Major League Soccer

Manager, Events (Public/Fan focus)

Job Locations US-New York
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 The Manager, Events (Public/Fan focus) will support the Property & Events team with the planning, management, and execution of all MLS big events, including but not limited to MLS All-Star, MLS Cup, Heineken Rivalry Week and SuperDraft. The Manager, Events (Public/Fan focus) will also support the team by tracking event economic impact and Key Performance Indicators (KPI’s) according to event strategy mandates. The ideal candidate will have experience in brand activation and managing venue/hotel contracts.


The Properties and Events department manages partnerships with Soccer United Marketing (“SUM”) Properties (U.S. Soccer, Federacion Mexicana de Futbol, CONCACAF, Liga MX and others) and oversees the development, planning and execution of Major League Soccer (“MLS”) and SUM events and platforms in North America each year, including marquee events like MLS All-Star, CONCACAF Gold Cup, MLS Cup, the Mexican National Team U.S. Tour, MLS Rivalry Week, MLS Decision Day, and U.S. Soccer Federation programming. The group also spearheads organization-wide initiatives, including hospitality/B2B programming, press/media events, department/executive meetings, competition events and the development of new platforms / partnerships for the enterprise.


  • Plan and execute MLS public facing event plans (concerts, interactive fan areas, festivals, etc.); coordinate all event details and oversee internal alignment and approval processes
  • Manage programming development across existing and new MLS events
  • Oversee creative concept integration into all event plans
  • Manage event contacts, timelines and key documents for MLS events
  • Develop event overview documents and recap documents for all MLS events
  • Build and manage relationships with production agencies and creative/design agencies (RFP/bid process and general communication)
  • Manage all MLS Event hotel contracts, program development, rooming assignments & reconciliation
  • Develop department strategy for hotel RFPs & contracting with financial forecasting 
  • Oversee all site visits and coordinate event planning meetings
  • Negotiate vendor contracts
  • Coordinate with other departments to confirm deliverables
  • Oversee any agency deliverables
  • Manage event budget forecasts and reconciliation process; work with internal contacts to compile all cost elements.
  • Coordinate all invoices, billing and reconciliation associated with the event
  • Provide additional department support during the planning and execution of big events
  • Administrative duties such as general correspondence, files, and archive maintenance


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree
  • 5+ years of experience in event, agency and/or sponsorship activation experience

Required Skills & Expectations

  • Understanding of industry and event trends
  • Detail oriented and excellent project management and organizational skills
  • Prior experience overseeing event hotel contracts & negotiations 
  • Superior written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work within strict deadlines and high stress situations
  • Ability to multi-task with minimal supervision and prioritize tasks
  • Ability to work with many different personalities
  • Extensive travel including 6-10 days event travel for MLS marquis events
  • Long hours and weekends are expected during events and high work volume times
  • High level of commitment to quality work product and organizational ethics, integrity and compliance
  • Proficiency in Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook
  • Demonstrated decision making and problem-solving skills 

Desired Skills

  • Knowledge of the Spanish Language (business proficiency)
  • Knowledge of the sport of soccer


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