Director of Events (Term Contract) - Toronto, ON
Taking care of our environment has never been more important than it is today. The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is looking for a term Director of Events to join a team committed to protecting our most important natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain.
NCC is the country’s leading private land conservation organization. As a non-profit, charitable organization we work in partnership with individuals, corporations, governments and other non-profit groups to protect our most important natural treasures. We take a collaborative and science-based approach to our mission. Since 1962 NCC and its partners have helped to conserve 2.8 million acres (more than 1.1 million hectares), from coast to coast to coast. With National headquarters in Toronto (Eglinton and Mount Pleasant) and regional offices across the country, NCC delivers results you can walk on.
Purpose and General Description:
The Director of Events is responsible for the overall leadership and execution of experiential event-based programming designed to increase participation, deepen affinity and develop brand support for the Nature Conservancy of Canada.
This role brings expertise in long-term strategizing and budget management of engagement programming and applies cross-disciplinary knowledge of annual giving and major-gift fundraising, sponsorships, event marketing, program curation and event-industry best practices.
Located in the Marketing and Events department, the Director of Events provides leadership and guidance to a team of professionals responsible for creating passionate and memorable brand experiences for the Nature Conservancy of Canada community in order to advance the organization’s mission, engagement priorities and donor centric values.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Lead, implement and manage the successful execution of the Event Department’s annual work plan and series of events for the 2019/2020 NCC fiscal year, including the following primary deliverables:
1. Nature Conservancy of Canada’s cross-country NatureTalks Speaker Series program
• The successful candidate will have experience leading the development of dynamic content and curation, leading speaker recruitment and management, delivering sponsorship and budget management, and developing audience engagement strategies for a series of cross-country events.
2. Nature Conservancy of Canada 2020 Conference
• The successful candidate will have experience overseeing conference event management, directing conference program development, delivering stakeholder and audience satisfaction, overseeing budget management and managing results-driven, volunteer committees.
3. Annual donor cultivation events, campaign events, board events and event analytics
• The successful candidate will have charitable event experience, including developing and executing integrated fundraising strategies for memorable events that support acquisition, cultivation, prospecting and stewardship outcomes. This individual will have experience leveraging a CRM or sales database/team to segment and target audiences for results-driven events and experiences.
4. Leadership / Team support to cross-country event programmers
• The successful candidate will have experience managing staff and will be responsible for ensuring a unified team vision. The individual will oversee the operational deliverables of the Events Department, requiring an acumen for budget, revenue and KPI management. The individual will provide leadership, regular consultation and support to NCC event programmers — executing events for a charity. This individual will have experience overseeing the effectiveness and implementation of centralized event resources, tools, training and best practices and will represent the department and NCC at events; amongst NCC constituents, board and the public.
Required skills and attributes:
The ideal candidate brings an outward, creative and strategic lens to the delivery of tactical programming. The individual prioritizes collaboration, the value of influence and is a confident decision-maker. They will apply donor centricity principles to event-based programs in order to build relationships to secure, renew and upgrade NCC supporters.
This position requires an incumbent possessing a strong background in event programming, event management for conferences, signature and charitable events with a minimum of five years of experience leading and delivering large event portfolios. Experience with program curation, managing departmental budgets, managing sponsorships and high-level volunteer committees is required. The incumbent must also have:
1. Strong financial acumen, being results-driven, coupled with strong business case analysis and project management skills;
2. Demonstrated experience in brand partnerships, marketing and communications for events and developing strategies for charitable events;
3. Demonstrated relationship management including managerial experience, developing collaborative partnerships, leading teams, managing multiple stakeholders, negotiation skills and leading through influence;
4. Specialized knowledge and practice of special event management methods, techniques, industry trends and best practices;
5. Ability to interpret strategic direction and conceptual designs to deliver tactical creative events and value-added experiences;
6. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Raiser’s Edge or equivalent and digital event platforms and
7. A flexible schedule that allows for extensive travel, after-hours and weekend functions.
University Degree or equivalent education and experience
5-8 years of experience based on similar roles and responsibilities
Strong written and verbal skills
French language is highly valued (not required)
Terms of Employment
This is a full-time, contract position, from date of hire to July 2020.
How to Apply
NCC is an equal opportunity employer.
If you are interested in joining our team, please forward your resume and cover letter along with your salary expectations making sure to note the following in the subject line of your email: Your first and last name – Director of Events (e.g., Jane Doe – Payroll HR Coord) to email@example.com no later than 5:00pm on Sunday, March 24, 2019.
NCC welcomes and encourages applications from people with disabilities. Accommodations are available on request for candidates taking part in all aspects of the selection process.