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This position involves the development, design, planning and organizing of event activities, both off-and on-site, including managing logistics such as facilities, tickets, audience management activities, concessionaires, caterers, and vendors, travel logistics, and facilitation of communication and services with speakers and facility maintenance staff; or provides technical support of these activities. In addition, this role also has outward facing duties, as s/he may engage with alumni and distinguished guests. The Event Planner must be able to navigate not only the logistical requirements of event planning (and working with event vendors), but must also exhibit finesse and flexibility in working with our alumni (who are also our valued donor base) as well as current faculty, students and staff.
Application Review Date
The First Review Date for this job is: December 2, 2022
Consults with clients (including alumni center staff, Berkeley Law students, faculty, and donors) to conceptualize events and discuss all details regarding events and event planning, demonstrating good judgment, a focus on customer service, and the ability to prioritize when making decisions and managing events which affect the school as a whole and its specialized communities.
Manages events in accordance with UC and campus policies.
Develops, designs, and implements a wide range of specialized activities connected with events, including alumni engagement, continuing education, fundraising-oriented, or other public events.
Plans, organizes, and identifies event locations and vendors; confers with broad-based constituencies regarding logistics, guest lists, site selection, vendors, event goals and objectives, etc.
Prepares and executes detailed event planning timelines and task lists to effectively track the progress of the event.
Provides effective marketing and communications strategies to promote events to targeted audiences.
Oversees the design and drafting of website content, emails, physical invitations, and other communications.
Develops guest lists and lists of local contacts to publicize events; engages local media as necessary.
Partners with Communications on event reporting as needed.
Utilizes expertise in technology (online communications, social media, software applications, etc.) to advance planning and programming needs.
Administers facilities and space logistics and manages equipment needs for events.
Determines and coordinates staffing needs for individual events, reaching out to other staff and volunteers, and leveraging collegial relationships when necessary.
Serves as a resource and consultant to other employees at the law school, advising on event policies, production and logistics.
Develops and maintains comprehensive event budgets and financial reports for funding, which may be complex across multiple funding sources.
Oversees financial processes that may include coordinating recharges to various, units, processing financial transactions, and other business services functions as required.
Contributes to and participates in long-range unit event planning. Works with Law School senior leadership, including the COO and the Berkeley Law Events Director, to strategize event programming for the year.
Ensures smooth-running, effective events, including successfully recognizing and resolving potential and real problems in a timely manner using tact, sensitivity, discretion, and political acumen.
Thorough knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles, and practices of event planning and public relations, including event design, organization, and production.
Thorough knowledge of and/or ability to learn about the campus, its vision, mission, programs, policies, achievements, and infrastructure.
Skill in effectively meeting budget and time constraints.
Demonstrated organizational and project management skills to work successfully with clients to produce high-quality events that meet client needs and appropriately represent the campus; that is, for fundraising events, skills to provide excellent donor stewardship.
Highly developed interpersonal communication skills including political acumen and social perceptiveness.
Highly developed judgment, decision-making, and problem recognition/avoidance/resolution skills, including skills in determining those issues/problems that need to be brought to management's attention.
Solid working knowledge of the concepts, principles, and best practices of public relations and event planning, production, and implementation.
Strong computer skills and proficiency in key software applications including Microsoft Office Suite, G-suite applications, Adobe Creative Suite, EventBrite, and Canva.
Experience with database applications, website building, online marketing, and web conferencing platforms (e.g., WordPress, Constant Contact and Zoom), and knowledge of and/or ability to learn new computer programs and software systems.
Solid verbal and written communication skills, active listening, critical thinking, persuasiveness, advising, and counseling skills.
Knowledge of marketing and communications strategies to effectively promote events and activities to the targeted audience.
Solid project management skills.
Strong skills in short-term planning, analysis and problem-solving, and customer service.
Demonstrated commitment to and understanding of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB), and ability to apply and integrate core concepts of DEIB into everyday practice.
Must be committed to creating a community that fosters equity of experience and opportunity, and ensures that students, faculty, and staff of all backgrounds feel safe, welcome, and included.
Must demonstrate a sensitivity to and understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnic backgrounds present in our community.
Bachelor's degree in a related area and/or equivalent experience/training.
UC Berkeley Event Planning Program Certificate.
Salary & Benefits
This is a full-time (40 hours per week), career position that is eligible for full UC benefits.
This position is exempt and paid monthly. The annual salary for this role is commensurate with experience within the range of $70,000.00 - $82,000.00.
This position is eligible to work remotely up to one (1) day per week.
Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment in the Resume section of your application.
Conviction History Background
This is a designated position requiring fingerprinting and a background check due to the nature of the job responsibilities. Berkeley does hire people with conviction histories and reviews information received in the context of the job responsibilities. The University reserves the right to make employment contingent upon successful completion of the background check.
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