George Mason University — Events Manager, College of Health and Human Services

The George Mason University’s College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) seeks an energetic experienced Events Manager to create and host engaging and memorable alumni, donor and community events to foster engagement with the College now in its final transition in becoming a college of public health. Reporting to the Director of Development the Events Manager will work with a range of professionals in health administration and policy, global and community health, nursing, nutrition, and social work to grow alumni, donor and community engagement with the College. The College is a large provider of the health workforce in the DMV metropolitan region and beyond. An array of events is planned such as hosting alumni reunions, conferences, student and new faculty/staff orientations, advisory board and faculty/staff retreats, symposia, reunion and a wide variety of receptions, dinners and special events.

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason’s academic and culturally inclusive environment.

About the College of Health and Human Services:
The College of Health and Human Services comprises six academic units (departments): Global and Community Health; Health Administration and Policy; Nursing; Nutrition and Food Studies; Rehabilitation Science; and Social Work. Together these units offer 5 undergraduate, 13 graduate and 7 certificate degree programs with 6 external accreditations. The College is home to more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,300 graduate students and approximately 120 faculty and staff. With the recent launch of its PhD in public health degree offered with 2 concentrations, the College has accomplished several key milestones necessary to becoming the first college of public health in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As part of these efforts, CHHS remains committed to transdisciplinary research and inter-professional practice leveraging the notable health disciplines comprising the College.

About the Position:
The Events Manager leads the planning, design and production of both in-person and virtual events working closely with marketing, communication and development personnel as well as College faculty.  The expectation is for 2-4 monthly events ranging from 5-50 participants to 6-8 large events for the year involving 200-500 people. Most events will be in the region or on campus, with 4-6 potentially offsite on both coasts and in southern U.S. necessitating some travel. The Events Manager will create a signature brand for the College’s events irrespective of whether they are offered virtually or in-person.  Examples of planned current events include public health recognition day to embrace diversity at the National Museum of African and American History and Culture, and highlighting and recognizing esteemed nursing graduates for their lifetime achievements. Focused and more intimate events are planned for 3-4 U.S. destinations on both coasts and also in the southeast to engage with alumni. The Events Manager is responsible for orchestrating and managing external events working with the Director of Development.


  • Create and implement the College’s brand through events of all sizes and formats;
  • Manage a comprehensive event calendar, working with multiple stakeholders to balance unique requirements and goals;
  • Envision and manage all aspects and details of events from concept to completion, including event timelines, budgets, collateral, vendor relationships, run-of-shows, and post-event evaluation;
  • Demonstrate project management skills by successfully developing and executing multiple events at any given time;
  • Develop and execute compelling virtual events on several different platforms and formats, including YouTube, Facebook Live, and other live streaming channels;
  • Offers guidance, as necessary, in planning student events;
  • Collaborate with the marketing staff to create engaging and informative event materials and market events strategically to the College’s alumni, students, faculty, and donors;
  • Provide administrative support with event planning committees including managing emails, creating and sending agenda/minutes, and scheduling meetings;
  • Order supplies for the events as needed;
  • Perform post-event evaluation through the use of surveys, focus groups, and established metrics to determine the effectiveness and return on investment (ROI);
  • Produce event reports using industry-standard events management platforms (i.e. Advance, ORBIS and iModules /Anthology systems, or similar); and
  • Other duties as assigned as they pertain to CHHS Development and Departmental Events.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and 3-5+ years of experience in managing multi-faceted, high-level events, including online formats and/or equivalent combination of education and experience;
  • Excellent administrative, organizational, and project management skills, including experience in committee management; 
  • Ability to work creatively, independently, and be a team player;
  • Excellent written, visual and verbal communication skills to help promote events among diverse constituencies; 
  • Demonstrated experience with virtual event platforms and managing virtual events;
  • Ability to work flexible hours aligning with events, along with some travel; and
  • Demonstrated expertise with Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Teams, Customer Relationship Software (CRM) and cloud storage services to facilitate sharing on files and documents.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Project management experience with superior skills in time and prioritization management; 
  • Prior experience preferred in CRM and email databases which provide tools to create event websites, pull registration lists, and send event-related emails (invites, reminders, and post-event follow-up surveys);
  • Collaborative skills to facilitate teamwork and achieve common goals for each event;
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and adept at problem-solving; and
  • Fluent in Spanish.  

Special Instructions to Applicants
For full consideration, applicants must apply for position number 03127z at; complete and submit the online application. Please upload a (1) cover letter, (2) a resume, and (3) a list of three professional references with contact information. Also, please include (4) a diversity statement summarizing the extent to which you have worked with any individuals from marginalized groups in a teaching, mentorship or advisory capacity, and how you helped them identify and overcome barriers to success. 

George Mason University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, committed to promoting inclusion and equity in its community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability or veteran status, or any characteristic protected by law.