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Director of Event Management

The San Diego Tourism Authority is a private, non-profit, mutual benefit corporation composed of approximately 900 member organizations, businesses, local governments, and individuals seeking a better community through the visitor industry. San Diego Tourism Authority (SDTA) members include tourism-related entities in such categories as lodging, dining, arts & attractions, shopping, and transportation, among others, as well as other companies indirectly involved in the visitor industry.

As a sales and marketing organization, the main objective of SDTA is to promote and market San Diego County as a vacation destination and meetings and convention site. SDTA also represents and supports the interests of the visitor industry as a whole.

We are looking for a Director of Event Management who will develop and execute annual strategic plan and program of work for the San Diego Tourism Authority events..

General responsibilities:

  • Manage logistics of SDTA events to include, hotel meetings client events and trade shows, co-op events, member events, familiarization tours, internal meetings / training sessions, SDTA annual meeting, and others as scheduled.
  • Manage budgets for all events.
  • Ensure the official San Diego brand is consistently used in all client event programs (invitation, online communication, trade show booth layout, giveaways, uniforms, and other related items)
  • Create all departmental forms/templates.
  • Manage internal SDTA calendar of all events.
  • Develop annual departmental action plan and budget.
  • Manage the needs of client programs, related materials and supplies (trade show booth maintenance, promotional items, shipping, décor)
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationship with SDTA’s local and regional sales offices, San Diego Convention Center Corporation, SDTA associates and members.

Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) from four-year college or university; or 6 or more years experience and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must have a proven track record in coordinating and executing successful trade shows, meetings and customer events.
  • Strong business etiquette, creativity and being extremely organized & detail oriented is essential.
  • Must be a proven multi-tasker, able to work within budgets and travel as required (estimated to be no more than 20%).  
  • Strong communication skills and ability to lead pre and post meetings for all events required.
  • Must have demonstrated experience collaborating effectively with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Some sales experience and understanding of venue contracts is preferred.

SDTA offers competitive salary and comprehensive benefits.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory background checks.

San Diego Tourism Authority is an equal opportunity employer. We believe in hiring a diverse workforce and sustaining an inclusive culture. We are committed to non-discrimination on any protected basis, such as race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, veteran status or any other basis covered under applicable law.

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