Mohonk Preserve

Mohonk Preserve

Position Announcement - Special Events Manager

Mohonk Preserve, New York State’s largest member & visitor supported nature preserve, is seeking an experienced fundraiser to fill the position of:

Special Events Manager

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Mohonk Preserve, located in Ulster County, NY is a non-profit organization whose mission is to protect the Shawangunk Mountains region and inspire people to care for, enjoy, and explore their natural world. The Preserve manages 8,000 acres of the northern Shawangunk Mountains in Ulster County, NY through four integrated programs – Conservation Science, Education, Land Stewardship, and Land Protection, and is a regional model for large-scale conservation planning.  We have an annual budget of $4 million, 36 year-round staff, over 350 volunteers, and a diverse support base of over 16,000 members. 
Under the direct supervision of the Director of Donor Relations, the Special Events Manager is an integral part of the Development team and maximizes interest, enthusiasm and support for the Preserve on all levels through the successful planning and execution of a variety of special events each year. The Special Events Manager is responsible for overall management of events, from developing the event plan/timeline to event execution and follow-though. Candidates with experience in event planning, development/fundraising, alumni relations and/or hospitality are preferred.
This position calls for a balance of administrative, creative and social skills. Requirements include:
  • Minimum of three years’ experience in events management or related experience.
  • Exemplary project management, communication, delegation, and leadership skills.
  • Excellent organizational, interpersonal and writing skills, a high level of creativity and an eye for detail.
  • Solid computer skills including Microsoft Office at a minimum.
  • At least two years database experience in one or more of the following: event/project management databases; donor management databases e.g. Raiser’s Edge (RE), Access and/or similar databases (proficiency in RE preferred).
  • Experience with desktop publishing and publication production & graphic design.
  • Comfort with a high level of social interaction with a wide range of individuals and groups.
  • A critical attribute is the ability to manage all aspects of relationships with existing and new vendors for events, including but not limited to caterers, banquet facilities, restaurants, technical consultants, printers, entertainment and the press.   
  • This position requires physical activity, such as hiking on outdoor trails with varied terrain.
  • Must be able to lift a minimum of 20 pounds.
  • A knowledge of and appreciation for the mission of the Mohonk Preserve is desired. 
Additional requirements: Bachelor’s Degree; driver’s license; weekend and evening work. 
Salary: $40’s per year based on experience
Excellent work environment with benefits including health, vision, dental, life, disability insurance, retirement plan, and access privileges to the lands of the Preserve and the Mohonk Mountain House resort.
Email cover letter & resume in Adobe PDF only before January 8, 2018 to:

This job announcement is not intended to represent a complete, comprehensive list of all duties and responsibilities that may be required in this position.  There may be unplanned activities and other duties assigned.

Mohonk Preserve is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages a diverse pool of candidates.