The Baton Rouge Area Chamber (BRAC) is a non-profit, investor-driven organization that leads economic development in the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area. Today, BRAC investors include more than 1,500 businesses, civic organizations, education institutions, and individuals. In this capacity, BRAC serves as the voice of the business community.

Director of Events

Supporting BRAC’s Core Strategies

As Director of Events, this position supports leads on all BRAC events and carries out the core strategies of the Think Bigger campaign, BRAC’s five-year strategic plan. BRAC’s goal is to perform at the highest level as a professional, nationally competitive regional economic development program for the nine-parish Baton Rouge Area.

Job Description

The director of events is responsible for the development and execution of several different types of events that support BRAC’s strategies and work across a wide array of customer segments and stakeholders. Major functions include:

  • Research and schedule appropriate dates for events
  • Develop innovative event themes that serve event objectives and attract the appropriate target audience
  • Manage overall event design (e.g., layout/flow, lighting, décor, menu, entertainment, signage) and execution for a diverse set of events and programs
  • Develop event budgets and manage income and expenses
  • Assist with sponsorship sales, when appropriate
  • Set up event registration in BRAC’s investor software
  • Lead on development of collateral for event promotion and overall promotion’s schedule, in close coordination with SVP of Marketing and Art Director
  • Work with the investor development department to develop sponsorship opportunities
  • Select vendors and manage their roles and budgets
  • Negotiate contracts with vendors to insure the best terms for BRAC
  • Lead planning committees that include investors and other community volunteers for larger events
  • Coordinate staffing needs for event execution including recruiting staff volunteers and assigning duties
  • Review invoices for accuracy and process for payment
  • Act as staff liaison for events involving outside organizations
  • Survey event participants following events and use feedback to continuously improve events based on attendee needs
  • Update staff on upcoming events’ efforts
  • Serve as internal support for various departments’ event-related activities (i.e., administration, business development, competitiveness, government affairs, and marketing)
  • The director of events reports to the senior vice president of marketing.

The Person

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong interpersonal skills, broad project management experience, extensive familiarity with event development and execution, strong creative skills, well-developed time-management skills, and the ability to seek innovative solutions and take initiative to achieve goals. A bachelor’s degree is required; an MBA or MPA is preferred. A minimum of five years experience in event planning and/or similar positions is required. Minimal travel will be required. Additionally, a strong command of Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint) is required.

Resumes will be accepted only via email at jobresponses@hrsolutions.net with the subject line Director of Events. Any questions should be directed to this address. Please do not contact office by phone or in person.

To Apply

Resumes will be accepted only via email at jobresponses@hrsolutions.net with the subject line Director of Events. Any questions should be directed to this address. Please do not contact office by phone or in person.