Job Description

The Associate Gala Director will lead strategy, development and implementation of California Southland Chapter annual gala and its wrap around event(s) built to meet or exceed budgeted goals by identifying, cultivating, soliciting and stewarding individual donors and corporations to ensure the success of the Chapter’s gala fundraising metrics.

This full-time position is also responsible for recruiting and managing the event volunteers and committees as well as partnering with staff and chapter departments responsible for successfully implementing the Gala. This is a full-time position that reports to the Chapter’s Vice President of Development and is based in Los Angeles, CA  


Relationship Events:   

  • Develop and manage the annual strategic plan and budget necessary to successfully implement the chapter’s annual Gala.
  • Lead the event sponsorship efforts and fundraising strategies; work in conjunction with staff and volunteers to identify prospects, create proposals, fulfill benefits and steward sponsors year-round.
  • Oversee, manage and implement event logistics and daily administration, including but not limited to: facilities, décor, catering, entertainment, supplies, attendee tracking and communications, etc. 
  • Create effective high profile volunteer committee structure; identify, recruit and cultivate committee members.
  • Engage and cultivate table hosts and individual donors/supporters to successfully achieve fundraising goals.
  • Create and manage marketing timeline/materials production in collaboration with the marketing/communication team; ensure all marketing materials and web/social media presence are in keeping with Association brand and messaging. 
  • Manage vendors and any temporary staff position that supports relationship events including, but not limited to hotel, a/v, event software (GiveSmart), seasonal support staff and any other support staff responsible for event execution, gift processing, and other administrative duties
  • Work with chapter leadership, board members, committee members and other development staff to create long-term, beneficial relationships with those who attend and/or support relationship events.
  • Help to initiate and support chapter intermediate donor engagement strategies related to individual giving and gala event follow-up. 
  • Support other Association special events and donor relations activities as needed.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Five years of experience in relationship management, corporate fundraising, volunteer management, and scalable event planning with demonstrated success in each.
  • Excellent project management skills.
  • Demonstrated success in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships.
  • Willing to take initiative and work autonomously.
  • Must be able to lead, motivate, train and work comfortably with volunteers.
  • Team player - ability to partner internally and externally.
  • Ability to sell the Chapter’s mission, programs and services to a variety of audiences, including corporate management, individual donors and volunteers.
  • Excellent problem-solving abilities.
  • Proficiency in Google Suite: Mail, Calendar, Docs and Hangouts.
  • Proficiency in Convio and/or other databases.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with attention to detail.
  • Flexible, creative, resourceful and independent.
  • High level of enthusiasm and a positive attitude.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and meet deadlines with flexibility and good humor.
  • Ability to work under stress and successfully handle several projects at once.
  • Willingness to work on evenings and weekends if necessary.
  • Ability to occasionally lift 25 lbs., bend and stoop.
  • Ability to operate a motor vehicle. Must be in possession of a valid driver’s license and insurance.

Status/ Hours: Full-time, exempt position. Primary weekday office hours, with early morning, evening and weekend work required at times.

Primary Work Site: Chapter Office, Beverly Hills, CA (Primary).  The position will require some travel via automobile and occasional air travel.

Position Grade: 308

Reports To: VP of Development

Who We Are:

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The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Employees working 24 hours/week or more are eligible for a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, vision, flex accounts, short and long-term disability, life insurance, long term care insurance, tuition reimbursement, generous Paid Time Off, 12 annual holidays and Paid Family Leave, as well as an annual Cultural & Heritage Day and Volunteer Day of their choosing. They are also eligible for our gold standard 401(k) retirement plan.

Full time employees (37.5 hours/week), will enjoy all of the above plus an annual School Visitation Day and an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing.


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