COWS is seeking an experienced professional specializing in event planning and operations to join our team! This position will manage both in person and virtual events and assist with administrative functions supporting COWS Director and operations. This position requires discretion and the ability to operate with minimal supervision.
COWS programs, such as the Mayors Innovation Project (MIP) and the State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI), plan and execute national events at least four times per year. This position will participate in site selection and manage venue, hotel, and catering logistics, including negotiating contracts between vendors and the UW-Madison Purchasing Department. In addition to in-person events, this position will assist in the planning and execution of webinars and other virtual meetings and events.
As a nationally recognized think-and-do tank, COWS promotes "high road" solutions to social problems. We seek a world of equal opportunity and security for all. We work with state officials, mayors, and other public policy leaders across the country to enact high-road reforms that strengthen democracy, advance equity, and promote sustainability. Learn more about what we do here: https://cows.org/building-the-high-road/
Based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, COWS offers a highly competitive benefits/retirement package. We also actively support work-life balance. This position may offer hybrid remote flexibility as operational needs allow.
EVENTS AND PROGRAM MANAGEMENT
- Plans logistics for all aspects of events (including space, hotel, and caterer) and resolves operational issues.
- Negotiates contracts with vendors (hotel, venue, caterer, etc.) and UW-Madison Purchasing.
- Manages relationships with external partners regarding logistics, scheduling, travel, and reimbursements.
- Schedules internal COWS staff events such as meetings and retreats.
- Generates and tracks invoices to event sponsors and attendees, Mayors Innovation Project member renewals, and receipts related to events.
- Schedules and supports virtual meetings and events; assists with reservations, scheduling, material preparation, evaluations, and post-event follow-up.
- Take notes at COWS meetings, as needed.
ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT FOR COWS DIRECTOR
- Maintains the calendar of COWS Director (initiates and responds to meeting requests, identifies and resolves scheduling conflicts).
- Makes travel arrangements including selecting and booking flights and hotel.
- Provides administrative support to COWS Director in course curriculum administration. (~2 courses per year).
- Additional duties as assigned.
GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT
- Serves as the main purchasing card holder and ShopUW+ purchaser for the department, including purchasing conference registrations, hotels, and office supplies.
- Assists with on-boarding and off-boarding staff.
- Receives payment receipts and enters them into campus and office tracking systems.
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- Demonstrated professional experience planning events, including vendor management.
- Experience managing diverse tasks with strong attention to detail.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Independent problem-solving and time management skills.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively and collaboratively with minimal supervision as a member of a team.
- Familiarity with High Road urban strategies (equitable, sustainable, and democratic).
|How to Apply:
To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.
Cover letters will be used as a writing sample and to determine the best-qualified applicants. Thus your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience listed above.
For questions on the position, contact: Jay Ferm, firstname.lastname@example.org
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