Events Director

Washington, DC
May 09, 2023
Sep 12, 2023
Executive, Director
Full Time
Job Description

The Events Group Director is a leader on the Washington Post Live and Events Group teams who focuses on overseeing the infrastructure, production and logistics for Washington Post Live programs, the live journalism division of The Post, as well as all internal and company events that take place in The Post's D.C. headquarters. This person will provide a vision for executing live events and programs with innovation and efficiency, manage a large team that includes logistics and engineering/production managers, technicians, and coordinators, and build the framework for any events that take place outside of The Post's live events venue in the nation's capital. He or she will oversee and refine the policies, processes, and tools to streamline dozens of in-person events throughout the year (and hundreds of virtual events), manage event budgets (domestic and international) and drive reporting and analytics to communicate results while providing critical decision-making as it relates to events across the organization.

  • You are results-driven and strive for quality, innovation and creating the best experiences when it comes to producing and building events and event strategy.
  • You are committed to being a focused leader, motivating a large team, giving feedback and bringing out the best in others.
  • You are energized by problem solving and love to develop solutions to solve for challenges.
  • You are organized, driven, creative, collaborative and a team player.
  • You thrive in a fast-paced culture that juggles multiple priorities.

  • Oversee event production and logistics for Washington Post Live, the live journalism division of The Washington Post, including in-person events in Washington, D.C., across the U.S. and in international markets, plus hundreds of virtual programs throughout the year
  • Supervise event production and logistics for other events and functions (largely internal) that take place in the Washington Post Live Center, an unparalleled event venue in Washington, D.C.
  • Create and maintain event strategy and vision with innovation and cost efficiency while reflecting The Post's mission and core values. Collaborate and act as a partner to other company stakeholders.
  • Lead, empower and motivate a large team of managers, technicians and coordinators who provide logistical and technical support to large-scale events on site and up to three virtual events a day
  • Oversee event budgets and RFP vendor process, particularly for events outside of D.C. and international (several events a year), and internal event guidelines for use of D.C. headquarters venue
  • Drive continued efficiency and communication to meet deadlines and overall event and company goals

  • 7-10+ years of managing multiple, multi-faceted large-scale events required
  • Proven track record of managing events in multiple venues, especially in various markets, and complex budgets
  • Ability to lead and motivate a large, collaborative, fast-paced team
  • Analytical and creative mindset
  • Exceptional organizational skills; extreme orientation to detail
  • Gracefulness under pressure and deadlines; must be able to manage multiple projects at once
  • Ability to work easily with internal and external partners
  • Good negotiation skills; resourcefulness
  • Positive, 'can do' attitude; no job is too big or too small
  • Proactiveness, orientation to solutions
  • Ability to build strong internal relationships and leverage cross-department resources
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Must be willing to travel (domestic and international) throughout the year
  • Bachelor's degree

Wherever you are in your life or career, The Washington Post offers comprehensive and inclusive benefits for every step of your journey:
  • Competitive medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Company-paid pension and 401(k) match
  • Three weeks of vacation and up to three weeks of paid sick leave
  • Nine paid holidays and two personal days
  • 20 weeks paid parental leave for any new parent
  • Robust mental health resources
  • Backup care and caregiver concierge services
  • Gender affirming services
  • Pet insurance
  • Free Post digital subscription
  • Leadership and career development programs

Benefits may vary based on the job, full-time or part-time schedule, location, and collectively bargained status.

The Post strives to provide its readers with high-quality, trustworthy news and information while constantly innovating. That mission is best served by a diverse, multi-generational workforce with varied life experiences and perspectives. All cultures and backgrounds are welcomed.

The innovation doesn't end in the Newsroom - dozens of teams power The Washington Post. We are now hiring the next innovator - how will you Impact Tomorrow?