About Intersect Illinois 

Intersect Illinois is a nonprofit economic development organization that facilitates the attraction of new businesses and markets the state to domestic and global business leaders.  Intersect Illinois’ mission is to bring jobs and investment to the state of Illinois through dynamic collaborations with industry, academic, and government partners and to support a unified approach to economic development. A public-private partnership, Intersect’s board of directors includes business and civic leaders representing the state’s diverse industries, geographies and communities. 

Intersect works directly with companies interested in exploring Illinois for their next relocation or expansion project. With its network of partners, including the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Intersect Illinois is committed to providing companies and site selection professionals with the information and resources to make investment decisions.  Bringing a fresh approach to economic development, Intersect Illinois is comprised of a diverse team with deep domain experience, adapting best-in-class processes and procedures to build long-term relationships. Intersect Illinois operates with the highest integrity and key values, which include being consistent, responsive, professional, and connected while always acting with a sense of urgency to deliver continuity, trust, integrity and accountability to the process of business attraction and expansion.

Operations and Administrative Team

The Special Events Manager is part of Intersect Illinois’ operations and administrative team, which is responsible for organizing and coordinating office administration and procedures in order to ensure organizational effectiveness, efficiency and safety. The team is responsible for developing intraoffice communication protocols, streamlining administrative procedures, controlling inventory, supporting office staff and delegating tasks. The operations and administrative team supports the entire office including the executive, business development, corporate relations, marketing and research teams. 


The Special Events Manager is responsible for planning and managing events that align with Intersect Illinois’ mission and the State’s economic development goals, that build and strengthen partner relationships, and that enhance the organization’s brand with statewide, national, and international audiences. The manager is responsible for researching and securing venues, planning and managing the events calendar, negotiating quotes and agreements with vendors, assisting with event marketing, monitoring timeframes and budgets, networking and delivering on event objectives. The manager’s creativity, organizational skills, and vision amplifies Intersect’s visibility, enhances client and employee relations and improves the organization's growth. The manager reports to the Vice President of Administration and Operations and works closely with the corporate relations, executive and marketing teams. 


Brainstorm and implement event plans and concepts

Manage budgets and invoices

Liaise and negotiate with vendors

Negotiate sponsorship deals

Oversee logistics

Update senior management

Manage event branding and communication

Develop event feedback surveys

Obtain permits

Report on event metrics

Required Knowledge/Experience

Functional knowledge: experience managing events from conception through execution and reporting

Proficient in: various event software, project management 

Experience: 5 years of experience coordinating and managing events

Attributes: strong leadership skills, highly organized multi-tasker with excellent time management skills

Skills: exceptional organizational abilities and superb interpersonal communications

Degree: Bachelor’s in marketing, public relations, communications, hospitality or related field required

Please send resume and cover letter to: https://app.trinethire.com/companies/811-intersect-illinois/jobs/23830-special-events-manager

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