Training Event Planner (R23-82)

Research Foundation for SUNY   Albany, NY   Full-time     Education
Posted on May 24, 2024
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Training Event Planner (R23-82)

The Professional Development Program (PDP) of the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College seeks a service-minded individual who is committed to performing high-quality work to fill a Training Event Planner position within PDP’s Department of Temporary Assistance Training in Albany, NY.

Description of Duties:

Under the direction of the Department Manager or designee, position plans and executes local, regional, and statewide in-person and online/virtual education and training events in support of NYS policy initiatives, including conferences, meetings, and training programs; serves as an event planning specialist and member of a professional adult education and training event planning team and a logistical/project support team; and works with project sponsors and project staff to establish clear training event goals for guiding the execution of project activities. Duties includes, but are not limited to:

  • Planning and executing a variety of in-person and online/virtual adult education and training events and programs (e.g., trainings, conferences, meetings, forums, retreats, webinars, self-paced online materials), including all phases of event planning, logistics, and project support.
  • Serving as an event planning specialist, including assessing event needs, interpreting/using event evaluation data, using best practices and industry standards in the event planning/coordination field, developing event work plans, providing on-site support for in-person events, moderating/delivering live and recorded online/virtual events, and assisting the on-boarding of project staff.
  • Identifying suitable event venues, accommodations/room blocks, equipment, caterers, vendors, consultants/subcontractors, and travel plans, and making arrangements within event and project parameters.
  • Negotiating and processing contracts with event venues and other project-related vendors.
  • Processing payment requests and monitoring budgets and fiscal reports.
  • Developing, reviewing, proofreading, and preparing correspondence, procedures, reports, proposals, budgets, project management plans, work agreements with vendors and consultants/subcontractors, event/training materials, and other project-related documents.
  • Maintaining records, including event/logistical files, correspondence, databases, registration, and learning management system.
  • Serving as liaison to project sponsors, trainees, and other stakeholders.
  • Conducting trainee registrations and completing other project support tasks as needed.



  1. Bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by a USDOE, or an internationally recognized accrediting organization and minimum of 2 years of experience planning, coordinating, and executing conferences, meetings, and training events or educational programs.
  2. Excellent writing, speaking, and interpersonal communication skills.
  3. Strong knowledge of event planning/coordination industry standards.
  4. Experience applying best practices in the event planning/coordination field to make logistical arrangements and implement programs.
  5. Experience assessing, interpreting, researching, and meeting event and training program needs of a complex nature.
  6. Experience with preparing e-mails/correspondence, procedures, reports, event work plans, budgets, and proposals in conformance with project objectives.
  7. Strong problem-solving skills and organizational skills with strict attention to detail.
  8. Strong team and customer orientation with demonstrated commitment to excellence in customer service.
  9. Demonstrated ability to successfully work under pressure as well as effectively prioritize, manage, and complete multiple tasks within established deadlines and effectively work on multiple projects with competing priorities/deadlines.
  10. Experience using Adobe Acrobat Professional and Microsoft products, particularly Outlook, Teams, Edge, SharePoint, Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint, and strong computer skills.
  11. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to develop inclusive and equitable relationships within our diverse campus community.
  12. Applicants must demonstrate an ability to support diversity, equity, access, inclusion, and belonging, relative to their role.
  13. Ability to lift and carry up to 40 lbs.
  14. Ability to work variable days and work hours and travel regularly throughout NYS to deliver and attend programs and meetings, including travel to areas that may not be served by public transportation.


  1. Certified Meeting Professional (CMP) credential or equivalent.
  2. Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Event Planning/Management, Hospitality Management, Marketing, Communications, or Public, Business, or Educational Administration, or related field.
  3. Experience using webinar products (e.g., Webex, Zoom, Teams) to deliver training or events.
  4. Experience working with databases.
  5. Experience working in an adult education and training or related environment.
  6. Working knowledge of the NYS social service delivery system and public welfare programs, such as Temporary Assistance, SNAP, Employment & Advancement Services, and HEAP.


SPECIAL NOTES: Employment is with The Research Foundation for The State University of New York, a private, nonprofit, educational corporation that administers sponsored program activity for the University at Albany. Salary is expected to be $57,000-$58,548 (annual). Persons interested in the above position should submit a resume, a letter of application, and the contact information for three work-related references. Those selected for an interview will be asked to provide two writing samples for which the applicant was the primary author, according to the following: a business e-mail or memorandum written by the applicant (of non-specific length); and a report or event plan written by the applicant (2 to 3 pages in length). Those selected for a final interview will be expected to complete an event planning assignment and present their assignment outcome/project to the search committee. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

To apply, go to Applicants may also visit our website at for more information. The Research Foundation for The State University of New York offers exceptional benefits such as healthcare, dental, vision, pension plans, competitive pay, generous paid time off, tuition assistance, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. Please see the RF Benefits Flyer for more information.

Federal law and regulations require notice to all prospective employees regarding crimes that have occurred on campus in the current three year period. Please refer to the following website for the complete Annual Security Report (“Clery Report”): an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, The Research Foundation for SUNY will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, creed, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, transgender status, age, national origin, marital status, citizenship, physical and mental disability, criminal record, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, status with respect to receiving public assistance, domestic violence victim status, a disabled, special, recently separated, active duty wartime, campaign badge, Armed Forces service medal veteran, or any other characteristics protected under applicable law. The Research Foundation for The State University of New York, offers exceptional benefits such as healthcare, dental, vision, pension plans, competitive pay, generous paid time off, tuition assistance, life insurance and long-term disability insurance. The University at Albany offers a variety of performing arts, world class libraries, and competitive sporting events.

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