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Founded in 1981 in partnership with whistleblowers, the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) is a nonpartisan independent watchdog that works to expose waste, corruption, abuse of power, and other instances where the government fails to serve the public. We champion reforms to achieve a more effective, ethical, and accountable federal government that safeguards constitutional principles. We also host the annual Ridenhour Prizes Ceremony now in its 18th year, which recognizes truth-telling that protects the public interest, promotes social justice, and illuminates a more just vision of society.
POGO’s Communications Team is looking for a talented Special Event Manager
to help us effectively plan, market, manage, and execute the Ridenhour Prizes program (and all other things required for successful event coordination), with a specific focus on helping to raise the profile and visibility of the annual Ridenhour Prizes Ceremony. The Special Event Manager reports directly to POGO’s Executive Strategist.
- Take the lead on planning, marketing, and executing the annual Ridenhour Prizes Ceremony—as well as related smaller events throughout the year intended to help bring more exposure and broader recognition to the main event.
- Organize those and other events with attention and adherence to financial and time constraints in order to deliver successful events on time and at or under budget (including by developing and maintaining event budgets and tracking expenses).
- Lead promotional activities for and otherwise effectively market the events, including by collaborating with the rest of the communications team to develop and implement multi-channel marketing strategies, including social media to maximize event participation and visibility.
- Liaise with the award selection committees, including collecting submissions and researching prospective winners on the committees’ behalf.
- Create new virtual event concepts and facilitate their implementation, with particular interest in the use of emerging technologies, innovative themes, and other creative activities.
- Coordinate staffing, space, equipment, and other logistical needs of events, including the management of staff volunteers.
- Collaborate with the development team to support the cultivation and solicitation processes related to individual donors and corporate sponsors for events.
- Source and negotiate with all necessary vendors and suppliers needed to successfully execute events.
- Other duties as required to accomplish POGO’s mission.
- Minimum of 3 years of experience in special events coordination with an emphasis on large conferences (100 or more attendees).
- Outstanding written and verbal communication skills, with exceptional relationship-building and vendor management skills.
- Excellent attention to detail along with superb time management and organizational skills
- Demonstrated ability to work independently and handle multiple projects at a time.
- Demonstrated commitment to working in a nonpartisan, collaborative, respectful manner with diverse stakeholders.
- Demonstrated track record of taking initiative to solve problems and adapt to changing circumstances.
- Knowledge of fundraising techniques and strategies for identification, cultivation, and stewardship of donors
- Proficiency in social media platforms
Physical requirements include:
This position will at times require the ability to work, walk, sit, and/or stand at events for multiple hours at a time. It also requires the ability to lift up to 20 pounds unassisted and to physically assist in moving event and other equipment weighing up to 40 pounds.
Compensation and benefits:
- Competitive nonprofit salary commensurate with experience starting at $52k.
- Health, dental, and vision insurance.
- 403(b) investment plan available, with employer retirement contribution once eligible.
- Life insurance and long-term disability coverage.
- Metro SmartTrip benefits.
- Paid holiday, vacation, and sick leave.
POGO provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or genetics. We encourage all interested and qualified individuals to apply.