Director of Special Events

Founded in 1988, Food & Friends provides medically-tailored meals, nutrition support, and friendship to people living with AIDS, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses. Our team of sixty employees and thousands of volunteers delivers meals and hope to people living in the District of Columbia and multiple counties across Maryland and Virginia. There is no charge or income qualification for our services, which are rendered solely on the basis of medical need.

We seek a Director of Special Events to oversee production of fundraising events. Reporting to the Director of Development: Philanthropic Partnerships, the Director will:

  • Plan all aspects of three fundraising events including a city-wide restaurant event, annual gala, and holiday pie sale;
  • Manage all event logistics including budget, timeline, selection of vendors, promotion/marketing, volunteer recruitment, staffing, and post-event assessment;
  • Continuously assess financial success of events, making adjustments and proposing new events as needed;
  • Collaborate with the Communications Department to design and update event promotion microsites and webpages;
  • Manage all event vendors, and carefully review and negotiate service contracts;
  • Collaborate with other Development staff to identify, cultivate, solicit, and steward sponsors; and
  • Supervise the Special Events Associate.

This is an outstanding opportunity to lead some of the Washington region’s most established and anticipated special events.

The successful candidate will have a BA/BS, at least six years combined experience in event management and fundraising, and a valid driver’s license. Must have proven experience leading successful revenue-generating fundraising events. Other requirements include prior supervisory experience, experience creating and monitoring budgets, excellent attention to detail, ability to work well under pressure while meeting tight deadlines, ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy, and an appreciation for diversity. Offer of employment contingent upon a pre-employment drug test.

Food & Friends provides a competitive salary, generous benefits, and a healthy work/life balance. Our staff enjoys a high quality, diverse work environment that includes short Fridays and casual dress. Food & Friends is Metro accessible, and has free on-site parking.

To apply, please submit cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to:

Mr. Lucas Ginn

Food & Friends

219 Riggs Road, NE

Washington, DC 20011

Fax: 202-635-4263



Food & Friends is an Equal Opportunity Employer