Reports to: Associate Director of Development
The Development Events Strategist will support Omega’s growing fundraising program and comprehensive campaign, including all projects and activities designed to steward current donors and engage and cultivate prospective donors, including: coordinating all Development events throughout the year (benefit events, Stewardship Council dinners and lunches, Development and Nominating Committee meetings, and other events as required. As a member of the Development team, the Development Events Strategist will demonstrate leadership and initiative in creating and implementing Development-sponsored events and will participate in all elements of the department’s fundraising and stewardship activities.
The primary duties of the Development Events Strategist directly relate to the general business operations of Omega. This role initiates, plans, and executes an average of 10 Development events per year (which could include any combination of recognition, cultivation, stewardship, and/or fundraising events).
Core Staff benefits include health, dental, vision, life insurance, 403B plan, holidays, vacation, sick, and personal days. In addition, core staff enjoy use of campus property (lake/beach, sauna, tennis & basketball courts, the hiking trails and the sanctuary), can attend all optional classes that are offered to program participants as well as select over 1,500 specially designed classes that are offered only to the staff community. Core staff receive a complimentary catalog workshop as well as discounts on other catalog workshops, discounts in the Café, Omega Store, and Wellness Center. When campus is open, we are happy to extend complimentary lunch in the dining hall to staff when they are at work.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Omega complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), as amended by the ADA Amendments Act, and all applicable New York State or local laws. Consistent with those requirements, Omega will reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with a disability if such accommodation would allow the individual to satisfactorily perform the essential functions of the job, unless doing so would create an undue hardship.
- Three to five years of experience in event management, preferably in a development environment
- Strategic, creative, imaginative, and critical thinker with the ability to link Omega’s mission and program objectives with donors’ interests and priorities
- Bachelor’s degree
- Excellent project and process management skills including planning, coordinating, and organization
- Superior interpersonal and communication skills
- Excellent attention to detail
- Highly proactive, responsive, timely, accurate and thorough in follow-through
- Ability to adapt to changing priorities and balance competing assignments
- Demonstrated capacity to create and execute all manner of development events, from intimate gatherings, to high-profile, large-scale events, campaigns, and projects
- Ability to work in a collaborative team atmosphere
- Proficiency in Word and Excel
- Flexibility to work extended hours
- Awareness of trends and development in the holistic education field
- Alignment with Omega’s mission, goals, and core values
Preferred Education and/or Experience
- Five or more years of event planning experience, preferably in a development environment
- Familiarity with Raiser’s Edge fundraising software
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Managing all aspects of Development Events (both fund- and friend-raising, stewardship and cultivation), including event strategy, goals, and objectives, establishing and meeting event timelines; managing budgets and income and expense forecasts as appropriate; effectively developing, coordinating, and executing local and regional Development-related events.
- Participating in the creation and implementation of a Development Department communications and recognition plan that incorporates events as part of the overall strategy for stewardship, cultivation, and recognition.
- Leading and representing the Development Department in internal meetings related to Development events, including strategy, logistics, coordination, and roles of Development staff, as needed.
- Preparing all event briefing materials (participant bios, event time tables, and other logistics information) and sharing with Omega board and leadership in a timely fashion.
- Independently and actively managing all production schedules related to Development events.
- Coordinating the recruitment, training, organizing, and supervision of event volunteers and Seasonal Staff as needed.
- Cultivating effective relationships with Omega colleagues, work interdepartmentally with Editorial, Marketing, and Media Design teams to develop event collateral material and guest correspondence including invitations, sponsorship opportunities (what is provided in exchange for various levels of event contributions), rundowns, and thank you communications.
- This role has the authority to negotiate in matters of significant financial impact including independently researching and recommending annual Development-related event frequency, locations, topics, vendors, hosts, and themes, and allocating and overseeing medium- and large-scale event budgets; this includes the comparison and evaluation of all event variables and making recommendations after various possibilities have been considered.
- This position has the authority to formulate, affect, interpret, and recommend operating practices, including the cultivation, maintenance, and oversight of all Development-related event guest and vendor relationships. This includes interfacing with key stakeholders; coordinating event leadership and volunteer planning calls; invitee list development and management; managing speakers and guests; A/V and technical room set-up; and coordinating event timing.
- This position carries out major assignments in conducting the operations of Omega to develop and maintain critical external relationships with Omega’s prospects and donors in all matters related to Omega’s Development events on campus and in off-campus urban gatherings and events.
This position recruits, trains and supervises all Development Department volunteers.
- This position functions in Omega’s administrative offices on the Omega campus.
- Physical demands: This is mostly a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open filing cabinets, and bend or stand, as necessary. During events the role is more active and may require lifting and moving larger and heavier event-related items.
- This is a full-time position.
- The typical days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. This schedule will vary when special needs and projects arise.
After carefully reviewing the requirements above, qualified individuals are invited to apply by sending a resume and well-crafted cover letter that serves as an introduction and includes answers to the following questions:
- Why are you applying for this role?
- What can you offer Omega?
- How do you know Omega’s work? Have you experienced us on campus or in some other way?
- In what way has your professional life reflected Omega's mission statement?
- What are your salary requirements? (Feel free to state a range.)
- How did you find out about this position?
Applications should be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to expedite the internal sorting and reviewing process, please type Development Events Strategist followed by your name (Last, First), as the only contents in the subject line of your e-mail. No phone calls, please.
Applicants with disabilities may be entitled to reasonable accommodations to assist in completing this application to the extent required by applicable law. A reasonable accommodation is a change in the way things are normally done that will ensure an equal employment opportunity without imposing undue hardship on Omega, such as providing an application with larger font for applicants with impaired vision.
Please inform Omega’s People & Culture Administrator at email@example.com if you need assistance completing the application process.
Omega Institute is an equal opportunity employer.
We seek diversity within our staff that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve.