Development Events Manager Posted May 16
Hudson Institute , Washington, DC
Hudson Institute, a nonpartisan Washington, D.C. think tank, is seeking applicants to fill an open, full-time position of Development Events Manager. The Development Events Manager will assume principal day-to-day responsibility for all Hudson Institute development events, with particular focus on major donor events. The Development Events Manager will report to the Vice President of Development, and will also coordinate closely with Hudson leadership, other staff, and trustees. This position demands an individual with keen organizational and planning skills, along with the ability to balance a number of different projects at any one time. The Development Events Manager will work out of Hudson’s Washington, D.C. office. Some travel is required.

Essential Position Responsibilities

The Development Events Manager will oversee and facilitate the logistics for numerous Hudson Institute development-related events, including monthly major donor events and the Hudson Institute annual gala dinner. This position will incorporate aspects of donor relations and project management. Key duties include, but are not limited to:

Correspondence management (save-the-dates, invitations, RSVP lists, follow-ups, sponsorship solicitations, ‘thank-you’ procedures, etc.);

Managing event logistics (vendors, seating charts, organization, scheduling, database management, etc.) for each Hudson Institute donor event;

Working alongside public affairs and development staff to promote events through donor communication, outreach, and placement;

Attending local (and occasionally national) events to facilitate, assist with, promote, and represent Hudson Institute’s public image as needed; and

Growing Hudson Institute’s program of major donor events to additional strategic locations.


Qualified candidates must be committed to Hudson Institute’s mission. They should have experience planning, managing, and executing high-level events, particularly donor or development-related events. Qualified candidates will demonstrate intelligence, good judgment, an entrepreneurial spirit, and excellent interpersonal skills.

Candidates must be collegial, honest, and hardworking—exercising professionalism in all situations and circumstances—and possess the necessary organizational skills to accomplish multiple tasks in fast-moving and dynamic environment. Candidates must also communicate effectively and have facility with basic computer software programs, in particular Excel, social-media platforms, and be an excellent writer and a fast learner. Experience with Salesforce is considered a plus.

This position will require some travel, and will, at times, require weekend work and occasional late nights, particularly as major events draw near.