Manager, Events - Take a Hike Foundation

May 10, 2024
Vancouver, British Columbia

Manager, Events

Vancouver, BC

Take a Hike empowers youth who experience vulnerability to change the trajectory of their lives with a full-time mental health and emotional well-being program embedded in an alternate education classroom. Take a Hike engages youth with intentional, continuous clinical counselling, experiential land-based learning, and community. Our public school district partners provide high quality education, and together, we empower youth with the skills and resilience they need to graduate high school, build healthy relationships, and achieve success – however they define it.

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Reporting to the Senior Manager of Philanthropy, Annual Giving and working on the Development team, the Manager, Events is a key contributor to Take a Hike’s Community Giving portfolio. This role is responsible for the success of the events program and helps identify, cultivate, and steward new and existing donors. This includes the planning and execution of internal large and small-scale signature events, donor cultivation and stewardship events, as well as team retreats. The Manager, Events will also focus on building external partnerships with individuals, community groups and corporate companies to support Take a Hike through cause-related marketing opportunities, sponsorships, 3rd party fundraising events and other special projects.


Event Management

· Project manage full-cycle event planning for all Take a Hike philanthropic and donor engagement events including two signature events: Take it Outside Challenge + Homes for the Holidays

· Organize logistics, supplies, resources, or any other needs for day-of event execution

· Manage allocated events budget(s) with support from the Development team

· Manage volunteer committees that contribute to the success of an event, including fundraising goals

· Recruit, coordinate, and manage event volunteers as required

Revenue Generation + Sponsorship

· Identify and develop revenue-generating activities such as ticket sales, general donation and cash sponsorship solicitation

· Assist with the creation of sponsorship packages and oversee sponsorship solicitation and stewardship, auction and raffle logistics, event promotion and collateral

· Track all prospects, donors, activities, proposals, reports, deadlines, and relationships via CRM

Cause-Related Marketing + Community Events

· Support the development and implementation of annual cause marketing, and other partner program plans, budgets, and revenue projections

· Coordinate with Marketing and Communications and other organizational stakeholders to identify opportunities to collaborate to help build new cause marketing assets

· Develop and oversee execution of the Foundation’s community events (third party or peer-to-peer) strategy

· Support community events organizers through answering inquires, providing a toolkit and/or drafting up agreements with individuals or corporations to fundraise on Take a Hike’s behalf

Special Projects

· Develop and implement Take a Hike’s 25th anniversary events strategies

· In collaboration with the Operations team and Board of Directors, coordinate logistics for the Foundation’s Annual General Meeting

· Support the Development team in on-going projects as needed

Other Duties as Required

· Attend relevant meetings

· Assist where required within the scope of role


· Post-secondary diploma (or certificate) in event management, marketing, communications, business administration, or a related field

· 3-5 years’ of recent related experience planning, managing and promoting events ideally in a fundraising environment

· Proven success in cultivating, securing and growing revenue from ticket sales, sponsors and/or in-kind partners

· Knowledge of fundraising streams and leveraging events as engagement and fundraising mechanisms

· Sound project-management skills with ability to multiple priorities with high attention to detail

· Excellent interpersonal, communication, and presentation skills with the ability to professionally connect with and influence a diverse group of individuals, particularly with leadership, volunteers, committees, and vendors

· Creativity and proactive self-starter who is comfortable operating in a complex environment

· Ability to identify and resolve issues, sometimes requiring a high degree of diplomacy and discretion

· IT literacy, strong computer skills; comfort with Microsoft Office suite and basic knowledge of CRM databases (Salesforce is an asset)

· Willingness to work flexible hours as event schedule dictates

· Satisfactory completion of a criminal reference check with vulnerable populations


This is a full-time permanent position based in our Vancouver, BC office with a minimum of two days a week in the office required and an expectation to be available evenings and weekends dependent on the needs of the events.

We offer a salary of $68,000 - $76,000 per year, commensurate with experience. This position based on a 37.5-hour work week with generous benefits that include:

· Employer-paid benefits including extended health and dental

· Disability and Life Insurance

· Employee Assistance Plan

· Health Spending Account

· Retirement Savings Plan with employer matching

· Generous vacation time

· Professional development budget and training opportunities


Applications will be evaluated, and interviews conducted, on a rolling basis and you are encouraged to apply early.

Take a Hike values the diversity of the people it hires and serves. Diversity at Take a Hike means fostering a workplace in which individual differences are recognized, appreciated, respected, and responded to in ways that fully develop and utilize each person’s talents and strengths. Individuals who identify as LGBTQIA+, Indigenous, black or other racialized Canadians, or candidates with lived experience in mental health are encouraged to consider this opportunity. Our commitment to reconciliation can be found on our website here.

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