Events Manager - Historical Society of Michigan

COMPENSATION: $37,000-39,000

The Historical Society of Michigan seeks a qualified individual to serve as Events Manager. The Events Manager supports HSM’s mission by executing and managing all operations and logistics for the Society’s conferences and events, which currently include four annual conferences, biweekly workshops, weekly History HoundsĀ® Lecture Series programs, and other Society education and training opportunities. A successful candidate will work closely with education department staff to plan and execute these events.

About the Historical Society of Michigan

The Historical Society of Michigan, the state’s oldest cultural organization, helps to connect the stories of all Michigan’s peoples to students, educators, historical organizations and the public through education programs, conferences, publications, awards, workshops, referral services, networking opportunities, and support for local history organizations. HSM is the publisher of Michigan History and Chronicle magazine, the Historic Michigan Travel Guide, the Michigan Historical Review, and other publications.

HSM is a member-supported educational 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The Events Manager supports HSM’s mission by executing and managing all operations and logistics for the Society’s conferences and events, which currently include four annual conferences, biweekly workshops, weekly History HoundsĀ® Lecture Series programs, and other Society education and training opportunities. A successful candidate will work closely with education department staff to plan and execute these events.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Events Manager is a member of the Education team and reports to the Assistant Director of Education. As the primary point of contact for HSM events, the Events Manager will be responsible for and engaged in the following:

• Create an event experience that will educate, inspire, and entertain the public about Michigan’s rich, diverse history
• Develop conference action plans for budgets, timelines, and other details to support HSM’s mission
• Research, negotiate, and work with venues and third-party vendors before and during events
• Facilitate event planning meetings and content brainstorming
• Communicate with planning committee members, speakers, exhibitors, sponsors, vendors, etc., to ensure all deadlines and needs are met
• Coordinate with marketing and editorial teams for public relations campaigns and production of event materials
• Lead on-site and/or virtual activities, including setup, registration, communication with staff, troubleshooting, etc.
• Oversee technical support for educational and training opportunities
• Manage staff who may be involved in providing support services for events, including delegating and responding to feedback
• Maintain accurate registration records and analyze those data to improve effectiveness, reduce costs, and implement recommendations
• Explore and implement effective events management systems information
• Other duties as assigned

Qualifications

The ideal candidate for this position should be able to see the forest and the trees simultaneously. In other words, the candidate should be able to envision the whole picture and address the many details of each event. The following qualifications are required for this position:
• Professional experience in events management, including organizing and executing large conferences
• Experience with or interest in working in a nonprofit environment to further HSM’s mission
• Proven track record of improving event quality and increasing attendance
• Strong event planning and organizational skills with attention to detail for coordinating multiple programs concurrently, including preparing materials, communication, and logistics
• Ability to work independently in a changing environment but also as part of a team with internal and external participants and stakeholders
• Ability to manage complex tasks and delegate effectively
• A sophisticated relationship builder who can communicate with a wide variety of people both within and outside the organization • Demonstrated ability to anticipate and solve problems
• Experience with Microsoft Office; experience with Adobe Creative Suite is a plus
• Interest in Michigan history is a plus
• Availability for occasional evening and weekend events throughout the year as required

Reports to: Assistant Director of Education, Historical Society of Michigan

Compensation: $37,000-39,000, commensurate with experience and skills. Competitive benefits including paid time off, health, retirement, and other benefits.

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with interviews likely to begin as soon as possible. The expected start date is mid-February. This position is full-time, partially remote and partially on-site. At the present time, in maintaining a safe work environment, HSM requires all staff to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

The Historical Society of Michigan is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We actively seek applications from candidates of color and people with disabilities. For more information about the Historical Society of Michigan, please visit https://hsmichigan.org/ To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to resume@hsmichigan.org.

Posted on 1/4/2022

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