Manager of Special Events and Donor Engagement

Center for Reproductive Rights | New York, New York


Job Title: Manager of Special Events and Donor Engagement

Department: Development

Center Background: The Center for Reproductive Rights (the Center) is the premier global legal organization dedicated to advancing women's reproductive health, self-determination, and dignity.  Its mission is straightforward and ambitious: to advance reproductive health and rights as fundamental human rights that all governments around the world are legally obligated to protect, respect, and fulfill.  Headquartered in New York City, the Center has regional offices in Bogota, Geneva, Kathmandu, Nairobi, and Washington, DC and a staff of more than 170 diverse professionals.  Its annual operating budget is approximately $23 million, the result of an extraordinary growth trajectory; the Center is now poised for a new phase of significant expansion through its next Strategic Plan.

The Center's game-changing litigation and advocacy work, combined with its unparalleled expertise in constitutional, comparative, and international human rights law, have transformed how reproductive rights are understood by courts, governments, and human rights bodies worldwide. It has played a key role in securing landmark legal victories in the U.S., Latin America, Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe on issues including access to life-saving obstetrics care, contraception, safe abortion services, and comprehensive sexuality information, as well as the prevention of forced sterilization and child marriage.  It has brought groundbreaking cases before national courts, U.N. Committees, and regional human rights bodies, led the development of historic, proactive legislation advancing robust protections for reproductive rights, and has built the legal capacity of women's rights advocates in more than 55 countries.

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Job Summary

The Manager, Special Events and Donor Engagement will work across the major gifts department as well as the broader Development team serving as a strategic project manager and leading donor engagement and event operations including logistics, data and analysis, systems and communications.  This position will report to the Senior Director of Major Gifts and work closely with the frontline fundraising staff, broader Development, President office and Communications teams.

This position will be based in New York City.


  • Oversee annual New York gala and San Francisco annual benefit event logistics including timeline development, vendor outreach, revenue and budget tracking, event invitation and production materials and data management and coordinate with Frontline fundraisers and consultant to integrate committee outreach and sponsorship asks into event systems and tracking.
  • With the Senior Director of Major Gifts and the frontline fundraising staff and consultants, create a program of fundraising and cultivation events and engagement that promotes the work of the Center to further engage donors and coordinate and implement event logistics.
  • Work with the Office of the President, Board and Leadership Councils to oversee cross cutting cultivation events that include volunteers, Board members and major donors.
  • Work with Development Staff to map out a calendar of annual cultivation events within the overall pipeline and engagement strategy and assess and evaluate their effectiveness in advancing the strategic priorities for the Major Gifts program.
  • Coordinate logistics for all donor events and manage the development of event communications and materials, coordinating with internal and external partners and oversee work of support staff in relation to events.
  • Work with Board members and volunteers on invitation lists and solicitations and execute event mailings.
  • Prepare and monitor events budget revenue and expense tracking.
  • Work with Development Operations team to ensure accurate expense and gift processing for events, attendance tracking and data analysis to evaluate strategies and donor engagement.
  • Work closely with the Marketing and Events Manager in Communications and the Program teams to maximize donor engagement in institutional events. 


  • Bachelor's Degree required; advanced degree a plus
  • Minimum 5 years' experience working in special events
  • A successful track record of planning, managing and implementing a successful special events program
  • Ability to collaboratively design a series of cultivation events to showcase the work and mission of the organization represented
  • Superior writing and editing skills with ability to produce top-quality work in a short period of time
  • Analytical thinker, detail-oriented, team player who takes initiative and has the ability to work independently
  • Principled, ethical, professional and committed to exceptional work quality and standards
  • Highly organized, creative, pro-active, detail-oriented, and able to prioritize with superior time management and troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to meet short deadlines and thrive within a very fast-paced, professionally rigorous environment
  • Experience with volunteer management an advantage
  • Experience with Raisers Edge preferred
  • Commitment to the Center's mission, purpose, and values

Critical Position Behaviors:

  • Collaborative: Brings a track record of working effectively with various and diverse individuals and groups. A willingness to actively listen and invite different views and opinions across all levels of the institution to build alignment in support of a common goal.
  • Innovative: Demonstrated ability to be innovative and highly productive, with a focus on excellence in a high energy, fast moving, deadline-oriented environment
  • Initiative: Effectively responds to pressure or crisis situations and acts professionally. Uses resources well.  Follows through on ideas, assignments and open issues.  Must possess a "can-do" and "will-do" attitude.
  • Commitment to learning: Applies a growth mentality to their own development and pushes self and others to work out of comfort zone. Promotes a culture of learning by modeling inquisitiveness and an openness to viewing mistakes as an opportunity to learn and improve
  • Integrity: Possesses impeccable integrity and personal and professional values that are consistent with the Center's high standards and mission.
  • Transparency: Consistently applies openness and honesty in communicating decisions and plans to team members.
  • Adaptive/flexible: Has a can do/will do attitude and demonstrates comfort with ambiguity and calculated risk-taking.
  • Empathy: An empathetic, approachable team player who engenders trust and confidence, with an inherent ability to interact positively with all members of the Center staff.
  • Independent Worker/Thinker: Must have the ability to work independently and in a team setting.
  • Confident: Must possess and exhibit a level of confidence in themselves and his/her work but be able to take direction and criticism professionally.
  • Results Oriented: Ability to achieve results and complete assignments in a timely manner.


The Center offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits program.

How to Apply

Please click on the link below to apply. A cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references must be included in your application in order to be considered for this role.  It is encouraged to include these application materials as attachments.

Deadline for applications: Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

The Center for Reproductive Rights is an equal opportunity employer, committed to inclusive hiring, and dedicated to diversity in our work and staff. We strongly encourage people from all groups and communities to apply.

Center for Reproductive Rights


Organization: Nonprofit Organizations