The Company Lab (CO.LAB) is a 501c3 nonprofit that accelerates early-stage startups in the greater Chattanooga region and beyond. We believe… Entrepreneurship can be transformational for individuals and community members. Collaboration creates a synergy that benefits everyone (i.e. a rising tide lifts all boats). Diversity and inclusion are key to success. Chattanooga’s technological infrastructure is primed for ongoing innovation and business advancement and can be leveraged for entrepreneurial success. The city’s key strengths, including industry and those found naturally, can be promoted and protected to support CO.LAB goals.
Programs for founders with a vision to rapidly scale their small to medium enterprises (SMEs) or tech-enabled business
Access to traditional and non-traditional capital pathways
Connections to customers, mentors and access to corporate partnerships
Support of the regional talent pipeline to ensure startups can grow in place
A voice and platform to tell the story of Chattanooga’s entrepreneurs
Our team is small but CO.LAB has an outsized impact on the local startup ecosystem.
About the Position
We believe that by utilizing our organization’s resources to help businesses grow, together we can make Chattanooga the ultimate destination for entrepreneurship. This is why we host a series of networking, educational, and fundraising events designed to connect founders with the resources they need to bring their ventures to life. We are seeking a detail-oriented, data-driven, and highly collaborative individual to join CO.LAB as an Events Coordinator. The Events Coordinator will be responsible for planning and executing company events ranging from small, recurring functions to large-scale events and media gatherings. Reporting to the Director of Marketing & Development and working closely with the Marketing team, the incumbent will ultimately coordinate all aspects of on-site and off-site events & conferences including but not limited to communication, catering, space requirements and staffing facilities support. This is a full-time, on-site position.
Develops and manages timelines, marketing materials, and executes all aspects of events, collaborating closely with the creative team. Plans comprehensive event logistics, including venue selection, budgeting, catering, audiovisual coordination, and creative elements. Manages attendee lists and maintains effective communication with attendees and sponsors regarding event details. Collaborates with the creative team to produce engaging marketing materials for company and partner events. Maintains a database of current attendee information. Assists with the development and administration of each event’s budget and ensures projects are completed on schedule and within budget. Employs industry standards and best practices. Assists with selection of outside venues and vendors that adhere to CO.LAB’s quality standards and negotiates contracts for on-site and off-site events. Direct multiple service contractors for small and large scale events. Communicates clearly and often with Director of Marketing & Development on all aspects of personnel, procedures, purchasing, strategy and other departmental concerns. Manages time responsibly, based on department priorities, organizational needs and event schedules. Orders, delivers and/or serves food and beverage for meetings and events. Stays abreast of conference, meeting and event trends, techniques and technologies, evaluates appropriateness for CO.LAB’s institutional priorities Hosts meetings to ensure seamless collaboration with event partners, sponsors, and speakers, providing detailed event outlines, agendas, and other necessary materials. Supports other duties as assigned / required
Qualifications and Experience
Live and work in the greater Chattanooga area, or willing to relocate 3+ years of event management/coordination experience
Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing, Hospitality, or related field preferred
Team player committed to CO.LAB’s vision, mission, values and goals and passionate about supporting startups, founders and scalable businesses
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills Must be detail-oriented
Coachable, team player, self-motivated
Ability to manage multiple projects/assignments concurrently
Ability to perform under pressure with tight deadlines
Physical Demands/Working Conditions
Typical professional office environment eligible for on-site work agreement
Ability to lift and move objects up to 40 pounds Sit at a desk for long periods of time
Stand and walk for extended periods of time
Willingness to travel locally
Ability to work irregular hours including evenings and weekends as needed
Ability to maintain a polished professional appearance
Additional benefits such as 401k (+3% match), cell phone stipend, professional development dollars, health, vision and dental insurance and generous paid time off are provided. Application Instructions Applications should include a resume, cover letter (maximum one page) and contact details of two references. CO.LAB provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.
Salary/Hourly Wage: $40,000-$45,000 salary commensurate with experience
How to Apply: Please send applications by email in PDF format to [email protected], including ‘Events Coordinator’ in the subject line. There is no closing date and interviews will take place on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please note that only candidates selected for further consideration will be contacted. No agencies please.
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