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Development Events Manager

The Development Events Manager will be joining our Development Team, reporting to the Director of Development, and working closely with the Executive Director and Board leadership. This position will create inspiring fundraising events, increase engagement with our donors, and foster growth with our sponsorships while using and learning current best practices in philanthropy and working alongside top experts in salmon and steelhead recovery. 

Key Responsibilities

Fundraising Events Management 

  • Manage a growing special events program that produces three annual events ranging in size from 75-200+ guests and generates $300k+ annually to create an inspiring atmosphere to help develop a culture of philanthropy.  
  • Develop and execute project timelines, engage Board, staff, and outside event planning committee members by delegating tasks, setting clear timelines and goals, and continually tracking progress. 
  • Co-create event budgets, set and track targets to measure progress against goals, and reconcile all post-event payments and pledges. 
  • Develop invitation lists in alignment with event goals and manage the invitation and RSVP tracking process. 
  • Utilize the Board and their associated networks to secure table captains.  
  • Create online event infrastructure and content with the Senior Communications Manager (ticket sales platforms, web pages, events software, social media platforms, etc.). 
  • Build and manage relationships with third-party vendors, including venue, catering, auctioneers, consultants, audio/visual, etc. 
  • Develop event programming: event “arc”, video content and production, guest speakers, messaging and talking points, etc. in collaboration with Senior Communications Manager and Director of Development. 
  • Manage all day-of activities, develop staff roles, manage volunteers, oversee vendors, manage program flow, act as primary contact for venue staff, etc. 
  • Manage other small events such as salon dinners, house parties, and programmatic conferences/meetings, etc. 

Event Communications and Marketing 

  • Market events to engage new and existing audiences and manage event communications to create clear and defined messaging around the organizational brand of each specific event.  
  • Conceptualize event branding and oversee the design and production of all print/digital collateral.  
  • Manage email campaigns related to events in Bloomerang. Use data to advise on best practices and develop strategies to improve open and click-through rates. 
  • Compile event content for the website to ensure updates are posted in a timely manner.  
  • Develop event content for social media.  
  • Create simple graphics for websites, email, and social media. 

Event Sponsorships 

  • Manage the event sponsorship program aimed at growing corporate support income to $250k+ annually via events and special campaigns/projects. 
  • Build and foster relationships with a personal portfolio of sponsors and sponsor prospects. 
  • Research and identify potential corporate partners in partnership with the Director of Development. 

Internal Event/Meeting Support 

  • Help schedule and coordinate full Board and committee meetings throughout the year.  
  • Support project-focused events (e.g. workshops, conferences, etc.) through activities such as RSVP tracking, identifying event space, and providing day-of support.  

Team Collaboration, Values, and Culture  

  • Collaborate as a member of the Development Team, providing thought partnership and support as needed. 
  • Contribute as the Development Team incorporates principles of Community-Centric Fundraising in our work. 
  • Participate fully in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives. 
  • Contribute to organizational culture by participating in team building activities to help build a fun, welcoming, and productive workplace. 

Minimum Skills & Qualifications

  • 3+ years of nonprofit/fundraising experience 
  • Demonstrable experience managing events and/or large-scale project management 
  • Knowledge and experience with event communications and marketing 
  • Ability to create event-related content; familiarity with Canva or other design software  
  • Excellent relationship building and customer service skills; not afraid to make asks and drive relationships 
  • Exudes kindness and professionalism; exhibits in phone and email demeanor 
  • Persistent; possesses unparalleled follow-up skills 
  • Highly organized with strong attention to detail and an ability to manage multiple events simultaneously 
  • Good natured team member, willing to be flexible and contribute to the overall success of the organization 
  • Experience working with CRM databases, email marketing, and website platforms (e.g., Bloomerang, Greater Giving and WordPress) 
  • Ability to collaborate in a hybrid and technology-forward work environment, utilizing cloud-based team communication software such as Microsoft Teams, SharePoint, and Slack 
  • Openness to trying and troubleshooting new technology solutions 
  • Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent level of training and experience 

Desired Skills & Qualifications 

  • Frontline fundraising experience 
  • Experience with corporate donors and/or managing sponsorship programs 
  • Experience with project management software (e.g., Asana) 
  • Basic familiarity with Canva, Illustrator, InDesign, and Photoshop; interest in developing further aptitude 
  • Interest and excitement around conceptualizing event branding and overseeing design 
  • Experience tracking and managing event budgets 
  • Interest and desire to learn about and incorporate principles of Community-Centric Fundraising into event management and fundraising work 
  • Bring something new to LLTK through your personhood, talents, lived experience, etc. – you are an addition to our culture 
  • Passion for protecting and stewarding nature and wildlife 

Compensation & Benefits 

This is a full-time, exempt position. The salary range for this position is $72,000-$90,000 (the range aims to accommodate those with varying years of relevant experience and/or education).  

Benefits include: 

  • Paid Time Off
    • Vacation accrued at 10 hours per month for the first three years of employmentSick time accrued at 8 hours per month
    • 13 Floating PTO days
  • Health Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
  • 401k with matching opportunities (after one year of employment and 1,000 hours worked) at 5%
  • Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Flex Spending Account 
  • Dependent Care FSA
  • Quarterly Cell Phone Stipend ($60) 
  • ORCA Pass for commuting
  • Dog-Friendly Office

LLTK completes annual reviews including employee growth plans. The hope is that the person who fills this role will grow into a Senior Manager position after 1-2 years.  

Working Conditions & Location 

    • We ask all staff to work from our office in downtown Seattle at least one day a week. Our anchor days are currently Tuesdays.  
    • Additionally, we have quarterly staff gatherings that require in-person participation and there may be additional work location and travel needs specific to this position.  
    • Note that this may change as we continue to adjust to workplace changes brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The physical requirements of this role listed below are representative of those that may need to be met by an employee in this role: 

  • Operating a computer and other office equipment. 
  • Ability to work in an office environment with fluctuating noise level. 
  • Occasionally lifting up to 20 pounds; however, assistance with lifting or moving items can be provided. 

How to Apply

We welcome and encourage qualified people of all identities and abilities to applyPlease apply via Asana. Your application packet should include a resume and a cover letter, which answers all of the following questions: 

  1. Why are you interested in this role at Long Live the Kings?
  2. What excited you about event curation? 
  3. How have your previous experiences prepared you to be successful in this role? Please describe your number of years and type of experience with donor databases/CRMs. 
  4. Why do Long Live the King’s mission, values, and approach to salmon recovery resonate with you?  

Timeline: We are opening up the application process in May 2024. The Priority Deadline for application will be June 20, 2024, but we will keep the application open until the position is filled. Interviews will be held via phone as well as in-person. Our ideal start date would be in mid-July 2024 but will be determined in consultation with the final candidate. We look forward to learning more about you!    

Accessibility: Long Live the Kings is committed to improving hiring practices to be more inclusive and anti-ableist. We have reviewed the job requirements and only include physical abilities when completely necessary. During the interview process, we email the panel questions ahead of time. We are also able to provide captioning and/or interpretation (e.g., ASL) if requested. If you need specific assistance and/or accommodation during the application or recruiting process, please let us know by emailing our People & Culture team at echen@lltk.org.  

Long Live the Kings is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity.  We do not discriminate in employment based on any individual’s race, socioeconomic status, national origin, color, disability, religion, gender, age, marital status, criminal background or arrest record, sexual orientation or gender identity and encourage all candidates to apply. 

About Long Live the Kings

LLTK’s mission is to restore wild salmon and steelhead and support sustainable fishing in the Pacific Northwest. Since 1986, we have been advancing science, improving management, and implementing solutions to balance the needs of fish and people. LLTK envisions a sustainable Northwest with a growing human population, a thriving economy, and flourishing salmon runs. 

Our 15-member Board of Directors and 19 dedicated staff members seek broad involvement to help us accomplish our goals. Our core values are stewardship, collaboration, results, and learning. Our staff are located in Seattle, Hood Canal, and Orcas Island, and work throughout western Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Learn more about us in our 2025 Strategic Roadmap and on our website.  

LLTK Staff and Board are committed to authentically embracing the principles of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) as a core value that drives the success of our people, our partners, and our work. We have been engaged in this work formally since 2021, and we are looking for new staff who want to advance this work and who are excited to be on this journey with us.