The Special Events and Community Engagement Graduate Assistant will assist in planning and executing of campus-wide athletic events for donor cultivation, stewardship and recognition, in order to enhance and advance the priorities related to athletics. This position will require the individual to work in a fast-paced environment and must display enthusiasm, professionalism, and attention to detail.
--Assist the Assistant Athletic Director of Special Events and Community Engagement with management and supervision of all events throughout the year; including but not limited to: campus tailgates, end of the year banquets, golf outings, Hall of Fame, and VIP appearances.
--Work with the department staff to assist with event logistics.
--Aid with planning, organizing, and facilitating new events and act as support for existing events. Maintain communication with special guests, vendors, and participants.
--Support in developing and implementing marketing plans and material designed to raise awareness and generate revenue.
--Collaborate with the Assistant Athletic Director of Special Events and Community Engagement to run the Care About Kids Program, a program designed to provide a unique opportunity for underprivileged and at-risk youth to attend athletic events.
--Build and maintain positive relationships within the community to facilitate more community participation and highly successful events. --Perform related tasks assigned by the Assistant Athletic Director of Special Events and Community Engagement.
Bachelor’s degree in related field from an accredited institution.
Self-motivated, detail oriented, ability to multitask, prioritize and meet deadlines.
Strong interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills.
Interest in special events and athletics.
Ability to work irregular shifts, including weekends and holidays.
Contingent upon acceptance to a WMU Graduate Program.
About Western Michigan University
Western Michigan University is a learner-centered, discovery-driven and globally engaged public university that stands out among America’s more than 4,600 higher education institutions. Founded in 1903, WMU has grown to become a major national research university enrolling more than 23,000 students from across the United States and 100 other countries. It is based in Kalamazoo, a friendly, top-rated college town situated close to large urban centers, great jobs and abundant recreational areas.