The Program Specialist: Events supports the mission and strategy of ConnectUP! Institute through efficient program management to support our strategic goal of creating a more inclusive entrepreneur ecosystem. We’re seeking a team member who can manage the successful execution of all events. This includes all aspects of event management such as recruitment, registration, and general programming which includes but is not limited to: inviting speakers, scheduling meetings, Zoom management & serving as the main point of contact for founders and stakeholders, etc. This position will work closely with the Executive Director, Development Lead, and Programs team.
HOW YOU CAN FIT IN + STAND OUT
CI is currently seeking a person to fulfill a critical role on the team: Program Specialist: Events. Our Program Specialist: Events is responsible for running Summits (2-days biannually), mini-Summits (4-one day events biannually), Founder Circles (90-minute workshops), and Donor events in accordance with our Playbook, and supported by guidance from the CI team. The Program Specialist: Events will be both an internally and externally facing position, meaning this person will not only work across the organization to meet programmatic goals, but may also represent CI as a manage and build relationships (this includes in writing, over zoom, and in-person) with founders, mentors, sponsors, partners, and other programmatic stakeholders.
We don’t imagine that the Program Specialist: Events will have expertise in all of the following project management strategies but rather has the experience that is transferable and is ready to build expertise.
The Program Specialist: Events needs to be highly collaborative, detail-oriented, responsive, and strategic, working closely with the Programs Team and Leadership to execute high-quality Summits and Founder Circle programs, advance the mission of CI, and contribute to the sustainability of the organization. The Program Specialist: Events is responsible for making sure all of the moving parts of the event programs are attended to and executed successfully.
Personable—appreciates communicating in-person and digitally (i.e. Zoom, phone, email, etc.) for most of your workday- this means that you’ll be spending a lot of time communicating with many different people each day.
Self-aware–because our work is about elevating the next generation of entrepreneurs, we want to work with folks doing their own development related to identity and culture and who can speak openly as a leader about the impacts of racism and misogyny on our experiences within/among our team.
Detail Lover—you like charts, graphs, spreadsheets, lists, and using them to meet goals brings you joy
Relational—to be successful in this role you will be motivated by and enjoy developing meaningful professional relationships with each member of the team and external partners
Diplomatic—able to balance competing priorities and requests without compromising our organizational integrity
Mindful—ability to find the interdependencies in each activity and plan accordingly. For example, the CEO assigns a project and is out sick and you need to finish a report to present to the Board tomorrow, you have a survey analysis due all in the same day, each is important and you can determine what is urgent and what is important that day
Team Player—our success is based on what we do together; we need someone who enjoys working with internal and external teams to meet deadlines and achieve goals
An Operator—we have built the foundational processes for operations and set strategic goals for the organization. We need a person who feels comfortable adopting existing systems and protocols with an eye for increasing efficiency.
Additional Organizational Support (20%)
This position may require a person to participate in in-person meetings and events. We are seeking candidates who are within two hours of travel distance to Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. We do not currently have a relocation stipend for candidates.
IDENTITY + OUR WORKPLACE
In this role, you would report to the Executive Director and integrate the development priorities across the organization.
Black, Indigenous, Asian Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern/North African, Women, and LGBTQ+ people are strongly encouraged to apply.
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to perform the essential functions of this position successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands or fingers and handle or feel objects, tools, or controls. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk, sit; and reach with hands and arms. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.
SALARY NEGOTIABLE DEPENDING ON EXPERIENCE.
$42,000 - $46,000 per year