Director of Events & Meeting Operations

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (The Center) is an engaging cultural center located in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, which connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s ongoing struggle for human rights.  We are currently seeking an experienced and motivated Event Planning & Marketing professional with a proven track record of leadership, business sense, professional networking, and innovation to lead our Event Planning Team.  The right candidate will come with a belief in our mission to create dynamic and empathy-building experiences, teach history’s connection to the present, and inspire the change-maker in each of us to promote civil and human rights. 



The Director of Events & Meeting Operations is the key leader responsible for delivering top class, memorable events for our clients.  Event clients include corporations, associations, entertainment, and nonprofit organizations seeking to host various events at The Center.  The Director will build on existing relationships in local, regional and national event venue and planning industry, develop policies and practices for The Center’s Event and Meeting function, provide guidance and oversight of events team, and work cross-functionally throughout the organization to ensure client expectations are consistently met or exceeded.  

Reports To:  Don Byrd, Chief Operating Officer 

Duties & Responsibilities

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Review, create, and implement standard processes and procedures for The Center’s meeting and event line of business; ensure Event team members, catering and other support staff adhere to established procedures
  • Create, implement and measure the success of a comprehensive event sales and delivery strategies
  • Work with Events & Meeting Operations team in communications, planning and delivery of top of class meetings and events at The Center
  • Act as the organization’s lead representative with existing and potential clients, industry peers, and strategic Event management partners
  • Plan sales and marketing objectives for Events and Meeting Operations
  • Foster relationships and partnerships with local and state attraction venues, civic organizations, associations, visitor bureaus, etc.
  • Provide leadership and manage a team of event planning professionals, ensuring proper training, skills and professional development needs are being met
  • Other duties as required to ensure first class delivery of the organization’s event and meeting strategies


Core Competencies 

  • Minimum 8-10 years’ experience in event planning, sales, or public relations with demonstrated success 
  • Three (3) or more years in a management / leadership role 
  • Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality, Business Management, Marketing, Public Relations or related field 
  • Project management, process, time-management and problem-solving expertise 
  • Vendor management, budget planning and management, marketing and negotiation experience 
  • Professional personal presentation; highly organized and personable 
  • Previous experience in a nonprofit public service environment preferred; previous experience in museum, arts institution, and/or human rights institution a plus 
  • Operates within anti-racist frameworks when approaching tasks, community, and colleagues 
  • Excellent leadership and problem solving skills 
  • Strong interpersonal, collaboration and communication skills  
  • Ability to handle the public in potentially stressful conditions 
  • Ability to exercise independent judgment and reasoning skills 
  • Strong knowledge of the Atlanta venue and tourism industry 
  • Capable of managing multiple priorities 
  • Ability to work a variable schedule based upon the needs of The Center, which include occasional nights and weekends 

Physical Requirements 

  • Capable of working on a computer for extended periods of time 
  • Extended periods of sitting, standing and/or moving 
  • Cognitive ability to process information, analyze and make decisions 
  • Ability to lift, carry, and or move up to 40 pounds 
  • Bending, reaching, kneeling 

Employment Eligibility 

NCCHR is dedicated to the principles of equal employment opportunity. We prohibit unlawful discrimination against applicants or employees based on age (40 and over), race, sex, color, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, disability, veteran status, genetic information, gender identity, and the statuses protected by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire. 

About Us 

The National Center for Civil and Human Rights (The Center) is an engaging cultural center that connects the American Civil Rights Movement to today’s ongoing struggle for human rights, whether at a local, national or global level.  Our purpose is to create a safe space for visitors and attendees to explore the fundamental rights of all human beings so that they come away inspired and empowered to join the ongoing dialogue about human rights in their communities, workplace, and lives.  The Center has a local footprint in downtown Atlanta, Georgia with a national reach in the ongoing pursuit of civil and human rights for all. To learn more, visit our website 

Application Instructions

Interested and qualified candidates please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample to [email protected].