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Manager of Special Events

Georgia Alliance for Breast Cancer
Atlanta, Georgia
50,000 to 60,000 based on experience
Closing date
Jun 2, 2024

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Focus Areas
Job Function
Event Planning
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
Willingness to Travel
50 - 75%
Experience Level

Job Details


The Special Events Manager plays a vital role in advancing the goals of the organization and establishing diversification of revenue streams. This position reports directly to the Executive Director. The Special Events Manager plans, organizes and executes the Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer, all secondary special events, and third-party activities.  The role requires strong project management skills, attention to detail, excellent time management, ability to multi-task, and high energy and passion for GAABC’s mission.


  • Project Management: Manage and lead each event ensuring that all components are successfully completed and executed. Coordinate food & beverage, audio-visual, run-of-show, and other components of event as required. Current internal events include a fundraising gala, 5K Race, Fun Run, and golf tournament.
  • Walk Operations: Manage and execute all Walk logistics including obtaining permit, coordinating vendors, serving as hotel liaison, creating run of show, trouble-shooting issues, and managing other responsibilities as needed.
  • Financial: Create and manage event budgets ensuring that revenue goals are met while adhering to established budget. Identify cost saving opportunities when possible.
  • Vendor Management: Use interpersonal skills and relationships to source and secure venues, negotiate quotes and agreements with vendors, and seek in-kind contributions.
  • Partnerships: Steward third party events and partnerships ensuring that GAABC’s mission is forefront. Collaborate with Executive Director to identify potential new community stakeholder opportunities.
  • Operations: Use Basecamp tool to organize tasks and input data into Salesforce as needed. Create event reports and provide thorough analysis of each event.


  • Work with Marketing Manager to assist with event promotion. Coordinate volunteer efforts with Director of Community Engagement to ensure all events are appropriately staffed.
  • Attend professional networking opportunities to share GAABC’s mission.
  • Assist with cultivating donor and sponsor relationships.
  • Travel to communities around Georgia to increase presence of GAABC.
  • Propose ideas to improve quality and success of established events


  • Minimum of 5-year special event planning or related work experience
  • Knowledge of fundraising techniques and strategies
  • Strong communication skills – written and verbal
  • Strong negotiation, leadership, and planning skills
  • Ability to multi-task, remain calm and work under pressure in a fast-paced environment
  • Attention to details and good problem-solving skills
  • Extensive experience with vendor coordination and management
  • Strong computer skills and proficiency in Basecamp and Salesforce is desired


  • Degree in Marketing, Journalism or Public Relations or equivalent work experience. 


The salary for this position is based on the candidate's experience and qualifications. The organization offers a strong benefits package with generous health coverage and a retirement plan

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.



Georgia Alliance for Breast Cancer (Formerly It’s The Journey) is a registered 501c3 non-profit that strives to support Georgia’s breast cancer community by raising funds to support breast health and breast cancer programs throughout the state!

The Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer is our premier fundraising event. Since 2002, the Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer (formerly the Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer) has raised over $18.2 million to fund 509 grants that provide breast cancer education, screening, early detection, support services, and continuing care for Georgians.

Each year at GAABC’S Giving Gala, we celebrate the programs funded by the previous year’s 2-Day Walk, and raise even more money for those programs with an elegant night out on the town!

Our Georgia 5K Run for Breast Cancer is a family-friendly run/walk event that celebrates breast cancer patients and survivors while raising funds that help support programs serving Middle Georgia.

Connecting communities with our mission, our Celebrating Survivors Breakfast series allows breast cancer patients and survivors to enjoy a complimentary breakfast while exploring topics unique to their lives with the help of an expert panel!


Our Mission Statement

Georgia Alliance for Breast Cancer’s  mission is to engage with Georgia’s breast cancer community to increase access to care and reduce disparities in cancer outcomes.

Our History

Georgia Alliance for Breast Cancer (Formerly It’s The Journey) – producer of the Georgia 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer – is a local organization founded in 2002 by a breast cancer survivor, Randi Passoff. When the Avon 3-Day Breast Cancer Walk pulled out of Atlanta in 2002, Randi, a long time walker, decided that Atlanta needed a fundraising event wherein all of the funds stayed local to support Georgia breast cancer patients and breast health programs.  She created what we call “the kinder and gentler breast cancer walk.”  Instead of the 3-Day model of walking 60 miles over 3 days and sleeping in a tent, the Georgia 2-Day Walk covers 30 miles over 2 days and participants sleep in a hotel.


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