Downtown Roanoke Job Opportunities


Event Manager

Employer: Downtown Roanoke, Inc.

Position: Event Manager

About the job

Reports To: President & CEO


Position Description:

  • Responsible for administrative duties related to event production.
  • Responsible for planning, fundraising, organizing, and managing selected activities, festivals, and events.
  • Responsible for coordinating various marketing functions and activities associated with promotion of Downtown Roanoke Inc. events
  • Oversight duties related to logistical functions at DRI events.


Position Responsibilities:

Assist in event creation, planning/preparation of DRI events including but not limited to:

  • Dickens of a Christmas
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Shamrock Festival
  • Party in Elmwood
  • Budweiser Summer Concert Series
  • Elmwood On Ice
  • Assist with City Market Saturdays, Resident Happy Hours, Employee Engagement events, and daily programming in Market Square.
  • Create new events to engage and attract new audiences to downtown Roanoke.


Event/festival supervision and execution, including:

  • Volunteer recruitment, training, and coordination
  • Create and execute timeline for event planning.
  • Assist in development and tracking of event budgets.
  • Coordinate venue set-up & tear-down.
  • Must be present at all DRI events.
  • Secure and coordinate event vendors
  • Oversee on-site management at selected events and festivals.


Oversee and manage logistical activities for DRI events

  • Secure logistical services for all DRI events: Trash, portable toilets, street cleaning, tents, barricades, rentals, etc.
  • Coordinate City services for all DRI events: Electrical, street closures, staging requests, permits, etc.

Assist the President in establishing a yearly event budget and budgets for each event.

Assist in the keeping of financial records of sponsorships, contracts, and pledges relating to special events, programs, or group sales as necessary.

Maintain a volunteer database for all events.

Develop and implement individual marketing and promotional plans for DRI special events (listed above)

Work cooperatively with DRI staff in order to best achieve the company’s mission.

Complete in a timely and professional manner special projects as assigned by the President and CEO.


Experience and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year institution
  • Event management experience preferred.
  • Ability to prioritize and manage multiple projects simultaneously and follow through on issues in a timely manner.
  • Strong interpersonal skills; will work closely with others in the organization, businesses in the Downtown district, and event attendees.
  • 1-3 years related experience

Competitive salary. Excellent benefits package including health insurance, 401K, comp time and paid time off.

Application deadline: January 28, 2022

How To Apply: To apply, email your cover letter and resume to

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