Events Manager

  • 1434 W Division St, Chicago, IL 60642, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

We are a preK to 8th grade independent, Montessori school in Chicago. But there's more to us than that. We are a community. A community where NNM faculty, staff and parents work together to challenge students to think for themselves, pursue ideas and become real learners for the real world.

Job Description

We are seeking qualified candidates for NNM’s Events Manager position in the Advancement office.  In this role you would manage a variety of events that happen throughout the school year and assist in event fundraising and marketing efforts to engage, cultivate, solicit, and steward community members.

Schedule: 40 hours per week, typically Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm

Responsibilities include:

  • Create, implement and evaluate comprehensive plans, timelines, reports and outcomes for events, such as a gala/silent auction and walk-a-thon

  • Manage key events supported by the NNM Advancement Department including, but not limited to the school-wide Halloween event, New Parent Welcome Party, Grandparents Day, Graduation, Alumni Events and Parent Preview Coffees

  • Create and manage event work plans and budgets to achieve financial goals and ensure sound financial processes

  • Manage and participate in identification and solicitation strategies for event sponsors

  • Provide weekly updates of activities and deadlines related to event planning progress

  • Coordinate a systematic process of identifying, recruiting and supporting the event leadership including chair(s) and committee heads, and other volunteers

  • Orient new volunteers and ensure progress for all event staff through regular meetings/contact

  • Ensure volunteer and event success by providing creative direction and overseeing production and distribution of event collateral materials including, but not limited to, promotional materials, event materials, newsletters, schedules, volunteer training and support materials to.

  • Supervise event set-up, day-of activities and cleanup, and coordinate necessary participation of other NNM staff and departments

  • Ensure appropriate stewardship of all donors and volunteers

  • Negotiate and secure contracts with vendors hired for NNM events led by Advancement and secure necessary approval with other NNM departments

  • Partner with ancillary groups (Parent Groups) affiliated with NNM to assist in the planning of events

  • Contribute to and support overall Advancement marketing and development plans.

  • Serve as needed to support the needs of the Advancement Office and NNM school community


  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or equivalent in work experience

  • 4+ years experience in a fundraising events management position

  • Demonstrated effective presence and presentation skills necessary to interact with a variety of internal and external constituencies

  • Proven track record of securing sponsorships of $10k+ for special events

  • Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal altering messages as necessary based on audience

  • High level of attention to detail and excellent project management skills

Additional Information

Salary commensurate with background and experience; comprehensive benefits package available with a generous amount of paid time off

Please submit a resume and cover letter as attachments when applying online