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National Geographic
Washington, DC, United States

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Vice President, Global Special Events


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Job ID:

1027

Location:

Washington, DC, DC, United States 

Category:

Sales, Marketing & PR, Senior Management
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Job Views:

137

Employment Type:

Full time

Posted:

05.01.2021
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Occupations:

Sales, Marketing & PR: Events
Senior Management: Vice President

Job Description:

How You’ll Contribute
The Advancement team cultivates, solicits, and stewards individuals, as well as foundation, government and corporate partners who invest in the Society to drive impact through science, technology, education, exploration, and storytelling. The team collaborates with Society teams – and often works closely with NGP/Disney – to build transformative and impact-driven strategic partnerships. The team also produces global events that deepen connections and leverage the Society’s power to convene, and directs robust annual, major and planned giving programs empowering the Society with a broad base of public support.

The Vice President, Global Special Events (VP) is a senior leader who oversees the strategy development, programming creation and resource management for all National Geographic Society global events. This includes thoughtful engagement with a wide range of external partners, donors, key stakeholders and internal staff to successfully plan and deliver Society produced and/or sponsored events. S/he will lead and implement a comprehensive engagement and special events program that effectively cultivates a broad constituency base including prospects and donors for the Society.The VP is responsible for leveraging NGS global events to benefit the Society’s strategic priorities and overall advancement and fundraising goals. 

The VP will direct and manage a team of global event professionals as well as external vendors and contractors to deliver several multi-day signature events in addition to VIP advancement and cultivation events, sponsorships, and galas. The VP is a strategic thinker and provides advancement expertise, creative direction, project oversight, and relationship management to the team. S/he will ensure that all global events are delivered on time and on budget, meet stated impact goals and are a proud expression of the National Geographic brand.

The VP also manages the organization’s centralized sponsorship of external events. This includes working with client groups to identify external events at which a National Geographic Society branded presence would help achieve programmatic goals, negotiating sponsorship benefits and executing all aspects of the sponsorship opportunity.
Your Impact 

Your Impact
Responsibilities include:

Strategic Vision and Leadership (40%)
  • Establish a robust global special events and sponsorship strategy within the Society, evaluating and developing a consistent schedule and assessing new event opportunities that can drive fundraising success and impact
  • Lead the event strategy and production for all NGS signature events and festivals domestically and internationally
  • Manage and direct all ownership and financial accountability for each event or sponsorship
  • Provide financial forecasting, developing multiyear plans and annual budgets, with the goal to produce revenue-generating events
  • Work with and present to NGS Senior Leadership on event content, strategy, execution and performance
  • Manage, lead and articulate the role and goal of all virtual and in-person events
  • Successfully execute and coordinate with the team on all aspects of events, from venue to agenda, while driving participation and fundraising success
  • Establish and proactively manage the global events budget and execute events successfully on time and within budget
  • Measure, report, and optimize ROI on all special events.

Events Operations (40%)
  • Oversee planning, production, management, and evaluation for National Geographic’s most important internal events, including but not limited to board meetings and retreats, fundraising galas, museum openings, and donor receptions
  • Manage team to ensure that logistics for all events (catering, rentals, set up, check-in, staffing, etc.) are flawlessly implemented
  • Manage and delegate to team members the following activities: pulling mailing lists; registration of attendees; processing vendor payments; creating briefing documents; and records tracking and events maintenance
  • Provide high level updates and event plans for the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that they are well informed about and prepared for events, funder/donor/partner meetings and responsibilities, following up appropriately
  • Create and maintain an expense budget for each event. Work cross-divisionally with colleagues in procurement and purchasing on selection of venues, catering, etc. and adhere to National Geographic expense policies
  • Work collaboratively across the Society to ensure accurate and timely communication about events
  • Serve as a thoughtful partner to the NGP Events team to ensure alignment and collaboration

Team and Talent Management (20%)
  • Recruit and manage a robust global events team to support the development and execution of all special events
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values professional development and a commitment to quality
  • Mentor, coach and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountability, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments

Job Requirements:

What You’ll Bring
Educational Background:
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Minimum Years & Type of Experience:
  • 15+ years of directly related experience, including managing and growing large-scale events, strategic planning and event production, preferably in a nonprofit development setting. 7+ years of management experience preferred

Necessary Knowledge & Skills:
  • Excellent management skills; ability to set priorities, direct and manage the work of a diverse team
  • Excellent critical thinking skills and ability to handle emergency situations, demonstrating sound judgment under pressure
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; proven ability to handle multiple projects while setting appropriate priorities to achieve goals
  • Sophisticated advancement professional who works with thoughtful diplomacy and tact at all times, including with senior executives and high net worth individuals
  • Excellent budgeting, financial management and financial reporting skills

Desired Qualifications:
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and a strong sense of teamwork
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team and across departments to achieve fundraising and participation success through special events
  • Ability to handle sensitive information confidentially
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends when necessary; ability to travel as needed to implement and deliver high level global events
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn new software quickly

Supervision:
  • 6+ direct reports

We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position. We are looking for someone with relevant skills and experience, not a checklist that exactly matches the job description. We want to help you grow and in return, you help us grow into a stronger, more inclusive organization. 


Company Info


National Geographic
Washington, DC, United States

Vice President, Global Special Events

col-narrow-left   

Job ID:

1027

Location:

Washington, DC, DC, United States 

Category:

Sales, Marketing & PR, Senior Management
col-narrow-right   

Job Views:

137

Employment Type:

Full time

Posted:

05.01.2021
col-wide   

Occupations:

Sales, Marketing & PR: Events
Senior Management: Vice President

Job Description:

How You’ll Contribute
The Advancement team cultivates, solicits, and stewards individuals, as well as foundation, government and corporate partners who invest in the Society to drive impact through science, technology, education, exploration, and storytelling. The team collaborates with Society teams – and often works closely with NGP/Disney – to build transformative and impact-driven strategic partnerships. The team also produces global events that deepen connections and leverage the Society’s power to convene, and directs robust annual, major and planned giving programs empowering the Society with a broad base of public support.

The Vice President, Global Special Events (VP) is a senior leader who oversees the strategy development, programming creation and resource management for all National Geographic Society global events. This includes thoughtful engagement with a wide range of external partners, donors, key stakeholders and internal staff to successfully plan and deliver Society produced and/or sponsored events. S/he will lead and implement a comprehensive engagement and special events program that effectively cultivates a broad constituency base including prospects and donors for the Society.The VP is responsible for leveraging NGS global events to benefit the Society’s strategic priorities and overall advancement and fundraising goals. 

The VP will direct and manage a team of global event professionals as well as external vendors and contractors to deliver several multi-day signature events in addition to VIP advancement and cultivation events, sponsorships, and galas. The VP is a strategic thinker and provides advancement expertise, creative direction, project oversight, and relationship management to the team. S/he will ensure that all global events are delivered on time and on budget, meet stated impact goals and are a proud expression of the National Geographic brand.

The VP also manages the organization’s centralized sponsorship of external events. This includes working with client groups to identify external events at which a National Geographic Society branded presence would help achieve programmatic goals, negotiating sponsorship benefits and executing all aspects of the sponsorship opportunity.
Your Impact 

Your Impact
Responsibilities include:

Strategic Vision and Leadership (40%)
  • Establish a robust global special events and sponsorship strategy within the Society, evaluating and developing a consistent schedule and assessing new event opportunities that can drive fundraising success and impact
  • Lead the event strategy and production for all NGS signature events and festivals domestically and internationally
  • Manage and direct all ownership and financial accountability for each event or sponsorship
  • Provide financial forecasting, developing multiyear plans and annual budgets, with the goal to produce revenue-generating events
  • Work with and present to NGS Senior Leadership on event content, strategy, execution and performance
  • Manage, lead and articulate the role and goal of all virtual and in-person events
  • Successfully execute and coordinate with the team on all aspects of events, from venue to agenda, while driving participation and fundraising success
  • Establish and proactively manage the global events budget and execute events successfully on time and within budget
  • Measure, report, and optimize ROI on all special events.

Events Operations (40%)
  • Oversee planning, production, management, and evaluation for National Geographic’s most important internal events, including but not limited to board meetings and retreats, fundraising galas, museum openings, and donor receptions
  • Manage team to ensure that logistics for all events (catering, rentals, set up, check-in, staffing, etc.) are flawlessly implemented
  • Manage and delegate to team members the following activities: pulling mailing lists; registration of attendees; processing vendor payments; creating briefing documents; and records tracking and events maintenance
  • Provide high level updates and event plans for the Chief Advancement Officer (CAO) and the Senior Leadership Team to ensure that they are well informed about and prepared for events, funder/donor/partner meetings and responsibilities, following up appropriately
  • Create and maintain an expense budget for each event. Work cross-divisionally with colleagues in procurement and purchasing on selection of venues, catering, etc. and adhere to National Geographic expense policies
  • Work collaboratively across the Society to ensure accurate and timely communication about events
  • Serve as a thoughtful partner to the NGP Events team to ensure alignment and collaboration

Team and Talent Management (20%)
  • Recruit and manage a robust global events team to support the development and execution of all special events
  • Promote a culture of high performance and continuous improvement that values professional development and a commitment to quality
  • Mentor, coach and develop staff using a supportive and collaborative approach on a consistent basis
  • Establish and monitor staff performance and development goals, assign accountability, set objectives, establish priorities, conduct annual performance appraisals, and administer salary adjustments

Job Requirements:

What You’ll Bring
Educational Background:
  • Bachelor’s degree required.

Minimum Years & Type of Experience:
  • 15+ years of directly related experience, including managing and growing large-scale events, strategic planning and event production, preferably in a nonprofit development setting. 7+ years of management experience preferred

Necessary Knowledge & Skills:
  • Excellent management skills; ability to set priorities, direct and manage the work of a diverse team
  • Excellent critical thinking skills and ability to handle emergency situations, demonstrating sound judgment under pressure
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; proven ability to handle multiple projects while setting appropriate priorities to achieve goals
  • Sophisticated advancement professional who works with thoughtful diplomacy and tact at all times, including with senior executives and high net worth individuals
  • Excellent budgeting, financial management and financial reporting skills

Desired Qualifications:
  • Entrepreneurial mindset and a strong sense of teamwork
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a team and across departments to achieve fundraising and participation success through special events
  • Ability to handle sensitive information confidentially
  • Willingness to work evenings and weekends when necessary; ability to travel as needed to implement and deliver high level global events
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and ability to learn new software quickly

Supervision:
  • 6+ direct reports

We encourage you to apply even if your experience is not a 100% match with the position. We are looking for someone with relevant skills and experience, not a checklist that exactly matches the job description. We want to help you grow and in return, you help us grow into a stronger, more inclusive organization. 

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