Events and Marketing Manager

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago


Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago (BBBSMC) is a mission driven organization that provides high quality 1:1 mentoring services to 1,900 of Metro Chicago’s most at-risk children across four counties: Cook, DuPage and Lake Counties in Illinois and Indiana. We make meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”) between the ages of 7 and 14 and our programs are proven to keep kids in school, out of trouble and on the path to post-graduate success. As a nonprofit organization, private contributions from corporate partners, foundations and individuals provide 90% of the revenue upon which BBBSMC builds programming.

Position Details

Events and Marketing Manager
Chicago Illinois
Chicago, IL


The Events & Marketing Manager, reporting to the Director of Marketing & Communications, and as a part of the Fund Development team, will oversee and manage all duties related to the planning, execution and marketing of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metro Chicago’s (BBBSMC) fundraising event portfolio. The agency’s annual events include: BIG Bash gala, Spare a Night Out bowling fundraiser, four corporate sponsored golf outings, BBBSMC Graduation Ceremony and Chicago Marathon charity partnership. We are looking for a passionate, innovative-thinker who can creatively engage potential new donors and partners. Success in this role demands a strong strategic and analytical skillset coupled with exceptional communication skills as well as a highly developed collaborative nature. The Events & Marketing Manager will have the opportunity to lead cross-functional teams and engage heavily with our Board members.


  • In collaboration with the Digital Marketing & Events Coordinator, The Events Manager will manage, plan and execute 20+ agency events per year, including fundraising events, board and donor stewardship events, mentor recruitment events and occasionally enrichment events for mentors and mentees 
  • Provide strategic direction to ensure strong financial outcomes and fundraising growth by identifying fundraising goals, developing event budgets, creating timelines, identifying target audience and producing event messaging/marketing 
  • Cultivate and nurture relationships with sponsors, donors, board members and volunteers, including the stewardship of two agency boards and overseeing quarterly board meetings for each 
  • Oversee marketing strategies and collateral development for all events, including marketing and communications calendars, registration websites, social media content and assets, press releases and media communications, invitations and guest communications, sponsorship materials, A/V presentations and signage 
  • Manage the selection, contract negotiation, invoicing and payment for partners and vendors, including venues, food and beverage, mobile bidding, A/V, photography, videography and experience/entertainment 
  • Oversee and execute on-site event operations and logistics, including food and beverage, vendor/volunteer/staff management, venue set-up and facilitation of auctions and raffles 
  • Partner with the Fund Development team, donors and board members to solicit event sponsorships, develop sponsorship packages and generate leads for potential new events


  • A passion for the Big Brothers Big Sisters’ mission 
  • Strong leadership skills with a proven ability to successfully lead a team 
  • Must be proactive, have a strong sense of initiative and a demonstrated ability to think critically and problem solve 
  • Excels at working in a fast-paced environment, meeting concurrent deadlines and effectively managing time and priorities 
  • Strong communications skills, including a proven ability to communicate effectively with external partners, vendors, donors and board members 
  • Dynamic personality, outstanding customer service skills and strong experience with sales/fundraising 
  • Motivated self-starter with the ability to work both independently and as member of a team
  • Creative, imaginative and resourceful with an interest in/talent for basic design skills


  • BA or BS degree required, preferably in a marketing, business or hospitality related field 
  • Minimum of 5+ years of event planning or event management experience required 
  • Experience with non-profits and/or fundraising preferred 
  • Proficiency with the following technology/programs preferred: Microsoft Office (including Outlook, Excel and PowerPoint); Contact Management System (MailChimp); Development Software/Databases (Classy, Raiser’s Edge and/or Salesforce); and Adobe (Illustrator and InDesign) 
  • Must be willing and able to work evening and weekend hours 
  • Access to reliable transportation occasionally required 
  • Must be able to lift 40 lbs. and stand for extended periods of time 
  • Must be willing and able to work with diverse populations

Work Environment:

This position operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines.

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