Position Purpose:

Do you love hosting amazing events? Do you dream of checklists? Do you exhibit grace under pressure? Use your event organizing skills to host our conferences, workshops, and fundraisers as we train the next generation of leaders in Minnesota. 

LeadMN connects college students for change. We represent the 180,000 two-year college students in Minnesota to help them transform their lives and their communities. Our students LeadMN by developing leadership skills to realize their potential, see beyond what they thought was possible for personal success, and to drive community-wide change.

The Director of Programs & Events position will be responsible for designing events that are enjoyable for the student participants and create a world-class learning environment. A great candidate must love working with students and thrive in a mentorship role. 

Position Responsibilities:

The Director of Programs & Events position shall report to the Executive Director. Responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:

Conferences and Special Events (40%)

  • Schedule, plan, and coordinate association conferences, trainings, meetings
  • Collect and prepare invoices, receipts, and other financial documents for external bookkeeping service
  • Oversee conference and training budgets
  • Maintain office and conference files
  • Update and maintain vendor and conference attendee contacts in EveryAction
  • Produce online communications content to promote conferences and events
  • Establish registration fees and develop event registration
  • Attend Alumni Association meetings and work with board members to plan and execute alumni events
  • Schedule Mark M. Welter Center for Learning rentals and assist customers with event planning

Leadership Development (40%)

  • Design, deliver, and evaluate training programs
  • Develop, design, and issue digital badges using Badgr and Canvas
  • Promote and oversee the Leadership Badge Awards Program
  • Create and maintain partnerships with community organizations to deliver an effective leadership curriculum
  • Manage the Speaker Showcase; interview and hire professional speakers
  • Supervise and mentor students that participate in the Leadership Fellow Program

Fundraising (20%)

  • Schedule, plan, and coordinate the fundraising events
  • Manage sponsorships and individual donor lists in EveryAction
  • Explore new opportunities to raise money to support students
  • Respond to donor inquiries, write and send thank you letters, and correspond with major donors


  • Customer service and interpersonal skills are required. Can effectively communicate with students by listening to their needs and presenting ideas and solutions to their requirements. They also work with vendors, caterers, employees, volunteers, and many other parties at the same time. 
  • The ability to remain calm under pressure
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office and computer proficiency is required
  • Be an effective negotiator to maximize the budget to ensure that we are creating a world-class event for the students.
  • The ability to make many things happen all at once at meetings. They need to stay focused and organized so that the event goes off without a hitch.
  • Be able to quickly solve any issue that may arise through effective problem-solving skills.

Education: Associates degree is required

An average work week will consist of 40 hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM. Occasional weekend and evening work will be required, including offsite meetings outside of the metro area.

Salary Offered: 

$40,000 - $50,000. Negotiable based upon experience. This is a full-time, exempt position.

Benefits Offered: 

Medical, HSA plan, dental, life insurance, long-term disability, paid holidays, personal leave, paid time off, compensatory time, retirement plan with employer match, and cell phone reimbursement. 

TO APPLY for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@leadmn.org. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.