The University of Chicago Law School is seeking a Director of Events to lead and manage its events function. The Director partners closely with the Deanâ™s Office, Student Services Offices, External Relations, Law School clinics, faculty, and other entities to produce events at the Law School and at offsite locations, playing an integral role in designing, planning, and executing events that highlight the schoolâ™s mission, engage its stakeholders, and enhance its reputation as a leading law school. The position reports to Associate Dean for Administration and manages an Events Manager and Events Specialist.
Lead the design, logistical planning, and execution of all centrally produced Law School events.
Consult with units within the Law School to understand the goals and objectives of department-led events and collaborate on design and implementation.
Facilitate planning sessions, when needed, for clients to solidify event parameters.
Develop event budgets and manage event spending.
Ensure implementation of event activities are in compliance with University policies, procedures, and standards.
Oversee and manage vendor selection, contract negotiation, and relationship management; and monitor and evaluate the performance of vendors
Conduct post-event analyses to identify and make recommendations for enhancement.
Manage events calendar to ensure coordination across the school.
Manage and execute the Law Schoolâ™s facility rental program.
Professional demeanor, including tact, discretion, and a customer service-oriented approach to the job.
Strong verbal and writing skills, high attention to detail and follow-up, and excellent organizational skills.
Ability to multi-task and handle multiple priorities and constituents simultaneously
Ability to remain composed under pressure when handling challenging or unexpected situations.
Ability to deliver high quality results in a dynamic environment and to actively anticipate and plan for future needs.
Demonstrated ability to execute events and meetings within budget guidelines.
Ability to work collegially and collaboratively in a team setting.
An exceptional work ethic and track record of personal initiative.
Willingness and ability to work some evenings and weekends; occasional travel.
Education and Experience
Bachelor's degree required.
A minimum five years of progressively responsible experience in event planning and meeting management with an understanding of aesthetic standards and industry trends.
Experience working with senior executives, dignitaries, and/or public officials.
Previous staff supervision experience.
CMP certification is a plus.
Technical Knowledge or Skills
Working knowledge of Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint; experience with Cvent, Qualtrics, Constant Contact or similar software.
Familiarity with higher education environment and knowledge of the University of Chicagoâ™s unique culture is a plus.
Cover Letter, Resume, References
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