St.  Catherine University

Director of University Events

Feb 23, 2021
Mar 09, 2021
Employment Status
Full Time
St. Catherine University seeks a full-time Director of University Events.

Our Events team delivers the St. Catherine University mission to educate women to lead and influence to everyone who attends! St. Kate's is known for hosting events that represent our commitment to developing women leaders who change the world. Here is a link to an event at the beginning of March. Our Events team works with faculty, staff, the president, the board of trustees, and with every external event participant.

St. Kate's is the largest private women's college in the nation, ranked #1 among Minnesota Private Colleges for social mobility. In our overall enrollment in 2020, 38% of our students self-identified as BIPOC , 31% are first-generation college students, and 34% receive Pell Grant funding. Our Fall 2021 class self-identify as BIPOC at nearly 50%. Our students are passionate about social justice and represent our mission to graduate women who transform the world.

The Director of University Events hosts events that are innovative and impactful, driving engagement and appreciation from participants. This position determines potential growth opportunities for St. Catherine University and plans, manages, and executes logistics for all university-wide events including public events, named lecture series, Mission Chair offerings, alumni relations, development, ceremonial and presidential events.

Responsibilities include:

  • Developing and implementing a strategic plan for event planning to align with and support the goals of the university while ensuring brand identity, efficiency and policy adherence
  • Leading ongoing efforts to innovate and create fresh events and programs
  • Aligning with advancement goals, designing new strategies to leverage events in generating friends and fund-raising revenue, ensuring access for all members of the community
  • Collaborating with all university leaders and departments to promote and enhance interdepartmental events, and to ensure every event detail is successfully implemented
  • Communicating respectfully and building relationships of trust with people of all cultures and abilities
  • Leading and coordinating commercial rental of university facilities for events such as weddings, receptions, corporate events, and more
  • Maintaining a central calendar for all university space used for events, including negotiating and renegotiated spaces with planners as competitive offerings arise
  • Enlist Marketing support to develop and launch event marketing and communications to drive successful events, ensuring visibility to all communities, including BIPOC and LGBTQ+
  • Establishing criteria and policies regarding event planning
  • Creating evaluation tools to establish objectives and measures of event success
  • Developing strategies to leverage staff and faculty connections with companies, nonprofit organizations, foundations, associations and individuals
  • Collaborating with IT and Marketing to identify tools to track contacts to ensure interactions are accompanied by planned support and follow-up
  • Producing reports and detailed workflows for event principals and senior administration including attendance, seating, dietary needs, leadership, etc.

St. Catherine University in St. Paul/Minneapolis, Minnesota, is a comprehensive Catholic university and home to one of the nation's largest colleges for women, with associate and graduate programs for all genders. Founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1905, the University integrates liberal arts and professional education within the Catholic traditions of intellectual inquiry and social teaching. Committed to excellence and opportunity, St. Catherine enrolls nearly 5,000 students in certificate, associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral programs in traditional day and evening/weekend/online formats.

Minimum Qualifications
  • Five years of full-time, professional experience in event planning and management
  • Experience collaborating respectfully and effectively with internal and external partners who have a wide range of cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds
  • Experience using database software

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Four additional years of experience

Preferred Qualifications
  • Volunteer experience in a non-profit setting
  • Advancement experience
  • Exposure to/use of EMS , Banner and Argos Systems

We seek creative, adaptable staff who enjoy working in a university climate that promotes cultural diversity, multicultural understanding, and cultural fluency. Consistent with the university's commitment to women, diversity and social justice, preference will be given to candidates who manifest these themes in their experience and service.

EEO Statement

St. Catherine University is an equal opportunity employer. Our commitment to inclusion reflects the central value of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet to “love of neighbor without distinction” and provides a learning and working environment that is enriched by the diversity of all our members. Individuals of religious, racial, ethnic, gender identity, nation of origin, or disability groups that have traditionally had less representation in higher education are encouraged to apply. Should you need an interview accommodation please contact us at or 651-690-6565.

Application instructions for STAFF

Visit St. Kate's Careers to apply. Three references and successful completion of a background check will be required for employment. The application deadline is March 9, 2021.

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105
Equal Opportunity Employer / Drug Free Workplace / Tobacco Free Workplace

Our university is a proud member of the Upper Midwest HERC and is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff and assisting dual career couples. For more information and to find other higher education jobs in the Upper Midwest region, visit:

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