Director Development Events resume example with 15+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
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Professional Summary

Proactive event producer with ten+ years of experience creating entertaining and informative experiences for diverse audiences. Expert in all elements of event planning, concept development, including vendor management, contract negotiations, timeline development, and budget administration. Demonstrated success in providing team leadership and development to encourage and foster growth, creativity, and problem solving. Remains calm and poised even in high-pressure situations.

  • Negotiation
  • Strategies and goals
  • Strategic Planning
  • Contract Management
  • Budgeting
  • Operations management
  • Story Pitching
  • Issues resolution
Work History
Director, Development Events, 04/2020 to Current
Abbvie, IncGreensboro, NC,

Skills Gained: Human Resources Management, Portfolio Creation

  • Supervise and mange full-time staff, volunteers, and external vendors on creative and logistical tasks. Delegated assignments based on site plans, project needs and knowledge of individual team members. Develops and implements budget outlines, operational time lines, vendor recommendations, staffing needs, program design, and all other logistical aspects of the events. Refocused team during a global pandemic to pivot programming and events to a virtual format while still meeting student and alumni engagement goals . Serve as strategic advisor to senior management to provide strategic direction & address ongoing challenges in the current climate.

Sr. Associate Director, Development Events, 07/2007 to 04/2020
George Washington UniversityCity, STATE,

Skills Gained: Stewardship, Strategic Campaign Planning, Contract Management

Manage logistics for portfolio of 30+ events, including national and international forums, speaker series, board of trustees meetings and special event functions. Supervised onsite teams of seven to thirty, including caterers, audio-visual technicians, and facility management team for events ranging from four to 4,000 participants. Utilize event planning expertise to deliver high-quality events on-time and within budget.

  • Logistical and creative lead on inauguration activities for the incoming president of the university, Thomas J. LeBlanc
  • Welcome President LeBlanc; An Inaugural Celebration with President LeBlanc at SEH
  • Inaugural Dinner at The Library of Congress
  • Integral part of a four person team using an innovative case study approach to regionally launch a $1 Billion Capital Campaign
  • Collaborated with The US Coast Guard (Chief of Protocol) to logistically support on campus venue tours and selection, event timelines, show call and event design for the Joint Chiefs of Staff Luncheon at F Street House during the 2009 Inauguration of President Barack Obama
  • Extensive work with non-traditional event planning responsibilities such as contract negotiation with band management and booking agencies, local crew (union and non-union), public and private safety and security teams for high-profile events.
  • George Washington University Alumni Weekend; Barenaked Ladies, Chuck Brown, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Earth Wined and Fire, Cyndi Lauper, Hall & Oates, Janelle Monae
Associate Director, Development Events, 09/2006 to 07/2007
George Washington UniversityCity, STATE,

Skills Gained: Project Management, Budgeting, Concept Development and Pitching

Lead consultant/planner providing creative and unique solutions with a strategic approach tailored to meet the visions of each client and the goals of each event from groundbreakings and grand openings, council and board meetings, black tie galas to intimate salon dinners. Fulfilled contractual obligations, including communications, vendor coordination, schedule creation, budget administration and rehearsal and day of event coordination.

  • Part of a presidential transition team that developed and executed a series of national events in targeted alumni and donor markets to celebrate the legacy of the outgoing university president and introduce the incoming leadership team
Senior Event Planner, 02/2006 to 09/2006
George Washington UniversityCity, STATE,

Skills Gained: Client Services, Relationship Management, Operations Management

Responsible for events and venue management of the University's premier event space. Accountabilities include but are not limited to event planning, coordination and logistical oversight for external and internal groups. Maintain, negotiate and build relationships with clients and vendors while delivering innovative and memorable events. Manage event logistics and operations, including support staff, vendor services and volunteers.

Bachelor of Science: Psychology, Expected in
James Madison University - Harrisonburg, VA

Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)

  • 2016 District II Conference Planner

International Live Events Association (ILEA)

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School Attended

  • James Madison University

Job Titles Held:

  • Director, Development Events
  • Sr. Associate Director, Development Events
  • Associate Director, Development Events
  • Senior Event Planner


  • Bachelor of Science

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