Services for the Underserved

  • Director of Special Events

    Job Location US-NY-New York
    Regular Full-Time
  • Position Overview


    Company Overview:  Services for the UnderServed (SUS) is a New York-based nonprofit organization that provides housing and support services to 25,000 individuals and their families living in New York City and Long Island.  SUS believes every New Yorker has the right to lead a life of purpose.


    The Director of Special Events is responsible for creating, leading and managing multiple donor cultivation events and a major high-level fundraising event on behalf of S:US. This position must be filled by a person with an outstanding sense of customer service and someone who is an enthusiastic professional, able to build constructive relationships with internal and external constituents.


    Working with a staff of 2,400 in multiple locations, the Director of Special Events will be charged with harnessing the breath and depth of S:US so that the services being provided are supported, expanded and enhanced by event opportunities that put the best face of S:US forward.


    The Director of Special Events must be even-tempered and a team player, able to work well independently with a take-charge attitude. He/She must be extremely detail oriented and exacting. This position reports directly to the Chief Development Officer.


    Job Expectations  

    • Initiate, plan, develop and manage fundraising and cultivation events to achieve strategic objectives.
    • Propose new ideas to improve the cultivation of donors at multiple levels, including small impactful interactions as well as large, multi-pronged events.
    • Gather information on each project to achieve the highest possible quality event, and track all aspects of events using Raisers Edge fundraising software.
    • Negotiate space contracts and book events space(s), as well as all other logistical arrangements as necessary.


    Job Functions

    • Work with Event Task Force of the Board and the Chief Development Officer to manage all aspects of annual high-end fundraising event, Dinner for a Better New York, as well as other events throughout the year.
    • Arrange small theme-driven dinners, such as, but not limited to, Jeffersonian Dinners, that help advance conversations consistent with the S:US mission
    • Directly solicit corporate sponsors and donations from individuals, ticket sales and in-kind gifts to achieve fundraising goals.
    • Work with vendors (e.g., printers, designers, caterers, etc.) to ensure high-quality and timely delivery of products and services.
    • Help organize and recruit volunteers and leaders for fundraising co-chairs and committees.
    • Plan, coordinate, and facilitate meetings, prepare agendas, and act as liaison to handle meeting logistics
    • Coordinate with event co-chairs and committees, Board and staff to facilitate the exchange of ideas and ensure the effective and efficient use of volunteer talents.
    • Update and provide regular communications to fundraising event committees on the progress of sales and contribution, and the event planning process.
    • Ensure the quick and timely recognition (e.g., formal thank you notes, phone calls, etc.) of all event donors, sponsors and volunteers.
    • Develop budgets for fundraising events.  Monitor expenditures to ensure compliance with budgetary constraints, and ensure related bills/invoices are processed in a timely and accurate manner.  Identify budget issues and provide recommendation for resolution.
    • Keep abreast of event fundraising trends and recommend innovative, lucrative ideas for special events to the CDO.
    • Track and report on event results.
    • Participate in special projects and perform other duties as required.





    • Bachelors degree required and at least 3 years professional experience
    • Proven track record of experience in managing events of all sizes
    • Demonstrated organizational capacity and refined communications skills, both written and verbal
    • Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet necessary deadlines
    • Comfort and assurance in working independently and as an effective member of a team
    • High level of personal motivation, initiative and creativity, unafraid to make out-of-the-box suggestions
    • Passion for supporting the organization’s mission
    • A spirit of innovation, creativity, leadership and initiative

    Kindly include a cover letter and updated resume.




    Company Overview

    Services for the UnderServed (S:US) believes every New Yorker has the right to lead a life of purpose. Since 1978, S:US has been turning this belief into reality by advocating for people with life circumstances marked by homelessness, intellectual/developmental disability, behavioral health and addiction challenges, poverty, criminal justice involvement, and trauma. Our dedicated workforce of 2,400 provides services and supports to transform the lives of 35,000 individuals and families in New York City and Long Island.


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