Make-A-Wish Southern Florida is hiring a special events coordinator

Two people at the Make-A-Wish Walk for Wishes 2019
Photo Credit: Make-a-Wish Foundation Southern Florida

Make-A-Wish® Southern Florida has a sole mission to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Started in 1983 by the Plantation Junior Woman’s Club, the Southern Florida chapter has grown from granting a wish every 180 days to granting a wish every 14 hours. Make-A-Wish Southern Florida serves children and families in 22 Florida counties in Southeast and Southwest Florida, the Tampa Bay and Suncoast regions and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Essential functions:

  • Assist the special events manager on event logistics including providing event sponsors with materials needed to execute events, coordinate volunteers and collect required paperwork.
  • Assist in the maintenance of proper procedural guidelines.
  • Maintain foundation’s cash-handling techniques and procedures.
  • Pursue external event initiatives including researching possible venues for events, soliciting potential event sponsors and utilizing pool of resources to create fund-raising events.
  • Act as liaison for fund-raising events managed and negotiated by the national office.
  • Contact regional businesses and donors to secure auction items for internal and certain external fund-raising events and organize all aspects of the auctions for internal events.
  • Work with the development team to identify and solicit local public relations firms to engage their clients to host events and/or fund-raisers for the foundation.

Qualifications: 

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred or two years of work experience can substitute for the degree.
  • Successful experience creating and executing market plans and strategies.
  • Ability to visit with event sponsors or other related opportunities throughout the chapter’s territory. 
  • Proficient using Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access and Outlook e-mail. Raiser Edge experiences a plus. 

To learn more about this opportunity and apply, log into Handshake with your FIU credentials and type in the following keywords: Make-A-Wish. 

Deadline to apply is September 23.