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18 Aug 2021

Full-Time Special Events Manager

TheResolutionProject – Posted by TheResolutionProject New York, New York, United States

Job Description

Location: Resolution Headquarters at 420 Lexington Avenue, New York, NY (Mostly remote until at least November 2021)

Classification: Exempt, full-time

Compensation: $60,000-$63,000

Reporting To: Director of Development

Start Date: Immediately



At The Resolution Project (Resolution), we believe that young people can—and should—be the change our world so desperately needs. Founded in 2007, Resolution’s mission is to develop socially responsible young leaders and empower them to make a positive impact today. Through our Social Venture Challenges and Resolution Fellowships, we identify, fund, mentor, and support undergraduate students starting social enterprises to solve some of the world’s most persistent and challenging problems, from healthcare access to climate change. We believe that by empowering young people to bring local, scalable solutions to their communities, we can create a generation of socially responsible leaders committed to building a more just and sustainable world. Today, 500 Resolution Fellows, in 80 countries and 20 U.S. states, are implementing over 300 social ventures in high-impact fields such as sustainable development, gender equality, healthcare, and humanitarian relief. Their efforts have benefited 2.9 million people and counting. We are now seeking exceptional talent to join our growing staff!



As an integral part of the Resolution Development and Communications team, the Special Events Manager will be responsible for the planning and execution of all special events to increase revenue and further the organization’s strategic goals. The Special Events Manager will oversee a variety of in-person and virtual events designed for fundraising, cultivation, stewardship, community building. The Special Events Manager will be responsible for the development, implementation, and evaluation of events to engage the desired constituencies.  This position will play a key frontline fundraising role, with a focus on identifying, cultivating, stewarding, and expanding corporate and other institutional funding.


The candidate must have a flexible schedule, be prepared to join meetings and conference calls earlier and later than regular business hours – including some weekends, and be willing to occasionally travel when it is safe to do so.  




Acting as lead strategist on all events, while working closely with the Director of Development, the Manager will collaborate with staff and volunteers to conceptualize events and oversee all aspects of implementation to ensure quality and alignment with Resolution strategic goals and policies.



  • Oversee and manage all fundraising, donor cultivation, stewardship, and community-building events
  • Work with leadership to determine annual special event strategic goals, revenue goals, track progress, and measure and evaluate events to inform future planning
  • Oversee the coordination of all special event logistics including venue selection; design and printing of event materials, including sponsorship materials; contract negotiation for services; vendor agreements and management; decorations; and technical support
  • Cultivate and manage event sponsor and attendee relationships, with the goal of expanding Resolution’s pipeline of annual and major donors
  • Manage the events budget and coordinate regular financial updates with the Director of Finance
  • Develop and maintain relationships with venues; catering companies; audiovisual specialists; florists; and other vendors according to event needs, preferences, budgets, and resources
  • Work with managers to determine personnel availability for staffing needs (while supplementing, if necessary, with outside support) and manage the team to execute the event
  • Work with the Communications team to create and manage event marketing communication plans, including print, web, social media, and mail mediums
  • Develop policies and procedures that ensure the smooth and professional operation of Resolution special events initiatives
  • Stay up to date on the latest event trends





  • 4-5 years of professional experience, including at least some background in fundraising.
  • Extremely organized, meticulously detailed, and always has at least one backup plan.
  • Ability to work well independently, seek support, delegate, and escalate when needed.
  • Skilled in managing complex events, and experienced with both event planning and day-of execution.
  • Ability to lead fundraising events that generate revenue and meet or exceed financial goals which creatively convey our mission and programs.
  • High level of professional communication with good interpersonal skills to work closely with donors, staff, volunteers, and international Fellows.
  • Commitment to the principles of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Learning (outlined here in our DEI statement:



  • Experience running nonprofit fundraising events.
  • Experience designing and working with vendors to produce event materials.
  • Experience running engaging virtual events.
  • Adobe InDesign or similar proficiency, or willingness to train in software.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office and Google Application Suites with a high level of general computer competency.
  • Familiarity/experience with Salesforce or other CRM (training available).
  • Passionate about young people making an impact, and commitment to social change and social entrepreneurship.



Resolution does our best to provide a competitive benefits package to our team. Full-time Resolution staff members have access to a range of health plans and for dental, vision, life, and disability insurance, covered at 100% for the employee. Full-time staff also have access to generous paid time off and robust professional development opportunities. In addition, employees may opt into FSA, HSA, transit check, and other voluntary insurance policies.




Resolution is an equal opportunity employer.  The organization does not engage in and prohibits discrimination in employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race or ethnicity, color, national origin, ancestry, gender identity, sex or gender (including pregnancy), LGBTQ+ status or sexual orientation, age, religion, creed, physical or mental disability, marital or partnership status, veteran status, military service status, or any other characteristic protected by state, local or federal law.



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Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: development, event planning, Fundraising, and managerial. Salaries: 60,000 - 80,000.

Job expires in 15 days.

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