Marketing Events Manager

Full Time Exempt Employee

About Make it Mariko

Make it Mariko (pronounced MAH-ree-ko) is an all women of color Bay Area experiential events agency creating magical, meaningful moments for the community. We are experience curators, community organizers, corporate planners, nonprofit advocates, and event enthusiasts. 

We are committed to curating creative, inclusive, and diverse spaces in the events industry to challenge the status quo and pave the way for a new generation of event experience curators. Our company was founded in 2015 by Gina Mariko Rosales and we have a wide network of creative partners, vendors, and clients that we work with throughout the Bay Area and beyond. 

We do Experience Design, Planning & Production for:

  • Events & Curated Experiences
  • Brand Activations
  • Launch Campaigns
  • Corporate & Community Conferences
  • Corporate Leadership Summits & Internal Events (like Holiday Parties)
  • Community Festivals (like UNDISCOVERED SF, our flagship event)
  • Nonprofits

Through our wedding collective, POC Wedding Party, we also curate wedding experiences. Learn more about our company values and hear our origin store here: www.makeitmariko.com/about

About the Role

The Make it Mariko Marketing Events Manager will work closely on the Events Agency side of our company supporting the creative & marketing strategy for our various clients, as well as doing general event planning. We are looking for a seasoned marketing & events professional who has a proven track record of Client & Project Management experience, past marketing experience, strong vendor relationships already built, and can get to work quickly with minimal direction. 

This is a great opportunity for someone who came from the corporate or nonprofit world doing marketing & events, and wants to work on high impact community events and projects in the San Francisco creative community. You will be working directly with our clients and most importantly, with our amazing creative vendor community of POC producers, photographers, videographers, graphic designers, DJs, performers, and more. 

This year we are working on BIG projects, like purchasing our first Event Space and launching a new POC Wedding Collective! The first project for this role will be to oversee a campaign launch for our new wedding collective, POC Wedding Party. We will ask the final candidate(s) to work on a paid project related to this before we decide on the final candidate to offer the role to.

Women of Color are highly encouraged to apply.

What You’ll Be Doing:

Duties may vary week to week, but generally will include:

Event Marketing (25%)
  • Work with our in-house graphics designers and oversee graphic design needs for clients
  • Manage signage & swag needs for each event including working with designers and printers
  • Manage onsite installation and setup/breakdown of signage at events
  • Coordinate with photographers & videographers as needed for events and marketing content
  • Sponsor activation curation (as needed)
  • Write copy for events and marketing materials
  • Create creative briefs for event design as needed
  • Work on impact focused slide decks for clients
  • Utilize our known printing partners, but help us also source new partners
General Marketing (20%)
  • Write impact-focused event blogs in partnership with Event Team for Portfolio
  • Quarterly email newsletters or as needed based on sales need
  • Light social media management via Later.com for Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn. 1-2 posts per week, and building community through commenting and sharing community events.
  • General website updates via WordPress
  • Collaborate across the team to develop creative campaigns for promotion
  • Monitor relevant social discussions about the company, competitors, and industry
  • Stay abreast of trends and identify opportunities that are aligned with Make it Mariko’s mission
Apps used: WordPress, Later.com, Mailchimp, Google Analytics, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn
Event Planning (50%)
  • Project manage various client events to ensure we’re staying on track for deadlines and deliverables. Communicate directly with our clients, schedule meetings, and follow up with updates and action items.
  • Venue Sourcing & Management
  • Vendor Management & Coordination
  • Accounting & budgeting for events and receipt organization
  • Day of Timeline & Run of Show creation
  • Manage Event Design & Layouts for ideal attendee experience and company brand alignment
  • Manage a possible Event Coordinator who will assist with vendor coordination (research, quotes, estimates, onsite)
  • Manage Day-of Coordination including vendor load in/out
  • General research, planning, and outreach for events, venues, vendors, or key stakeholders as needed
Apps used: Google GSuite (Gmail, Meet, Drive, Calendar, Slides, Sheets, Docs), Clickup, AllSeated, LastPass, Zoom
General (5%)
  • Attend weekly team meetings and check ins
  • Use Clickup to track weekly tasks
  • Collaborate across the team to improve team processes, efficiency, and overall happiness
  • Build strong relationships with industry professionals, influencers, performers, and community members
  • Respond to messages in a timely manner and escalate as needed
  • Attend industry events as needed to network, build relationships, and bring in new clients
  • Professionally represent Make it Mariko at all events

What We’re Looking For:

  • At least 3-4 years professional experience working directly in Events and Marketing. *Must have experience working directly with clients in the past.*
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver an exceptional experience for clients.
  • Strong problem solver who is resourceful and can find creative solutions to any challenge.
  • Great interpersonal skills – you enjoy interacting with people and building new relationships.
  • Impact driven work – We work hard, and we work smart. We are looking for someone who stays focused on goals and purpose. We believe in REST.
  • Strong communication skills – verbal, written and presentation – and can confidently pitch in both a 1:1 and group setting.
  • Someone who thrives in ambiguity and is highly attuned to people’s needs. 
  • Must be comfortable working with Google GSuite already. Working knowledge of all the apps listed above are a plus. Training will be provided to learn HOW we specifically use each app as a company, but we expect that team members are tech savvy and can learn new apps independently. 
  • Past experience working with artists/arts orgs, social justice orgs, or nonprofits is a plus
  • Confident creative writing skills. Must use the Oxford comma.
  • Understands culturally sensitive language and understands how to write/speak appropriately about POC & marginalized communities

Requirements

  • Ability to work from our San Francisco Studio 2 times a week + work remotely 
  • Must be proficient with Google GSuite (Drive, Docs, Sheets, & Slides)
  • Must be fully vaccinated and able to provide proof of vaccination.
  • Must have access to a car.
Why you might be excited about Make it Mariko:
  • We are working on BIG, high impact projects this year including purchasing our first Event Space (20+ acres in the Bay Area), all funded by women of color investors. Read about our first attempt at buying here.
  • You will be constantly surrounded by and introduced to amazingly talented and inspiring creatives and artists. 
  • You will get invited to a lot of awesome industry parties, events, happy hours, and karaoke of course 🙂 These events are the best way to build your network in this industry.
  • We believe in REST. You’ll be able to work remotely and set your own schedule for the most part.
Why you might *NOT* be excited about us:
  • We operate like a lean, mean startup. Everyone pitches in and helps as needed. No one is too good to clean up garbage or carry barricades, even our CEO.
  • The work moves fast and changes happen frequently in this industry. If you don’t manage change well, this is not the company for you.
  • We like working in person when we can, and we’re San Francisco based (and proud!). Most industry parties and community events happen in SF as well. 
  • We often deal with complex challenges and ambiguous goals. The pace changes often, clients often don’t know what they want, and they pay us to figure that out for them.

Additional Details & How to Apply

Hours & Compensation

  • Full Time Exempt position (35-40 hours per week)
  • Base Salary: Commensurate with experience

Employee Benefits

  • Monthly stipends for Healthcare, Internet, and Cell phone 
  • Monthly Wellness stipend
  • Annual company trip
  • Annual company Anniversary party
  • Professional Development opportunities

Location: We will co-work together at least 2 times per week from our San Francisco office, which is currently located at Balay Kreative Studios (863 Mission St) in SOMA Pilipinas Filipino Cultural Heritage District. We are committed to building community in the cultural district with our programming, and are looking for someone who feels equally excited about this work. All other work can be done remotely. 

To Apply: Please email jobs@makeitmariko.com with the subject line “Your Name / Marketing Events Manager”, and include the following:

  • A Cover Letter describing your interest, experience, and background. Please make sure to address the following:
    • Why you want to join the Make it Mariko team
    • Your relevant experience for this role based on this job description
    • What apps you’re already familiar with from those listed above
  • Resume (PDFs only)
  • Attach or provide a link to a past writing sample and/or event lookbook that accurately reflects your writing and/or design style.
  • NO CALLS or DMs. Questions are encouraged during the interview process.
Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the right candidate is found. Interviews will begin immediately.
Thank you for your interest!
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