Manager of Special Events - Office of Development & Communications

New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children | New York, New York


The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NYSPCC) is currently accepting applications for a full-time Manager of Special Events for the Office of Development & Communications. 

Job Summary

The Manager of Special Events is responsible for working with The NYSPCC leadership to develop and execute fundraising events with the goal of creating meaningful and impactful events that garner; press and brand awareness, increase revenue, donor loyalty and acquire new supporters to The NYSPCC.  Annual events include; the Food & Wine Gala, Spring Luncheon, Family Benefit and Junior Committee Spring Benefit as well as periodic cultivation events.

Reports To

Reports to the Director of Development & Communications.


  • Lead revenue driven events - meeting or exceeding annual events goal of nearly $1 million.
  • Develop the strategy, concepts, themes and formats and overseeing the execution of fundraising and cultivation events that further engage individual donors and supports agency and department goals.
  • Research and develop new systems and strategies to promote special event coordination and implement new cultivation strategies, such as innovative uses of technology and social media.
  • Collaborate with external partners, honorees, chairs, board members, and committee members on event cultivation, including mailing and email list compilation and distribution and silent and live auctions.
  • Manage event committees and sponsor solicitation. Coordinate and lead committee meetings, draft minutes, debriefs, stewardship of host committees to secure members, sponsorships, and in-kind gifts.
  • Prepare financial reports for presentation to Executive Director and the board. Maintain event timelines & financial reports and budgets.
  • Manage vendors, venue, event consultants; temp staff and volunteers working on events; secure rates that enhance budgets.
  • Develop invitations, programs and other event materials as needed. Manage production of printed materials and multiple high-volume mailings.
  • Write talking points, event correspondence, collateral materials, social media and web, solicitation and thank you letters and other follow-up as necessary.
  • Draft run of show and staffing assignments. Recruit and manage event volunteers, and serve as event point-person on-site.
  • Work with the Development Coordinator to ensure maintenance of clear, complete and up-to-date records on contributions and pledges.  Oversee research and profiles on event attendees.
  • Performs additional duties and responsibilities as needed.


  • Undergraduate degree required
  • Minimum 5 years of experience with a proven track record of developing and implementing fundraising and special events for non-profits.
  • Collaborative and results-oriented approach to lead and drive the production of high quality events that meet funding goals, advance our brand, donor involvement, cultivation and stewardship.
  • Excellent relationship management and interpersonal skills: the ability to work effectively with donors, volunteers and staff; display superior judgment and diplomatic skills; excellent verbal and written communications skills.
  • Also essential are strong writing and interpersonal communications skills as well as the ability to be a team leader and team player.
  • Enthusiasm, commitment to excellence, self-motivation, a professional demeanor, is highly organized and detail oriented.
  • The ability to handle multiple tasks with organization and accuracy.
  • Ability to work occasional weekends and evenings.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), internet research and strong knowledge of social media. Experience working with databases.


Up to $70K, commensurate with experience.  Excellent benefit package, including health insurance (medical, dental and vision), 403B plan, life insurance, and generous vacation/personal day leave.

How to Apply

If you meet the qualifications and are interested in applying for this position, or know of anyone who may be interested, please email your resume, cover letter and writing sample to Megan Santosusso at The NYSPCC, 161 William Street, 9th Floor, New York, NY 10038 or

The NYSPCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer that promotes diversity in its employment practices.  Employment decisions will are made without regard to an applicant's actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, age, disability, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, arrest or conviction record (consistent with the provisions of New York State‚Äôs Corrections Law), partnership status, familial status, liability for military service, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking or sex offense, veteran status, genetic pre-disposition or carrier status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children