manager of relationship events resume example with 5+ years of experience

Jessica Claire
Montgomery Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 609 Johnson Ave., 49204, Tulsa, OK
Home: (555) 432-1000 - Cell: - - : - -

Special Events and Development Manager with more than 8 years experience in Event Planning and Fundraising. Demonstrated history of successfully executing various events within targeted budgets, coordinating logistics and providing excellent customer service. Proficient in Microsoft Office, Google Suite, Salesforce, Givesmart, Blackbaud, QuickBooks, etc.

  • Event Management
  • Fundraising
  • Budget Management
  • Strategic Planning
07/2021 to 08/2022
Manager of Relationship Events Alzheimer's Association City, STATE,
  • Managed all aspects of the Chapter's black-tie Gala, An Event to Remember, and exceeded revenue goal of $300,000.
  • Built relationships with donors, vendors (including venue, caterer, production company, auctioneer, award company and photographer), sponsors, volunteers, committee and board members, event honorees, emcee, attendees, and corporate partners.
  • Developed timeline, managed budget, conducted site visits, negotiated contracts, and worked with vendors to develop event collateral including sponsorship packets, invitations, menu and program, bid cards, etc.
  • Conducted outreach to solicit new donors and sponsors, developed underwriting opportunities, managed donor stewardship, identified and secured event committee, coordinated meetings and created agendas.
  • Secured silent and live auction items, updated social media outlets, created press releases, developed day-of event signage and collateral including the Run of Show, scripts, floor plans and seating charts.
  • Created event website through Givesmart, managed table and ticket sales, generated financial reports, and worked with media outlets including FOX4 to develop press coverage for the Gala.
  • Provided support at additional events including multiple Walk to End Alzheimer's events, and donor relations event at Old Parkland in Dallas.
04/2018 to 06/2020
Event Manager, ARTS Awards & Design Dallas Market Center City, STATE,
  • Managed the planning and execution of the 30th and 31st Annual ARTS Awards and Gala (hosted 800+ attendees).
  • Organized event logistics and timelines, worked as liaison between CEO, internal stakeholders and external vendors on A/V, production and catering, managed talent and entertainment, worked directly with celebrity hosts and high-profile guests, developed run of show, script, timelines, seating charts, guest lists, checklists and mailings.
  • Prepared event budget exceeding $350,000, tracked expenses, ticket sales and sponsorships, processed invoices, prepared and negotiated contracts, coordinated meetings with internal teams and external vendors, and developed meeting agendas and post-event recap reports.
  • Organized all stages of the ARTS program and worked with internal teams to develop event theme, creation of invitations, menus and programs.
  • Maintained database and communication with nominees, committee and panel members, finalists, judges, presenters, hosts and winners.
  • Coordinated the ARTS Judging Events, ARTS Preview Night Party, and events for Spring and Fall Design Weeks. Contacted speakers, researched and secured external vendors, trained volunteers, conducted research for new partnerships, placed food and beverage orders, arranged travel, hotel and ground transportation, ordered event inventory, and developed communication for electronic and print signage, website, social media, video monitors and directory content.
  • Assisted in planning events during various DMC Markets, participated in events at Las Vegas Summer Markets, High Point Spring and Fall Markets, and assisted in the coordination of the ART Conference in Palm Springs.
01/2017 to 08/2017
Event Account Coordinator Kuoni Destination Management City, STATE,
  • Created sales kits and RFP's, arranged site visits and inspections at venues throughout California, and researched new partnerships for venues, catering, decor and entertainment.
  • Managed calendars for Senior level staff, arranged meetings with vendors, booked appointments, and created event preview and post-event recap documents.
  • Assisted with on-site execution for events held at the San Diego Zoo and USS Midway.
02/2015 to 01/2017
Development, Membership & Events Coordinator Balboa Park - Japanese Friendship Garden City, STATE,
  • Coordinated logistics for numerous fundraising events ranging in attendance size (50 to 1,000+ guests) including the Annual Gala and Awards Dinner, Membership Tea and Fashion Show, Cherry Blossom Festival, and Balboa Park's December Nights.
  • Managed budgets, developed sponsorship and corporate membership levels, worked with leadership team on strategic plan, maintained communication with donors, members and sponsors, and processed membership renewals and gifts (ranging from $50-$100,000+).
  • Recruited and trained volunteers, conducted prospect research, identified and approached new donors, community partners and corporate sponsors, coordinated and attended board meetings, updated databases, conducted mailings, developed marketing collateral, and grew the membership total from under 500 to over 3,000 in one year.
Education and Certifications
Expected in 10/2020 to to
Professional Certificate: Virtual Event & Meeting Management
Event Leadership Institute - Virtual,
Expected in 01/2015 to to
Professional Certificate: Meeting & Event Planning
San Diego State University - San Diego, CA
Expected in 12/2012 to to
Bachelor of Science: Strategic Communication, Advertising & PR
Texas Christian University (TCU) - Fort Worth, TX

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School Attended

  • Event Leadership Institute
  • San Diego State University
  • Texas Christian University (TCU)

Job Titles Held:

  • Manager of Relationship Events
  • Event Manager, ARTS Awards & Design
  • Event Account Coordinator
  • Development, Membership & Events Coordinator


  • Professional Certificate
  • Professional Certificate
  • Bachelor of Science

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