Event Planning Senior Manager

National Co+op Grocers - Saint Paul, MN

Do you enjoy planning and coordinating meaningful and engaging events? Would you like to apply your event planning knowledge to support socially responsible, independent, and community-owned grocery stores?

National Co+op Grocers (NCG) is a member-owned business service cooperative providing a variety of services to retail food co-ops in 37 states. NCG helps unify food co-ops in order to optimize operational and marketing resources, strengthen purchasing power, and offer more value to food co-op shoppers everywhere.

We are seeking an energetic and experienced individual with a passion for planning events. This position will lead the planning and production of trainings and conferences for attendees from NCG co-ops throughout the United States, as well as some internal events.

This position will be based in NCG's St. Paul, Minnesota office and will include up to 20% travel.

Primary responsibilities include:
Lead logistics planning and project management of NCG events, including national conferences, while maintaining event costs within planned budgets.
Ensure venue and physical logistics of events are aligned with program desired outcomes and provide an excellent attendee experience.
Source venues to make recommendations to event owner, lead the venue contracting process.
Source and contract services including, but not limited to, transportation, catering, and audio-visual, while establishing and maintaining professional positive working relationships with vendors.
Manage all event logistics on-site, including: facilities, transportation, food and beverage functions, event production, speakers, event staff, and additional activities, as applicable.
Set-up and manage event registration, travel bookings, and rooming lists, serve as point person for customer logistical inquiries.
Provide excellent internal client and member-facing customer service.
Complete final event invoicing and billing.
Manage event staff including interviewing, hiring and training employees; planning, assigning and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Essential Qualifications:
5-7 years of previous experience leading event planning, including experience in managing and producing all aspects of an event.
Strong project management skills and experience
Strong interpersonal skills with ability to clearly communicate in writing and verbally.
Ability to think critically in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a high level of accuracy and attention to detail.
Flexibility and maturity; able to remain calm while working with shifting priorities and deadlines essential.
A self-starter who is able to work independently and prioritize work.

Preferred Qualifications:
CMP Certification
Bachelor's degree in marketing, public relations, hospitality, education, or related field
Previous experience as a supervisor
Hybrid event knowledge and experience
Willingness and ability to learn and grow to meet the changing requirements of the job
Our team members are our most-valued asset; we offer a generous salary and benefits package including 4 weeks PTO at hire, medical, dental, vision, company paid Life/ Disability/ Long Term Care insurance, HSA/FSA with company contribution, a matching 401K plan with profit sharing and much more.

Conveniently located between St. Paul and Minneapolis
2610 University Ave W, Suite 150 | St. Paul, MN 55114
Free Parking | Front Door Light Rail Station (Westgate - Green Line)

About NCG: National Co+op Grocers (NCG), founded in 1999, is a business services cooperative for retail food co-ops located throughout the United States. We represent 145 food co-ops operating over 200 stores in 37 states with combined annual sales over $2.1 billion and over 1.3 million consumer-owners. By providing a variety of purchasing, management, development, marketing and other services, our co-ops are able to gain many of the advantages large grocery chains enjoy, while still reflecting the unique qualities of their local communities. For a map of NCG member and associate co-ops, visit our Find-a-Co-op page. To learn more about co-ops, visit www.strongertogether.coop.

Apply By: November 29, 2018