Located in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood, the American Bar Foundation is a nonprofit, independent international research institute committed to empirical, interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and legal processes. The ABF offers a rich intellectual community of scholars with expertise in a wide range of disciplines, and staff have ample opportunities to interact with scholars and attend research presentations, such as a weekly Wednesday seminar series. We offer a comprehensive benefits package to eligible employees that includes generous paid time off, health insurance, and retirement.
Integral support to the ABF is provided by The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, an honorary organization of lawyers, judges, and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the welfare of their communities and to the highest principles of the legal profession.
About the Position
The Fellows Events Manager will be responsible for all aspects related to the planning, coordination, and execution of several events annually for the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation. The Fellows hold both small and large scale events ranging from small group luncheons to formal banquets for up to 200 guests. Events are located throughout the country, and they are part of an overall strategy for the Fellows to generate more than $2.8 million annually for the American Bar Foundation.
Reporting directly to the Director of the Fellows, the Events Manager will:
work directly with state and national leaders of the Fellows to plan tasteful, cost-effective networking and educational events for the Fellows of The American Bar Foundation;
attend all ABA Midyear and Annual meetings, and be the primary point of contact for Fellows attending those meetings;
produce and adhere to event planning timelines;
handle all event logistics, including choice of venue, table assignments, hiring musicians and photographers, securing audio-visual equipment, and placing catering orders;
work within the American Bar Association meetings framework to coordinate several meetings and events in association with the ABA’s Annual and Midyear meetings;
work closely with a variety of vendors and venues;
serve as the main contact for meeting registrations;
create event registration systems in database
market all events through email and printed invitations
update database with attendance information; and,
be responsive to requests from the Director of the ABF and other managers and will work collaboratively with colleagues across all departments of the Foundation.
Two years of nonprofit experience, preferably in events
Able to communicate (verbal and written) and work effectively with volunteers and staff
Superb organizational skills and attention to detail
Computer proficiency (Word, Excel, Power Point)
Experience with Raisers Edge a plus
Experience with Adobe Photoshop or Adobe InDesign is desired, but not necessary
Adaptable and flexible
Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously
Ability to work independently and in a team environment
Initiative and the ability to think critically
Ability to interact with attorneys, judges, scholars and academic professionals
This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, and fax machines.
This is largely a sedentary role; however, some filing is required. This would require the ability to lift files, open cabinets, and bend or stand as necessary. This position requires the ability to move/lift up to 10 pounds.
Position Type and Expected Hours of Work
This is a full-time exempt position. Generally, days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., with a 1-hour lunch period. Occasional work outside of these hours is expected in connection with Foundation events, such as participation in Board meetings. Out-of-state overnight travel is required 3-6 times annually.
Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.
The ABF is firmly committed to providing equal employment opportunities. All decisions regarding the terms, privileges, and/or conditions of employment, including but not limited to hiring, classification, grading, recruitment, discharge, discipline, compensation, selection for training or apprenticeship, promotion, renewal of employment, tenure or terms, and benefits, will be made without unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, citizenship, ancestry, age, order of protection status, marital status, disability, military status, unfavorable discharge from the military, sexual orientation, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, housing status, parental status, source of income, certain arrest or criminal history records, genetic information, protected activity (such as opposition to or reporting of prohibited discrimination or harassment), or any other status or classification protected by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws. The ABF prohibits discrimination, retaliation, and harassment of individuals on any of the bases listed above and any other basis protected by applicable federal, state and/or local law.
To receive consideration, please send a cover letter and résumé to firstname.lastname@example.org as follows:
Email subject line: Fellows Events Manager
American Bar Foundation
750 North Lake Shore Drive 4th floor
Chicago, IL 60611
No phone calls, please.
Internal Number: 3125541206
About American Bar Foundation
Located in Chicago, the American Bar Foundation (ABF) is a nonprofit, independent international research institute committed to empirical and interdisciplinary research on law, legal institutions, and legal processes. The research program is conducted by a residential and external research faculty of leading scholars who are appointed full time at the ABF or jointly with Chicago-area universities. The research program is supported by an annual grant from the American Bar Endowment, contributions from The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation and other supporters, and grants for specific projects from government agencies and private foundations. The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation is an honorary organization of practicing lawyers, judges, and law professors whose professional, public, and private careers have demonstrated outstanding dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession.