The Director of Special Events leads a collaborative team in the Office of Alumni Engagement responsible for the strategy, planning, implementation, and promotion of regional and special events using the office's new strategic plan as a guidepost. The Director and team focus on the office and divisional goal of increased alumni engagement by developing strategic events based on a data-informed and predictive modeling approach. In addition, the Director will be responsible for his/her own regional portfolio, alumni portfolio, and oversee the office's new affinity group programming. The Director will work with colleagues across the Division of Philanthropy and Alumni Engagement and the University at Buffalo, as well as alumni volunteers around the world.
The Director will possess demonstrated experience and success in all aspects of special event management, including establishing and achieving metrics for success. The incumbent will have strong verbal and written communication skills, and possess experience working in and fostering a diverse and inclusive environment. The Director must possess a proactive nature and must have the ability to analyze and problem solve.
This position also requires strong organizational and time management skills; attention to detail, and the ability to anticipate needs and balance multiple priorities.
Minimum of 2 year's demonstrated experience in special event planning, preferably in higher education advancement setting
Volunteer management experience
Ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.
Ability to understand and problem solve
Excellent verbal and written communications skills
Demonstrated initiative, creativity, attention to detail, and tenacious approach to problem solving
Strategic thinking skills
Demonstrated ability to effectively lead and motivate a team
Experience in using a relational database, preferably in a higher education setting
Strong organizational and time management skills
Experience with Microsoft Office Suite
Ability to travel nationwide up to 25% of the time, which includes local and regional visits; and work evenings and occasional weekends.
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