Director, Events & Programming - South

05/18/17 Miami, FL

The Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE) is dedicated to harnessing the unifying power of sport to improve race relations and drive social progress. We are seeking a Regional Events Director, reporting directly to the Vice President of Events and Programming. The ideal candidate will be responsible for managing RISE events and programming across the South region. The director also will assist with other RISE campaigns as needed and will work to help develop and implement promotion activities for events, providing recommendations and guidance on best practices.

The South region includes: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

Key Responsibilities

  • Lead with the planning and coordination of RISE events and/or programming
  • Assist with the creation and procurement of event assets 
  • Draft event management communications, including timelines, calendars, reports, etc.
  • Support with onsite event management and setup as necessary
  • Help establish budgets for events
  • Observe client intake and event logistics
  • Coordinate outreach efforts and development of relationships with other organizations and build partnerships to extend RISE’s message and generate support
  • Identify potential sponsors and supporters for events
  • Assist with the development and maintenance of mailing, media and guests lists
  • Drive partner engagement through unique experiences and events/programming
  • Develop and maintain contact lists
  • Create and update databases and presentations


  • Interest in the sports and nonprofit sector; special events and/or hospitality industry college coursework or comparable work experience preferred
  • Motivated, responsible, self-starter, able to work with minimal direction
  • High level of attention to detail, strong work ethic and high level of professionalism
  • Excellent writing, research and communication skills
  • Proficient with PowerPoint, Excel and Word
  • Strong administrative, organizational and interpersonal skills; bility to work quickly and efficiently
  • Comfortable working independently as well as part of a team
  • Prioritizes and multi-tasks effectively
  • Familiarity with and understanding of best practices for Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social media platforms
  • Comfortable talking on the phone with media, colleagues and vendors
  • Ability to travel domestically and work nights or weekends when necessary
  • Commitment to diversity and inclusion
  • Fluency in Spanish is a plus

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