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Special Events Coordinators assist in the preparation, implementation, execution and evaluation of special events. They help with human resource coordination by recruiting, training and motivating staff and volunteers. It is a job that requires creativity and the use of many talents. Event Coordinator positions may be short-term contracts, and many Event Coordinators move from contract to contract, event to event.


  • Administer financial controls and procedures
  • Implement event plan, including program, site development, equipment, staging, seating and parking
  • Coordinate office administration
  • Fulfill marketing plan, including advertising, trade shows, contests and volunteer/sponsor appreciation programs
  • Recruit, train, supervise and evaluate staff and volunteers
  • Prepare/deliver written and verbal communications

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • A diploma or degree in communications, marketing, business administration or tourism management is usually required
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to be an effective team member
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent project management skills
  • Public relations skills
  • Marketing skills are an asset
  • Human resource management skills
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Negotiation skills are an asset

Possible Future Career Paths

  • Convention/ Meeting Planner
  • Special Events Manager
  • Owner/Operator

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