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Event Planning Specialist

Company: Wounded Warrior Project
Location: Tacoma
Posted on: January 23, 2023

Job Description:

Great benefits. Competitive pay. We know these are some of the things people look for in a job.But if you're the kind of person who also cares about making an impact and serving our nation's wounded warriors and their families, then you're exactly the kind of person we're looking for. When you join Wounded Warrior Project, you're committing to making a difference. We make a commitment to you too - helping you to find that spark, ignite your passion to serve, and embark on a career with meaning and purpose.At Wounded Warrior Project we recognize our mission cannot be accomplished without our talented teammates, which is why we're proud to offer benefits such as:

  • A flexible hybrid work schedule (3 days in office, 2 days' work from home)
  • Full medical, dental and vision coverage for both teammates AND family members
  • Competitive pay and performance incentives
  • A fun, mission focused and collaborative team environmentA mission that matters is just the beginning, so if you're ready to get started, we're ready for you.The Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) Event Planning Specialist supports WWP Programs meetings and event planning for warriors and staff, including planning the logistics for the events, administering details, and providing onsite support, and identifying pursuing cost savings to maximize donor dollars.
    DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
    • Support WWP Programs team with meeting and events logistics for warriors and staff, including site selection, rate negotiation, catering, and assisting with on-site event support.
    • Negotiate rates with vendors, including with hotels, ground transportation, and audio-visual companies.
    • Create event menus and negotiate pricing and contract details with catering companies.
    • Identify cost savings to maximize donor dollars. Utilize expense controls and identify cost saving opportunities to manage budget effectively.
    • Build out timelines, agendas, and activities.
    • Utilize registration software to source venues, monitor event registration, manage budgets, and generate reports, e.g., Cvent and Salesforce.
    • Facilitate communications among Travel & Events and other WWP teammates and departments. Collaborate with registration and travel teammates.
    • Manage and prioritize multiple events. Adapt to challenging or difficult situations by promptly identifying alternatives and changing procedures, methods, and processes.
    • Participate in events and meetings marketing as appropriate.
    • Perform recordkeeping tasks using registration software e.g., Cvent, Salesforce.
    • Perform financial reconciliations for events, Process invoices, receipts, reconcile billing and verify with accounting. Prepare comprehensive and readable financial reports.
    • Conduct contract and invoice reviews for identified events, e.g., tax exemption and banquet event orders (BEO).
    • Perform event close-outs with detailed summaries, including budget reviews with internal teammates, distribution of surveys for feedback, and future improvements.
    • Other duties as assigned.KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES
      • Working knowledge of event management. Demonstrated ability to manage events of varying complexity.
      • Strong project management skills. Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple priorities, prioritize tasks, and work well under pressure. Ability to work in a fast-paced and changing environment.
      • Strong organizational and time management skills. Demonstrated ability to be flexible and adapt to changing priorities and meet deadlines.
      • Ability to interact with diverse team members, leadership, and external vendors, and build effective working relationships. Team player, with ability to respond with flexibility and understanding.
      • Strong interpersonal skills. Demonstrated ability to interact effectively with diverse individuals and build effective working relationships. Demonstrated emotional intelligence. Ability to respond to sensitive matters with diplomacy and empathy.
      • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
      • Professional presence and demeanor. Demonstrated skill and ease speaking in public and serving as a representative for the organization.
      • Demonstrated attention to detail and levels of accuracy.
      • Good computer skills. Demonstrated proficiency using Microsoft Office.
      • Unequivocal commitment to the highest standards of personal and business ethics and conduct.
      • Mission-driven, guided by core values, and a pleasure to work with.EXPERIENCERequirements
        • Three years of experience working in events or meetings planning, or in a hospitality environment.
        • One year of experience negotiating contracts.Preferences
          • Three years of experience in event planning in a corporate or non-profit environment, or in a college or university.
            • One year of experience using registration software, e.g., Cvent, Salesforce.
            • One year of experience working in a non-profit organization.EDUCATIONRequirements
              • Bachelor's degree in event planning, hospitality, or relevant field. Equivalent combination of relevant experience, education, training, and certification may be considered in lieu of degree.Preferences
                • None.CERTIFICATIONS & LICENSURERequirements
                  • None.Preferences
                    • Certified Meeting Professional (CMP).WORK ENVIRONMENT/PHYSICAL DEMANDS
                      • General office environment, temperature controlled.
                      • Up to 10% travel.We recognize the success of our mission depends on the efforts of our passionate, hard-working teammates. To help teammates remain focused on the warriors and families we serve, WWP offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes: Medical/Prescription drug, Dental, Vision, Life/AD&D, Short-term Disability, Long-term Disability, and an Employee Assistance Program. WWP also offers a 401(k) retirement plan, a competitive PTO package, Sick Leave, Family Care Leave, Paid Holidays, Birthday Holiday, Education Assistance, and Bereavement Leave.For Colorado Applicants: The estimated hiring range for this position is between $51,200 - $76,800 annual base salary,subject to a candidate's combination of experience, qualifications, and credentials. This position may also be eligible for an annual performance incentive.For California, and Washington Applicants: The estimated hiring range for this position is between $58,880 - $88,320 annual base salary,subject to a candidate's combination of experience, qualifications, and credentials. This position may also be eligible for an annual performance incentive.
                        *ca-agWounded Warrior Project is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing equal employment opportunity to all persons without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital status, citizenship, age, veteran or military status, disability, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.Please note:
                        Wounded Warrior Project is not seeking assistance or accepting unsolicited resumes from search firms without a written search agreement in place. All resumes submitted by search firms to any employee at Wounded Warrior Project via email, the Internet or directly to hiring managers at Wounded Warrior Project in any form without a valid written search agreement in place will be deemed the sole property of Wounded Warrior Project, and no fee will be paid in the event the candidate is hired by Wounded Warrior Project as a result of the referral or through other means."

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