Historic New England

141 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA 02114

Date Posted:
August 28, 2017

Eastern Massachusetts



Development Events Manager


Location: Otis House, Boston, Massachusetts

Join Historic New England and manage social events at some of the region’s most beautiful historic properties. Historic New England seeks a development events manager to oversee exceptional social events for its donors and supporters. The events manager oversees all aspects of the membership and development events program. You will deliver a creative and goal-driven slate of annual events that meet attendance and revenue goals, and support the development team’s efforts to: 1) deepen engagement with Historic New England’s top level donors, 2) encourage current top level members to increase their engagement and support, and 3) attract new donor prospects. Working collaboratively with colleagues you will design an annual events calendar and deliver experiences that tell Historic New England’s story and support institutional fundraising goals. Events include receptions, parties, fundraising dinners, trustee excursions, donor travel programs, and more. The successful events manager is comfortable working both independently and in a fast-paced team environment, is proactive and well organized, adaptable to evolving needs, and a strong communicator. Working directly with the vice president for advancement and senior membership manager, and collaboratively with colleagues throughout the organization, the development events manager delivers events that highlight Historic New England’s mission, support annual fundraising goals, and achieve established event attendance and revenue goals.


Responsible for all aspects of membership and development events from inception to completion, including budgeting, theme, invitations, format, timing, audio-visual, food and beverage set-up and menu, evaluation, and follow-up; providing the highest level of attention to detail throughout. Ability to plan in advance for all needs of events and programs is essential to success. Work closely with the senior membership manager and vice president for advancement to design events that achieve and support the strategic goals of the teams and organization. Collaborate with site staff to maintain event efficiency and excellence. Review results from events with team members to strengthen and increase participation and revenue through executing follow up strategies. Attend events, with periodic evenings and summer weekends expected. Coordinate with development team appropriate follow up to all events, ensuring proper stewardship and advancement for fund raising goals. Process RSVPs for membership and development events and prepare pre- and post-event briefings and reports. Serve as the staff liaison for the Young Friends group.


Requires a bachelor’s degree and at least five years of event planning experience. Must be well organized and able to thrive in a fast-paced setting while maintaining precise attention to priorities, formats, procedures, details and quality. Requires fully competentcomputer skills, including advanced working knowledge of MS Office suite, databases, internet research, and e-mail management. Requires excellent internal and external customer service skills and the ability to maintain confidentiality of information. Must be comfortable interacting with members, donors, volunteers and vendors on the telephone and face-to-face. Requires excellent interpersonal communication, writing skills, tact and diplomacy for regular interaction with high-level internal and external constituents. Valid driver’s license and means of transportation is required.

Other Preferred Qualifications:Prior experience in non-profit or member-based event planning. Prior experience working with high-level volunteers. Prior experience marketing events to targeted audience segments, including an understanding of the role of social media in event communication.

How To Apply:
Applications: Please send resume, cover letter, and salary requirements to jobs@historicnewengland.org.
Apply by:
September 29, 2017
About this Organization:
Historic New England is a museum of cultural history that collects and preserves buildings, landscapes, and objects dating from the seventeenth century to the present and uses them to keep history alive and to help people develop a deeper understanding and enjoyment of new England life and appreciation for its preservation.

Historic New England is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer with a strong commitment to supporting equality of opportunity and respect for diversity. We are committed to providing equal opportunity in employment to all qualified persons without regard to non-work-related factors such as race, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

Historic New England offers generous and comprehensive vacation, holiday, and health and wellness benefit packages.