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Title: Events & Corporate Engagement Manager
Department: California Scholars
Reports To: Associate Director of Development
Compensation: $70,000 - $75,000 (Annually)
This is a full-time, hybrid position based out of our San Francisco office location. It is expected that some duties will be performed on-site at least 3-days a week, and some remotely, with the understanding that government and public health guidelines will help determine the extent to which it is safe to carry out in-person and onsite activities.
All candidates must be within commutable distance of SEO’s offices at Three Embarcadero Center Promenade Level, Suite P-1 San Francisco, CA 94111 upon hire.
We Propel Human Potential. SEO is an educational non-profit focused on improving outcomes for students that come from underserved and historically underrepresented backgrounds. For over 50 years, SEO has been an innovator in education, mentorship, and creating educational programs and opportunities that maximize the full potential of our students. We are on a mission to create an ecosystem of excellence for the students we serve!
San Francisco Scholars
SEO Scholars provides motivated, low income public high school students with a rigorous out-of-school supplemental academic curriculum, college guidance and the leadership development necessary to gain admission to, and succeed at, competitive colleges and universities. SEO Scholars San Francisco is the first expansion region for this program and aims to replicate for Bay Area students the stellar outcomes that the program has delivered in New York City. (Learn more here: SEO Scholars)


The Events and Corporate Engagement Manager is an integral member of a small, fast-paced team committed to executing our mission with excellence and conviction every day. The role of the Events and Corporate Engagement Manager is to oversee and execute SEO-hosted friend/fundraiser events, cultivate and steward key corporate sponsors, and expand SF Scholars brand recognition throughout the Bay Area and beyond. This role is well suited for an extroverted individual who enjoys interacting with potential partners and donors, planning and attending events, and working in an external-facing role.
The position reports to the Associate Director of Development and partners with the Development Manager, Executive Director, and the New York Development team. Responsibilities fall into four major areas as follows:
Annual Benefit Dinner (30%): Lead all efforts to plan and execute the fall benefit dinner in coordination with local leadership and development teams, New York development staff, and consultants.
Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Manage and oversee all solicitation efforts (save the date, invitations, advance registration) in coordination with the Associate Director of Development, development team, and local development leadership
  • Engage with current and prospective corporate sponsors to compel them and their networks to participate
  • Support volunteer leadership, including tracking guests, invitations, and recognition
  • Maintain vendor relationships, event budget, and vendor payments
  • Coordinate and communicate staff and volunteer assignment of event duties
  • Manage event program content as well as decor, stage design, A/V, and consultants
  • Provide on-site leadership and coordination for the day of the event
  • Manage a budget for the annual benefit dinner in partnership with the Associate Director of Development
Smaller Scale Events (25%): Plan, manage and execute donor-focused events (cocktail receptions, panel events, solicitation and cultivation dinners, corporate engagement events, advisory board meetings, and retreats) that deepen donor engagement and stimulate revenue growth. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Develop unique programming that strongly reflects topics, themes, and impact of SEO Scholars to donors and potential donors
  • Coordinate all event logistics including print and online communications, vendor assignments and contracts, venues, catering, event materials, table assignments, registration, event show-calling, and follow-up strategies
  • Report progress and assignments to internal and external stakeholders in a proactive and professional manner
  • Develop and manage budgets related to smaller-scale development events
Corporate Engagement (25%): Lead engagement efforts with current and prospective corporate partners via a suite of existing and to-be-developed initiatives. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Oversee volunteer Leadership Council, coordinating quarterly meetings, liaising with chairs, supporting members in engaging their employers, and partnering on annual fundraising event
  • Cultivate and steward former and prospective hosts for SF Scholars’ Professional Experience Internship which matches Scholars with paid summer internships with local companies
  • Recruit an annual cohort of mentors from local companies to provide mentorship via in-person and virtual events to 11th Grade Scholars
  • Develop new corporate engagement opportunities in partnership with SF Scholars program team, Executive Director, Advisory Board, and Leadership Council
Brand Ambassador (20%): Serve as an ambassador in all external interactions to help boost the brand profile SF Scholars. Responsibilities include but are not limited to:
  • Engage with local nonprofit and philanthropic networks by attending events, actively monitoring social media accounts, and generally maintaining a pulse on the local nonprofit, and specifically college access landscape
  • Identify opportunities for the Executive Director to speak, serve on panels, write in local publications, and other opportunities to strengthen SF Scholars brand recognition
  • Coordinate with SF Scholars’ team to design and execute communications strategies and collateral that highlight the impact of SF Scholars’ work to current and prospective donors and partners


  • Bachelor’s degree required
  • Minimum of 5+ years of event management and corporate engagement experience required
  • Proven track record of securing financial and volunteer support from corporations
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong project management skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to easily build and maintain strong relationships
  • Creative mindset with an eye for compelling approaches to drive funding and engagement
  • Proactive self-starter able to work both individually and as a member of a team
  • Ability to manage multiple needs and assignments in a fast-paced setting
  • Familiarity with the local nonprofit and educational communities preferred
  • Proficiency with Microsoft and Google suites required, experience with Salesforce preferred
  • Genuine commitment to the mission of SEO Scholars and ability to articulate the importance of the organization’s work
SEO offers a competitive compensation package and comprehensive benefits plan including low-cost health, vision, and dental options, a generous holiday schedule and PTO policies, disability coverage, fully paid time off for new parents, and employer contributions to health reimbursement and retirement accounts. We are constantly working to improve our benefits each year based on the needs of our employees. We value wellness and strive to consistently use a DEIB lens to put people first and foremost. 
The compensation listed reflects what SEO believes it will pay for this position at the time of this posting. Consistent with applicable law, compensation will be determined based on the skills, qualifications, and experience of the applicant along with the requirements of the position, and SEO reserves the right to modify this pay range at any time. 
Vaccination Policy  
In view of governmental vaccination recommendations and/or mandates in areas we work, as well as the guidance of the CDC that vaccination is the most effective means to provide a safe working and teaching environment, subject to applicable law, applicants who obtain a conditional job offer will be required to demonstrate that they have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or qualify for a medical or religious accommodation to this vaccination requirement, before beginning employment with SEO. 
EEOC Policy
At SEO we are committed to cultivating a team that embodies the backgrounds and experiences of the constituencies we serve and the communities we live in, and a workplace that reflects the impact we make in the world. Candidates from historically excluded and underrepresented communities – including people of color, women, members of the LGBTQIA+ Community, veterans, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.
Equal Employment Opportunity is not just the law, it is our commitment.
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer – M/F/D/V. We will consider all qualified applicants for employment regardless of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, marital status, veteran status, pregnancy, parental status, genetic information or characteristics, or any other legally protected status.
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