Share Email Opening

Community Events Coordinator 

About the Organization Founded in 1975, Canine Companions for Independence is a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support to ensure quality partnerships. Headquartered in Santa Rosa, CA, Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs, and is recognized worldwide for the excellence of its dogs, and the quality and longevity of the matches it makes between dogs and people. The result is a life full of increased independence and loving companionship.  
Location Northeast Regional Center - Medford, New York  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
About the Region

The Northeast Region of Canine Companions for Independence was founded in 1989 and was located on the SUNY Farmingdale Campus in Farmingdale, NY. The Northeast Region serves New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Eastern Pennsylvania, Maryland, Washington DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire and Maine.

In 2008, the Northeast Regional Training Center moved to a state-of-the-art facility, the Miller Family Campus located in Medford, NY. The 11-acre, 39,000 square foot Canine Care Center features 38 kennels, exercise yards, a wellness clinic and grooming facility, along with separate kennels and play yards for puppies. The Hagedorn Team Training Residence Hall has 11 spacious fully handicapped accessible dorm rooms for training participants and their families. Bogie's Bistro provides a community space with an accessible kitchen, dining room and lounge. There are five training rooms that are utilized for Team Training, professional training, puppy classes, as well as community meetings.


Schedule Information None Specified 

Salary Range Salary DOE. CCI offers benefits including Med., Dental, Vision, 403b w/ match, Life Insurance, and various disability long term care benefits.  

The Community Events Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of regional special and community events including DogFest Walk ‘n Roll, galas, and other special events as assigned.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed:

  • Plan, coordinate, and organize regional fundraising events under the direction of the Senior Development Director. Coordinate event logistics, including vendor arrangements and day-of event logistics. Works closely with local volunteers and staff to reach monetary and participation goals.
  • Provides support for fundraising activities to include working donors and obtaining sponsorships, acknowledging and recognizing donors, and conducting donor research. Develop sponsorship agreements with vendors and businesses; provide sponsorship acknowledgement and donor cultivation for events.
  • Develop effective working relationships with each Special Event Chair and volunteer committee to implement and grow the participation and revenue for the events.
  • Recruit, screen and train volunteers for current and new DogFest Walk ‘n Roll locations and other volunteer events.
  • Coordinate and provide support to volunteer committees as needed for special events through administrative tasks and coaching.
  • Conduct face-to-face meetings with volunteer committee by traveling to locations when necessary.
  • Responsible for all aspects of the DogFest event website for regional events; including, but not limited to, editing event and sponsorship information, managing bookkeeping, and pulling reports.
  • Responsible for website for regional special events; including, but not limited to, editing event and sponsorship information, managing bookkeeping, and pulling reports.
  • Serve as the regional staff liaison with national office on all aspects of DogFest Walk ‘n Roll through participation in calls and providing regional feedback on event strategy and implementation.
  • Be accountable not only for direct responsibilities outlined in this job description but also to serve fellow staff and other constituents with whom position interacts. Ensure actions and communications are honest and transparent.
Position Requirements


  • Able to perform several tasks concurrently, manage time, and superior organizational skills.
  • Able to manage, network, train and motivate staff, volunteers and clientele
  • Able to provide excellent customer service.
  • Able to maintain confidential information.
  • Able to organize and maintain detailed records; complete necessary paperwork and meet deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills including public speaking
  • Able to work in a team environment

EXPERIENCE: Minimum 2 to 3 years of volunteer coordination and/or event planning/management experience
required. Strong computer skills including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook). Database
experience preferred.

EDUCATION: High school graduate, GED or equivalent required; AA/AS or BA/BS in a related field preferred.

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.


This position is currently not accepting applications.

To search for an open position, please go to


Click here for technical assistance.