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Event Planner

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For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

Position Information

Position Information

Department College of Education and Human Development (CEHD)
Alternate Department Description
Criminal Background Check Standard Background Check
Motor Vehicle Background Check No
Restricted Position? Yes, is not eligible for layoff or severance benefits.
Job Category Classified Staff
Role (State) Job Title Education Support Specialist III
Working Title Event Planner
Job Type Part-Time
Position Number 10552z
Recruit Number Staff - 8550
Working Hours
Location Fairfax, VA
Other Location
Pay Band Payband 4
Salary Commensurate with education and experience.
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Event Planner

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) Training and Technical Assistance Center (T/TAC) at George Mason University (GMU) is seeking a qualified, self-motivated individual to provide event planning for conferences, workshops, trainings, and meeting management services for a team of program specialists who hold events throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia.
The individual will design, organize, and coordinate all aspects of these events, particularly as they relate to event registration, event accommodations and transportation, facilities arrangement, catering, signage, displays, audio-visual equipment, coordinating and printing of marketing materials such as brochures and conference programs, special needs requirements, and security. In addition, the individual will coordinate and monitor budgets to support these events. The event planner should be well organized and skilled in coordinating event logistics. She or he must be able to communicate information effectively and in a timely manner.


  • Work closely with the TTAC Director, TTAC faculty point person, VDOE leadership, and TTAC office manager to determine objectives and requirements for an event, establish a budget, and determine logistical needs, such as event location, meeting and training rooms, overnight lodging, and food/beverage orders;
  • Coordinate all aspects of events, particularly as they relate to registration, lodging and transportation, facilities arrangement, catering, signage, audio-visual equipment, coordinating and printing of marketing and training materials such as brochures, handouts, manuals, and conference programs, and ensure that participant needs are met based on their special accommodations requests;
  • Work in collaboration with staff of the Division of Special Education and disAbility Research Business Office to provide accurate details for venue contracts and ensure they are in accordance with GMU policies and procedures;
  • Handle all details of event registration, to include managing online systems, responding to phone and email inquiries, and coordinating on-site registration and check-in processes;
  • Communicate information on event details, such as confirmation and reminders, directions to venue, parking, travel, lodging, and per diem reimbursement procedures, when applicable, and pre-event documents and messages, to registered participants;
  • Monitor budgets and event progress and activities, to ensure satisfaction of TTAC faculty, VDOE leadership, presenters, and participants;
  • Work with TTAC office staff to generate name tags and certificates of attendance and print and collate conference-related materials such as programs, agendas, and schedules;
  • Collect post-event evaluations and participant attendance information, in the format requested by TTAC faculty;
  • Work with TTAC faculty to monitor invoices and travel reimbursements; submit completed final paperwork to TTAC faculty point person and TTAC Director;
  • Maintain lists of email addresses, disaggregating by event and/or other group characteristics, as requested by TTAC faculty; and
  • Perform other event-related duties, as assigned.

Required Qualifications:
Experience in event management or event coordination, to include, for example, monitoring budgets and negotiating and securing contracts with hotels, and negotiating and securing contracts with professional speakers/consultants. The candidate must have excellent planning and organizational skills, excellent communication skills, both written and oral, the ability to work with others as well as independently, and competence in the use of Microsoft Office Suite. This job requires some travel throughout Virginia.

Preferred Qualifications:
A bachelor’s degree in event management or related field and knowledge of or experience using online technology/software related to conference management services.

Special Instructions to Applicants

For full consideration, applicants must apply at; complete and submit the online application; and upload a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references with contact information.

For Full Consideration, Apply by: February 22, 2018
Posting Date 02/08/2018
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled? Yes
Telework Friendly?
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Supplemental Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. List of Professional References
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