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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Jostens - Event Manager

Org Marketing Statement

Jostens is comprised of dynamic teams of individuals who support the mission of schools, groups and teams by passionately helping people express themselves, celebrate experiences and traditions, recognize achievements and share their stories.  

Founded in 1897, we offer a broad range of market leading products including school yearbooks, Jostens photo books, scholastic products such as class rings and graduation products, and products for athletic champions and affiliation groups.

We value innovation, integrity, diversity and exceptional performance and want to make that apparent in every experience we deliver.

Jostens also takes great pride in the work of the Jostens Foundation, which has contributed more than $26 million to organizations that help young people become healthy and productive adults.

Jostens was nationally recognized as one of Top 50 Most Engaged Workplaces.


The Event Manager position is responsible for meeting business objectives by creating innovative, quality events and conventions that align with organizational strategies.  Events and conventions include national sales meetings, customer events, national conventions exhibits and others as assigned.   Responsibilities encompass site inspection, off-site activities, transportation, hotel arrangements, vendor contract negotiations, budget preparation and monitoring, onsite management and financial reconciliation.  This position also include specific tradeshow planning by working with marketing managers and other internal customers, ordering show services, shipping exhibits and supplies and coordinating booth schedules and staffing.

The Event Manager must be self-motivated, able to handle multiple projects and logistics simultaneously and deadline-driven.   The Event Manager must be able to contribute creative ideas to program planning and must prepare all documentation needed for each event, including program schedules, reports, agendas, budgets and other materials as needed.  This position is responsible for coordinating internal and external communications related to each event / convention.  This includes promotional pieces, registrations, webpages and other documents as determined.  This position will serve as lead on selected events and as a team member on others.


Bachelors degree in business or related field required
3-5 years working in the events and convention industry required
Must have knowledge of hotel/convention facility operations (convention space, catering and A/V) and hotel reservation system operations
Enthusiastic, motivated and collaborative work style
Strong capacity for creative, innovative, strategic and conceptual thinking; ability to contribute creative ideas to program planning
Ability to present, converse with all levels of personnel
Strong organization skills and attention to detail
Ability to work independently as well as within a team structure
Ability to manage multiple tasks and changing priorities
Successful negotiating skills
Problem solving with regarding to anticipating, initiating and resolving issues
Building positive client relationships
Excellent personal, verbal communication and customer service skills
Ability to travel as needed, including weekends. Approximately 20% travel.

Closing Statement

Jostens is committed to attracting and retaining the brightest and most talented individuals to our company by offering competitive compensation, a progressive and nurturing culture and growth potential.  In addition to our traditional benefit offerings, Jostens offers charitable gift matching programs for employees, scholarships and In Kind charitable contributions to deserving recipients.  Employees also enjoy tuition reimbursement benefits, progressive career planning as well as comprehensive medical benefits and a 401K matching program.  Jostens supports and promotes healthy living through education and incentive programs.  

Jostens supports and embraces a diverse workforce as an EEO/AA employer.

Jostens participates in the E-Verify process.