Director, Events

Position Summary:

The Director of Events is responsible for developing and executing a high-impact cohesive event strategy designed to build engagement with Bay Area communities, align with KQED's mission and help advance strategic initiatives. The Director of Events will oversee the general trajectory, direction and tone of all KQED events, ensuring a consistency of experience and standard of quality.

The Events Director will collaborate regularly with cross-functional teams and engage with senior leadership; with KQED journalists, producers, and hosts; and with colleagues in marketing communications, community engagement, content (news, science, arts, food, and education), membership, audience intelligence, corporate sponsorship, development and design.

Essential Functions:

* Direct the overall strategy and vision for all of KQED's events, positioning the organization as a Bay Area leader in community events and experiences, while advancing strategic initiatives for the organization.

* Insure that all event content delivers value, a consistency of experience and standard of quality, and can live beyond the in-person event.

* Serve as project lead for 10-20 KQED public events, including management of profit and loss, hiring of vendors, contracts, permits, risk management, and general on-site execution. Manage day-to-day communications with internal executives and external partners.

* Serve as producer on select KQED public events and lead topic generation, speaker identification and booking, agendas, on-site needs and moderator preparation. Work closely with the Development team to collaborate and coordinate in booking national talent.

* Working with design and event producers, develop KQED events branding, signage, and collateral to further enhances the event experience

* Responsible for the tone and content for KQED's events blog and events email; ensure all event producers submit necessary deliverables in a timely manner.

* Create event briefing materials for internal and external stakeholders as well as vendors; where appropriate, defining roles, timelines and resources.

* Create and oversee master KQED event calendar, ensuring that information is communicated widely.

* Assist in the development and recruitment of audiences, in partnership with myriad stakeholders, to meet event objectives through research and invitation deployment.

* Select and oversee a unified event registration system for the organization. Work with finance managers to create efficient event cost and revenue reporting.

* Create and provide reporting on attendee data; work with Audience Intelligence team to capture data, and produce effective follow-up communication.

* Report on event performance, presenting high-level metrics and takeaways to senior leadership team and department heads.

* Plan and run quarterly, cross-departmental event producers meetings. Provide mentorship to other event producers helping them to hone their event production skills, adopt new processes and effectively implement analysis of events.

* Stay current on market, best practices and trends. Apply to strategies when applicable.

Credentials/Education Required:

Bachelor's degree.

Knowledge/Experience Required:

* 5+ years of experience in event management.

* Strong understanding of event strategy, operations, and integrated event marketing.

* Proven ability to manage multi-phase projects from inception to completion, including the ability to build consensus among stakeholders and balance multiple concurrent priorities.

* Demonstrated high level of confidence in making strategic decisions, good judgment, and innovative and creative problem-solving skills.

* Ability to lead and interact effectively with cross-functional team and external vendors.

* Demonstrated experience of event ROI reporting and hands-on utilization of CRM and EMP (e.g. Salesforce and Salesforce Marketing Cloud).

* Strong written and verbal communication.

* Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.

* Experience using Eventbrite for managing events.

* Experience working in a fast-paced environment and execute multiple events with competing priorities.

* A deep affinity for and knowledge of KQED, and an appreciation for public media's mission.

Let us tell you more about our benefits:

Whether you're single, married, have children, are in a domestic partnership or anything in between, we have you covered. Employees at KQED enjoy a family friendly workplace offering 20 days of paid time off, 11 paid holidays, paid parental leave, family medical leave benefits, comprehensive health/vision/dental and commuter benefits as well as a 403(b) with employer match. KQED encourages diversity, openness and offers training to support personal and professional development. In addition we are proud to offer Employee Resource Groups, wellness programs as well as free KQED membership.

The mission that drives us:

KQED is for everyone who wants to be more.

Our television, radio, digital media, and educational services change lives for the better and help individuals and communities achieve their full potential.

KQED serves the people of Northern California with a community-supported alternative to commercial media.

We provide citizens with the knowledge they need to make informed decisions; convene community dialogue; bring the arts to everyone and engage audiences to share their stories. We help students and teachers thrive in 21st century classrooms, and take people of all ages on journeys of exploration- exposing them to new people, places and ideas.

We celebrate diversity, embrace innovation, value lifelong learning and partner with those who share our passion for public services.