Event Coordinator 
University of Minnesota  782 reviews - Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN

Bachelor’s degree in Communications, Marketing, Public Relations or related field, or a combination of education and related experience totaling a minimum of five years 
Minimum one year previous experience in coordinating events or Marketing/Public Relations related project management (managing projects with high attention to detail, time sensitivity, internal and external customers, triaging, development and implementation). 
Professional experience utilizing tracking software or databases for data entry, reporting, and analysis 
Excellent organizational, project and time management, problem-solving and client service skills 
Professional experience using advanced features of Microsoft Office (Word—mail merge, tables, hyperlinks; Excel—designing worksheets/charts and linking worksheets; PowerPoint—designing and building custom slides/templates, incorporating sound/video clips, packaging and running presentations) 
On event days: ability to spend 10+ hours engaging in physical activity, including lifting and moving boxes and items (up to approx. 45 pounds) from storage to venue; setting up registration tables, auction displays and signage; setting and decorating tables; greeting and assisting guests at registration; disassembling and packing event materials 

Ability to handle multiple tasks and work independently, using initiative to overcome obstacles and complete tasks accurately and on deadline 
Experience in an academic, fundraising, marketing, or nonprofit environment 
Professional experience with online event registration platforms (AudienceView a plus) 
Professional experience utilizing DMS 
Proven ability to work with volunteers, donors, and vendors 
Demonstrated strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written 

About the Job 

The Event Coordinator provides logistical planning and coordination support for the growing University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF) Events Department, which produces more than 200 events annually. Position manages strategies, logistics, budgets and execution for events supporting the Foundation's fundraising objectives as well as the cultivation and stewardship of donors. 


50%—Event Coordination 
Manage the coordination of projects and tasks in support of cultivation, stewardship, and other UMF events as assigned. 

  • Collaborate with UMF staff to establish and execute plans for assigned events, from the formulation of strategic plans through logistical execution.
  • Propose strategies and tactics for each assigned event. Depending on the event, this responsibility may include: defining the experience for guests through program development; determining communication approaches and techniques; overseeing event design (décor, entertainment, and menu elements); collaborating with vendors and UMF marketing and communications staff to coordinate event audiovisuals and speaking program.
  • Manage the coordination of projects related to all aspects of assigned events, which may include assembling and managing the project team and related deadlines; invitation development and mailing; event presenter coordination and communication; execution of communication/marketing plans; selection, negotiation, and management of vendors; and providing all guest services—from invitation and RSVPs to post-event evaluation.
o Organize assigned event budgets and analyze expenses for future events: evaluating and securing venues, accommodations, catering, services, rates and contracts; developing expense forecasts; and coordinating payment of invoices. 
o Coordinate staff and volunteer(s) for assigned events. Solicit staff and volunteer participation, develop and execute event-related training, and ensure accurate and complete execution of all event logistics. 
o Prepare work plan, timelines, reports, and other required information as appropriate. 
o Create, proof for accuracy, print and assemble guest materials—nametags, event programs, confirmation packets, invitations, etc. 
  • Create and distribute briefing packets to UMF and U of M leadership for each event (includes scripts, agendas, event descriptions, guest lists, travel arrangements)
  • Create PowerPoint presentations with multimedia and complex content design
  • Liaison with President’s Office to coordinate event logistics
  • Review and/or write event materials, researching content and completing editing
  • Coordinate online registration for all events
  • Coordinate and track RSVPs for all events and prepare RSVP reports
35%—Project Management 
Manage projects and associated tasks to support stewardship and cultivation as assigned. 
  • Manage event projects: develop and execute strategy for assigned projects including logistics, print collateral, and on-site management of staff/volunteers for required technologies, policies, and procedures.
  • Detail management: manage event details as needed--overseeing or executing data entry, name tag development, reviewing plans and lists for accuracy, and other event-specific details including fielding, coordinating, and trafficking requests.
15%—Relationship Management 
Partner with events team, organizational partners, vendors, and community partners to advance UMF’s mission. 
  • Manage relationships associated with events and event projects.
  • Establish relationships with internal partners to facilitate efficient event execution.
  • Provide event consultation and customer service for UMF, collegiate, and external (community partners) clients seeking event support.
  • Manage vendor relationships, communication, and contracts
  • Manage and update online event calendar.
**Attend assigned events and provide on-site event coordination, including evenings and weekends 

About the Department 

The University of Minnesota Foundation (UMF) is a key partner with the University in building and sustaining excellence among students and faculty, and fueling discovery in important areas on all University of Minnesota campuses. UMF accomplishes this by raising and managing gifts from individuals and organizations. Through collaboration with University leaders and development officers from all campuses, colleges, and programs, UMF staff ensure that fundraising activities are consistent with the University’s highest priorities and the donor’s philanthropic intentions. 

How To Apply 

Applications must be submitted online. To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions. You will be given the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume. 
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Background Check Information 

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment. 

About the U of M 

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC) 
The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation's most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.