Special Events Officer

Korean American Community Foundation | New York, New York

Background

Founded in 2002, the Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) transforms and empowers communities through philanthropy, volunteerism and inter-community bridge building. KACF pursues these goals through grantmaking that promotes self-sufficiency for the underserved and under-resourced, by raising awareness of needs and issues, and by fostering a culture of giving. Our vision is a vibrant Korean American community working together to strengthen our society.

Job Summary

The Korean American Community Foundation seeks a dynamic Special Events Officer. As part of the development team, s/he will work closely with the President and Development Officer to develop and implement cohesive donor engagement strategies, focusing on events as a strategy to cultivate individual and corporate donors. The Special Events Officer will manage all aspects of three high-profile benefit events—Annual Gala, Golf Classic and Giving Summit—and several smaller donor cultivation events.

Reports To

President

Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the President, Board of Directors and the Development Officer, to plan and implement all aspects of KACF’s Annual Gala, Golf Classic, Giving Summit and high-touch events, including identifying, cultivating and soliciting event leadership, donors and corporate sponsors
  • Work closely with the Development Officer to map out a calendar of annual cultivation events and develop an overall donor pipeline and engagement strategy
  • Develop and maintain event budgets, including forecasting event revenue and expenses; manage events committee(s), oversee program content (speaker remarks, presentations, etc.) to ensure that the key messages are reinforced
  • Plan event logistics from inception to execution, and manage guest lists, marketing, vendor contracts, staffing, and program, and all data related to events
  • Draft all event-related correspondence, including solicitation letters, invitation and program text, acknowledgements, and other correspondence
  • Evaluate overall results of special events; provide recommendations, modifications and new approaches to support successful achievement of department and organizational goals.
  • Work closely with the Associate Board, the next generation philanthropist initiative that cultivates a pipeline of volunteers and donors
  • Other projects may be assigned, depending on organizational needs.

Qualifications

Experience: 3-5 years of experience in event management, volunteer management, project management, development, marketing or related work, preferably at a nonprofit organization or a foundation

Project Management Skills: Strong project management with excellent organization skills, capable of handling multiple projects with competing deadlines, and the flexibility to manage shifting priorities

Technology Skills:

  • Computer literacy, including strong word processing experience, and proficiency in Microsoft Office software
  • Working knowledge of Blackbaud/E-Tapestry or similar CRM/donor database software preferred, with a willingness and ability to learn appropriate database and other computer programs

Communication Skills:

  • Excellent interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills
  • Critical thinking in assessing, compiling and disseminating information
  • Ability to prepare and deliver information both internally and externally, and to comfortably interact with diverse audiences as well as nonprofit and community groups

Team Work & General Skills:

  • A strong team player capable of working collaboratively with a diverse range of constituents and exhibit: individual maturity, respect for others, and team-centered approach
  • A self-starter capable of working with limited supervision
  • Flexibility to work before/after hours and some weekends

Cultural Competence: Familiarity, interest or knowledge of Korean/Asian American community is a plus but not required

Education: Bachelor’s degree required

Compensation

This is a full-time position with a competitive salary. KACF offers a benefits package that includes employee medical and dental covered by the organization, 401(k) retirement plan, access to professional development opportunities, and additional benefits.

Requirements/Other

KACF staff are working remotely during the pandemic. 

How to Apply

KACF welcomes applications from qualified individuals. To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and three writing samples to Brennan Gang at brennan@kacfny.org with subject line: KACF Special Events Officer. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Korean American Community Foundation