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Specialist, Event Logistics more...
Location:Seattle, WA
Company:National Multiple Sclerosis Society
First posted:April 13, 2017 (last updated 1 week 16 hours ago)

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The National Multiple Sclerosis Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. To fulfill this mission, the Society funds cutting-edge research, drives change through advocacy, facilitates professional education, collaborates with MS organizations around the world, and provides programs and services designed to help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

We have an exciting opportunity to join our national development team as a Specialist, Event Logistics.

The Specialist, Event Logistics is responsible for overall management and coordination of logistical needs for fundraising events within the market territory.  Responsibilities include: logistics implementation, budget and vendor contract management, risk management, permitting, insurance, movement and delivery of event supplies, management and inventory of multiple storage units and event vehicles both prior and during the event. The position will secure in-kind donations for all market events as well as support volunteer recruitment and engagement for all assigned events. In addition, this position will work closely with the relationship managers in the market to ensure an exceptional event experience for all.

Essential Function/Responsibility

1. Logistics Support and Coordination

  • In collaboration with logistics team, oversees logistical aspects for all mass market events ensuring that all logistical elements are complete to ensure exceptional event experience for participants and sponsors
  • Analyze needs and secure and manage all vendors and permitting for assigned events.
  • Maintain a focus on cost saving measures by bidding out multi-site vendors (including tents, tables and chairs, heavy equipment, toilets, waste disposal, vehicle rentals, communication equipment, entertainment equipment, water and ice, peripheral equipment such as cones, stanchions, barricades, fencing, food vendors -- paid and in-kind, etc.)
  • Manage relationship with third-party logistics company handling overall execution of Bike MS and Challenge Walk when applicable
  • Securing permits and insurance for events, establishing and maintaining good working relationships with communities hosting our events
  • Management of storage units to ensure that space is fully utilized and orderly; maintains a current inventory of event materials and supplies
  • Oversee the purchasing, packing and distribution of specified event supplies before, during and after each campaign
  • Responsible for the ordering of all event prizes, incentives (including t-shirts, medals, etc.
  • Create and manage yearly logistics/production timeline for special events and staff in conjunction with Development team
  • Work with the Director of Logistics to assign and manage on-event staff assignments in conjunction with Development team leads
  • Plan and execute pre, post and on-event logistics meetings with staff

2. In Kind Donation Management

  • Solicit small businesses, corporations, and local food vendors for in-kind donations for all market events

3. Budget and Project Management

  • Negotiation and management of specified event supply contracts including but not limited to tents, porta-potties, dumpsters, facilities, trucks and supply vehicles
  • Manage event procurement process including purchase orders and contracts, processing of payments , ensuring accurate record keeping and ongoing expense analysis throughout the course of event planning.
  • Complete all post-event financials (final invoice payments, etc), thank you communications to vendors/partners, tracking supply/product usage and noting opportunities for improvement

4. Facilitates Volunteer Engagement for fundraising and event experience in the assigned market

  • Responsible for the placement of volunteers and day of cultivation of to ensure a positive volunteer experience and ensure the safety and experience of participants
  • Cultivates volunteers, seeks and provides feedback and shares opportunities for reciprocal growth and learning.



Minimum Education:

  • Bachelor of Arts or Science 

Minimum Experience:

  • Three to five years' logistical management experience required.
  • Commitment to the mission, vision, cultural values, and expectations of the National MS Society
  • Exceptional organizational and time-management skills
  • Strong leadership, interpersonal and problem solving skills.
  • Ability to manage diverse groups and multiple projects
  • Outstanding oral and written communication skills.
  • Able to manage difficult or complex situations and/or people with tact, confidence and composure. 


  •  Computer knowledge and experience in MS Office
  • This position will be required to drive/travel on Society business. Candidate must possess a valid driver's license, proof of insurance, and reliable transportation. The Society does run motor vehicle checks for all positions which require driving and the applicant must meet the Society guidelines.

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply for positions regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, or any other legally protected status

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