Denver Film Society | Manager Of Events And Partnerships


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February 28, 2019


Since 1978, the Denver Film Society has worked to promote the medium as both an art form and a civic forum, developing a program that includes year-round screenings, community outreach projects, and renowned special events. It is, in fact, the only nonprofit organization in Colorado dedicated to engaging both its members and the public in an engaging relationship with an understanding of film and film culture.

The twin pillars of the DFS are the Sie FilmCenter, our year-round theater, and the annual Denver Film Festival. Now in its third decade, the Festival presents a 12-day roster of international screenings and red carpet premieres. In addition, the DFS organizes such popular annual festivals as Film on the Rocks, a cinema/concert series held throughout the summer at Red Rocks Park & Amphitheater. For more information about the organization, visit


The Manager of Events and Partnerships is responsible for the development, implementation and supervision of all special and private events, as well as identification and development, of community and in-kind partnerships in support of Denver Film Society activities and revenue objectives. This position will manage event staff, departmental budgets, and reports. The Manager of Events and Partnerships reports to the Director of Marketing and Partnerships and works in collaboration with the board, staff, volunteers, and patrons. In addition to all special and private event responsibilities, the Manager of Events and Partnerships will also play a role in developing partnerships and be responsible for sponsorship fulfillment of DFS programs, organizing in-kind sponsorships and help assist in new sponsorship acquisitions.



Prepare, manage, and monitor event budgets
Lead in the planning and execution of all special events, including Denver Film Festival, Film on the Rocks, Summer Scream, and other parties/receptions throughout the year
Provide direction and input on all matters relating to event operations for special events
Manage contract event staff for Film on the Rocks and Denver Film Festival
Ensure detailed event financial information and attendance records for financial reporting
Organize on-site sponsorship fulfillment for the Denver Film Festival, Film on the Rocks, Summer Scream and other year-round events
Work with Volunteer Coordinator on a regular basis to coordinate Volunteers for all events
Troubleshoot and resolve issues relating to the successful execution of special events
Provide post-event analysis, budget recaps and participant feedback for future event planning
Plan and manage partnership events
Partnership & Sponsorship

Work collaboratively with Director of Marketing & Partnerships to identify and secure corporate sponsors and in-kind donations for Denver Film Festival, branded programs, and special events
Create and manage partnerships proposals and contracts
Establish client and vendor base of organizations, associations, social and corporate business
Provide partner stewardship, including management of partnership agreements, follow up and ongoing evaluation of partnerships
Actively seek and establish sustained financial and in-kind sponsorships
Manage in-kind partnerships to create reduced event rates, elevated events, and reduced labor costs
Coordinate logistics for on-site activities for corporate partners and sponsors
Oversee sponsorship fulfillment activities to support the Denver Film Festival and DFS year-round programs
Maintains corporate development files, contact lists, and records of existing & previous sponsors in partnership CRM
Manages pre-meeting activity, including presentations and proposals
Note taking in meetings to ensure details are maintained and timely follow-up
Track results and create post-event recap reports for programs and partners
Review corporate partnership trends and identify opportunities
Work closely with Director of Marketing and Partnerships to develop and implement a strategy for attaining contributed revenue goals
Represents Denver Film Society at external networking meetings, special and community events
Additional duties as assigned


Ability to interact in an effective, tactful and professional manner with the community, members, donors, board members, staff, volunteers and other constituents
Ability to navigate event arrangements with confidence and precision
Ability to deliver outstanding customer service
Ability to build productive and successful relationships with clients and outside vendors
Advanced writing skills and demonstrated excellence in organizational and verbal communication skills
Excellent attention to detail, including critical thinking and analytical ability
Ability to multitask, prioritize effectively, problem solve and organize workload efficiently
Ability to work equally well independently and as part of a team
Knowledgeable about and competent with diverse communities
Personal Accountability
Ability to set, manage, and reach goals and job performance expectations


3+ years of experience in event management, sponsorship, and/or non-profit management.
Understand and appreciate the mission of the Denver Film Society
B.A. or B.S. degree (event management, nonprofit management, business, humanities, or related field preferred)
Familiarity with managing budgets
Reliable car, valid driver’s license and auto insurance
Expertise in computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint
Ability to manage data input of a CRM database
Availability to work nights and weekends as needed for special events


The Denver Film Society offers a competitive salary commensurate with the experience of the manager level candidate we seek. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; and paid time off.

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