Events Manager

Public Policy Institute of California, San Francisco, CA USA

Work at Public Policy Institute of California

Salary: PPIC offers a collaborative, intellectually stimulating, impactful work environment with a competitive compensation and benefits package.

Level: Manager (Supervisor)

Duration: Full-Time

The Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank. Our mission is to inform and improve public policy in California through independent, objective, nonpartisan research.

PPIC is hiring an Events Manager to lead the public events outreach program for the Public Policy Institute of California (PPIC). The manager oversees the formation, planning, and execution of more than 30 public events annually to support PPIC’s vision of informing civic life in our state through an evolving events portfolio. The manager plays an integral role in creating all programming content, leads planning and logistics, develops effective organizational systems, and continually uses evaluation tools to improve event offerings. The manager supervises an events associate and reports to the Vice President of Communications.


  • Oversee a diverse range of public events—in-person and virtual—including research presentations, panel discussions, sponsored series, and conferences. Ensure a steady flow of activity, on average three public events each month.
  • Proactively develop event ideas and content, in collaboration with colleagues across the institute. This includes identifying emerging leaders, new voices, and leading experts from across the state, to ensure diverse and balanced perspectives.
  • Lead event teams—including events associate and staff from across the institute—in all aspects of the planning process and execution of events.
  • Direct all aspects of event planning, including maintenance of detailed events calendars, timelines, and checklists; outreach to event participants, management of vendors; ensuring timely budgeting and financial reporting; preparation and distribution of event materials; effective communication with event teams and other stakeholders.
  • Define and implement strategies that ensure successful events. Stay current on innovations from the event planning field and peer organizations. Use evaluation tools for continuous improvement.
  • Submit an annual plan/budget for public events.
  • Assist with other institutional events as needed.


  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent, plus 5+ years of hands-on, professional experience in planning and producing events, including virtual events.
  • Demonstrable project management experience. Ability to manage multiple tasks under strict deadlines. A problem-solver, who is proactive, motivated, and resourceful, with keen attention to detail.
  • Experience managing teams.
  • Superior organizational and people skills to effectively manage key internal and external relationships.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and proven ability to work collaboratively.
  • Excellent written and verbal communications skills.

To Apply

Visit and follow the application instructions. Applications will be considered as they are received, and the position will remain posted until filled. Please tailor your cover letter to highlight how your credentials meet the qualifications listed above.

PPIC is committed to excellence through diversity. Our work is rooted in objective, data-driven policy analysis. We welcome and encourage applicants who reflect the full diversity of California. The expertise of our staff members is essential to the success of PPIC’s mission, and we assist career and personal growth through robust support of skill development at all levels of the organization.

About Public Policy Institute of California

The Public Policy Institute of California helps state leaders and other decision makers better understand policy issues—and make informed choices—by providing them with objective, high-quality, nonpartisan policy research.

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