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Corporate Sponsorship & Special Events Manager (Full Time)

Kansas City Zoo
Job Description
Posted 01/10/19
The Corporate Sponsorship & Special Events Manager is responsible for providing the planning, organization and implementation of the overall corporate fundraising program within the development department. This position is also primarily responsible for the coordination, planning and execution of the Zoo’s annual fundraising gala, Jazzoo. This position will also supervise the development & grants coordinator in relation to sponsorship project and programs.
Responsible for devising and executing a campaign strategy for the Zoo’s largest fundraiser, Jazzoo, working with the event co-chairs and corporate chair, including:
  • Providing guidance and support in order to plan and implement all aspects of Jazzoo, working with development staff, event steering committee and volunteers.
  • Formulating Jazzoo budget, with the goal of high revenue generation.
  • Assisting with the creation of annual theme and design concept for the event, while coordinating realization of collateral pieces and print advertising.
  • Developing strong, creative and cost effective marketing and social media plan for Jazzoo to boost sponsorship and ticket sales.
  • Soliciting and/or reviewing in-kind offers for Jazzoo with sponsors and restaurant committee.
  • Ensuring all event equipment, merchandise, supplies, rentals, etc. are ordered.
  • Booking high quality entertainment and talent for the event.
  • Planning and directing all Jazzoo steering committee meetings, while communicating regularly with committee chairs.
  • Responsible for thoroughly following up after the event, ensuring all costs/invoices are paid, thanking appropriate individuals/groups, determining net proceeds and conducting wrap up activities to improve future events.
Responsible for overall Zoo sponsorship prospect development, cultivation, solicitation, acknowledgement and stewardship, including:
  • Creating and executing sponsorship benefits.
  • Working closely with marketing and education departments in the development and executing of event planning and sponsorship delivery.
*This position may at times be requested to perform other duties or special projects as assigned, which are in the best interest of the Kansas City Zoo.
    1. Bachelor’s Degree in related field.
    1. Minimum 5 years’ related experience required, preferably in fundraising and corporate sponsorships.
    2. Donor database (ex. Raiser’s Edge) knowledge and experience preferred.
    3. Event planning and sales experience preferred.
    4. Experience working with and coordinating volunteers.
    5. Strong computer skills, including knowledge of Microsoft Office.
    6. Strong verbal and written communication skills.
    1. Must have valid driver’s license.
    2. Must be willing to work a flexible schedule, including occasional weekend and evening hours, in all weather extremes.
    3. Must pass a background and drug screening.
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