The Bostonian Society

206 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02109
www.bostonhistory.org
administration@bostonhistory.org

Date Posted:
October 10, 2019

Region:
Eastern Massachusetts

Category:
Other

Type:
Full-Time

Events Manager

Description:
        Old South Meeting House, a museum, historic site, and active meeting place in downtown Boston, seeks an entrepreneurial professional to manage 40+ events each year, including rentals for corporate events and weddings and free public events and programs. The Events Manager also oversees the planning and execution of signature programs such as the annual Boston Tea Party Reenactment. 
       The Events Manager effectively manages all logistics for internal programming and external clients to create high quality events at OSMH. This includes comprehensive administrative functions and effective coordination with colleagues, contract partners, and vendors to ensure successful execution of all events within the iconic national landmark museum building. This is a high-volume environment where work productivity, process efficiency, and effective communication skills are a must.
       The Events Manager will be responsible for all events at Old South Meeting House. Working with colleagues in the education, development, and marketing departments, the Events Manager will have the opportunity to expand the events business as well as build and supervise the event staff necessary to support that growth. 
       In April, the boards of the Old South Association in Boston (the owner of the Old South Meeting House) and the Bostonian Society (the primary steward of the Old State House) announced their decision to pursue a merger. It would likely occur in January 2020, at which time the Events Manager’s duties would expand to cover events at both sites. This is an extraordinary opportunity to work within one, and then two, national landmark buildings that offer unique event settings on Boston’s Freedom Trail.  
       This is a full-time salaried position with benefits, requiring some evening and weekend hours. The Events Manager will initially report to the Interim Executive Director at Old South Meeting House. Upon the possible creation of a combined organization, the Events Manager would report to a member of the new organization’s senior leadership team.
Responsibilities:
  • Collaborate with colleagues in the education, development, and marketing departments to support their initiatives and expand the events business, which is an important source of earned income supporting the organization’s mission
  • Work with colleagues to set the annual budget for event rental revenue and expenses and be responsible for managing event rental expenses and meeting annual revenue projections
  • Process event reservations, deposits, and payments in Blackbaud software
  • Plan, develop, and oversee management and maintenance of all event equipment and systems, including audio, visual, and lighting
  • Hire, train, and supervise all event staff, including event managers

Qualifications:
  • Energetic and enthusiastic individual with four+ years of experience in event planning and management (pre-event, during the event, and post-event). Experience managing weddings is a plus.
  • Experience with outbound marketing and/or building a book of business
  • Strong interpersonal skills (communication, listening, decision-making, and problem-solving) with the ability to work effectively with internal departments, clients, vendors, and external partners
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • The ability to effectively prioritize, manage, and execute tasks with accuracy while balancing multiple events
  • High level of organization, attention to detail, and follow-through
  • Excellent project and time management skills
  • The ability to thrive while working both independently and collaboratively
  • Experience working under pressure, remaining calm and effective, anticipating problems and identifying solutions
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends is required
  • Must be able to perform job duties that require stooping, bending, moving tables and chairs, climbing stairs, and standing for long periods of time

How To Apply:
Applications must include (1) a cover letter explaining why you are interested in this position and the ways in which you satisfy the qualifications specified above and (2) your resume.
We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as we will be evaluating applications on a rolling basis.Send resume and cover letter to hr@bostonhistory.org.
For more information on Old South Meeting House, please visit our web site at www.osmh.org. For more information on the Bostonian Society, please visit its web site at www.bostonhistory.org.
Apply by:
November 11, 2019
About this Organization:


Our mission: The Bostonian Society brings people together to explain the vital debates about self-government that were sparked at Boston’s Old State House during the Revolutionary Era, and that still animate our civic life today. We sustain and share the Old State House and our collections to inspire generations to come.

What we do: We believe that each person has an important role to play in sustaining democracy and shaping our shared society. Through our interpretive programming – exhibits, tours, theatrical performances, visual art installations, and facilitated conversations – we seek to inspire all people to wrestle with the question of how to draw the circle of “We” in “We the People”.