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Special Events Coordinator - Fort Lauderdale office

JOB SUMMARY: The Special Events Coordinator works on a variety of aspects of special events, including, but not limited to: event logistics, recruitment of new event sponsors, development of new special event initiatives, secure auction items for at least one internal event and special projects.

Specific responsibilities include:
• Assists the Special Events Manager on event logistics, including providing event sponsors with materials needed to execute events, coordinating volunteers, and collecting required paperwork. Assists in the maintenance of proper procedural guidelines (i.e. thank you letters, required forms, etc). Maintains Foundation’s cash-handling techniques and procedures.
• Aggressively pursues external event initiatives, including researching possible venues for events, soliciting potential event sponsors, and utilizing pool of resources to create fund-raising events.
• Is the local chapter liaison for fund-raising events managed and negotiated by the National Office, which includes, but is not limited to, recruitment of volunteers, creating reports post-activity, and enhancing the local relationships
• Responsible for contacting 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 to include, but not limited to, prospecting for new package ideas, maintaining auction database (purging lapsed donors and supplementing with new donors), coordinating receipt of items, processing and documentation, ensuring proper presentation of items at event, and properly recognizing donors in event program or other necessary vehicles.
• Work with the Development team to identify and solicit local public relations firms to engage their clients to host events and/or fundraisers for the Foundation.
• Serve as the Foundation’s liaison for varies groups, including providing administrative support, attending regular meetings, and providing guidance to this volunteer auxiliary group.
• Attend Make-A-Wish events as required. Will require night and weekend work.
• Other duties as assigned. Collaborates with all areas of the foundation to deliver the highest quality events.

Minimum Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree preferred; significant work (2+ years) experience can substitute for the degree; ability to accomplish projects with little supervision; 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.

Please submit resume along with a cover letter to Mary Holt at zubyg@fsyn.jvfu.bet. No phone calls please.

Internship Requirements

Internships are available during the Fall, Spring & Summer semesters and applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. Interns are expected to work between 15 to 20 hours a week during an 12 to 16 week period. Internships are also available for course credit (contingent upon university approval). All internships are non-paid.

Qualified applicants will possess strong written and oral communication skills, working knowledge of the Microsoft Office Suite which includes Excel, Word, and PowerPoint, and demonstrate maturity and responsibility. Ability to handle multiple tasks and possess strong organizational skills is also encouraged.

To apply for an internship in the Ft. Lauderdale office, potential candidates should email a resume and cover letter to: Melanie Holley at zubyyrl@fsyn.jvfu.bet or fax (954) 967-2468. No phone calls please.

To apply for an internship in the Bonita Springs office, potential candidates should email a resume and cover letter to: Lesley Colantonio at ypbynagbavb@fsyn.jvfu.bet or fax (239) 992-2833. No phone calls please.

To apply for an internship in the Tampa office, potential candidates should email a resume and cover letter to: Lisa Andrews, Regional Director at ynaqerjf@fsyn.jvfu.bet. No phone calls please.

Internship - Program Services

This individual will assist the Program Services Department in planning and follow-up of wishes for eligible children. This intern will maintain communication with wish families, communicate with medical professionals, assist with referral calls, complete file close-outs, and update the wish database. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Social Work, Psychology, Child Life or related fields. All majors are welcome. Applicants that are bilingual in Spanish or Creole are needed and encouraged to apply. Ft. Lauderdale office only.

Internship - Development/Fundraising

The Development - Fundraising Intern will assist in all areas related to fundraising and will support major fundraising programs. General responsibilities include strategic planning to grow programs such as Kids For Wish Kids, Wishes in Flight, Corporate partners, and Workplace giving; research and solicit local companies, schools, clubs and civic organization etc.; cultivate new donors; set up speaking engagements for new donors; form and manage a youth advisory board to grow our Kids for Wish Kids program; and help update and maintain files for donors and events. Ideal for applicants with ease and comfort speaking with others, organizational skills and ability to handle multiple tasks, proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, working knowledge of social media, excellent writing and communications skills and a positive attitude. Bonita Springs office only.

Internship - Development/National Alliances

The Development/National Alliances Intern will provide assistance and support to annual fundraising campaigns that include, but are not limited to, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual and corporate donors to help build relationships with our local and national alliances. Intern will play a role in the coordination and implementation of fundraising initiatives including promotions with national corporate partners, and learn how for-profit corporations partner with nonprofits to further their initiatives. Additionally, there will be some event planning assistance, including an opportunity to participate in and organize logistics for wish celebrations and donor cultivation events. This role will directly participate in the coordination of key national partnership campaigns including Subaru’s Share The Love & Macy’s Thanks For Sharing campaigns. Applicants should have strong organizational and time management skills, excellent customer service skills and be passionate about learning non-profit work. Through a combination of learning experiences, work projects and group collaborations, the intern will gain an understanding of nonprofit fundraising, community outreach and marketing. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Business, Public Relations or Non-profit Management. All majors are welcome to apply. Ft. Lauderdale office only.

Internship - Development/Stewardship

The Development/Stewardship Intern will provide assistance and support to the Development department with annual fundraising efforts that include, but are not limited to, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual, corporate and foundation donors. Responsibilities will include cause-related marketing projects, community outreach, grant research, help in coordinating donor stewardship that includes, but is not limited to, gathering wish story information to share with donors, coordinating donor mailings  etc. - all in an effort to raise funds needed to grant wishes.

Applicants should have strong organizational and time management skills, excellent customer service skills and be passionate to learn about  this aspect of non-profit work . Through a combination of learning experiences, work projects and group collaborations, the intern will gain an understanding of nonprofit fundraising, community outreach and marketing. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Business, Public Relations or Non-profit Management.  All majors are welcome to apply. Ft. Lauderdale office only.

Internship - Brand Advancement

This intern will support the Brand Advancement Team in a variety of areas including story writing/researching, social media, and public relations. During this internship you will learn to work within a team, develop oral and written communication skills, improve problem solving skills through task management, and gain knowledge of a career in the non-profit field.

Applicants should be self-motivated and have strong communication skills and attention to detail. Experience with social media (Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Google+), web research, and story writing is strongly encouraged. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Communications, Journalism, or other fields with an emphasis on writing skills. You may be asked to submit a writing sample for further consideration.

Internship - Special Events

The Special Events Intern supports Make-A-Wish's major special events. The primary responsibilities include assisting with marketing of events, facilitating the donation of high-end auction items and designing and implementing the visual aspects of silent auction displays. The Special Events Intern will also provide general assistance and office support to Development Team, and interact with donors and vendors relating to the events. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Marketing, Public Relations, Business or related fields. All majors are welcome.

Internship - Volunteer Relations

The Volunteer Relations Intern will assist the Volunteer Coordinator in all aspects of the Volunteer Program including but not limited to recruitment and training volunteers, managing volunteer files, processing applications, and communicating with volunteers. Must be comfortable and confident communicating over the phone. Ideal for applicants pursuing a degree in Human Resources, Public Administration, or other related fields. All majors are welcome. Ft. Lauderdale office only.

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Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
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