Job Description

Come Grow With Us

Grand Canyon Education (GCE) is a rapidly growing educational service company that has long been an industry leader in providing educational, operational and technological support services to the post-secondary education sector. Formerly part of Grand Canyon University (GCU), GCE still works closely with GCU to benefit thousands of students, families and the local inner-city community. We put people first, drive innovation, and do good in the community that we live and work in.

Do you have a passion for executing and overseeing event logistics? Grand Canyon Education is currently seeking a Marketing Event Planner. The Marketing Event Planner has responsibility for handling all aspects of an event/meeting requested by the various constituents within Grand Canyon Education. The Marketing Event Planner provides advice on how to best design the event to achieve the required business goal. In addition, the Marketing Event Planner may require occasional weekends, holidays, evenings and/or early mornings.

What you will do:

  • Becomes a strategic partner with the enrollment division(s)’ management and representatives to understand strategic business objectives and vision and advises, recommends, and identifies potential opportunities for events that will positively impact business goals.

  • Provides ideas and insight on best ways to market events and works with others in the marketing department to execute approved ideas.

  • Gathers information on each project to achieve quality event productions managing all aspects of the event from location and food to marketing materials and displays.

  • Conducts research, site visitation and finds resources to help staff make decisions about event possibilities.

  • Oversees launches of events and ensures flawless execution; coordinates and monitors event timelines and ensures deadlines are met. Maintains logistical accountability of events.

  • Prepares requests for vendor bids and reviews bids for competitiveness; negotiates site and service contracts for facilities, signage, security, transportation, lodging, food, entertainment and related activities.

  • Develops and implements project and communications plans, identifies problems and focuses on bringing issues to resolution and ensures development of contingency plans and arrangements.

  • Ensures adherence to company strategy and initiatives, corporate brand and messaging standards; collaborates with subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and compliance.

  • Travels as needed to provide on-site assistance for assigned events; assists with managing on-site production and clean-up for events as necessary. Reviews UDRs performance and competitors where applicable.

  • Responsible for creation of training materials in video and written form to ensure UDRs are following the intended event set-up and branding standards for the university. Training materials should also help guide the actions of the UDRs while staffing events.

  • Other duties as assigned.

What you will need:

  • Bachelor’s degree in hospitality management, communications, public relations, marketing or a related discipline from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Minimum of 3 years' progressively responsible work experience planning and organizing large or complex events and trade shows, preferably in a university or college environment.

  • An equivalent combination of education, training and relevant work experience from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved may be substituted upon supervisor’s approval.

  • Proven advanced event planning and organizing/project management skills for small, large and complex events.

  • Highly capable of successfully coordinating multiple projects simultaneously within budget and within designated timelines.

  • Proficient with social media platforms, event management and event booking software and MS Office software programs including PowerPoint, Word and Excel.

  • Up to 25% travel, including potential overnight travel, which could include weekends.

  • Provide a positive example to students by supporting the University’s Doctrinal Statement, Ethical Position Statement and Mission of Grand Canyon University 

Why work at GCE:

  • Exceptional workplace benefits include medical, dental, vision, life and disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, a 401K savings plan

  • Generous time off plan and 11 paid holidays

  • Paid time off to volunteer in the community or at GCU sponsored events

  • We also offer full-time employees, their spouses and dependent children an Education Tuition Discount Program

Application Instructions

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