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Special Events Manager

Salary Range: $70,000 – $80,000


The Orange County Community Foundation (OCCF) is seeking a team player who is highly motivated and detailed oriented for our Special Events Manager.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Marketing & Communications, the Special Events Manager will play a pivotal role in strategically identifying and planning events that are instrumental in driving awareness, engagement, and excitement with our core audiences including prospects, donors, nonprofits, community partners, staff, and board members. The Special Events Manager will collaborate closely with OCCF leadership and key internal and external stakeholders to plan, execute, and evaluate a wide range of events including luncheons, educational seminars, evening events, workshops, galas, and more. Creativity, attention to detail, and exceptional organizational skills will be essential to the success of these events. This role will collaborate closely with the Marketing & Communications Manager to boost OCCF’s reputation and brand by developing campaigns for event awareness/promotion and creating engaging event content, materials, and presentations.

The Orange County Community Foundation combines giving strategy, community intelligence, enduring relationships, and heartfelt intention to amplify the power of giving and its profound result: greater good in Orange County, and beyond. We serve as a resource for individual and family philanthropists, facilitate grant and scholarship programs, and lead community-based initiatives. We inspire giving and connect people and resources to create sustainable impact, granting more than $1 billion since 1989 in Orange County, across the country, and around the world.

OCCF’s team is an innovative, mission-driven group focused on recognizing promise, convening key players, and applying our unique capabilities to create momentum for good, together. As trusted, strategic advisors, we promote stronger connections, encourage generosity, and provide exactly what is needed to fuel growth and guide good. We are tenaciously committed to ensuring that our donors, non-profit partners, and beneficiaries feel truly understood. Deeply listening, investing time and energy conducting rigorous research, and fostering close personal relationships is how we cultivate understanding at every step.

Our mission is to transform our community’s heartfelt intention into greater impact for good.

OCCF at a Glance
Annual grantmaking of $100 million, ranking as the 7th most active grantmaker among more than 800 U.S. community foundations.
Home to more than 640 charitable funds benefiting a wide range of causes.
Total assets of $605 million, ranking in the top 7 percent in assets among U.S. community foundations.
Average annual contributions exceeding $100 million.
Recipient of a 4-star Charity Navigator rating for sound fiscal management and commitment to accountability and transparency.


  • Provide planning, organization, and execution support and/or oversight for all OCCF events, including donor events, workshops, internal staff events, annual meeting/gala, etc.
  • Develop the event marketing strategy and annual calendar of events in collaboration with Marketing & Communication and the Leadership team.
  • Organize and track event information, timelines, and tasks.
  • Implement the vision of event stakeholders and leadership team.
  • Lead event kickoff planning meetings for assigned groups.
  • Lead site/vendor selection and contract negotiation, RFP coordination, and management of production timelines efforts.
  • Develop and manage budgets, coordinate logistics, maintain rental/supply orders, manage vendor invoices/payments, etc.
  • Develop effective and collaborative relationships with internal and external stakeholders, participating in discovery meetings to understand the intended vision and objectives of each event, and suggesting solutions accordingly.
  • Lead communications with vendors, partners, and suppliers to ensure the vision of each event is executed as intended and within budget – tracking orders and ensuring production timelines are followed as needed.
  • Provide guidance and assistance to OCCF staff through the elements of event coordination including planning and execution as needed.
  • Collaborate with the marketing team to develop campaigns for event awareness/promotion and create engaging event content, materials, and presentations.
  • Manage event registration processes, attendee lists, and nametag printing (prior and on-site).
  • Facilitate transportation of event materials including signage, registration table materials, collateral, etc.
  • Provide day-of event management and oversight, including supervising on-site logistics, audio/visual support, vendor management, set-up/tear-down, etc.
  • Ensure the highest level of brand experience and quality service for event attendees.
  • Conduct post-event evaluations to measure success and gather feedback for improvement.
  • Provide post-event reporting and ROI analysis.
  • Occasionally represent OCCF at community and volunteer events as needed to support the efforts of the Marketing & Communications team.
  • Cultivate and build relationships with partners, vendors, and site staff to ensure effective execution of site initiatives/events.
  • Collaboratively assist with general marketing and communications tasks as needed.
  • Recommend new event marketing initiatives that best support Marketing & Communications goals.
  • Provide strategic counsel to the CEO and President on event-related topics on an as-needed basis.



  • Bachelor’s Degree required. Preferred degree in marketing, business, hospitality, or related area of study.


  • 5 + years of event-related experience. Direct event management experience preferred.
  • Great organization skills, time management skills, and attention to detail.
  • Familiarity with MS Office Suite (including Teams, Excel, and PowerPoint), Salesforce and/or HubSpot, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, WordPress, and other website administrative tools.
  • Exceptional leadership and communication skills.
  • The ability to work independently with minimal supervision and prioritize multiple projects while meeting tight deadlines is a must.
  • Demonstrated project management experience.
  • Must have reliable transportation.
  • Willingness to travel throughout Orange County to oversee events is a must.
  • Must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends.
  • Ability to occasionally carry or lift items up to 20 lbs.
  • Must demonstrate a strong commitment to OCCF’s mission and core values.

The ability to work for an organization with a phenomenal mission, positive team-oriented work environment, a competitive salary (salary range is $70,000 – $80,000 and will be commensurate with experience) as well as incredible benefits including Medical, Dental & Vision, 403(b) retirement plan with an automatic contribution by the organization, 2 weeks of vacation, 2 weeks of PSL, 10 annual paid holidays and the opportunity for a 9/80 work schedule. The position will have the opportunity to work from home one day per week.

For immediate consideration, please apply with your resume and cover letter, formatted in Microsoft Word, via: to the attention of Sharon Johnson, Senior Director of People and Culture.

Review of applications, nominations, and expressions of interest will begin immediately and continue on a confidential basis until an appointment is made. The deadline to apply is June 7, 2024.

19200 Von Karman Ave., Suite 700
Irvine, CA 92612

Orange County Community Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages diversity and equity in all facets of the organization’s work. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other protected class.