Community Event Coordinator Part-time position Community events welcome families with adult children with intellectual disabilities, and an ever‐growing number of people without disabilities who are drawn to our mission. We come together for fun events where the sole purpose is to celebrate the gifts of people with disabilities. Aware that so many families desire a place of belonging, L’Arche hosts community events to provide experiences of belonging to these families as an extension of the mission that flows from the life in our home. These events include dances, talent shows, community meals, BINGO nights, trivia nights, and concerts. Families attend because they find encouragement and camaraderie in L’Arche. In 2017, over 400 people attended our open community events. The Community Events Coordinator will plan and conduct 6-12 community events each year. Planning community events includes marketing the event, venue selection, setting a theme, coordinating activities, coordinating volunteers, creating a schedule of events, decorations, acquiring food and beverages (as needed), set-up, and clean up (a small group of volunteers typically assists with set-up and clean up, the coordinator organizes volunteers for this task), all the while being mindful of accessibility needs. In addition, the Coordinator will be in charge of:
Expanding L’Arche Atlanta’s network by inviting new individuals and groups to participate in community events – whether as hosting groups or as guests from the community through repeat attendees.
Leading an events committee, that includes people with intellectual disabilities, to formulate event ideas and to assist with hosting the event.
Checking in periodically with event attendees as a way to let them know they are a valued part of the L’Arche community
The coordinator reports to the Communications & Development Manager. As community events typically occur every other month on Saturday evenings, will need to work a block of 5 hours on the weekend. Though it is possible that some events will be at another time.
Job Skills & Requirements
Champion for adults with disabilities. The candidate needs to have a desire to work with, to learn from, and to relate to people with intellectual disabilities.
Enthusiasm. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about the mission of L’Arche and excited to plan community events where the abilities of all are recognized and appreciated.
Communications & interpersonal skills. The event coordinator will work with L’Arche’s network of partner churches and volunteers -- often many other parties at the same time -- to plan events. The event coordinator will also need to understand and communicate the mission and purpose of community events to those outside the organization.
Computer skills. The event coordinator will need to have a working knowledge of Word, Excel, Google email, and an ability to use computer and technology to communicate, plan, budget and organize their events. Using Word’s Mail Merge feature is a must.
Organization. There are many details to think through to plan a successful event. The event coordinator needs to be organized so that every aspect of the event is planned in advance including developing event itineraries.
Problem-solving skills. Inevitably, something will go wrong at an event. Being able to anticipate potential problems and quickly solve the issue are important.
The coordinator will be compensated on an hourly basis, approximately 10 hours a week, not to exceed 40 hours per month. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org, with “Community Events Coordinator” in the subject line. L’Arche Atlanta is an Equal Opportunity Employer that promotes diversity in its employment practices. Employment decisions will are made without regard to an applicant's actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, sex/gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, ethnicity, age, disability, alienage or citizenship status, marital status, arrest or conviction record (consistent with the provisions of New York State's Corrections Law), partnership status, familial status, liability for military service, status as a victim of domestic violence, stalking or sex offense, veteran status, genetic pre-disposition or carrier status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.