Event Coordinator – Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Racine Campuses

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  • Full-Time
  • Milwaukee, WI
  • Job Type Details: Full-Time Available

Are you looking for a highly rewarding career with great benefits and opportunities for growth? The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) is now seeking a full-time Event Associate to join our growing development team, supporting our Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Racine Campuses!  If you’re looking for the perfect opportunity to make a meaningful difference in the lives of thousands of animals and people while working alongside a committed, passionate, fun, and supportive team, apply today!

Position Summary

Job Responsibilities

  • Under the supervision of the Director of Special Events, support the planning and implementation of the special events fundraising programs of the Wisconsin Humane Society, with primary focus on the Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Racine communities.
    • Design engagement strategies to build awareness, attendance and support of all WHS fundraising events.
    • Actively participate in the sponsorship solicitation process, working closely with the major gifts team.
    • Budget, report and manage event financials, revenue and expense, attendance and timelines.
    • Actively utilize and manage a committee of high performing volunteers to accomplish goals.
    • Serve as point of contact for Pet Walks, including committee stewardship, vendors, participants, volunteers, revenue and expense tracking, etc.
      • Supervise event staff and volunteers.
      • Recruit and manage volunteer committees for all events, where applicable.
      • Participate as a member of the development team in planning and implementing the organization’s overall fundraising strategy and programs.
      • Maintain a high level of confidentiality and discretion.

    Role Priority Elements:

    • Work with Director of Special Events and Event Coordinator to support coordination of all Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Racine special events including, but not limited to, Pet Walks, Telethon, Paws & Claws Gala, and other events as applicable.
    • Update Convio and Raiser’s Edge to ensure event information is accurate.
    • Perform data entry and create and send acknowledgement letters, as needed.
    • Respond to external and internal requests for support including third-party fundraisers.
    • Coordinate meetings and schedules of volunteers and staff to support event management.
    • Propose and implement new ideas to improve the event planning and implementation process.

    Role Secondary Elements:

    • Prepare and send correspondence for each event, including solicitation letters, confirmation letters and acknowledgements, as appropriate.
    • Conduct research, make site visits, and find resources to make decisions about event possibilities.
    • Prepare day-of event materials including registration instructions and processes, nametags, materials, packages, gift bags, etc.
    • Close out all events as required by development department procedures.
    • Serve as liaison with vendors on event-related matters.

    Additional Elements:

    •  Fiscal Responsibility
      • Prepare budgets with Director of Special Events and provide periodic progress reports for each event project.
      • Keep track of event finances including check requests, invoicing, and reporting.
    • Event Details Management
      • Work collaboratively with marketing and design team members to effectively promote events to internal and external audiences.
      • Effectively use Raiser’s Edge, Convio, JustGiving, and other software to drive results.
      • Manage and execute all event contracts and contract negotiations.
      • Create, manage and execute specific event needs including space design, food and beverage, supplies and day-of event flow.
      • Work with internal data team by leading the process to ensure correspondence for each event, including forms and acknowledgements, are completed accurately and timely.

    Core Competencies:

    Compassionate and respectful

    • Demonstrates compassion & kindness toward all animals
    • Treats clients and colleagues with understanding & respect
    • Makes tough decisions in the best interest of the animal


    • Approaches their role and others with a positive attitude
    • Values, listens and responds to internal & external customers
    • Works hard and commits to excellence in every aspect of work

    Team Oriented

    • Relies on and supports colleagues to achieve results
    • Seeks to build and maintain trust
    • Recognizes and supports our interdependencies


    • Bias for continuous improvement, including personal development
    • Willing to rethink old ways and try new approaches
    • Approaches challenges with creativity & flexibility

    High Integrity

    • Communicates with openness and transparency
    • Speaks the truth with a positive intent
    • Maintains high standards of personal & business ethics


    • Demonstrates ownership for their role and outcomes
    • Sets and meets challenging commitments for self


    • Understands the impact of conscious and unconscious bias in one’s own actions and those of others
    • Values each individual’s experience and context
    • Is open to different perspectives and willing to learn
    • Seeks inclusion in interactions, opportunities, and outcomes
    • Demonstrates adaptability to the different needs and perspectives of others

Qualifications & Requirements

  • 2-5 years’ work experience in event coordination or fundraising
  • Proven success working in a non-profit high-functioning development team with event planning required.
  • Ability to handle high-pressure situations in a professional manner in a fast-paced environment.
  • Desire to create process improvement in all aspects of work.
  • High attention to detail.
  • Experience managing high profile volunteers preferred.
  • Capable of accepting and completing tasks with minimal supervision in a highly self- motivated manner.
  • Commitment to treat animals and people with respect and kindness.


Full-time Benefits Include:

  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Group term life insurance and voluntary life insurance
  • Short-term and long-term disability
  • Flexible spending plans
  • Health savings account (HSA)
  • Aflac supplemental benefit
  • 403(b) retirement plan with company match
  • Paid family Leave

Time off including:

  • Vacation
  • Paid time off (PTO)
  • Holiday

Full-time and part-time staff are eligible for the following benefits:

  • 403(b) retirement plan
  • Employee Assistance Program (EAP)
  • 30% off adoption fees
  • 30% off manners classes and behavior consultations
  • 20% off youth programs
  • Event discounts
  • Animal Antics retail discounts
  • Limited wellness/veterinary care services for companion animals

Equal Opportunity Employer

To apply for this position, please visit our employment page at www.wihumane.org/employment to begin your online employment application. Only applications submitted through our online application system may be considered. Please know that it is our policy to reply to each and every application received once we have a status update.

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