Events Manager, Community Engagement and Experiential Learning

Exempt Full-Time
Date Posted: 05/25/2022

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation offers a hybrid work schedule, and all positions have the option of working remotely up to three days a week, with at least two days in the office required.

Under the direction of the Vice President, Scholarship Programs, the Events Manager, Community Engagement and Experiential Learning is responsible for leading the development and implementation of Cooke Scholar events throughout the year. Event examples include Foundation-led Welcome Weekend, Scholars Weekend, winter conference, and the biennial Alumni Summit, and partner-led First Summer, Senior Summit, and Young Scholar community summer programs. A collaborative and experienced instructional designer, the Events Manager works with our external events planning team, Foundation staff, program partners, vendors, and speakers to design, develop, and evaluate engaging Scholar experience programming.



Program and curriculum development

  • Serve as the instructional design expert providing consultation and recommendations to Foundation staff on experiential programming and relevant curriculum content and delivery.
  • Develop, implement, and refine Scholar programming with clearly defined values and objectives.
  • Create asynchronous and synchronous learning experiences designed for in-person and virtual programs for Scholars from eighth grade through graduate school and for our expansive Alumni community.
  • Perform the actual detailed work to create event schedules, agendas, session guides, scripts, presenter materials, prep documents, and promotional materials.

Event Management

  • Develop detailed annual project plans for each event and program, manage overlapping deadlines, and maintain adherence of self and others to project timelines.
  • Delegate tasks to team members, including staff and external partners, and provide guidance and support so that team members can accomplish their responsibilities.
  • Build events budgets with thorough, accurate details, monitor spending, and reconcile budgets with support from our event planning consultant and internal Finance team.
  • Oversee the implementation of events and programs ensuring that participants and staff experience a well-run, organized, and safe program (physically and psychologically) from start to finish. Solve issues that arise.

Partner relationship-building

  • Recruit exceptional partners who share our mission commitment and strong work ethic.
  • Communicate effectively with partners, giving and seeking feedback, and maintaining enthusiastic, confident engagement for co-created programs.
  • Attend and/or facilitate meetings and events to build relationships and communicate the Foundation’s interests. Attend all assigned Scholar and Alumni programs.

Oversight of proposals, contracts, documentation, and reports

  • Manage requests for proposals, vendor selection, contract negotiations, and payment processes.
  • Maintain organized records of documents, materials, and transactions.
  • Build participant event surveys and summarize feedback in actionable reports.
  • Other tasks as assigned.



  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree; Master’s degree preferred.
  • 4 – 6 years of relevant experience developing programming, trainings, or educational resources and curriculum in the field of secondary education, higher education, or other related areas for both in-person and virtual experiences.
  • Strong interest in and commitment to working with highly talented students from low income households.
  • Demonstrated commitment to supporting and enhancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Ability to develop and maintain professional relationships with a variety of constituents, both internal and external.
  • Exceptional project management skills, exceeding stakeholder expectations.
  • A strong detail orientation and ability to work independently and simultaneously on multiple projects within close, overlapping and/or conflicting deadlines.
  • Creative thinker, level-headed problem solver, joyful collaborator.


To apply, submit a resume and cover letter through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Career Center. E-Verify employer. No phone calls please.