Develop and strengthen key relationships with internal and external partners by creating and executing best-in-class events and engagement opportunities.
Manage VIP visits with dignitaries and leaders from industry and academia that achieve visit objectives and showcase the Universityâ™s impact on the world.
Contribute ideas and assist with executing on programmatic aspects of events, including working with faculty, students, senior leaders, and others to achieve strategic engagement goals.Â Proactively coordinate and communicate with speakers and guests, as needed.Â
Prepare event briefings for senior leaders and staffing plans detailing the staffing assignments for each aspect of each meeting.Â
Manage the execution of engaging hybrid meetings with a focus on the user experience and board membersâ™ ability to govern the institution.
Manage the audio/visual experience for board meetings, working with both in-house and external A/V vendors.Â Must have a high degree of comfort with Zoom technology and a general familiarity with A/V vendor selection and best practices.Â Â
Assess the capabilities of vendors for all aspects of events and meetings, including evaluating expertise for a variety of functional needs, pricing, customer feedback, and responsiveness.
Support pre- and post-event needs, including communications, event registration, RSVP tracking, and related activities.
While expertise with graphic design software is not required, the individual must have a keen eye for design and the ability to produce professional print pieces using the standard Microsoft Office suite and to direct the work of an outside graphic designer.
Write copy and direct the design of event invitations and related communications and collateral material.Â Send high-quality messages on behalf of University leadership.
Develop detailed event budgets and manage, process, and track event expenses.Â Ensure event expenses are in line with budget and that vendors costs are consistent with estimates.Â Process reimbursements, as necessary.Â Report on event expenses and trends.
Measure the effectiveness of events and communications by gathering and analyzing qualitative and quantitative feedback.
Collaborate with team members on a variety of special projects. Examples include performing research and generating reports; researching and ordering customized gifts to recognize exceptional board service; ordering branded materials for meetings; preparing memos and communications; staffing Trustees and other leaders for campus visits; etc.
Schedule individual and group meetings on and off campus, as needed.
Develops and executes day-to-day event logistics, and other complex assignments with minimal guidance from others.
Guides research, including vendor selection and contract negotiation. Keeps track of all expenses, prepares reports on costs, solves complex problems as they arise.
Perform other related work as needed.
Preferred Qualifications Â
At least 5 years work experience.
Experience planning complex, high-quality events for senior executives.
Experience in higher-education or similar non-profit setting.
Technical Skills or Knowledge:
Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and various web browsers.
Proficiency with information technology, including databases, maintaining websites, using mobile devices, and preparing graphics and publications.
Proficiency with Adobe Acrobat and compiling materials into PDF format.
Strong knowledge of the Chicago-area events, catering, and venue industry.
Exceptional oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Exceptional organizational skills and keen attention to accuracy and detail.
Exceptional time management and follow-up skills.
Work independently and manage, prioritize, and accurately complete multiple tasks and projects.
Maintain confidentiality, exercise judgment, and discretion.
Communicate with maturity, tact, and courtesy towards Trustees, staff, visitors, and colleagues.
Problem-solve, function effectively in a fast-paced office environment, and to produce quality work on tight deadlines.
Experience interacting with high-level constituents and volunteer leaders.
Strong communicator and collaborator who enjoys working both independently and on a team.
Some evenings and weekends work, as needed.
Occasional travel to out of state board meetings and events.
Cover Letter (required)
Three Professional References (required)
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