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Development Manager – Events

Company: The Center for Hearing and Speech

Location: Houston, TX

Posted: July 19, 2019

About The Center for Hearing and Speech
Started in 1947 as Houston School for Deaf Children by four parents who wanted their hearing-impaired children to listen and speak without the use of sign language, The Center for Hearing and Speech (CHS) is now the most comprehensive resource in the region for these children. CHS encompasses a full-service audiology department, a team of highly specialized speech therapists and a school for children ages 18 months – 6 years. In a nurturing, family-centric environment, professionals work closely together to enable the children to reach their full potential in a mainstream world. Because CHS receives no government funding, and because it serves children regardless of socioeconomic status or health care coverage, the majority of its revenues must come from fundraising efforts.

After two years of strategic planning, CHS leadership and the Board of Directors has partnered with consultancy firm Dini Spheris to embark on a $22,500,000 capital campaign to enable CHS to relocate to its new site in the Texas Medical Center build a larger building and double services to children with hearing loss.

Position Summary
Reporting to the Director of Development, the Development Manager – Events will serve the mission of the Center through the coordination of events. The primary responsibility of the position is to support the fundraising and stewardship activities of the organization by identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding existing and new relationships.

Position Information

      • Hours Weekly: 38
      • Starting Salary: Determined by experience and qualifications
      • FLSA Status: Exempt


      • Health Insurance
      • Dental Insurance
      • Life Insurance
      • Long Term Disability Insurance
      • 403 (b) Retirement Plan
      • 12 Paid Holidays
      • 21 Paid Time Off Days

Supervisory Responsibilities

      • Development Intern – Events

Major Responsibilities

      • Event fundraising
      • Event logistics and management
      • Donor / sponsor stewardship
      • Special event marketing

Work Activities
Working with the Development Director to manage the planning and execution of events. This includes, but is not limited to: solicitations (underwriting, auction, etc.), vendor coordination, community outreach, reserving events space, event day set-up, event breakdown and post-event follow-up and analysis. (specific events would include: Via Colori Street Painting Festival, Annual Gala and Clay Shoot.)

General Duties

      • Effectively plans and produces events
      • Provides strategy and oversight on marketing and design (programming, invitation design, event décor/theme, photography, marketing, etc.) – coordinates with the PR/Marketing Manager and Graphic Designer
      • Work with the Development Associate to secure, mentor and manage intern
      • Provides general support to the department as needed

Specific Duties

      • Develops event specific fundraising strategy
      • Develops and produces targeted solicitation materials
      • Identifies, cultivates, solicits and stewards new and existing prospects
      • Works with volunteer leadership – event chairs and host committee
      • Solicit underwriters and auction items for events


      • Develops and executes all event logistics (AV, catering, décor, valet, set-up)
      • Manages comprehensive plan/timeline
      • Acts as liaison to vendors and sponsors
      • Coordinates and plans ancillary events and activities (committee meetings, artist reception, sponsor events, etc.)
      • Responsible for overall management of all event-related initiatives


      • Creates and manages event budgets
      • Prepares progress reports and final event synopsis
      • Oversees gift reporting and pledge reminders/invoicing
      • Analyzes data to inform strategy

Physical Demands
Stand; walk; sit; hear; speak clearly; drive a motor vehicle; job requires extensive computer use so employee must have sufficient hand dexterity to use a computer keyboard and be capable of using a computer screen; bend over; reach with hands and arms; able to lift or move up to 20 pounds; able to actively participate in outdoor events, often in extreme temperatures for extended periods of time. Flu vaccine strongly recommended and provided by CHS at no cost to employees.

Education and Experience Requirements

      • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required
      • A minimum of 3 years of experience in event planning – non-profit event planning preferred
      • Experience with Raiser’s Edge software a plus

Specific Skills

      • Event production and management
      • Fundraising
      • Project management

Basic Skills

      • Excellent written and oral communications
      • Skilled in relationship building and sales
      • Excellent organizational and time management skills
      • Ability to multi-task and operate in a fast-paced environment
      • Accuracy and attention to detail
      • Ability to think strategically and creatively to develop ideas or problem solve

Computer and Technology Skills

      • Expertise in MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access)
      • Raiser’s Edge fundraising software
      • Auction Tracker software
      • Ability to use internet as a key tool for donor research, event management

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