Events Manager, Bay Area

Events Manager
Location: Bay Area

Job Description

UpStart fuels and connects the ideas, leaders, and organizations that reimagine how – and why – people engage with Jewish life. Over the last eighteen years, the UpStart network of programs has empowered organizations to take risks, develop creative engagement strategies, and maximize the potential of their community-changing ideas.

UpStart is seeking an Events Manager to execute on UpStart’s event strategy, including planning of our growing annual national gathering – The Collaboratory. We are looking for someone who has a passion for creating dynamic and engaging events – and impeccable skill in executing them successfully.

Reporting to the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications, the Events Manager will be part of a dynamic and growing team charting UpStart’s next phase and amplifying the inspiring work of our field. The Events Manager will also serve as a critical partner in our efforts to scale The Collaboratory’s impact.

Key Responsibilities

The Collaboratory (60%)
Serve as a key member of The Collaboratory strategy development team.
Manage event registration process for a 375 person event, including web presence and event management app, as well as review, selection, and communication with registrants.
Identify, liaise with, and coordinate venue and all vendors (catering, a/v, etc.)
Identify and execute on opportunities to enhance participants’ experience and to activate the UpStart/Collaboratory brand.
Coordinate the logistics and experience design of all related events.
Coordinate all signage, materials, and day-of needs.
Coordinate communication, contracting, and invoicing with all presenters and vendors.
Oversee onsite event management, including coordination of the venue, vendors, and staff.
Support the development and implementation of sponsorship strategies.
Create templates and systems to ensure efficiency, consistency, and scalability of The Collaboratory.

General events (40%)
Support the design, testing, and implementation of an events strategy to activate UpStart’s brand and to develop our pipeline of participants and funders.
Manage all logistical and experience design needs for UpStart’s highest leverage events, as determined by the events strategy.
Serve as an in-house consultant to the program, development, and field-building teams to ensure that all UpStart events are brand and strategy-aligned.
Identify and execute on opportunities to partner with other organizations’ events.
Create templates, guidelines, and systems to ensure efficiency, consistency, and brand-alignment of all UpStart events.

Skills and Experience:

4-5 years of relevant event planning and/or project management experience.
Familiarity with Jewish community and culture.
Experience managing and coordinating multiple projects, as well as navigating workflows that cross departments and geographies.
Strong communication and people skills, including the ability to hold people accountable to deadlines.
Demonstrated skill in activating an organization’s brand at events.
Ability to work under pressure and meet tight deadlines.
Experience negotiating contracts and vendor relationships.
Ability to read and manage event budgets.
Technologically savvy. Familiarity with event management platforms a plus.


Creative thinker and problem-solver.
Ability to work effectively both within teams and independently.
High standards of excellence, including extraordinary organizational skills and attention to detail.
Strong customer service orientation.
Ability to remain calm and resourceful under pressure.
Flexibility and comfort working in a fast-paced environment with unanticipated opportunities.
Adaptable to change, both organizational and technological.
Passionate about UpStart’s mission and the work of our network.
Committed to UpStart’s values of empathy, optimism, collaboration, and risk-taking.

This is a full-time position. Bay Area preferred.

Compensation is commensurate with experience. UpStart is an equal opportunity employer. All individuals are entitled to equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, disability, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, ancestry, genetic information, medical condition, veteran status, or any other class protected under federal, state, or local laws.

To Apply: Please send the following to with the subject: UpStart Events Manager. Include: Resume and a cover letter that communicates why you would be a “fit” for the position.

About UpStart

UpStart inspires and empowers leaders to dream, build, and grow bold initiatives that enhance the vitality of Jewish life. UpStart hosts programs in 13 communities across the country, supporting entrepreneurs and communal leaders looking to generate and nurture community-changing ideas. Since our inception, UpStart’s network of programs has fueled the impact of over 1,300 organizations and trained nearly 3,000 of the Jewish community’s most inspiring leaders.

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