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Job Title: Events Manager

Reports to: Vice President of Philanthropy

The Events Manager is a critical implementer to the development and oversight of our organization’s fundraising and missional events strategy. Organizational skills, communication, collaboration, attention to detail, customer service, and a growth mindset are vital to this role. The Events Manager will be able to work independently on projects and daily tasks, while also prioritizing collaborations with team members for event needs related to philanthropy, our organization’s mission and marketing.

At Down Syndrome Innovations, our life-changing support and services enable people with Down syndrome to live to their fullest potential. We serve as the expert resource and lead community mobilizer, sharing knowledge and creating solutions for people with Down syndrome. Our values include: community, innovation, individuality, passion, and trust.

Events Manager Responsibilities Include:

  • Oversee, manage, and execution of all logistics for events hosted by Down Syndrome Innovations including fundraising events, family outreach events, and staff events, including but not limited to: Private Cellar Wine & Bourbon Auction, Step Up for Down Syndrome Golf Tournaments, Step Up for Down Syndrome Walks, annual organizational birthday celebration, holiday parties, the World Down Syndrome Day family event, team appreciation gatherings and receptions. (Includes events both in Kansas City and Central Missouri markets.) In collaboration with the Lifespan Service Team, provide event logistical support for bi-annual educational conference, bimonthly seminars, and quarterly new parent gatherings.

  • Consider the customer experience from start to finish for every event, ensuring efficiencies in processes, a welcoming first impression, and excellent customer service throughout.

  • Work within event budgets in partnership with the Vice President of Philanthropy for each event.

  • Oversee, manage and the execution of all in-kind donation efforts for event support (i.e. silent auction items, raffle items, event logistics support, food, beverage, etc.)

  • Provide clear orientation, schedules and role definitions to full-time staff leading up to and during major organizational events.

  • Maintain relationships with existing partners and identify and build relationships with new event partners.

  • Coordinate, execute and collaborate across the entire organization.

  • Manage community fundraising and development events and coordinate details with businesses, schools and or organizations.

  • Work cooperatively with all volunteers, recognizing the talent and commitment they bring to the organization, especially as it relates to community outreach through fundraising.

  • Work with the marketing and lifespan services teams to meet goals by providing input and creativity, and commitment to fundraising and development.

  • Provide support to community fundraising efforts.

  • Follow, revise, and/or document event logistics in event playbooks.

  • Be cognizant of necessary modifications, accommodations, or diet restrictions of clients and their families at our events.

  • Work in collaboration with Vice President of Marketing to ensure consistency with brand guidelines.

  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Minimum of three (3) years of experience in events planning/management is required.
  • Confirmed experience making a positive contribution to work culture.
  • Available to work a standard Monday through Friday schedule, with some evenings and weekends when fundraising and organizational events are held.
  • Willingness to travel to Central Missouri for events hosted in that market area.

Knowledge / Skills / Abilities:

  • Excellent interpersonal skills with all clients, donors, and volunteers.
  • Strong organizational skills that reflect ability to perform and prioritize multiple tasks seamlessly.
  • Demonstrate proactive approaches to solving problems, with strong decision-making capability.
  • Ability to be effective independently.
  • Creativity and willingness to try new approaches and receive constructive feedback.
  • Ability to negotiate with vendors and advocate for non-profit discounts and pricing.
  • Demonstrates a growth mindset and is flexible to emerging needs of our organization.
  • Strategic communicator and able to work collaboratively with a dynamic team that includes educators and therapists, marketing professionals, administrative assistants, and interns.
  • Ability to multi-task and work in an innovative and evolving environment.
  • Proficient and/or able to efficiently learn Microsoft Suite products, including Excel, Word, SharePoint, and Outlook.

Additional Information:

  •  Salaried position, negotiable based on credentials, specialized training, and experience.
  • Benefits include health, vision, dental, and long-term disability insurance, retirement, and paid time off (PTO).
  • Schedule allows for flexibility, including opportunities to work from home.
  • Send cover letter and resume to by April 6, 2022, to be considered for the position.
  • To further discuss this position, please contact Amy Stoll (
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