Manager of Event Planning (Working Title: Manager of Student Activities)


University, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Ole Miss Student Union Department (10001034)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

Note for Current UM Employees

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Definition of Class

This position plans and executes meetings, special events, or functions for a College, School, or Program within the University. The incumbent manages the execution and implementation of assigned events and planning timelines, develops and implements policies and procedures related to event planning, manages and oversees departmental budget, and provides supervision, guidance, and direction for support staff.


The individual serving in this position will play a crucial role in managing activities coordinated by the Student Activities Association as well as other organizations with The Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union.
The candidate should electronically attach a resume and a cover letter describing qualifications for the position. During the application process, candidates will have the opportunity to attach a resume/CV and cover letter.

Examples of Work Performed

  • Plans, schedules, coordinates and supervises the operations of student activities on campus such as Welcome Week, Homecoming Week, Union Unplugged series, Flagship Friday late-night programming, concerts, pageants, etc.
  • Advises and works with the Student Activities Association.
  • Recruits, trains, develops, and mentors support staff and student organization members.
  • Provides on-site supervision of events to oversee the use of facilities, physical set-up, catering, security, as well as compliance with campus policies and procedures.
  • Establishes and maintains relationships with suppliers and vendors. Negotiates prices, menus, space, etc. with suppliers and vendors.
  • Develops, manages and oversees assigned event budget.
  • Manages the publication of print and on-line newsletters, brochures, social media, advertisements, handbooks, and other informational materials.
  • Assists in establishing and implementing short and long-term goals, objectives, policies, and procedures supporting both program and department success.
  • Develops and administers assessment tools for departmental events and activities and student leadership development learning outcomes.
  • Establishes assessment practices, analyzes data, and implements findings.
  • Ensures staff and students are compliant with policies and procedures and guidelines are met.
  • Prepares and delivers presentations on program(s) offered by the department.
  • Performs similar or related duties as assigned or required.

Essential Functions

These essential functions include, but are not limited to, the following. Additional essential functions may be identified and included by the hiring department.

  1. Manages the execution and implementation of assigned events.
  2. Oversees assigned departmental budget.
  3. Develops policies and procedures related to event planning.
  4. Provides supervision and guidance for support staff.

Minimum Education/Experience

Bachelor's Degree from an accredited four-year college or university.


Three (3) years of experience related to the above described duties.

Substitution Statement:
Related experience may be substituted for education, on a basis set forth and approved by the Department of Human Resources.

Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Salary/Wage Information

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EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.

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