Event managers create, schedule, and bring to life events like conferences and parties. They usually work with clients in order to determine their preferences and plan the event based on their needs, such as deciding on a venue and what sort of atmosphere is desired. It's usually necessary to work with third-party vendors such as caterers, DJs, and venue owners, and event managers must also adhere to their clients' budgets.
Strong customer service and communication skills are important in this position, as is the ability to work well under pressure. Much of the work is done independently, so it's important to be able to meet deadlines and ensure that the event and its preparation take place on-schedule. Event managers must keep all insurance paperwork relating to the various vendors and orders, and negotiation skills are beneficial for obtaining good prices with contractors and vendors. These managers may also be tasked with publicizing and marketing events, especially those which are open to the public, and they are usually present during events to ensure that everything is running smoothly. A bachelor's degree in business, marketing, or communications is often required for this position.
Event Manager Tasks
Establishes and oversees the logistical and administrative support needs of events; may include site surveying, cash flow management, scheduling, and crowd management.
Supervise production of printed materials and mailings.
Assess event goals, run meetings in preparation of event, and manage profitability of client.
Liaise between client and service providers, as well as contract negotiation.