Arizona Humane Society
  • Phoenix, AZ, USA
  • Full Time


Every pet deserves a good life. We save the most vulnerable animals and enrich the lives of pets and people. Our mission is made possible with the hard work of our valued employees. Named "Best Nonprofit" and "Best Place to Volunteer" by our community, we offer a friendly, professional work environment with a culture that promotes innovation, compassion and excellence. (Video)


Events and Partnerships Specialist


Position Summary:

Under the direction of the Institutional Giving Manager, the Events and Partnerships Specialist will be responsible for the strategy, communication, promotion and execution of AHS signature events. Additionally, this individual will be responsible for the full range of duties associated with the identification, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of corporate sponsors and partners which combined with event revenue will meet a $1.6 million budget goal in support of the overall strategic plan of the organization. The Events and Partnership Specialist will oversee the Events Coordinator, who provides logistical and administrative support to team event needs.


Essential Duties:


Signature Events - Compassion with Fashion & Home in One Golf Tournament

Execute AHS signature events including but not limited to:

  • Plans and manages 1,000 person annual luncheon (Compassion with Fashion) and charity golf tournament (Home in One) including communication and execution of all operations, budget, d├ęcor, silent and live auction, registration, ticket sales, guest lists, volunteers, and post-event follow up.
  • Identifies and executes corporate partner sponsorship solicitations and ensures that all sponsorship deliverables are met and partners are properly stewarded.
  • Serve as staff liaison for strong, legacy volunteer planning committee including event chair communications, planning and running monthly committee meetings, all communications, timelines and stewardship.
  • Creates and manages internal communication and roles/responsibilities with staff, volunteers and Board of Directors as needed for event participation and support.
  • Analyzes event performance and projects future performance based on key performance indicators.
  • Oversee AHS' Event Coordinator, who provides logistical and administrative support to all signature events.

New VIP Donor Gala

  • Conceptualize and execute first-year VIP fundraising gala at AHS' new Rob and Melani Walton Papago Park Campus intended to steward an exclusive list of the organization's most generous donors and partners.
  • Collaborate with AHS' individual giving team on guest list, approach and implementation of event.
  • Solicit and secure sponsors, vendors and partners in support of this first-year event.

Other Duties:

The duties listed above are intended as a general illustration of the various types of work that may be performed. Job descriptions are subject to change by AHS as the needs and requirements of the job change.


Education / Certifications / Licenses:

  1. Bachelor's degree and at least two years of experience in large-scale event planning. Experience in corporate relations, outside sales or nonprofit development a plus.
  2. Valid AZ Driver's License and insurance.

Experience and Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated experience building and maintaining effective working relationships with internal and external stakeholders and partners; knowledge of donor cultivation and solicitation principles and processes required.
  2. Strong negotiation skills.
  3. Proven ability to provide end-to-end logistical and operational support for small and large events, including managing budgets.
  4. Provide high level, timely customer service.
  5. Comfortable networking in high-profile social circles.
  6. Attention to detail, critical thinking and problem solving skills required.
  7. Must be able to work independently, under pressure, and manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously.
  8. Ability to articulate AHS mission, programs and services. Must be comfortable speaking to large groups.

Language Skills: Able to speak, read and write English. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

Mathematical Skills: Able to develop budgets and estimate costs.

Computer Skills: Proficiency with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook and Explorer required; able to learn other software programs as necessary. Proficiency in Raiser's Edge fundraising database software a plus.

Other Skills, Abilities and Qualifications: Regular attendance is required. Access to reliable transportation.


Work Environment / Physical Demands:

The work environment characteristics and physical demands described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of the job. There may be occasional wet floors, animal noises, odors, and dander. Most time will be spent in a typical air-conditioned and heated office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools or controls, reach with hands and arms, climb stairs, balance, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Employee Values:

All AHS employees are expected to uphold the values of Innovation, Compassion, and Excellence.


Additional Information

The Arizona Humane Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a participant in the E-Verify program. Pre-employment background check.

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