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 Event Planner - Okemos, Michigan, United States

Job information
Posted by: Michigan Public Health Institute 
Hiring entity type: Other 
Work authorization: Existing work authorization required for United States
Position type: Direct Hire, Full-Time 
Compensation: ******
Benefits: See below
Relocation: Not specified 
Position functions: Project Manager
Travel: Unspecified 
Accept candidates: from anywhere 
Languages: English - Fluent
Minimum education: See below 
Minimum years experience: See below 
Resumes accepted in: English
Cover letter: No cover letter requested
Job code: sk7SIqe2GdHOa3TtzJuZrvgOaZQwqn / Latpro-3839900 
Date posted: Nov-11-2021
State, Zip: Michigan, 48864


Michigan Public Health Institute

Position Description

Title: Event Planner Education and Training Team

$21.00 - $25.00 / Posted Thru 12-9-21

MPHI is a Federal Contractor and under Federal mandates for Covid-19 vaccinations

Work Location Okemos, MI with flexibility for remote working

Purpose: Under the supervision and direction of the supervisor, the Event Planner will have hands-on and client facing responsibility to coordinate the production of webinars, livestreams and virtual events. Once events return to in-person, this position will be coordinating conferences and/or training events. To be successful in this role you will need to be self-directed, creative, technically savvy, and driven to deliver exceptional events.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Schedules, sets agendas, leads, and gets consensus in meetings with clients.
  • Guides diverse committees through the steps needed to plan both in-person and virtual events (i.e. food and beverage, facility coordination, timeline, deliverables, event agenda structure, presenters, etc.).
  • Researches, sets up, troubleshoots, and executes event technology solutions used for virtual events.
  • Delivers events designed to engage and inspire clients and attendees.
  • Directs, assigns, and reviews work of other team members.
  • Coordinates the creation of training materials for assigned events (i.e. meeting agendas, packets, brochures, website updates, etc.)
  • Responsible for all event logistics including arrangements for conferences and training at meeting facilities, catering, speaker contracts and travel arrangement, and exhibitor logistics.
  • Compile and summarize evaluation results and assist with writing reports, manuals, articles, quarterly reports, work plans and other written materials.
  • Acquires all necessary information from presenters and planning committees to apply for Continuing Education credit and creates Continuing Education reference documents.
  • Actively works in collaboration with cross-functional teams to develop processes, conduct quality improvement measures and innovations to solve project systematic issues while providing meaningful input to leverage teams talents and services.
  • Staffs regional trainings and conferences within the state of Michigan.
  • Act as a liaison with clients, vendors and funding agencies.
  • Assist with the design, development, and distribution of promotional and program materials.
  • Assist in budget development for training activities and monitor project budget spending specific to presenter costs, facility costs, and general training expenditures.
  • Negotiate price quotes with vendors to comply with budgetary guidelines for public health events.
  • Represent MPHI through presentations and exhibiting at local, state and national conference and training events within and outside of Michigan.
  • Maintain a positive, strong, credible, professional and interpersonal relationship with all parties relevant of MPHI projects and represent the best interest of MPHI at all times.


Education: Bachelors degree in relevant field is required or equivalent work experience. Certification in meeting planning, convention industry, (CMP, CSEP, GMP, DES, etc.) and/or Project Management (PMP, CAPM, SCRUM) is strongly preferred.

Experience: A minimum of three to five years of related and progressively more responsible work experience in event planning, education and training program development, or project management and communications within a team-based collaborative and highly productive environment. Specific experience of two years or more in continuing education administration is highly desired.

Important skills and characteristics:

  • Must have strong organizational abilities; attention to detail; and time and project management skills in a fast pace environment with multiple milestones and deadlines.
  • Able to quickly learn new virtual programs or platforms needed to execute events.
  • Experience with negotiating prices and contracts with vendors.
  • Outstanding oral, written communication and editing skills.
  • Able to monitor and track project expenses.
  • Proficient in basic word processing, spreadsheets, and database systems.
  • Strong customer focus and ability to portray patience when receiving and providing feedback and direction to clients.
  • Able to work collaboratively with individuals from diverse social, economic, and cultural backgrounds including health care service providers, university faculty, advisors, and colleagues.
  • Willingness to help others as a problem solver.
  • Demonstrates critical thinking and emotional intelligence skills.
  • Ability to lead projects with minimal supervision, while being self-motivated and self-directed.
  • Ability to review curriculum and provide presenter and content recommendations through a health equity lens.
  • Represent the best interest of MPHI at all times.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Work Environment and Physical Requirements: Job may require moderate physical effort including lifting materials and equipment of <50# and involves viewing a CRT or VDT screen 25% to 75% of the time. Standard office environment. May require valid vehicle operators license where needed to perform duties of the position. High level of state travel.

RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WORK OF OTHERS: Occasional leaders, lead some projects and serve as a team member on others.

IMPACT ON PROJECTS, SERVICES AND OPERATIONS: Competent performance in this position has a substantial impact on the integrity and professional reputation of MPHI clients in a timely manner, maintaining professional relationships, and enhancing the future potential for future contracts with clients.


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