Associate Director, Events and Donor Engagement

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is a nonprofit organization providing support and guidance to families struggling with their son or daughter’s substance use. We empower families with information, support and guidance to get the help their loved one needs and deserves. And we advocate for greater understanding and more effective programs to treat the disease of addiction.


The Role

We are seeking a dynamic and results-oriented professional to serve as an active and collaborative member of the development team.  The Associate Director, Events and Donor Engagement, will work with the development team to conceptualize and implement effective special events and donor engagement strategies to raise awareness of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and increase financial sustainability.

The Associate Director, Events and Donor Engagement, reports to the Vice President of Development and works cross-functionally with the entire development team. This position is responsible for developing effective events and donor relations strategies which include research, prospecting; donor cultivation, solicitation; and events management with the ultimate goal leading to growth of events and donor revenue.


 Major Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with the Development team to identify and develop events that engage with and help to drive income and awareness amongst individual and institutional (foundation, corporate and government) donor groups
  • Work with the Vice President of Development to develop and execute short-term and long-term strategies and goals to sustain and grow the events revenue streams and increase donor relations
  • Identify and secure sponsors for events; develop extensive portfolio of high value sponsorship positions available across events
  • Create and maintain timelines and project plans to achieve flagship and special events revenue and engagement goals
  • In collaboration with the Vice President of Development, create and execute a nation-wide signature event-specific fundraising strategy that utilizes corporate citizens and Partnership champions to increase awareness and raise funds in communities across the United States
  • Coordinate all event logistics and ensure that each event runs smoothly and efficiently
  • Manage vendor and venue logistics ensuring every event comes in on budget
  • Manage numerous projects of varying sizes and complexity simultaneously. Projects must be delivered on-time and on-budget. They will include strategy development, creative briefing, timetable development and management, budget preparation, implementation, and analysis of results
  • Work with development and marketing teams to create materials and communications plan for special events including PR, social media strategy and web updates
  • Support the Development team around prospect research and donor cultivation, stewardship and engagement cycle implementation
  • Work with the Development team to retain, grow and engage our grassroots fundraising community, Partners for Hope
  • Map relationships between and among donors and prospects to help identify opportunities for the Partnership to maximize fundraising potential
  • Perform other fundraising duties as assigned.



  • Strong commitment to the mission of the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids
  • Bachelor’s degree and 5-7 years’ progressively responsible experience and demonstrated success in raising significant income through events and donor engagement opportunities
  • Demonstrated experience in managing detailed data accurately and ensuring overall database organization
  • Excellent organizational and time management skills
  • Excellent presentation, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • Possess an entrepreneurial spirit resulting in creative approaches to events, engagement and donor cultivation
  • Ability to distill complex information into clear, well-written documents for fundraising team, senior management and volunteer leadership
  • Ability to work with flexibility, efficiency, enthusiasm and diplomacy both individually and as part of a team
  • Ability to create and manage project timelines, and work well under pressure, with a history of success in roles requiring creative and critical thinking while managing multiple priorities in a highly dynamic environment
  • Professional demeanor and judgement in handling confidential and sensitive donor information.
  • Excellent relationship management skills with the ability to represent the Partnership professionally to all donors, Board members and strategic partners
  • Must be able to work in a fast-paced environment and manage multiple projects as priorities change, with an exceptional eye for detail and accuracy and focused on meeting all deadlines and performance goals
  • Highly collaborative, communicative and transparent, with the ability to build strong and effective internal and external relationships.


How to Apply

The Partnership is an equal opportunity employer that values diversity in the workplace and encourages candidates of diverse backgrounds to apply.  Interested candidates should send resume and cover letter including desired salary range via email to  No phone calls, please.