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Autism Speaks Senior Coordinator, Special Events in New York, New York

Autism Speaks is proud to have been named a Best Nonprofit to Work by Nonprofit Times and Best Companies Group in 2024!  Come join Autism Speaks as a Senior Coordinator on our Special Events Team!  Reporting to the National Director, Special Events Program, Senior Coordinator, will be responsible for supporting the strategic and operational special events fundraising plan by providing administrative support, project management, and customer service to both internal and external stakeholders. Individual will be home based and should be located in the Tri-State area (NY, CT, NJ).

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Assist in the daily operations of the national special events program, including but not limited to the Celebrity Chef Gala, golf outings, concerts and various galas.

  • Responsible for the silent auction within the signature event portfolio with expectation of achieving 100% of budgeted goal

  • Manage and grow the in kind program associated with the Celebrity Chef Gala, including silent auction packages, gift bag items, purveyors and vendor donations

  • Serve as the platform power user in programs such as StratusLive, Givergy, LO, Lytho and more.

  • Maintain all financial reporting for the department including processing invoices, updating weekly and daily Special Event revenue reports, and expense budgets.

  • Lead the operation of the fundraising incentive program which includes working with the vendor, ensuring timely delivery of all earned incentives, and coordinating deliverables for promotion of the program.

  • Maintain functionality and accurate content on all web platforms for all special events, in partnership with the web support and marketing teams.

  • Build relationships with regional and national vendors including event production companies, media, incentive vendors to help reduce overall costs associated with the special events portfolio.

    (The responsibilities listed above are representative and not all inclusive.  Other duties may be assigned by supervisor/s.  As outlined in your performance goal setting forms, you will be responsible for achieving the goals provided by and agreed upon with your manager.)

    Position Requirements

    Education: Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent experience


  • 2 -3 years’ work experience greatly preferred (administrative, fundraising, and/or special events) Knowledgeable of fundraising systems and software, preferably Blackbaud Luminate and Stratus Live.

  • Excellent communication skills (oral and written)

  • Excellent project management skills

  • Good decision-making and problem solving skills

  • Proficiency with Office 365

  • Critical thinking skills to identify issues, concerns and problems and develop solutions which can be implemented

  • Ability to work independently with little supervision

  • Ability to diplomatically engage with a variety of personalities in a positive manner

  • Flexibility to work nights and weekends

  • Flexibility to travel (less than 10%)

    You are responsible for protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of all Autism Speaks data and information to which you have access.

    Autism Speaks is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to fostering a diverse, multicultural, and inclusive workplace. We recruit, evaluate, employ, and promote candidates without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender identity or expression, protected veteran or military status, disability or other legally protected status. Qualified individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply for job openings. Reasonable accommodations will be provided. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

    About Autism Speaks:

    At Autism Speaks, our mission is to promote solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the life span, for the needs of people with autism and their families. We do this through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of people with autism spectrum disorder; and advancing research into causes and better interventions for autism spectrum disorder and related conditions. Together with our broad and diverse community, we strive every day to achieve our vision of a world where all people with autism can reach their full potential. This mission and vision drive every member of our staff; our employees are inspired, energized and motivated by the impact we can collectively have on behalf of the autism community.

    Autism Speaks celebrates every success achieved to create a kinder, more inclusive world for people with autism, and we work collaboratively across departments to find solutions that will do the most good for the most people. 

    Just as we strive to enhance lives today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow for people on the spectrum, we also aim to enhance the lives of our dedicated employees, through thick and thin.

    Salary & Benefits:

    Autism Speaks offers a competitive compensation, benefit and vacation package. We also provide flex work hours, weekly training sessions, tuition reimbursement and summer bonus Fridays in addition to a creative, innovative, collaborative, inclusive, kind and fun work environment.

    Autism Speaks is an employer that participates in E-Verify

    Salary range is $50,000-$65,000, depending on candidate's relevant years of experience and geographic location. 


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