Job Description


Job Title: Sr. Specialist, Relationship Events (Home Office)

Location: Chicago, IL

Work Hours: Full-time (based on a 37.5 hour work week)

Grade: 507

Reports To: Director, Relationship Events

Who We Are:

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Our mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia - by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.

At the Alzheimer’s Association, our employees are at the core of all we do. Our network of more than 1,700 employees across the United States makes a difference each and every day for those impacted by Alzheimer’s and those at risk for the disease.

We warmly invite qualified applicants to consider this opportunity to make a life changing impact on the millions living with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers and those that may be diagnosed with the disease in the future.  Read on to learn more about the role, then visit our website to find out more about who we are and why we've been recognized as a Best Place to Work the last 12 years in a row.  

Position Summary:

This position is responsible for event fundraising management and overall strategic planning of all aspects of assigned relationship events. This position will be responsible for managing the activities of volunteer event leaders, including but not limited to: volunteer committee recruitment/management; donor engagement and stewardship; sponsorship outreach and follow up; financial, budget and fundraising management and strategy; venue and vendor contract negotiations/coordination and onsite event staffing and execution. This position must be located in Chicago.


Essential functions and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Manage assigned event portfolio of high-profile Relationship Events including: Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala; New York Imagine Benefit (reimagined Rita Hayworth Gala) and other events (Home Office and Field) as assigned; contributing to team’s overall revenue goal in FY22 and beyond.
  • Manage day-to-day relationships with event leadership, committees, honorees, key volunteers and external vendors; ensuring all aspects of event logistics, fundraising and budget needs are met. This includes but is not limited to: development of sponsorship & stewardship materials and event communications, timelines, budgets & financial reports, vendor contracts & invoices, etc.
  • Shape long-term event strategy to reimagine the Chicago Rita Hayworth Gala by building relationships (old and new) with key volunteers and donors, identifying gaps and opportunities for improvement and innovation, and developing plans to increase revenue and engagement of key donors and volunteers and manage event support staff.
  • Manage day-of event staff, logistics and volunteers.
  • Work with Director on New York Imagine Benefit, providing support for event as well as overall support to the team to ensure revenue goals are met.
  • Work cross-functionally with other Departments and Divisions including Marketing, PR, Donor Services, Constituent Relations and MedSci as needed to increase outreach and to identify and lead volunteer engagement and recruitment activities for high profile fundraising events.
  • Develop relationship with local Alzheimer’s Association chapter development staff and leadership; work collaboratively to identify new opportunities locally within the Chicago community.


  • Bachelor’s Degree or higher
  • 3 years of relevant experience in fundraising, large scale event planning and/or sales 

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities 

  • Experience developing and managing large-scale special events with six figure budgets; including working with and cultivating relationships with sponsors and high level volunteer leadership;  ability to establish relationships and collaborate with colleagues, vendors and sponsors and proven success in volunteer/committee recruitment, guidance and management. 
  • Project management skills, including demonstrated ability to manage complex projects with multiple and competing deadlines; exceptional written and verbal communication with attention to detail; strong work ethic and ability to multi-task in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Ability to work independently, to work under supervision and to work in a team and goal oriented environment.
  • Knowledge of local and nationwide fundraising trends.
  • Proficient in Google Suite, Zoom, Bluejeans, fundraising and database software (ie GiveSmart and Team Approach), other online applications and/or willingness to learn new programs to advance position.
  • Travel up to 20%

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, tuition reimbursement, generous PTO 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 an Elder Care Facility Day of their choosing, plus Caregiver Leave.

The Alzheimer’s Association is committed to diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace and provides consideration for an employment relationship without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, genetic predisposition, national origin, ethnicity, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Application Instructions

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