Director, Events

The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the largest nongovernmental foundation supporting retinal disease research in the world, funding rigorous scientific discovery and clinical trials to preserve and restore vision. Working with preeminent scientists, the FFB has funded recent breakthroughs in gene therapy, stem cells and bionic retinas, providing an historic opportunity for a promising new era in human clinical trials. Our headquarters are in Columbia, MD with regional offices in New York NY, Chicago IL, Raleigh NC and Santa Monica CA.

Over the past four decades, FFB expanded its influence by raising more than $600 million to fund thousands of research studies at prominent institutions worldwide, attracting and investing in the first generation of clinicians and scientists focused on retinal disease research. We are seeking a dynamic and experienced EVENTS DIRECTOR to be part of our team. This position reports directly to the Senior Director, National Events and will be based in Raleigh, NC.

Responsibilities:

  • Provide direction and strategic management of the Events program and staff in collaboration with the Senior Director, National Events. This encompasses management of staff, as well as the overall goals, strategies and initiatives
  • Identify, develop, and expand sustainable new and existing events
  • Collaborate with regional Events Managers to increase local sponsor recruitment and retention, as well as identify and implement plans to engage regional and national corporate sponsors
  • Collaborate with regional Events Managers to use chapters and events as a means to increase participation, fundraising, and awareness
  • Collaborate with regional Events Managers to build and implement strategic plans for the region to increase year over year revenue and identify and engage new leadership to ensure event sustainability
  • Recruit, manage, and empower events staff by providing structured guidance, training, and direction with event expertise
  • Develop accurate and reasonable timelines (with duties, deadlines, benchmarks) and budgets that are attainable yet aggressive
  • Supervise on-site logistics through regular travel to regional offices and attendance when necessary on event day
  • Provide guidance and oversight of fundraising programs such as walks, galas and dinners
  • Work with the Communication Department to market events and programs to targeted sponsors, FFB members, and the public at large, as well as provide opportunities to highlight FFB family and event stories
  • Work with Database Department to coordinate training programs pertaining to Events staff module use
  • Liaise with Science Department to ensure staff are educated on FFB scientific advancements and have talking points to relay that information to new and existing members
  • Ensure the Events program has effective systems for budget oversight, event reporting and analysis of all aspects of the program.

The qualified candidate will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • 7+ years of demonstrated experience managing staff in a non-profit organization
  • Requires experience coordinating event logistics, working with volunteers, prospects and donors, and management of large scale events program
  • In-depth knowledge and experience of securing & working with high profile event speakers
  • Experienced at securing corporate sponsorships and stewarding existing sponsors
  • Experienced at budget development and management
  • Requires expertise in strategic management of volunteers, boards, high profile speakers and major donors
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively managing events
  • Ability to work independently in field focusing on critical issues; to recruit and supervise staff and/or volunteers
  • Must have strong leadership and management skills and actively contribute in a team environment
  • Must be highly organized, detail-oriented and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
  • Exceptional interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills
  • Requires excellent attendance and be must be accountable for quality of work
  • Must be fully proficient in Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Outlook)
  • Must have strong working knowledge of relational databases and knowledge of WEB utilities (Convio)
  • Must possess valid driver’s license with driving record acceptable to FFB insurance carrier
  • Up to 25% travel required

Please send resume with salary requirements to HR@fightblindness.org. We offer competitive salary and benefits, as well as a terrific team to work with! FFB is an equal opportunity employer.