Events & Outreach Manager

About IEC

Since 1975, the Illinois Environmental Council has worked to safeguard Illinois—its people, its plants and animals, and the natural systems on which all life depends by building power for people and the environment. Representing over 100 environmental organizations and over 500 individuals in the state, IEC carries out its mission to advance public policies that create healthy environments across Illinois through education, advocacy and movement building.
IEC advances sound environmental laws and policies at all levels of government by bringing together the Illinois environmental community to influence decision makers and ensure clean air, clean water and healthy communities.

From lobbying at the State Capitol to building consensus around an annual environmental agenda, IEC takes pride in leading our environmental movement in Illinois. We coordinate our affiliate member organizations to share resources, mobilize supporters and respond quickly to the most pressing issues facing the environment in Illinois.

IEC also supports environmental activists across the state, building programs to cultivate the next generation of environmental leadership, such as our Young Professionals Board, Community Council, annual environmental scorecards and other educational programs like our Civics for Environmentalists and Lunch & Learn series.

About the Position

The Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund (IECEF) is looking for a self-motivated and experienced individual to lead all outreach and events.

This position must be located in Chicago, IL. Candidates must reside within Illinois. The position is full-time and with some evening and weekend work as required. It will operate out of the Communications Department, but will also have significant reporting and oversight relationships with the Development and Programs teams.

About You

We’re looking for a self-motivated individual who is excited by addressing the biggest challenges facing Illinois. You should be a highly organized individual with excellent attention to detail who enjoys planning and managing small to large events.

We are a small, dynamic team that rely on each other to produce high-quality work.

We strongly encourage candidates of all different backgrounds and identities to apply. Each new hire is an opportunity for us to bring in a different perspective, and we are always eager to further diversify our organization. IEC/IECEF is committed to building an inclusive, supportive place for you to do the best and most rewarding work of your career.

Responsibilities

  • Assist the Development, Communications, and Programs teams with the planning and event management of all IEC public-facing educational and fundraising events
  • Work with Development, Communications, and Programs teams to develop a formal IEC public events protocol
  • Managing events includes but is not limited to:
    • Maintaining an internal calendar of all IEC public events events
    • Setting up backend event logistics such as Zoom event details, EveryAction event registration forms/ticketing pages, etc.
    • Equipping staff with materials needed during the event based on event needs, such as refreshments, technical equipment, space set-up, etc.
  • Assist the Development Director and Development Associate with the Annual Environmental Leadership Dinner, including the following:
    • Manage and compile guest list and seating chart using CRM database
    • Collect and compile meal choices and preferences from sponsors and other guests
    • Prepare day of materials including name tags and other printed materials
    • Assist with the preparation of PowerPoint presentations, event timeline, post-event communications, and other materials
    • Coordinate and communicate with speakers, volunteers, and vendors to ensure timeline will run smoothly
    • Assistance with coordinating silent auction items and materials
    • Other duties as assigned
  • Assist Legislative and Communications teams in planning and executing IEC’s Annual Lobby Day event, including the following:
    • Leading an internal team of IEC staff across departments to ensure the event logistics are managed appropriately
    • Oversee day-of execution of event logistics (excluding legislative meetings)
    • Oversee bus logistics across partner agencies  

Qualifications

  • Excellent communication skills with high attention to detail
  • Strong time management skills
  • Experience with customer relationship management software (i.e. EveryAction, Salesforce, Raiser’s Edge) 
  • Experience with setting up Zoom meetings and webinars for public events
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with diverse groups and people
  • Proficiency using both the Microsoft and Google software suites
  • Highly organized
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks and work independently
  • Knowledge of the nonprofit sector and trends
  • Interest in environmental issues and policies

Education and Experience

  • Professional work experience
  • Demonstrated experience assisting with event planning and management

Equal Opportunity Employer

IEC/IECEF is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, gender expression or identity, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, marital status, protective order status, veteran status, sexual orientation, citizenship status, genetic information, ancestry, religion, pregnancy, certain arrest or criminal history records, homelessness and use of lawful products outside of work during non-working hours or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

Equity, Allyship, and Powerbuilding Values

IEC/IECEF is always working to ensure that everyone on our team feels engaged and supported in all areas of the organization’s operations as we work to become a fully inclusive, multicultural and anti-racist organization.

We are only as powerful as the people in our movement and those we serve. Building power for people and our environment in Illinois requires us to actively combat social and political power dynamics that disenfranchise marginalized communities across a broad range of issues beyond those that fall squarely within traditional environmental policy. When marginalized communities are empowered, environmental protections become more possible. Thus we are called to stand in solidarity as allies with those fighting for justice and to strengthen our democratic institutions where power drives policy change.

About Our Pay and Benefits

The position is located in Chicago, Illinois. Candidates must reside in Illinois. Salary range is $50,000 – $60,000. Cover letter MUST include salary requirements. Candidates with salary requirements above the listed salary range will not be considered.

How to Apply

Introduce yourself to us as a colleague. Show us your future here and let us know what you’d bring to our organization! We value great writers, so be yourself, be creative, and take your time with the application. The deadline to apply is June 30, 2024. Submit your application materials to Lauren Sprowl at applications@ilenviro.org.

Learn more about IEC’s work across Illinois