Manager of Events and Game Operations

McKendree University is seeking a highly motivated and energetic individual to serve as Manager of Events & Game Operations for the University Athletics Department.  This is a full-time, benefits eligible position located on the Lebanon, IL campus.  

Reporting to the Director of Athletics, the Manager of Events and Game Operations will be responsible for managing, implementing, and coordinating events for the Athletics Department. 

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Manages and executes events including logistics requiring coordination with internal and external partners in an effective and efficient manner and acting as the primary point of contact.  Events include home athletic contests (regular and post-season) and events for external parties and campus partners.
  • Oversee Game Management Graduate Assistants, work study students, and field experience interns.
  • Responsibilities include staffing events; developing and maintaining procedure manuals; developing and maintaining hosting protocols; coordinating and organizing meetings between department staff (i.e. coaches, marketing and promotions) and administration; and creating, maintaining, and communicating event and facilities schedules with external and internal units, coaches, and visiting teams.
  • Coordinate transportation and travel logistics for athletics programs.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, and supervises event staff.
  • Assists with facilities operations, outside of regular event responsibilities, to include scheduling, cleaning, and maintenance.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

Bachelor’s degree plus three years of experience in communications, employee engagement, marketing, event planning or related field, or equivalent combination of education and experience. 

REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:

  • Demonstrated effective organizational skills and ability to implement.
  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills to build solid relationships and communicate with stakeholders, volunteers, vendors, colleagues and university partners.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage priorities.
  • Effective creativity and critical-thinking skills.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail and effective proofreading skills to assist in writing and editing content for engagement initiatives.
  • Knowledge of Excel, project tracking tools, such as Microsoft Planner, Wordpress and Adobe Creative Suite.
  • Enthusiasm for building employee engagement.

WORK HOURS/CONDITIONS:

  • Ability to travel to various locations on and around campus.
  • Occasional moderate to heavy lifting and pushing up to and including 50 pounds, but typically 25 pounds or less.
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends as needed. Travel to various buildings on campus.

McKendree University, Illinois’ first and finest, is a private university in Lebanon, IL, just 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, home of the 11-time World Series champs (St. Louis Cardinals) and the 2019 Stanley Cup winner (St. Louis Blues). St. Louis also boasts a wonderful zoo, a first-rate botanical garden, a vibrant art scene (both performing and visual), and a plethora of top-notch restaurants. 

Interviews will begin immediately. Qualified candidates should complete and submit the McKendree Employment Application and send a letter of interest referencing job #MEG81 with a resume/CV to the Director of Human Resources at hr@mckendree.edu.         

McKendree is an ADA/EEO/Vet/Disabled employer committed to enhancing the cultural and gender diversity of the campus. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.