Director, Special Events & Sponsorships

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America   •  

Cherry Hill, NJ

Industry: Education, Government & Non-Profit


5 - 7 years

Posted 65 days ago

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Reporting to the Vice President of Advancement, the Director of Special Events & Sponsorships is responsible for maintaining and growing a special event portfolio exceeding $1.2M, and developing one direct report, both focused toward the goal of enhancing our mission, efficiently increasing fundraising outcomes pre- and post-event, and ensuring excellent customer service. BBBSI is seeking an experienced fundraising events professional to plan sustainable growth, and work with senior leadership and Board-chaired Special Event Committees to drive new revenue, maintain and elevate current sponsors, and expand special events capabilities with one of the country's leading BBBS agencies.

Candidates with a strong connection to the community that BBBS IR serves and the Southeastern Pennsylvania/Southern New Jersey area are given preferential consideration. Moderate travel to branch offices, community and corporate partners is required, as is some nights and weekend work.


Leadership, Management, Accountability

  1. Lead, manage, and inspire one direct report, Manager, Special Events – toward accountable, goal-oriented outcomes within the larger Advancement team.
  2. Oversee strategy and execution for the Agency's 4 Signature Events (Building Big, Fashion Touchdown, Golf Classic, and FlavorFest), develop annual plans and budgets.
  3. Produce and execute high-quality Signature Events as assigned (Building Big and Fashion Touchdown), including; 1) Service as staff liaison to the Board-chaired Special Event Committees 2) Overall project planning, alignment, and management for the events and 3) Effective logistics management (e.g., guest experience, run of show, catering, AV, décor, parking, invitations, volunteer management).
  4. Advance the mission and vision of the Agency, ensuring Program integration within each Special Event.
  5. Ensure consistent and effective use of Indyforce (Salesforce CRM) within the team and partner with Manager of Special Events, Development Specialist, Finance and other relevant staff to ensure thorough and accurate record-keeping/reconciliation, and effective reporting on the Special Event portfolio.

Fundraising (70%)

  1. Raise at least $1M annually (gross) through the Building Big and Fashion Touchdown events
  2. Maintain and grow a dynamic event sponsorship pipeline and portfolio through effective sponsor identification, qualification, cultivation, and solicitation directly and through the Special Event Committees, Board, or Regional Advisory Boards
  3. Manage event revenue enhancement initiatives effectively and efficiently, such as auctions and raffles
  4. Collaborate effectively with Marketing & Communications on Events Marketing, Campaign Development, and Communication
  5. Steward sponsorship portfolio, local business and corporate partnerships, and other stakeholders, and building relationships that closely link the community with the Agency, serving as an exemplary Agency advocate in the community
  6. Maintain assigned Indyforce records and campaigns


Academic: Minimum – Bachelor's degree, required; Master's degree, preferred.

Professional: Minimum of 5 years as a fundraising special events professional, non-profit, human services environment preferred; 3 years supervisory experience. Ability to work with many diverse constituencies. The successful candidate will display a record of leadership and accomplishment in special events with a proven track record of fundraising success, especially with planning/execution and in sponsorship solicitations. The successful candidate will demonstrate successful cultivation and solicitation of numerous sponsorships. Proficiency in Microsoft Office and donor CRM packages required. Must have daily and dependable access to a car, valid driver's license, and meet State-required automobile insurance minimums.