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Job Title:  National Events Manager, Headquarters

Department:  Development

Reports To:  Director of National Events

FLSA Status:   Exempt/ Full-Time


The Manager of National Events (MNE) is a key member of the National Events Team and is responsible for planning, managing, executing or assisting on a wide range of special events, from large fundraising events to mid-size cocktail receptions and select non-ticketed events. The MNE serves as an organizational liaison, managing and overseeing event development, planning and logistics alongside event committees.  The MNE is responsible for overseeing the smooth processing and recording of events-related donations within their portfolio by working with staff across the Development and Finance Departments. Based in our New York Headquarters, this position reports directly to the Director of Events, based in New York.


Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people, and people with HIV, through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. Founded in 1973 and headquartered in New York City, Lambda has regional offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Dallas, with an emerging office in Washington D.C.


  • Duties include managing all tasks required for a successful event: developing budgets and timelines; devising solicitation strategies; negotiating vendor contracts; organizing site visits; volunteer coordination; design and production of event promotional materials including invitations, and other relevant collateral; maintaining guest lists, ticketing and seating; etc.
  •  Manage a portfolio of 3-4 ticketed events, and select non-ticketed events
  •  Provide support to National Event Director’s portfolio of events when needed
  •  Work in partnership with Major Gifts Officers (MGOs), volunteer committees, volunteer leadership, and all corporate, institutional and individual sponsors of assigned events.
  • Manage all online event materials, email correspondence for events in their assigned portfolio.
  • Ensure backend operations for events within their portfolio are properly tracked and maintained which includes: setting up and managing events in Raiser’s Edge, publishing events on the website, processing invoices and income, revenue reconciliation, tracking and cleaning up data.
  • Oversee proper data entry for portfolio events-related donations and work with the Database team to correct errors and omissions
  • Manage email calendar for assigned events, working closely with Marketing & Digital staff to devise and design emails to publicize and promote events to large regional and national audiences
  • Manage design and production of event collateral and promotional materials, including sponsorship packets, print and email invitations, social media publicity, and email correspondence.
  • Provide strong administrative management and support including executing sponsorship mailings, fulfilling event invitations, completing check requests.


  • A candidate must be self-directed and self-motivated
  • A qualified individual will have at least 2-4 years in managing or coordinating fundraising events. Experience working closely with board members, key volunteers, and knowledge of LGBTQ and/or philanthropic communities is required. Exposure to working with individual donors in the cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship of annual gifts is desirable. Software experience with Microsoft Office, spreadsheets and donor software (preferably Raiser’s Edge) are necessary. Expertise in social media, marketing, design, HTML, and an eye for aesthetics is a bonus.
  • Outstanding written and oral interpersonal communication, analytical, organizational and administrative skills are required. This position requires excellent attention to detail and a high degree of precision in approach, management, and execution. Ability to work well independently on several projects concurrently, and possess excellent communication, organizational, and creative thinking skills. Strong initiative, customer service orientation, and volunteer management skills are required.


Supervisory responsibilities are limited to managing volunteer committees, event volunteers, and event consultants, if applicable. This team member may be asked to train development interns and new development staff in Raiser’s Edge and Convio event procedures.  This position has no direct staff reports.


This position requires some regional travel; travel percentage of 20%.


Salary is commensurate with experience within the guidelines of Lambda Legal scale. Excellent employer paid benefits package including medical, dental, life and long-term disability insurance and generous employer contribution to retirement account. Generous vacation.


The position is open until filled. Send resume, cover letter and salary requirements, by e-mail only to: Lianne Pimentel, National Events Director with the subject line of “National Events Manager”. Salary requirements MUST be included with application.