Director, Strategic Development Events

Washington, D.C
May 03, 2021
May 12, 2021
Full Time
Are you interested in leading extraordinarily high quality and creative donor-focused events at Washington's premier public policy think tank? Join the American Enterprise Institute's development team as our next Director of Strategic Development Events!

As AEI's Director, Strategic Development Events, you will work in partnership with the executive office and development department to conceptualize, plan, and execute a variety of high-level events for AEI's supporters. You will be responsible for reflecting the mission and essence of AEI in building out our current high-profile suite of donor events and leading long-term strategy. You will deliver a creative, superior experience in all steps of the event life cycle - from program content, agenda, and speaker logistics to top-notch guest management.

This is a great opportunity for you if you thrive in managing a highly customized and refined approach to event planning and enjoy overseeing cutting-edge events that remain flexible and responsive to changing needs. You will have the opportunity to align new and updated event strategies with our mission to connect donors more closely to our work. If you are excited by the thought of developing relationships and partnerships across your department, organization, and professional network, we encourage you to apply today.


  • Work with internal clients to assess and understand their needs for given events, including event goals, program content, invitations and communications, venue discovery, experience management, food and beverage selections, and other specialized requirements.
  • Develop relationships and partners with the development staff to understand donor preferences and needs and build trust to ensure events deliver on organizer and attendee expectations.
  • Create on-site experience for event attendees on par with the highest-level global gatherings of political leaders, corporate CEO's, and other thought leaders. This includes coordinating transportation to and from airports, a seamless registration process, on-site amenities, and customized experiences for guests with particular needs. It also includes coordinating logistics to deliver an exceptional experience for VIP speakers, including their flights and security requirements.
  • Manage overall budgets for events, compile price lists, and negotiate contracts, negotiates contracts for services, dates, times, and spaces.


  • Demonstrated interest in public policy and the mission of AEI.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, superior organizational skills, and meticulous attention to detail.
  • Excellent time management skills, with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Strong technology skills (role uses Microsoft Office Suite and Salesforce).
  • Experience working or coordinating with high-level government officials and other VIP participants.
  • Ability to respond to problems effectively and assist clients with a calm, courteous, and helpful manner and attitude.
  • Thorough understanding of legal, ethical, regulatory, and permit requirements for events.

Interested applicants should submit their resume and cover letter with their online application to .

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