coast events, the New York Gala. This annual event raises more than $1 million in revenue. It’s a high-touch and exquisite event that draws honorees and attendees from the entertainment industry as well as leading members of the philanthropic and business communities. The Senior Manager of Events, East Coast also directs Oceana’s national volunteer group, the Ocean Council. The Council leverages its exceptional environmental commitment and financial means in support of Oceana’s mission.
Throughout the year, the Senior Manager of Events, East Coast also manages receptions in conjunction with Oceana’s Board of Directors meetings and several high-touch cultivation events, principally along the East Coast. S/he skillfully stewards relationships with existing supporters and engages them to help open doors to prospective donors. The Senior Manager will also identify new East Coast donors, placing a premium on sustaining strong and long-lasting working relationships.
The Senior Manager of Events, East Coast supports the Vice President for Development and Director of Major Gifts and Events in a fast-paced special events environment. S/he must be able to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, meet deadlines with little supervision and be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends. The Senior Manager of Events, East Coast will provide outstanding customer service and be an enthusiastic professional who wants to build working relationships internally and externally. As a member of an integrated team with a commitment to excellence, this position involves event leadership and management, engagement in high-level donor and corporate working relationships, excellence in written and oral communications, keen attention to detail, and information and data management. This job is located at Oceana’s Headquarters in Washington, DC.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
The Senior Manager of Events, East Coast leads efforts to increase revenue through fundraising events, cultivation events and high touch initiatives. The geographical area of focus is the East Coast of the Unites States. The position includes the leadership and management of events, meetings, programs and other elements designed to cultivate prospects and donors as well as outreach to and cultivation of corporate event sponsors. S/he will liaise with Event Co- and Vice-Chairs to strategize and achieve event goals.
Planning and analyzing cost-effective events, setting and achieving revenue goals, and forming working relationships with the goal of securing event sponsorships, auction lots, and donors. The Senior Manager of Events, East Coast will coordinate and manage sponsors, contractors, vendors, employees and volunteers with assistance from the Director of Major Gifts and Events and other staff.
Key responsibilities include:
Corporate Sponsorship Outreach
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