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Manager, Events

2 weeks ago

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Job Description

The Manager, Events will support the Events team with the planning, project management and production of all MLS events, including MLS All-Star, MLS Cup, Heineken Rivalry Week.

The role will also support the team by leading various media events (e.g., expansion market announcements, press conferences) and community / pro-social events hosted by MLS WORKS and MLS’ Diversity, Equity and Inclusion group.


Primary Responsibilities

  • Plan and produce MLS public facing events (concerts, interactive fan areas, festivals, media events, community events, panels etc.); coordinating all event details, being responsible for internal alignment and approval processes.

  • Manage programming development across existing and new MLS events.

  • Oversee creative concept integration into all event plans.

  • Handle event contacts, timelines and key documents for public facing events.

  • Develop event overview documents and recap documents for all MLS events.

  • Build and maintain relationships with production agencies and creative/design agencies (RFP/bid process and general communication).

  • Vet qualified agencies and contractors using a detailed RFP process and award projects accordingly.

  • Oversee all site visits and coordinate event planning meetings.

  • Negotiate vendor contracts.

  • Coordinate with other departments to confirm deliverables.

  • Oversee any agency deliverables.

  • Lead event budget forecasts and reconciliation process and work with internal contacts to compile all cost elements. Coordinate all invoices, billing and reconciliation associated with the event.

  • Provide additional department support during the planning and execution of big events.

  • Administrative duties such as general correspondence, files, and archive maintenance.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Additional responsibilities as assigned


Education And Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree

  • 5+ years of experience in event, agency and/or sponsorship activation

Required Skills And Expectations

  • Understanding of best-in-class industry and event trends.

  • Analytical thinker, self-motivated, organized, flexible and a proven problem solver and decision-maker.

  • Detail-oriented with the ability to multi-task and meet deadlines with minimal supervision Superior written and oral communication skills.

  • Strong interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively communicate, both written and verbally.

  • Ability to work effectively in a fast paced, team environment with strict deadlines.

  • High level of commitment to quality work product and organizational ethics, integrity and compliance.

  • Strong contract negotiation and event management skills.

  • Experience working with and handling production and creative agencies.

  • Some physical labor related to the set-up and breakdown of events.

  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.

  • Ability to travel (up to 10 days at a time) and to work non-traditional hours, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Desired Skills

  • Knowledge of the sport of soccer

  • Experience working on a premier big event planning team (e.g. Super Bowl, Final Four, Grammy’s, etc.)

  • Ability to create & handle budgets without supervision

  • Cross-functional project management experience

Job Detail

QualificationsCollege Qualification
Experience3-5 years


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