Events Manager

Events Manager

Peoples Action Institute Website

About People’s Action/Institute

People’s Action Institute (501c3) and its sister organization People’s Action (501c4) are national progressive organizations supporting the mobilization and leadership of the grassroots in support of an agenda that reflects people over profits. People’s Action/Institute builds the power of poor and working people in rural, suburban, and urban areas to win change through issue campaigns and elections.


With offices in Washington, DC, and Chicago, IL, and remote staff across the country, we support and advance state-based and national fights for progressive policies on the environment, decarceration, health care, economic security, housing, education, and more. Our member organizations, nearly 40 organizations across 29 states, improve lives by running local- and state-level issues and electoral campaigns, leading statewide tables, and collectively coming together to change national policy and politics.


People’s Action/ Institute has a track record of leadership in coordinating field mobilization and advocacy in advancing an array of issues at the local, state, and federal levels. Our member organizations have won important victories at the national, state, and local levels, including health insurance for millions and the reversal of health care laws that discriminate based on citizenship, stopping Wall Street banks from selling predatory payday loans to their customers, and historic legislation like the Community Reinvestment Act to victory and the creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.


For more information on PAI, please visit


The Opportunity

We’re looking for a dedicated and passionate creative who wants to utilize their skills to create one-of-a-kind experiences within the social justice movement. Our events serve as a means to express our mission and values. Not only do they allow us to showcase the passion behind our work and extend a warm welcome to our guests through radical hospitality, but they also give us a way to tell our guests why we’re so passionate about our work.


Overview of the Position

This position will play a crucial role in executing impactful national events that practice radical hospitality, uplift the Organizing Revival, and transform marginalized people into power. Managing multiple logistics that foster a joyous experience unique to the people is key to this role. They should understand social justice issues, possess exceptional organizational, creative, and communication skills, and demonstrate a commitment to transformational change.


As Events Manager, your typical day will include (but isn’t limited to):

Event Planning & Execution

Develop comprehensive in-person and virtual event plans, including timelines, budgets, and logistics.
Identify and secure event venues, vendors, and contractors.
Oversee the setup, operation, and breakdown of events, ensuring a seamless and engaging experience for attendees.


Interaction/Communication with the Arts, Culture & Research

Work with the Events Director to identify potential artists, performers, and other cultural organizers.
Facilitate communication and coordinate logistics with event participants and cultural organizers, ensuring their needs are met onsite and during the event.
Research and organize activations or installations that foster engagement and creative activism with event participants.


Administration, Operations & Budget Responsibilities

Manage event budgets and financial transactions, maintaining accurate records and reporting.
Execute contracts, track credit card payments for events, and follow the Finance Department protocol for vendor payments.
Develop a vendor database for the network that reflects the People’s Action mission.
Other duties as assigned.


The ideal Events Manager should have the following experience and qualifications:

Strong commitment to racial, gender, and economic justice and their intersections, both inside and outside the organization.
Ability to work with diverse people and organizations
A minimum of 3 years of proven experience in event planning and management, preferably in the nonprofit or social justice sector.
Strong knowledge of key components of an event, including catering, décor, audio/video, staging, and entertainment.
Strong knowledge and understanding of social justice issues and demonstrates a strong practice of cultural sensitivity, particularly related to BIPOC, LGBTQIA+, and underserved communities.
Excellent organizational and time management skills, with the ability to multitask and prioritize effectively; creative problem-solving and visioning.
Exceptional interpersonal, communication, and negotiation skills, both written and verbal.
Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and build partnerships with diverse stakeholders.
Proficiency in event management software and tools like Google Suite. Knowledge of Asana, Salesforce, and Adobe Creative Suite is also preferred but not required.
Ability to handle sensitive information in a confidential manner.
Flexibility to work evenings and weekends, as required.
Ability to travel nationally, as needed.


Compensation and Benefits:

Status: Full-Time, Regular, Exempt, benefits-eligible

Union Position (Yes/No): Yes

Salary Range: Level C – $67,317 – $91,910, salary commensurate with experience

Location: If you live in Chicago, IL or Washington D.C., you may be required to go into the office in your respective city, but other remote locations may be considered within the continental United States.

Reports to: Events Director

Supervises: N/A

Travel Requirements (Yes/No): Yes, 1-2 times a month for onsite national events such as trainings, meetings, retreats, and other events throughout the year.

Benefits include: Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Medical, on the first day of employment, and Dependent Care Flex Spending Account after 90 days, 401(k) plan after 30 days, Long-Term Disability Insurance, Life Insurance, 4 floating holidays (Presidents Day, May Day, Indigenous People’s Day, Veterans Day, 10 paid holidays plus the last two weeks of the year that include Christmas Eve/Christmas Day as well as, New Year’s Eve, and you accrue two weeks of vacation your first year of employment.


Our Commitment to Equitable Compensation:

We believe in fair compensation for your work – no matter where you live. Our salary scale is comparable to salaries you would find in Chicago, IL, where our headquarters is based. It is based on your months/years of work experience.  While we do not determine education as a factor in whether we hire someone to work for People’s Action Institute, we do factor in any relevant higher education experience that you have. To further counter pay inequities and inequality on the team, we have a non-negotiable compensation practice and provide opportunities for advancement for full-time employees based on performance evaluation. Your starting pay reflects where you sit within our salary scale and is based on the information that you provide us on your resume. PAI continues to monitor wages through triennial compensation analysis to ensure that we continue to offer our prospective and current employees fair wages.


Commitment to Disability, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion:

People’s Action/Institute is an Equal Opportunity Employer; womxn, people of color, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQI people are strongly encouraged to apply.


Close date: August 20, 2023

No phone calls, please.

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