Director of Events and Experiences

Americans for Ben-Gurion University
Americans for Ben-Gurion University
Job Functions:
Marketing & Communications
Employment Types:
New York, NY, USA
95,000 – 115,000 USD per year
Posted on:


Founded in 1972, Americans for Ben-Gurion University (A4BGU) is a nonprofit organization that raises funds and awareness, and runs programming within the United States in support of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU). Americans for Ben-Gurion University plays a vital role in sustaining David Ben-Gurion’s vision: creating a world-class institution of education and research in the Israeli desert, nurturing the Negev community, and sharing the University’s expertise locally and around the globe.

A4BGU is seeking a collaborative, creative, and service-oriented Director of Events & Experiences who will strategize, execute and direct events and travelexperiences in support of its mission and fundraising goals and objectives. The Director of Events & Experiences will work across multiple departments to understand their specific goals and will provide an event-driven strategy to achieve them. Reporting to the Director of Marketing, this individual will enhance and reimagine existing events and create new experiences. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of seven years of experience in event planning and management and experience producing virtual and hybrid events. This position includes domestic and international travel up to 30%.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Create an overarching events and experiences strategy and corresponding calendar supporting A4BGU outreach and fundraising goals
  • Plan two annual board meetings in the U.S., and at least one travel experience tied to BGU’s board of governors each summer
  • Design, plan, and oversee one annual national virtual event, working in partnership with all internal departments and outside vendors to produce a pre-recorded program
  • Provide supervision and leadership to the Marketing & Events Coordinator
  • Collaborate with BGU faculty and marketing team to plan, manage and execute A4BGU’s #WebinarWednesday virtual series
  • Work with local chapter professionals to produce an annual gala in their respective markets
  • Produce and provide support, as needed, for the organization’s virtual events, including board meetings, co-sponsored webinars, events and parlor meetings
  • Plan and execute events that showcase BGU faculty to donors, prospects and the community at-large
  • Bring BGU to the U.S. (events) and bring the U.S. to BGU (experiences)
  • Work closely with the marketing team to create effective collateral and social media content specific to each event
  • Maintain collaborative partnerships with members of the national staff, regional staff, BGU staff, and BGU faculty members
  • Direct and/or oversee all other event planning logistics such as date selection and schedule building; site selection including meeting space, sleeping rooms, meals and tours; vendor identification and negotiation; speaker and entertainment preparation; and events and experience/mission staffing including assignments, advance orientation/training and on-site management

Qualifications & Skills:

  • 7+ years progressively responsible experience and exposure to event planning and management
  • Experience producing virtual and hybrid events
  • Willingness to travel up to 30%
  • Highly-organized with the ability to multi-task and prioritize
  • Outstanding communication skills, written and verbal
  • Creative out of the box thinker who can develop exciting programs
  • Ability to build and maintain positive relationships and actively contribute as a member of working teams
  • Knowledge of and passion for Israel and/or scientific research
  • Comfort working both independently and remotely, and as part of a team
  • Proficiency working with business technology including MS Office Suite and Zoom required
  • High degree of familiarity with event management and registration software
  • Strong knowledge of social media platforms as well as relevant trends and tools
  • Passion for the A4BGU mission and the ability to promote and communicate mission impact to stakeholders

To apply, please submit a resume & cover letter to Jamie Perry, Evolve Giving Group:

A4BGU is an equal opportunity employer.

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