Special Events Coordinator

Opening Date: June 20, 2014
City: Chicago
State Illinois
Association: American Lung Association in Illinois - Greater Chicago


The Special Events Coordinator is responsible for raising funds and building relationships through the implementation of signature events including: the Fight for Air Climbs, Fight for Air Ride and LUNG FORCE Walk.


  • Working together with other members of the events team, meets or exceeds annual revenue goals.  Participates in the creation, planning and management of new and existing projects.
  • Coordinates and manages event logistics:  develops and manages event project timelines and implementation.  Monitors and prepares ongoing event progress reports. 
  • Recruits, coordinates and coaches community event team captains and volunteers.  Cultivates relationships and effectively engages volunteers.  Works with the Development team to increase event participation and revenue.  Serves as liaison for customer service and trouble-shooting for signature events and internal kickoffs. 
  • Serve as location lead for the development of event websites and content updates, utilizing ALA best practices, software and guidelines. 
  • Manages the implementation of e-communications, mailings and donor acknowledgements.
  • Works with the Marketing and Communications department in the creation of special events promotional materials.
  • Manages the utilization of ALA databases and e-commerce platforms, Convio & ROI, serve as special events lead on ROI.
  • Works with the Marketing and Communications department in the creation of special events promotional materials.
  • Completes special projects as assigned by the Director.  


  • Bachelor’s Degree in marketing or related field preferred;
  • One or two years of fundraising experience preferred
  • Demonstrated success in external relationship management and securing volunteer targets.
  • Demonstrated success in planning and managing fundraising events.
  • Able to communicate (verbal and written) and work effectively with volunteers and staff
  • Able to manage details and follow through with a minimum amount of direct supervision;
  • Superb organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Experience in relationship cultivation.
  • Computer proficiency (MS Office)
  • Flexibility to work occasional irregular hours, including evenings and weekends.  Must hold a valid driver's license.
  • Ability to travel occasionally.
  • Ability to lift and carry 25 lbs. (event supplies)
  • Consistent with its mission, the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest maintains a smoke-free work place, all employees must abstain from use tobacco in any form. 

Application Procedure:

To apply send cover letter and resume (include job title in subject of email) to:

Maria Vanegas-Zea
Human Resources Department
American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest
Email:  HR@lungum.org
Fax:  (646) 807-4758

The American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest is dedicated to a diverse workforce.
                                      Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V