Events Manager

Staff / Full-Time

Gann Academy, Waltham, MA


Gann Academy is a pluralistic Jewish high school that challenges students to cultivate their talents and interests in all areas of human potential: intellectual, artistic, spiritual, and physical. Our faculty, comprised of Jewish and non-Jewish educators, facilitates the student journey. We seek teachers committed to collaborating and growing in their teaching practice; supporting diverse learners in the classroom; and connecting with students outside the school, formally and informally.

Gann Academy is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe including diverse perspectives will improve our work, societal, and learning outcomes. All employees participate in this commitment, whether internally, in building a welcoming workplace culture, or externally, in ensuring inclusive engagement with families and other community members.

Perhaps most of all, Gann offers a community of intelligent, collaborative, and compassionate professionals who care about their work, school, and colleagues. We help one another learn, solve problems, and have fun.


Under the supervision of the Chief Advancement Officer and in collaboration with the Advancement team and other key school departments and programs, the Event Manager is responsible for planning and executing an array of events that support and promote Gann Academy’s mission, including Commencement and alumni activities. This position focuses on conceptualizing and implementing events for several targeted audiences and working collaboratively with advancement, admissions, and academics.

Gann Academy is committed to building an inclusive workplace culture where talented people of widely diverse backgrounds can thrive. We believe including diverse perspectives will improve our work and produce better societal and learning outcomes for all. All employees participate in this commitment, internally, in building a welcoming workplace culture and externally, ensuring inclusive engagement with families, donors, vendors, allies, and others.

This is an in-person, full-time, 12-month position. The salary range is between $50,000 and $70,000 annually, commensurate with relevant work experience and qualifications.


  • Plan and execute events from beginning to completion, including Development events, Admissions events, and school-wide programs such as donor receptions, admissions events including open houses, prospective student and yield events, Commencement, Senior Night, Back to School Night, Holiday Events, Staff Events, and Gann Parent Association Events
  • Create and manage alumni engagement opportunities, email newsletters, social media management, reunions, and pre-receptions at events
  • Set, communicate, manage, and meet timelines and detailed plans for successful events, including identifying and defining goals and metrics, collateral development, invitations, and marketing/communications, RSVP tracking, event budgets, negotiating and managing catering and rental contracts, A/V and technical set up, facilities setup, seating, and décor, event rentals, event staffing, and create and deliver event briefings to internal teams
  • Ensure that events meet legal, safety, and health requirements and regulations; obtain necessary permits from fire and health departments
  • Proactively handle any arising issues and troubleshoot any emerging problems on the event day
  • Perform post-event follow-up, including attendee outreach; debrief to improve event effectiveness and efficiency by improving event procedures, systems, and checklists
  • In conjunction with the Marketing Team, manage the look and feel of the school facilities and common areas
  • Assist in the development and execution of stewardship activities and programs for donors and volunteers at all levels
  • Availability to work nights and weekends as needed for events, drive for errands, and purchase event décor and materials


  • One to four years of event management experience preferred
  • Bachelors degree
  • Demonstrated event management skills
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office suite, including mail merges, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Fluent in web-based communication and marketing platforms (Eventbrite, Constant Contact)
  • Ability to work successfully and collaboratively with a wide range of people using strong communication and interpersonal skills, including a sense of humor, flexibility, dependability, creativity, self-motivation, and sound judgment
  • Excellent customer service skills, including the ability to communicate with tact and diplomacy in a clear, courteous, and professional manner
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • Exceptional organizational skills and meticulous attention to detail
  • Effective time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines
  • Creative problem-solving skills
  • Ability to prioritize tasks and ability to delegate them when appropriate


  • Must be proficient in English to carry out work as assigned.


  • None


  • Competitive salaries
  • Professional development
  • Comprehensive benefits package featuring generous paid time off policies -including sick time, paid vacation, personal days, and U.S. holidays, Gann employees get up to an additional 15 days off for Jewish Holidays, depending on the Jewish Calendar of the year
  • Short Fridays
  • Comprehensive Health Insurance
  • Retirement Plan Match (403B) starting immediately!
  • Hungry? Gann has a full-service kosher dairy dining hall complete with a fresh salad bar and multiple hot meal options
  • Free parking!
  • Fitness facilities for our faculty and staff
  • Life Insurance
  • Short – and Long-term disability


Physical demands include dexterity for office machine/supply operation, including but not limited to computers, telephones, copy machines, and printers. Stooping, bending, reaching for files or supplies, and sitting or standing for extended periods is common.


Gann Academy is an equal-opportunity employer. It is the policy of the school to prohibit discrimination and harassment of any type and to afford equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants, without regard to race, creed, color, religion, national origin, sex (including sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression), and pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, or veteran status.


External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation determined by management on a case-by-case basis.


This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S. If E-Verify cannot ensure that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (DHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment. Employers can only use E-Verify once you have accepted a job offer and completed Form I-9.

Gann Academy

Waltham, MA
High School
All Gender