Position open: Event Planning Assistant

Knight Foundation is looking for an experienced corporate event planning assistant to work with our internal and external partners to ensure effective planning and execution of events.  This work requires collaborating across the organization to facilitate the successful alignment of project goals and logistical needs through customized solutions.

  • Plan meetings and events (big and small) that create environments for grantee collaboration and learning;
  • Be the on-site point person for events;
  • Interact comfortably with senior management and Knight grantees;
  • Support all departments using the foundation’s event management system;
  • Understand the various ways in which social media can contribute to the success of foundation convenings;
  • Be knowledgeable on all aspects of travel and transportation arrangements for Knight’s meeting and events;
  • Oversee the use and care of Knight Foundation meeting space;
  • Play a role on the broader Knight Foundation support staff team by providing back-up and rotating on common duties.

The right candidate has experience working in a high-performing, deadline-oriented environment as a meeting planner or administrative assistant. S/he is a proven clear thinker who is well organized and solution oriented. S/he is efficient, a self-starter, able to accomplish a lot in a short period of time and works well with a team. S/he can write and speak well and has strong interpersonal communications skills. S/he has experience planning events from start to finish and can handle last minute changes with ease. S/he has the ability to travel several times a year.  This non-exempt position reports to the Manager of Administrative Services.

Knight Foundation continues the work of John S. and James L. Knight, two brothers who founded a company that became one of the dominant newspaper chains in the United States. While that firm no longer exists, the brothers’ principles still guide their independent foundation. We support transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. We believe that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged.

The essential elements for this work are: belief in a vision, courage to push for change, willingness to explore new ideas, expertise to accomplish the work and tenacity to reach the desired results. If you share this passion, we want to hear from you. Tell us what excites you about this opportunity and why you are right for it.

Send your resume to: [email protected]

For more on Knight Foundation, visit www.knightfoundation.org

Knight Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

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