Job Details

Development Specialist - Special Events

South Puget Sound Community College, Olympia, WA

Job - Education

Close Date: 02/24/2020

South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) seeks a highly motivated and qualified individual for the position of Development Specialist - Special Events.

The Special Events Manager is responsible for coordinating foundation events, in support of the Foundation Mission and Strategic Plan. The Special Events Manager reports to the Development Director of the College Foundation and leads the organization of foundation special events to solicit financial support for the SPSCC Foundation.

This is an exempt professional, non-administrative position and many activities are performed independently and/or with approval of the supervisor.

South Puget Sound Community College is committed to increasing its cultural diversity with an emphasis on equity and inclusion among its professional staff. The students that we serve come from a variety of backgrounds. We strongly encourage members of the underrepresented groups, veterans, and bi- or multi-lingual individuals to apply for this position to help meet the needs of our diverse students and service district.

We also offer:
Free Bus service every 15 minutes to downtown Olympia and beyond
Gym and recreation facilities
FREE parking on our campuses – permits are not required
On-campus child care
Lots of activities with our Artist & Lecture series, which are FREE for staff and faculty
Many community events in the Kenneth J. Minnaert Center for the Arts
The Clipper Café specializing in seasonal comfort foods
The Bake Shop offering daily baked goods made by our students
Fine dining in the Percival Room, offering vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free choices as part of our Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs
Campus bookstore offering snacks, apparel, and specialty supplies
Starbucks coffee shop
Percival Creek running beneath our campus footbridge, providing year-round beauty and views of Chinook, Coho, and chum salmon runs
Marked walking paths (Download PDF reader) on nicely paved sidewalks
A variety of wellness workshops and events

What You'll Do
Responsibilities and duties of Special Events Manager include, but are not limited to, the following:

Special Events:

Coordinate logistical support for the following Foundation events, including but not limited to: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Banquet, Clipper Scramble Golf Tournament, The Experience, Artist and Lecture VIP Receptions, President's Club, Scholarship Reception, VIP receptions and Parties for a Purpose.
Responsible for meeting agendas, event logistics, volunteer coordination, communications with team and volunteers to ensure the implemented vision of the Executive Director and Foundation Board.
Responsible for cultivating, soliciting and stewarding a portfolio of event sponsorships and
Coordinate event marketing, registration and facilities for event logistics.
Coordinate volunteers for events, secure day of event volunteer coordinator. Provide training to volunteers and volunteer coordinator in advance.
Act as day of event coordinator. Provide training to staff and volunteers including orientation and detailed production schedules.
Perform other duties as assigned by the Executive Director of the College Foundation
Demonstrate multicultural competence (including an awareness and understanding of historically disadvantaged populations) and create an educational and work environment that affirms a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
Support the college's mission by creating a work environment of mutual respect and fairness, while encouraging creative and critical thinking.
Contribute to the appreciation of diversity and foster a climate of multicultural understanding.
Qualifications You Possess

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's degree or equivalent education/experience
Work experience in a related field including event coordination, fundraising, and/or sales with direct personal solicitation experience
Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including public speaking skills
Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, alumni and the community.
Ability to work independently and as part of a team to meet expected deadlines.
Computer proficiency with MS Office and Raiser's Edge or comparable prospect management software program
Excellent organizational skills and the ability to manage time effectively with the ability to work on several projects at one time.

Preferred Qualifications:
Self-motivated independent thinker.
Comfortable working with a diverse group of people, (volunteers, students, faculty and staff) with different backgrounds and experiences.
Outgoing and comfortable with cold calling, networking and public speaking.
A passion for people and the benefits of higher education and community colleges.

To Apply
Applications must be completed online at: and include the following attachments:

Cover letter addressed to the Screening Committee highlighting your ability to perform the responsibilities and competencies described in the job posting.
Current resume/CV showing all educational and professional experience which demonstrates how you meet the minimum and any preferred qualifications.

Top candidates will be notified directly to interview for this position. Selection will be based on the applicant's knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties listed in this job posting as identified in the materials requested above. Applications with comments directing the reader to see attachments will be considered incomplete.

Veterans Preference
Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications and wishing to claim Veterans Preference should redact their personally identifiable information from a copy of their United States Department of Veterans Affairs honorable discharge documentation and email to with the job number for which they are applying in the subject line.

Background Check Condition of Employment
Employment with the college is contingent upon the successful completion of a comprehensive background check. Any adverse information will be considered on a case-by-case basis and does not automatically preclude a candidate from employment.

SPSCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer
South Puget Sound Community College (SPSCC) is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientations, and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over age 40, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. The College complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Applicants needing accommodation in the application process in an alternative format may contact the Human Resources office at (360) 596-5500. The College is committed to enhancing the diversity of our faculty and staff, as well as our student population. We strongly encourage applicants to apply without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, marital or veteran status, disability, or any other legal protected status. SPSCC is a drug-free workplace.

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