The Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy seeks an experienced Events and Communications Manager to join our Chicago office full time. The Events and Communications Manager directs and coordinates the planning, preparation and implementation of the annual conference, special events, tours, travel programs and other fundraising and donor recognition events throughout the year. Oversees the annual communications plan and budget in consultation with executive director and board. Oversees the creation, editing and coordination of all Conservancy communications and publications to inform members and the public about Conservancy activities, advocacy and events.
The Events and Communications Manager will:
Manage all aspects of conferences and events from planning to onsite execution.
Prepare and manage budgets for conferences and events.
Design, write and produce program booklets, all promotional materials and press releases and coordinate distribution
Create and distribute solicitation materials for Silent Auction items; produce auction catalog, coordinate logistics and follow up with auction committee
Work with the Preservation Programs Manager to coordinate all aspects of implementing the annual Wright Spirit Awards
Coordinate all aspects of the Conservancy fellowship programs—John Thorpe Fellowship, Keepers Preservation Education Fund and any new opportunities
Expand audience reach for Conservancy conferences and events
Oversee the maintenance and infrastructure of website; creation of lively and up-to-date website content
Oversee the planning of the annual publications; function as managing editor for magazine.
Oversee the planning and production of 4-5 newsletters per year – digital and print versions – drawing content from the website
Oversee the design and production of membership brochures, fundraising materials, press releases and collateral materials
Oversee the establishment of effective relationships with appropriate media representatives in areas relevant to Conservancy’s mission, events and activities
Coordinate the preparation of all press releases regarding events, conferences and activities
Assist in development of text and graphics style manual; monitor publications for conformity to ensure effective organizational branding
3 years directly relevant full-time experience in communications and events management
demonstrated strong planning and project management ability
excellent writing and editing skills
print production experience
experience with Adobe InDesign and Photoshop
experience with website content management systems (WordPress)
excellent interpersonal and constituent services skills
superb attention to detail and logistical thinking ability
enjoy managing a variety of responsibilities
comfortable in a small office environment
Interest in preservation, architecture or history a plus
Ability to travel at least 7-10 days per year
Ability to work long hours during events, standing and walking most of the day; frequently going up and down stairs and on and off tour buses
Ability to lift and carry boxes of event materials as needed
Additional helpful qualifications:
Advanced web technical skills, advanced graphic design skills, experience with member/donor databases, prior experience in the philanthropic and nonprofit sector.
Occasional weekend event work and overnight travel required (with compensatory time). Chicago south Loop location.
Compensation: Salary is in mid-$50K with health insurance benefits.
Application Process: Please submit cover letter, resume, salary expectations and contact information to HR@savewright.org. Cover letter should outline how your background and experience meets the requirements of the position.
No phone calls please. Due to the large number of inquiries, it will not be possible to acknowledge responses but we appreciate your interest.