Director of Event Production

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience
Jun 14, 2022
Jun 29, 2022
Full Time
Director of Event ProductionGeorge Mason University's Office of University Branding will promote the University and its many events, activities, and student, faculty, and staff members, to establish and maintain avenues of information exchange and communication internally and between the University and its various publics.George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic and culturally inclusive environment.About the Position:The Director of Event Production will coordinate client event experiences for a seamless experience from start to finish. Duties include:Oversees the creation, execution and management of event services;Oversees special projects for Center for the Arts and College of Visual and Performing Arts under the direction of the Executive Director of the Center for the Arts and the College of Visual and Performing Arts;Develops event analysis, standard operating procedures and reporting tools used by the Events team to evaluate and advise clients and senior management on event planning strategies;Manages, develops, forecasts and reports on budget for University Events and Operations to ensure ongoing maximization of limited resources;Manages client experience in the planning and execution of events;Manages event support for both live and hybrid events from concept to implementation to include lighting, staging, AV and broadcast solutions;Supervises and mentors a team of direct reports for live, hybrid and virtual events;Ensures quality employees are recruited, retained and appropriately compensated;Establishes expectations, goals and objectives for direct reports; evaluates employee performance and develops staff;Manages resolution of employee issues, ensuring that they are handled consistently with University policies;Manages the event support staff for live, hybrid and virtual events;Contributes ideas and viewpoints on strategic and operational plans;Makes decisions that are complex in nature and focused on ensuring departmental objectives are met;Consults with others for input on decisions; andManages projects by breaking the project into tasks, breaking down the tasks and subtasks; setting an appropriate schedule for the development of certain deliverables; defining milestones, and highlighting the project dependencies.Required Qualifications:Bachelor's degree in public relations, communications, marketing or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience;Key skills include event management, negotiating contracts and volunteer management;Proven track record of developing and executing complex multi-day events;Possess established relationships with event vendors and contacts, including hotels, caterers, site selection agencies and transportation;Extensive knowledge and understanding of theatrical lighting and AV equipment;Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and competing priorities at once;Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, registration database management, and experience creating and monitoring expense and income budgets;Extremely well organized and detail oriented, able to successfully handle multiple priorities simultaneously and consistently meet all deadlines and goals;Capacity to work well with a variety of personalities and leadership styles;Highly organized with a professional demeanor; resourcefulness, event promotion savvy and problem solving insight;Advanced verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills;Ability to work flexible hours, including evenings and weekends; andAbility to travel, a valid driver's license and reliable personal transportation.Preferred Qualifications:Master's degree; andConsiderable (generally five (5)+ years) experience in special events, meeting planning and/or public relations to include supervision.

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason! George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.If you are interested in joining the Mason family take a look at our current opportunities and catch some Mason spirit at!George Mason University, Where Innovation is Tradition."

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