Sep 06, 2023

Manager of Programming and Events

  • Purdue Research Foundation
  • Washington D.C., DC, USA
Full-Time Other

Job Description

Founded in 2021, the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue (KITDP) aims to secure freedom from techno-authoritarian threats by accelerating the widespread adoption of trusted tech. The Institute is the preeminent global authority of a new category of Tech Diplomacy, integrating tech expertise, Silicon Valley strategies and foreign policy tools to build the Global Tech Trust Network of governments, companies and individuals united around a set of shared trust principles and a common mission to ensure that technology advances freedom. KITDP is a bipartisan initiative under the Purdue Research Foundation (PRF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit affiliated with Purdue University, with offices in West Lafayette, IN, and Washington, DC.    
The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue is seeking a highly skilled and energetic Manager of Programming and Events. Reporting to the Chief Communications Officer, the Manager will be responsible for planning and executing the Institute’s full suite of high-profile public and private events involving our Advisory Council, Fellows, Global Tech Security Commission, members, partners, donors and other high-level executives and experts in Washington, DC, as well as West Lafayette, IN, Silicon Valley and other locations.  
He or she will coordinate virtual, in-person and hybrid events, including webinars, fireside chats, roundtables, salons, the annual Tech Freedom Summit and Awards and more, overseeing all aspects from event ideation to flawless execution. Your experience, attention to detail, and organizational skills will be crucial in delivering exceptional experiences that engage new and current stakeholders to advance the Institute’s mission to ensure technology advances freedom.  

This is a unique opportunity for someone who is mission-driven, passionate about freedom and technology, and is comfortable and enthusiastic working in a start-up and growth environment. Excellence, teamwork and a can-do attitude are essential.  

Key Responsibilities

  • Develop and execute a comprehensive event calendar to engage new and current stakeholders for the Institute  
  • Coordinate and oversee the planning, organization and execution of virtual and in-person events, including webinars, salons, roundtables, fireside chats, the Institute’s Annual Tech Freedom Summit and Awards and more  
  • Ensure seamless execution of programming and exceptional attendee experiences 
  • Develop new and creative programming recommendations that elevate the Institute’s brand and deliver unique experiences  
  • Collaborate with internal teams, external partners, vendors and sponsors to secure speakers and attendance in line with the Institute’s objectives  
  • Conduct thorough research to identify and select appropriate venues, suppliers, speakers and technology solutions for each event 
  • Manage event budgets, including cost estimation, financial tracking, and reporting and work closely with the COO 
  • Develop and implement effective event marketing strategies to maximize attendance and engagement 
  • Establish and maintain strong relationships with key stakeholders, ensuring their involvement and support for events
  • Coordinate event-related communication, including invitations, RSVPs, agendas, and post-event follow-ups 
  • Oversee event registration processes, attendee management, and on-site coordination, working with vendors as appropriate  
  • Stay informed about industry trends and best practices in event management and programming to continuously enhance event quality and impact 
  • Monitor event outcomes and collect feedback to evaluate success and identify areas for improvement

Skills, Knowledge and Expertise

  • Proven track record in planning and executing successful events, including virtual and in-person, particularly working with high-level executives and policy makers 
  • Strong knowledge of event programming and management, including budgeting, logistics, vendor management, and marketing 
  • Excellent organizational and multitasking skills, with the ability to manage multiple events simultaneously 
  • Exceptional interpersonal and communication skills to engage and collaborate with diverse stakeholders 
  • Proficiency in event management software and tools 
  • Obsessed with details and ensures accuracy and precision in all event-related activities 
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, dynamic environment and adapt to changing priorities 
  • A passion for delivering exceptional event experiences and a commitment to the mission of the Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy


  • Bachelors’ degree in a relevant field; advanced degree or professional experience in marketing and digital communications is highly desirable
  • 5-8 years of event planning experience

About Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue

The Krach Institute for Tech Diplomacy at Purdue is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. The Institute views, evaluates, and treats all persons in all Institute-related activities solely as individuals on the basis of their own personal abilities, qualifications, and other relevant characteristics.  All qualified applicants for employment will receive consideration without regard to race, religion, color, gender, national origin or ancestry, genetic information, marital status, parental status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or status as a veteran.

A criminal conviction check and negative controlled substance test are required for employment in this position. 



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