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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 Southwest Regional Center - Oceanside, CA  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
About the Region

The Southwest Region of Canine Companions was founded in 1986. We serve Arizona, Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Southern California, Southern Nevada and Hawaii. The Southwest Regional Training Center is named the Dean, Gerda and Trixie Koontz Campus after our campus benefactors: bestselling author Dean Koontz, his wife and their late Golden Retriever adopted from Canine Companions after being retired from service.


Schedule Information Work schedule includes weekends, and evenings (heaviest during the Spring and Fall) 

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

This position is responsible for the coordination of all regional DogFest events. This position also provides support and assistance with, regional special events including graduation ceremonies.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned as needed:

  • Responsible for developing and supporting DogFest events in the Region. Work closely with local volunteers and staff to reach monetary and participation goals.
  • Provides support for fundraising activities to include donors and 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 relationship with each Event Chair and volunteer committee to implement and grow the participation and revenue for DogFest events.
  • Recruit, screen and train volunteers for current and new DogFest 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 committees 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 oversight of DogFest emails.
  • Serve as the regional staff liaison with national office on all aspects of DogFest through participation in calls and providing regional feedback on event strategy and implementation.
  • Assist the development team with coordination and development of regional special events that include the regional gala
  • Coordinate with the development team the regional graduation ceremonies.
  • Support the Region’s Volunteer Coordinator on the annual volunteer appreciation event.
  • 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, time management, and organizational skills.
• Able to manage, network, train and motivate staff, volunteers and clientele
• 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
• Proficient with computer software applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, and Excel.
• Able to learn software applications and use web-based applications.

EXPERIENCE: Minimum two to three years or more of volunteer coordination and/or special event experience.

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.


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