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Special Events Manager - Sacramento

Job Location

Sacramento, CA

General Summary

The Special Events Manager is responsible for fundraising that will play a key role in achieving budgetary and strategic goals as part of the Alzheimer's Association Northern California and Northern Nevada Chapter's strategic plan. As a member of the development team, he/she is responsible for the growth and development of the Chapter's Walk to End Alzheimer's in the Sacramento area of California.  Walk to End Alzheimer's is the largest signature fundraising event of the Alzheimer's Association.  He/she will have primary responsibility to recruit, train and manage a high level volunteer planning committee to lead the Walk in the Sacramento area.  He/she is also responsible for the cultivation, development and retention of existing and new corporate partnerships in Sacramento and surrounding communities.

This position will manage development and implementation of Walk to End Alzheimer's (Walk) through volunteer engagement and corporate development. This position will achieve success by building a robust volunteer base, managing individual participants to raise awareness of the mission of the Alzheimer's Association and meet and exceed financial goals. The majority of performance is based on volunteer management and development, and revenue generation.

This position is located in Sacramento, California and reports to the Director of Walk. This position full-time, 37.5 hours per week.

Essential Job Functions

  • Responsible for fund raising to achieve current revenue target of $500,000+, as well as developing and managing expense budgets for the Walk to End Alzheimer's in Sacramento with direct accountability for goals set forth in the annual budget
  • Develop and follow a comprehensive development plan for Walk to End Alzheimer's that includes management of event budget, timelines, team recruitment and retention strategies, volunteer committee development, marketing/PR and logistics
  • Cultivate community contacts to recruit volunteer leadership on the Walk to End Alzheimer's planning committee and garner community support
  • Ensure Walk volunteer committees are recruited, trained and developed on the National Walk to End Alzheimer's timeline and utilizing best practices, resulting in the attainment of income goal and team goals
  • Through volunteer networks, prospect, cultivate and steward Walk to End Alzheimer's teams, sponsors and walkers to achieve the Chapter's development goals
  • Utilize creative market building strategies such as cold calling, active community networking, social media and the ability to leverage volunteer connections and spheres of influence to prospect, cultivate and manage new accounts
  • Work with the volunteer planning committee to organize outreach activities that promote the Alzheimer's Association mission and services, including community presentations and corporate engagement opportunities
  • Facilitate smooth integration of the Association's best practices, standards and guidelines
  • Maintain relationships with key corporate sponsors year-round and ensure involvement in all relevant chapter activities and recognition opportunities
  • Ensure timely and efficient data entry process and donation processing related to the Sacramento Walk to End Alzheimer's
  • Manage the Walk websites and all related setup, reports and information
  • Promote employee education sessions in local corporations in the community to generate awareness for our cause; to reach out to others; to give back to the corporate sector, and to open new doors for sponsorship opportunities
  • Assure compliance with Alzheimer's Association policies, standards and regulatory requirements Other assignments as requested by the Director of Walk, Regional Walks

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor' degree; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and relevant work experience from an accredited college or university‬‬
  • Minimum 3 years' demonstrated ability to recruit, motivate and coach volunteers in a fundraising environment preferred
  • Demonstrated success in the development and promotion of fundraising events or similar campaigns
  • Ability to plan and execute events and programs, and measure their impact
  • Familiarity with and connected within the Sacramento business community
  • Demonstrated ability to form and develop corporate relationships and partnerships
  • Ability to work on a team and develop relationships in the community
  • Ability to work with diverse communities and demonstrate inclusion
  • Creative, proactive, strategic, detail-oriented and consistent with a strong commitment to excellence, quality, timeliness, efficiency and effectiveness
  • Critical and strategic thinker with strong time management skills, as well as a professional and courteous demeanor and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues
  • Ability to sell the Chapter's programs and events to a variety of audiences, including corporate management, individual participants and volunteers
  • Ability to manage large numbers of volunteers at different levels of expertise with diplomacy
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills and mature judgment. Ability to act with discretion in all matters‬
  • Excellent organizational skills; professional customer service skills with visitors, callers and volunteers
  • Experience developing, measuring and reporting on strategies, performance metrics, and budgets‬
  • Strong knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and development databases such as Convio/Luminate‬‬
  • Understanding of database management, gift processing, and donor relations‬
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office, Google suite, Team Approach and/or other databases‬‬
  • Outgoing, Positive, Engaging and Enthusiastic
  • Self-starter, able to work independently and problem-solve
  • Strong ability to self-manage with significant strength in time management
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Willingness to work some evenings and weekends
  • Reliable transportation and ability to travel by car throughout the Chapter territory and ability to travel by air‬‬
  • Sensitivity to working with older adults and ability to work compassionately with persons with dementia or memory loss
  • Strong listening skills; friendly, helpful manner with clients


  • by mail:
    Send resume to:
    Alzheimer's Association, Northern California and Northern Nevada
    2290 North First Street
    Suite 101
    San Jose, CA 95131

We are an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer and we appreciate your interest in the Alzheimer's Association.




Alzheimer's Association

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Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.