Search for Common Ground Events Coordinator

Search for Common Ground (SFCG) is an international non-profit organization that promotes peaceful resolution of conflict. With headquarters in Washington, DC and a European office in Brussels, Belgium, SFCG’s mission is to transform how individuals, organizations, and governments deal with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and toward cooperative solutions. SFCG seeks to help conflicting parties understand their differences and act on their commonalities. With a total of approximately 600 staff worldwide, SFCG implements projects from 56 offices in 35 countries, including in Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East, and the United States. The organization is an exciting and rewarding place to work, with dedicated and enthusiastic staff who love their work. You will be joining a highly motivated staff with a good team spirit and there will be opportunities to grow in the role.

Summary of Position

The Events Coordinator will work in a team environment to create and implement special event fundraising and cultivation strategies to help meet fundraising goals.

The ideal candidate will be responsible for the planning, execution, budget management, logistics and production of a myriad of events that include house parties, fundraising luncheons, cocktail parties, educational forums, dinner galas, international investor trips, and educational speaker opportunities.

The Events Coordinator will report to the Strategic Development Director. The Strategic Development team is responsible for fundraising from individuals, foundations, and corporations to support the core and unrestricted funding needs of a global organization. It is an exciting time of growth, opportunity, and new challenges for the department as we dramatically expand the core revenue of the organization to ensure world class systems that can support the rapid program growth the organization has seen over the last 5 years.


Under the direction of the Strategic Development Director, manage day-to-day duties for the organization’s fundraising, cultivation, stewardship, and awareness building and recognition events

Grow and build on existing events, and identify new event opportunities
Supervise, plan, budget, execute and evaluate each event
Identify, solicit and manage event sponsors and supporters
Obtain, evaluate, make recommendations, and process vendor proposals consistent with Finance procurement policies
Manage event committees to ensure a quality volunteer experience
Manage solicitation lists, donor outreach and follow-up for each event
Manage event website and invitations, mail and/or email, keeping information up-to-date and encouraging event attendance with an appropriate schedule of invitations
Work with graphic designer on the design and production of event materials, including save-the-dates, invitations, programs, and various event collateral
Coordinate with Communications Teams to write, submit and follow-up to ensure placement on press releases, social media, and other outlets as appropriate
Coordinate with Strategic Development Associate to provide senior leadership with research briefs on key prospects who plan to attend events
Lead on-site management of event logistics
With support of the Strategic Development Associate, help recruit, train, manage, and motivate event volunteers to serve as ambassadors for community awareness and philanthropic support throughout the year, not just at events
Maintain event donor history, attendance, and other event-related information in database
Determine all required security arrangements, insurance coverage or special permits for events
Perform other duties and special projects as assigned

As job descriptions cannot be exhaustive, the position-holder may be required to undertake other duties that are broadly in line with the above key responsibilities.

Minimum Qualifications


Bachelor’s Degree in related field
Minimum 2 years in nonprofit fundraising, with demonstrated event planning experience
Excellent time management skills, attention to detail, organizational skills
Comfortable working in a fast-paced environment and proven ability to multi-task
Ability to identify and solve problems on an immediate basis
Ability to work flexible hours that include evenings and weekends
Proven success in maintaining volunteer relationships
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Ability to relate well and work effectively with diverse constituencies and audiences
Team player committed to developing and working within a collaborative environment to ensure the highest donor and volunteer-service experience
Highly motivated and energetic, with an alert and positive customer service attitude
Computer literacy proficiency, including solid working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and Google applications (Gmail, Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Hangouts) and Internet research skills

Interest and knowledge of conflict resolution, passion for the mission
Experience working in a conflict resolution setting
Salary: Commensurate with education and experience, with excellent benefits

To Apply:

Application Deadline: January 15, 2016. Please send a cover letter and resume through our application system at Projected start date is January 2016. No phone calls please. Only applicants invited for an interview will be contacted. Please see our web site for full details of our work
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