This position oversees, leads and manages agency special events, identifies & cultivates potential donors through special events, and is the staff liaison for the Junior Board.
This position holds no direct supervisory responsibility.
Less than 10%. This position requires evening and/or weekend time.

  • Oversees all logistics in planning and implementing major and minor special events to benefit the agency. Events, include but are not limited to: Jazz Night, LighthousePalooza, Scholarship Ceremony, Junior Board events, endowment concerts, ribbon cuttings, donor recognition events, holiday parties, staff recognition events and other smaller events throughout the year;
  • Provides support for the agencys three main events: Seeing Whats Possible Annual Gala, Flair Fashion Show & Luncheon and Poker & Casino Night
  • Provides follow up for sponsorships, attendees and auction items in a timely manner;
  • Properly thank sponsors and donors after events through acknowledgement letters, emails, and phone calls;
  • Obtain payment and follows up on pledges made for special events in a timely manner;
  • Identifies & cultivates potential donors through special events and performs follow-up with all donors and specifically those with giving potential
  • Coordinates smaller catered lunches for special donor and foundation visits at The Lighthouse;
  • Supports and acts as the staff liaison for the Junior Board.
  • Assists Junior Board with their two signature events annually and staffs Junior Board meetings after hours;
  • Other duties as assigned.
  • Position requires evening and weekend hours to oversee and manage special events, meetings, and other activities.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree required.
  • Proficiency and technical expertise with Microsoft Office (Excel, Word and Power Point). Blackbaud Raiser’s Edge preferred.
  • Excellent written and oral communications.
  • Enthusiastic “can do” and positive attitude.
  • Required Skills:
  1. Attention to detail, organization, and timeliness.
  2. Ability to work independently and see projects through from start to finish.
  3. Comfortable in working in a team-oriented atmosphere.
  4. Desire to contribute new ideas and begin new initiatives.
  • Minimum of five years previous experience as being the lead in organizing and handling special events.
  • Background in the hospitality or events industry preferred.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Commitment to our mission of providing opportunities for people who are blind, visually impaired, deaf-blind, multi-disabled and Veterans’ communities is essential.

The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired is an Equal Opportunity Employer in full compliance with local, state, and federal Civil Rights & Affirmative Action laws. The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired maintains a strong policy of accommodation and a consistent practice of employing qualified individuals with disabilities. All applicants will be afforded equal employment opportunity without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship status, age, physical or mental disability unrelated to ability, sexual orientation, military status, order of protection status or unfavorable discharge from military service.Tracking

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