The Foundation Fighting Blindness is the largest nongovernmental foundation supporting retinal disease research in the world, funding rigorous scientific discovery and clinical trials to preserve and restore vision. We have offices in Columbia MD, New York NY, Chicago IL, Raleigh NC and Los Angeles CA.
Working with preeminent scientists, the FFB has funded breakthroughs in gene therapy, stem cells and bionic retinas, providing a historic opportunity for a promising new era in human clinical trials. We are the largest non-governmental source of research funds for inherited retinal degenerative diseases. Over the past four decades, FFB has raised more than $760 million to fund research studies worldwide.
We are seeking a dynamic, experienced and organized EVENTS MANAGER to be part of our team. This position will be based in Vernon Hills, IL.
Plans fundraising events in coordination with management, vendors and volunteers
Ensures all fundraising events are within budget, meet financial objectives, and appropriately represent the Foundation to the donor community
Responsible for event logistics including venue, communication, vendor, staff and volunteer matters. Events include dinners, walks and other smaller events
Works with multiple parties to initiate, plan and execute fundraising events including venues, photographers, food, floral arrangements, etc.
Recruit, trains, and supervises event volunteers
Cultivates, solicits, and stewards prospects, donors and volunteers
Functions as Foundation liaison with Planning committees and meetings
Transports event materials and equipment as needed
Participates in special projects and events as assigned
Supervise and mentor an Events Assistant
Please send your resume with a cover letter stating salary requirement and overview of fundraising accomplishments. We offer an excellent salary and benefits, and a terrific team environment!
The selected candidate will possess:
Bachelor’s degree required
5+years of demonstrated experience in non-profit event planning and fundraising
Fundraising with walk-a-thon experience is highly desirable
An ability to lead and motivate volunteers, and maintain positive client relations
Highly organized, detail-oriented and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously in a fast-paced environment
Excellent interpersonal and customer service skills; strong verbal and written communication skills
Excellent attendance and be must be accountable for quality of work
Fully proficient in Microsoft Office Suite
Working knowledge of relational databases; Convio helpful
Overnight and weekend travel required
Able to lift up to 20 lbs.
Possess valid driver’s license with driving record acceptable to FFB insurance carrier
About Foundation Fighting Blindness
Company Summary: The Foundation Fighting Blindness has one clear objective: accelerating therapeutic advances for the treatments and cures of rare genetic diseases of the retina, including retinitis pigmentosa, macular degeneration, Usher syndrome, Stargardt disease and related conditions. These diseases, which affect more than 10 million Americans and millions more throughout the world, often lead to severe vision loss or complete blindness.
Working with preeminent scientists, the FFB has funded breakthroughs in gene therapy, stem cells and bionic retinas, providing a historic opportunity for a promising new era in human clinical trials. We are the largest non-governmental source of research funds for inherited retinal degenerative diseases. Over the past four decades, FFB has raised more than $750 million to fund research studies in both academic and industry labs worldwide.