dcsimg

Career Story: Event Planner For The Government

Event Planner For The Government

Job Title: Meeting/Event Planner

Education: Columbia Union College, Strayer University

Previous Experience: Variety of administrative support positions.

Job Tasks:

  • Plan, implement, and manage and evaluate up to ten U.S. meetings, conferences and events ranging from 10 to 700 attendees per year.
  • Build and maintain relationships with vendors, suppliers, customers and exhibitors; negotiate and manage up to ten contracts per year.
  • Manage two professional meeting planners providing feedback, training and development.
  • Plan and execute major aspects of meeting management to include selecting sites, building registration processes and databases, and providing on-site management for assigned meetings ranging from 10 to 700 attendees.
  • Prepare and manage all necessary documentation following federal regulations within Customs and Border Protection including ensuring that all meetings meet the pre-approved Purchase Order for that particular event. Work closely with the government team lead on each event to accurately track and coordinate any changes made onsite.
  • Monitor and track costs, registration, and housing for all meetings and events so as to provide historical data to the client and the team for future events.
  • Organize contracts, promotional materials, and meeting files.
  • Direct day-to-day office operations, providing fundamental support to Contract Program Manager, Deputy Program Manager, and Government Director of the Training Branch of Customs and Border Protection. Local Property Officer for the Software Development Division (SDD)/Office of Information Technology (OIT) Training Branch. Coordinate new team member orientations with corporate and onsite. Function as a field trainer on various enforcement systems within CBP. Contract Security Officer (CSO) Reviewing and coordinating all Background Investigation issues with pertinent government personnel.
  • Successfully developed and implemented a new process for completing and submitting Background Investigation paperwork for contractors including a Guideline document.
  • Establish a Contractor Training Branch Orientation Program to increase the efficiency and motivation of all new team members.
  • Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is that you coordinate all of the details of an event or meeting. You work closely with many players, and constant attention to detail and organization is the key. The worst part of the job is tearing everything down once an event is over.

    Job Tips:
    1. Get involved with planning events. Even in high school, take charge of planning fund-raisers, homecoming, class trips and the prom. While in college, you should get involved with the local music industry and slowly began networking with musicians and or other groups.

    2. At least having an Associate's Degree in business management will give you some pratical business guidelines if you're looking to go out on your own. Experience working within a hotel, specifically as a social event sales manager.

    3. Become a certified meeting planner. Look into becoming a certified meeting planner in the next year or so. Event Planners who want to become a certified meeting planner should look into Meeting Professionals International at www.mpiweb.org

    4. When beginning work with a client, always get the budget first and then breakdown the different costs associated with the event. If you know ahead of time how much you have to spend in each category, you know where you can splurge and where to negotiate better costs.

Popular Schools offering Event Planning Management Programs

quickinfoClick the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .

Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school

Matching School Ads
The Art Institutes system of schools
North Hollywood, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Francisco, Santa Ana

With an education from an Art Institutes school, imagine what you could create.

  • Programs:
  • Degrees:

Purdue University offers a strong foundation of tradition and history.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management
  • Degrees: Master
Argosy University
Ontario, Orange, San Diego

Welcome to Argosy University

Argosy University offers doctoral, master's, and bachelor's degree programs to students through its eight colleges:  College of Behavioral Sciences, Graduate School of Business and Management, College of Education,  College of Health Sciences, College of Arts and Sciences, College of Creative Arts and Design, College of Clinical Psychology and Western State College of Law at Argosy University as well as certificate programs in many areas.

  • Programs: Service Sector Management (MS)
  • Degrees: Master

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: MS Organizational Leadership - Project Management
  • Degrees: Master

Change the World with American University

Be a part of something bigger than yourself.

  • Programs: Graduate Certificate in Project Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Degrees: Certificate

Get the career of your dreams with an education from the Los Angeles Film School.

  • Programs: Bachelor of Science, Entertainment Business
  • Degrees: Bachelor

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has been developing the minds and abilities of men and women in a challenging academic environment steeped in the enriching Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care of the entire person).

  • Programs: MS in Organization Development and Leadership
  • Degrees: Master

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota's Online Master's Programs

At Saint Mary's, we take pride in offering online graduate degrees designed to complement the schedules of working adults like you. Get an affordable, convenient education from a top-ranked university that's grounded in real-world applications.

  • Programs: Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
  • Degrees: Master

Pursue a certificate, master, or doctorate degree in Psychology at The Chicago School for Professional Psychology.

  • Programs:
  • Degrees:
ABCO Technology
Los Angeles

ABCO Technology is an accredited computer training academy that offers diploma programs for individual students, professionals and companies to learn different areas of Information technology and seek gainful employment.

  • Programs: PMP, Project Management
  • Degrees: Certificate
Matching School Ads
You are visiting:

Find a school near you

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Meeting, Convention, And Event Planners, including:

Back to Top
SPEAK TO AN ADVISOR 1.844.285.6104