Manager of Special Events and Development: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts

Posted January 15th, 2015 at 10:36 am.

Company Description: The Mann Center for the Performing Arts is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that manages the City-owned performing arts facility set in West Fairmount Park.  Developed originally in 1935 under the name Robin Hood Dell and to serve as the summer home of The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Mann moved to its present outdoor facility in 1976 and has become the premier summer outdoor cultural performing arts venue for residents of the greater Philadelphia region. The Mann draws nearly 200,000 visitors annually and is a time-honored summer tradition in the Delaware Valley, with diverse artistic programming that ranges from classical to jazz, and from urban to rock to country. The Mann also commissions and presents new works and offers community engagement programs that serve nearly 50,000 adults and children yearly through free orchestral concert tickets and education programs at the Mann and in local schools.

The Mann sits on 13 acres and offers covered seating for 5,000, outdoor seating for another 4,500 and a 4,000 person capacity lawn.  In 2013, the Mann added the Skyline Stage, a general admission secondary stage that can accommodate 7,000 concert attendees.

Duties:  The Manager of Special Events will take a leadership role in the creation, execution, and revenue generation associated with special events at the Mann. Special events include the Annual Golf Tournament, the Party in the Park Gala, and one additional special event (in 2015 this third special event will be Finding Joy, an art show and sale on April 15th and 16th).

Additionally, the Manager of Special Events will be responsible for the planning and execution of President’s Dinners during the summer concert season, in-home cultivation events, artist receptions/meet and greets, and other special cultivation and stewardship events hosted throughout the year.

Please note: Due to the nature of this position, applicants must be available during non-traditional hours, including nights and weekends, throughout the spring and summer months (April-September).

Main Responsibilities Include:

  • Plan, manage and be present for all special events, including an annual golf tournament, gala, and all other annual cultivation, fundraising and promotional events to support the Mann’s annual fund.
  • Create and maintain expense and revenue budgets;
  • Create and maintain event timelines;
  • Manage and ensure that a dedicated line of revenue per fiscal year is achieved;
  • Further to above, work to secure corporate and individual sponsorships, and gifts in-kind, for each event;
  • Supervise event logistics including research, management of volunteer committees, registration and communication with caterers, vendors and venues to establish event layout, decor, rentals and menus;
  • Write and design content for the Mann’s special event web pages, and coordinate design, production and printing of all event-related materials, including program books, electronic solicitation and marketing pieces, mailers and invitations;
  • Maintain database and mail lists for current and prospective donors and sponsors as well as record and acknowledge all event-related gifts;

Related Skills or Knowledge Required:

  • Strong organizational skills and acute attention to detail
  • Strong time-management skills
  • Self-motivated and able to work in high stress environment
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively
  • Excellent written and verbal communication and a proven ability to develop and maintain key donor relationships
  • Experience interacting with high-level stakeholders, and managing VIPs
  • Ability to multi-task and project manage
  • Resourceful, problem solver
  • Enthusiastic, dependable

Qualifications: Two to five years of experience as part of a successful development office and a proven track record of effective planning and implementation of development efforts including: strong verbal and written communicative skills, effective interpersonal and motivation skills; intensely goal-oriented, master of details, experience in direct mail campaigns, donor benefits, and corporate gifts and sponsorship.  Individual must be able to handle multiple tasks in a fast paced environment. Computer skills are critical including a working knowledge of Archtics and Raiser’s Edge. Flexibility and excellent interpersonal skills and a self-motivated work ethic are a must.

To Apply

Please send a resume and cover letter to Heather Goldsmith, Director of Development Operations at

No phone calls, please.

Filed under: Executive Level by Margie DuBrow

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