Manager of Special Events and Promotions

Manager of Special Events and Promotions

To manage the Food Bank’s special events, promotion and peer to peer program to raise funds from corporations in support of the Food Bank’s strategic plan. Develop a comprehensive annual plan to identify, engage, solicit and steward corporate partners. Manage a portfolio of 50+ corporate donors and prospects. Provide leadership and strategic direction for the Food Banks’ special events, third-party promotions and peer to peer campaigns. Responsible for setting revenue and expense budgets for events and promotions and tracking progress against those goals.

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Job responsibilities

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Develop strategy and annual goals for special event and promotion fundraising including setting revenue and expense budget
• Develop strategy, annual goals and measure success for peer to peer fundraising program
• Actively manage a portfolio of current and potential corporate donors
• Collaborating with philanthropy team identify and recruit committee members for special events and develop annual communication and engagement strategy for each committee
• Through research and best practices, identify, cultivate and solicit new corporate prospects for sponsorship, promotions or peer to peer fundraising
• Manage relationships with key promotions and cause marketing campaigns including through Feeding America and inform team about activation details
• Serve as lead for Easy Eats offsite volunteer packing program, including fielding new requests, managing donor relationship, executing volunteer event and tracking results.
• Collaborate with Marketing Communications team on advertising and marketing plans for special events and large third-party promotions
• Prepare proposals, solicitation letters and stewardship reports
• Visit companies to make presentations on the Food Bank and how companies and their employees can get involved

Supervisory Responsibility
This position manages Development Officer, Peer to Peer and Cause Marketing and Special Events Coordinator and is responsible for the performance management and hiring of those employees.

Application qualifications

1. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience in sales, marketing or fundraising.
2. 3-5 years fundraising experience including direct solicitations and event fundraising
3. 1-3 years of supervisory experience
4. Experience developing and managing large scale fundraising events ($200k+) including sponsorship, auction and logistics
5. Evidence success of strategic thinking and future planning
6. Excellent written and verbal communication skills
7. Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
8. Proficient with Microsoft Office products
9. Must have excellent interpersonal skills and a demonstrated record of completing assignments.
10. Comfortable speaking in front of large groups and representing Northern Illinois Food Bank as a polished spokesperson
11. Organized in planning work tasks and priorities, ability to multi-task and meet deadlines
12. Commitment to understanding and supporting the Food Bank’s mission.

Preferred Education and Experience

1. Experience in a fast-paced environment.
2. Experience using Raisers Edge (or similar donor database) and online fundraising tools such as QGiv, OneCause and Luminate
3. Self-starter, energetic and eager to build major donor relationships


Full time benefits apply

About the organization

Northern Illinois Food Bank – a proud member of Feeding America – is the source of nutritious food, innovative feeding programs, and hope for more than 71,500 people each week. As a 501©3 non-profit organization with a goal of solving hunger in our 13-county service area, we rely on generous donors, volunteers, and community partners – the local food pantries and feeding programs, food manufacturers and retailers, companies, foundations, and individuals who join with us in our vision for no one to be hungry in Northern Illinois.

Additional information

Work Environment
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

Physical Demands
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time position, and hours of work and days are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. but occasionally weekends and evenings will be required. A minimum of 40 hours a week is required to maintain full time status.

Position Location
This position is based out of our Geneva location.

This position may travel within our 13 county service area to meet with donors, visit our other Centers, make presentations or attend events, estimated up to 20% of time.

Other Duties
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

AAP/EEO Statement
Northern Illinois Food Bank is an Equal Opportunity Employer