Founded in 1977, the Les Turner ALS Foundation is the leader in comprehensive ALS care in Chicagoland. Although we’re one of the largest independent ALS groups in the country, we treat each person like family, and we’re committed to supporting them every step of the way. Our individualized approach ensures each person living with the disease receives the best quality of care, and our local community of support provides their loved ones with answers and encouragement. Our Les Turner ALS Center at Northwestern Medicine is led by the most well- respected and successful clinicians and researchers in the field, advancing vital care and research in pursuit of life-enhancing treatments and a cure.
Our mission is to provide the most comprehensive care and support to people living with ALS and their families in Chicagoland so they can confidently navigate the disease, and advance scientific research for the prevention, treatment and cure of ALS. We’re committed to supporting each person living with ALS, and those that love them, every step of the way.
POSITION DESCRIPTION: We are seeking a dynamic self-starter with a record of success in the non-profit space to join our family as an Associate Director of Events. The Associate Director of Events is a full-time position reporting to the Director of Development and leads the Foundation’s extensive and successful Special Events program. In this newly created role, you will have major fundraising and event responsibilities associated with the Foundation’s signature events: Hope Through Caring Gala, Tag Days, Strike Out ALS 5K and 1 Mile Run, Walk & Roll, and the ALS Walk for Life.
You will possess experience in peer-to-peer fundraising, especially through the use of Blackbaud donor software including Luminate Online, and be energetic, creative, organized, strategic and collaborative. You thrive on challenges and want to make a difference in the Chicagoland ALS community.
REPORTS TO: Director of Development
MANAGES: Events Manager
DUTIES INCLUDE BUT NOT LIMITED TO:
Event fundraising management: Develop, implement and refine fundraising strategies on an annual basis to increase event revenue. Work with the Director of Development and CEO to create income and attendance projections for events. Encourage participant, team and corporate fundraising for the Foundation’s signature events; Hope Through Caring Gala, Tag Days, Strike Out ALS 5k and 1 Mile Run, Walk & Roll, ALS Walk for Life, Team Race for ALS, Young ProfessionALS Group and the Foundation’s third party Fundraise Your Way program.
Budgeting and project management: Create and adhere to project budgets and timelines with an eye towards reducing expenses and creating efficiencies. Utilize Raisers Edge and/or Luminate to track and collect funds raised, monitor progress of registration, ticket sales and income goals and adjust plans as appropriate. Conduct post-event follow up and action steps. Keep accurate records and comparison charts for every year.
Event logistics: In partnership with the Events team and Foundation’s third-party events management company, coordinate logistical elements to include securing all appropriate contracts, permits, and licensing, manage materials, supplies and signage needed for event production.
Sponsorship: In partnership with the Director of Development, identify and solicit potential sponsors, both cash and in kind, and actively engage in creating strategies and messaging that identify and secure sponsors to supplement and enhance event day needs and fulfill Foundation sponsorship agreement requirements.
Event communications and public relations: In coordination with the Marketing and Communications team, develop and fine-tune strategic communications and marketing strategies for special events and programs. Actively work with the Marketing and Communication’s team in creation of print and web-based materials to enhance fundraising efforts.
Donor/participant/vendor relations: In partnership with the Events Manager, steward relationships with donors, vendors and participants. Properly manage relationships to ensure ongoing support and participation for all Foundation events.
Data entry: Responsible for the timely and accurate entry and updating of donor information, in-kind vendors and volunteers into Raiser’s Edge and/or Luminate. In coordination with front office operations, direct donation management and gift entry.
Overall responsibilities: Foster strong working relationships with board and committee members, people living with ALS, families, donors, volunteers and staff.
Ongoing contribution to the strategic long-term vision of the Foundation through suggestions for innovation and efficiencies in event and fundraising programming.
Critically evaluate events to determine if they are effective and make suggestions for improvement
Be aware of and investigate industry trends and new ideas for future fundraising initiatives and existing events
Contribute to Foundation communications and board materials as needed
As necessary, attend board meetings, committee meetings and programmatic events
Other duties as assigned by the Director of Development and Chief Executive Officer
Bachelor’s degree, with a minimum of 5-8 years of experience in event management and fundraising with a nonprofit organization
Positive attitude, strong analytical thinking, problem solving and communication skills (both written and oral) with a demonstrated attention to detail and strong organizational skills
Proven ability to successfully handle multiple projects, meet critical deadlines and work independently, as well as part of a team
Possess an ability to interact professionally with potential donors, participants, external vendors, volunteers and board members
Must be resourceful and creative with a commitment to relationship building
Must have car and valid driver’s license
Flexibility to attend evening and/or weekend meetings and/or events
Proficiency with Microsoft Office applications and donor database software, specifically, Blackbaud’s Raiser’s Edge and Luminate Online
Be passionate about and comfortable working with people and families affected by ALS
What We Offer:
We offer a warm, friendly office environment full of highly-motivated and inspiring teammates. Salary for this role is competitive and commensurate with your skills and experience. Our benefits package is robust and includes: comprehensive health insurance, 401k with organizational match, generous paid time off, nine paid holidays, summer hours, disability and life insurance.
The Associate Director of Events is a full-time, salaried, exempt position. The Foundation complies with the Fair Labor Standards Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act.
To Apply: Submit cover letter, resume and a writing sample (no more than three pages) to firstname.lastname@example.org writing “Associate Director of Events” in the subject line. Please indicate salary expectations. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.