Job Overview Do you want to be part of a team that is cultivating new and innovative programs as part of a destination’s revitalization and renaissance? We are looking for a motivated colleague to prepare and manage event timelines, assist with marketing and social media outreach, manage event volunteers, and more. Some of the Event Specialist’s tasks will be specific to the exciting Coast Guard Run – the inaugural road race of the U.S. Coast Guard. Your opportunities to help us be successful year-around include cultivating partnerships, assisting with website updates, promotion of tourism related events and assets and bringing creativity and new ideas to the table.
What You Would Do (Most of the Time):
Maintain productive working relationships with tourism partners and entities currently producing or exploring bringing events to Elizabeth City & Pasquotank County (e.g. local community, government, educational institutions, attractions, restaurant, retail, etc.) to coordinate special event exposure.
Develop and maintain annual, all-inclusive event calendar (special events & community activities, per our event guidelines) of upcoming events in the area.
Compile information on area events through research and relationships with community members in order to create event listings and maintain calendar of events on website and find/size/upload appropriate photos to use for promotions.
Work closely with Visit Elizabeth City’s Marketing & Communications Specialist to update timely and pertinent content to social media outlets as they relate to special event collateral.
Prepare necessary correspondence, detailed proposals, and presentations as required to manage the preparations, planning, and implementation of various events and post-event reporting.
Work closely with others to coordinate all aspects of each VEC-specific event: completion of work plan objectives/tasks and logistics, event marketing, volunteer recruitment & retention, etc. for the successful execution of each event.
Promote regional events through a monthly e-newsletter and through communications with area stakeholders.
Maintain Visit Elizabeth City website to keep information on the area, local businesses, events, images, and campaigns current and attractive.
Monitor state and regional external websites to ensure Visit Elizabeth City information and area events are current.
Manage the information kiosk at Mariners’ Wharf by stocking with brochures and flyers.
Respond to visitor inquiries drawing upon extensive knowledge of the area, Visit Elizabeth City operations and Museum of the Albemarle operations, while using excellent customer service practices.
Participate in other VEC assignments as needed to achieve the overall mission of the organization including staffing the Welcome Center desk, greeting visitors in person and by phone, and assistance on VEC marketing campaigns, projects, and social media.
Coast Guard Run Duties:
Obtain appropriate permits for CGR events and work with the City of Elizabeth City, Elizabeth City State University, and U.S. Coast Guard Base Elizabeth City to approve race logistics and organization.
Manage CGR registration pre-event and day-of event.
Manage communications and act as primary CGR point of contact with participants, volunteers, sponsors, partner agencies, etc. via email, social media, and phone.
Manage the CGR website content as information and event details develop each year.
Skills & Abilities
Excellent customer service and ability to engage visitors with friendly and welcoming demeanor
Ability to communicate clearly and concisely both orally and in writing
Exhibits strong program/project execution skills
Experience planning and organizing large public events
Working knowledge of social media platforms, MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint and CMS programs strongly preferred
Applicant must be highly organized and able to manage multiple priorities
Competent decision-making, problem solving, time management, and organization skills required
Willing and able to work evenings, weekends and holidays based on destination and event demands
Experience & Qualifications
Bachelor’s degree in related field preferred or 3-5 years equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills and abilities for this job.
Experience with a convention/visitors/tourism bureau, hotel, or hospitality industry-related business strongly preferred.
Knowledge of marketing practices, familiarity with Elizabeth City area, experience with website management preferred
Demonstrated proven success in special events production, event management, budgeting, cost projections and collaborative work ethic.
Additional Salary Information: Visit Elizabeth City is an equal opportunity employer that offers a competitive salary, healthcare benefits, vacation and North Carolina retirement to its full-time employees. Full time, salaried position. Salary commensurate with experience, starting at $32,000 to $40,000.
About Visit Elizabeth City
We invite you to visit our little home perched on the shores of the picturesque Pasquotank River. If you are looking for a laid-back destination, we might be what you are looking for.What will you find when you visit? Cypress trees rising from our waterways, a pirate’s cannon in Museum of the Albemarle, four neighboring state parks, ghosts of the underground railroad, and a sailing breeze to boast about.Start your adventure here.