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Special Events Director Job Description

The following is sample job description for a Special Events Director to reference when building your resume. Assess the qualifications and requirements listed to get an understanding of what you need to include on your resume for what employers expect in this field.


A Special Events Director is responsible for creating and implementing the annual fundraising, volunteer recruitment, and other activities required to support a nonprofit organization’s mission. They work closely with the Executive Director and board members to implement strategies that help the organization achieve its goals. A Special Events Director will also collaborate with other departments to create an overall vision for the organization’s events and activities.

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  • Planning, organizing and managing the daily operations of all special events at the organization.
  • Planning and executing all major events, including fundraisers, galas, and other events that have an impact on the community.
  • Working with a board of directors to plan fundraising events that will help the organization reach its goals.
  • Coordinating with vendors for the event, such as food trucks or rental equipment.
  • Scheduling and coordinating with different departments to make sure that the event runs smoothly.
  • Managing all aspects of event planning, such as guest lists, budgets and invitations.
  • Overseeing the hiring and training of volunteers to help with special events.
  • Developing relationships with sponsors, donors and other supporters.
  • Preparation of event marketing materials, including brochures, posters, fliers and other materials for planning purposes.


  • Bachelor’s degree in business or related field.
  • Two years’ experience as a special events director in a non-profit setting.
  • Must have at least 5 years of experience as an events manager or coordinator.
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and lead others in crisis management situations.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Strong communication skills and the ability to work with both employees, stakeholders, and volunteers.

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