Director of Event Planning – Lakeland, FL

The Director of Event Planning is responsible for the strategic direction and management of key development related events essential to developing, expanding and stewarding major philanthropic support for FBCH.  The director has occasional contact with members and/or spouses of the FBCH Board and frequent contact with volunteers, major donors/prospects to the organization.

Essential Duties and Functions:

  • Responsible for planning, coordinating and implementing development related event plans and strategies to ensure fulfillment of funding goals. Events include, but are not limited to the One More Child Celebration Ball, donor cultivation receptions, board meeting dinners, Women of Compassion regional events, receptions in partnership with Church Relations and volunteer appreciation events.
  • Ensures that development event activities are based on the organizations strategic goals, objectives and future plans.
  • Gathers information, materials and resources needed to implement key fund raising events and cultivation activities.
  • Responsibilities include setting schedules, developing and monitoring action plans and timelines for implementation, volunteer recruitment and management, event reporting/tracking, sponsor levels and solicitation, food, decorations, event reporting, media relations, tracking in Raiser’s Edge and using this information to make discretionary decisions about event planning.
  • Maintains collaborative relationships with campus leadership, program leadership, finance and executive leadership and the communications team to maximize fundraising and communication effectiveness at events.
  • Oversees organization Thanksgiving and Christmas cards.
  • Helps identify stewardship crafts for the development team. Oversees crafting activities by the children on the Lakeland children.
  • Develops an atmosphere conducive to philanthropic giving that supports the funding priorities of the organization.
  • Articulates the funding priorities for FBCH with individuals and during speaking engagements before public audiences.
  • Coordinates activity in support of the development program.
  • Recruits and leads volunteers and staff for identified fundraising events as appropriate.
  • Implements specific event strategies directed toward targeted donors, potential donors, and other key constituencies.
  • Works with the development, communication and church relation team members to coordinate components of development events.
  • Demonstrates strong event management skills while timely managing multiple priorities.
  • Coordinates related projects including mailing lists, invitation designs, mailings, distribution, scheduling, record keeping, copying, ordering supplies and phone calls as needed.
  • Assists with the strategic planning and preparation of collateral material associated with the development program.
  • Participates in development team meetings and other meetings as necessary.
  • Requires flexibility to provide event direction on weekends and holidays.
  • Has access to confidential data that allows for coordinating and organizing assigned responsibilities.
  • Maintains personal and professional growth and development through seminars, webinars, workshops, books, software, publications and professional affiliations to keep current with legal issues and the latest trends in the field of fundraising.
  • Participates actively to assure compliance in assigned areas of responsibility.
  • Plays a significant role in the communication strategies with donors and prospects for their respective campus(es).
  • Demonstrates excellent communication skills.
  • Is highly motivated, organized, displays sound/mature judgment and integrity.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • At least three (3) years of professional experience required, at least five (5) years of professional experience preferred.
  • Event management experience is preferred.
  • Prior fundraising experience is not required.

Employee Benefits: 

  • $1000 sign-on bonus ($250 upon completion of new hire Relias Trainings, $250 upon successful completion of probation period, $500 at 1 year anniversary)
  • 403b
  • Insurance (Dental, Medical and Vision)
  • Paid Days Off
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