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Building and Events Manager, School of Divinity

Wake Forest University
Winston Salem, NC
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Job Details

Job location: Winston Salem, NC

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-06-10
Req: R0003417
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Job Description Summary

This position will manage facilities and events at Wait Chapel, Davis Chapel and the Divinity School portion of Wingate Hall through detailed coordination of processes involving operations, supplies, and services. The incumbent will draft operational policies manage vendors and logistics.

The incumbent will oversee all functions related to room/event scheduling, master calendar, data analysis, and the technological and financial responsibilities of the office. The manager works closely with various internal and external stakeholders to ensure efficient and timely event scheduling and resource requests related to specific events are fulfilled. He/she will work with University departments to ensure a comfortable, safe and clean environment that is best suited for learning, teaching, and administration. Responsible for managing and securing materials for efficient and equitable distribution in accordance with applicable environmental safety and control regulations. Keeps abreast of building needs and new developments in applicable codes and regulations and draft policies and procedures to be shared with the community. Additionally, will set standards, and provide guidance to Faculty, Staff and Students.

Job Description

Job Description

1. Percentage: 25%


  • Schedules various virtual and in-person events, meetings, trainings and conferences for Wait Chapel and School of Divinity Senior Administrators and Faculty and executes logistics.
  • Develops unique ways to offer event series in virtual spaces.
  • Drafts and disseminates communications regarding events in coordination with the Director of Communications and WFU CER.
  • Conducts analysis of electronically organized files and departmental spending; shares data and reports with departmental managers to streamline purchasing efforts and develop cost-saving strategies
  • Ensures safety of space by using building code management.
  • Plans and executes high-profile events for the Divinity School and Wait Chapel Coordinates all functions related to those events and communicates information regularly.
  • Drafts overall event design, service standards, and operational procedures.
  • Provides all levels of support for events.
  • Responsible for reserving space, creating invitations, coordinating seating charts, and providing event materials.
  • Coordinates internal and external constituencies such as event companies, caterers, facilities, IT, scheduling, the Deans's Office, etc.
  • Responsible for vendor hiring and on-site staffing.
  • Manages guest lists and RSVPs.
  • Coordinates with VIP’s which may include artists, distinguished alumni, Divinity faculty, etc.
  • Will set up and break down equipment including tables, chairs, podiums, stages, coat racks and other needs.

2. Percentage: 25%


  • Participate in design and planning of new Divinity School facilities. Provide space design options while considering all regulations, requirements, and requests.
  • Conduct needs assessments and moves faculty and staff offices according to University standards; assess office space for incoming faculty and staff and assign offices as needed.
  • Analyze logistical problems and produce new solutions by reutilizing resources and optimizing effort.
  • Determine public space decor, define furniture standards and provide appropriate options to the community.
  • Manage large furniture purchases and furnishings for faculty, staff, and student spaces. Ensure smooth office moves.
  • Manage emergency snow removal, spills, and flooding by working with the Facilities Management office.
  • Tracks repair needs and lifecycle of material. Make recommendations for change and implement solutions.
  • Responsible for equitable distribution of supplies. May end up cleaning, polishing, or small repairs. Maps key assignments and places orders.
  • Oversee the establishment, review, and updating of physical and directional signage. Ensure consistency and alignment of Divinity School and Wait Chapel brand standards.

3. Percentage: 25%

Space Planning and Operations:

  • In partnership with the Director of Finance and Administration plan and manage logistics for space projects and operations including general building management, hours, construction, reconfiguration, and moves.
  • Provide short and long-term space planning options that meet cost, productivity, accuracy, and planning targets.
  • Review space requests and determines the most prudent course of action with respect to space utilization.
  • Work with vendors, University offices, and contractors.
  • Create, maintain, and share project tracking tools.
  • Analyze reported or self-identified problems, collecting and verifying data as needed, and develop plans to address identified issues.
  • Provide regular assessment of space use, with subsequent proposals on solutions where space is over-or under-utilized.
  • Research and provide special services, as needed, including storage (e.g., for relocation and sabbatical moves) and office organization.
  • Develop operational policies and procedures and document any need for exception. Ensure compliance and bring additional information to the Director of Finance and Administration’s attention.
  • Suggest improvements in service to improve unit operations regarding work methods, procedures, parts, tools, and related matters for the purpose of improving the effectiveness and cost of service as it relates to space design or operations.

4. Percentage: 15%


  • Review travel standards and draft specific recommendations.
  • Book travel for distinguished guests.
  • Coordinate all logistics for arrival and departure when needed.
  • Develop itineraries and useful documentation to support a good experience of a guest.
  • Determine guest policies with the Director of Finance and Administration and communicates information.
  • Compare competitive prices and help others maintain low costs.

5. Percentage: 10%


  • May perform additional or other work as assigned.
  • Understands business objectives and priorities.
  • Develops and implements standard processes and procedures while focusing on best practices.
  • Documents and tracks process flow for all processes, procedures, and policies.

Additional Job Description

  • Accountabilities

    This position will report to the Director of Finance and Administration. Responsible for the Wake Forest Divinity School building, Wait Chapel and Davis Chapel, and all associated departments related to space. Will work closely with University Facilities and other University officials. When working with events and travel will work with internal and external stakeholders, negotiate contracts, and coordinate details.

    Required Qualifications

    A Bachelor’s degree and 3 years of experience with facilities or events management. Excellent communication and writing skills. Expertise in contracts and building management. General understanding of space planning technology, design, and architectural drawings. Ability to lift at least 30lbs regularly. The job will require incumbents to be on their feet and moving furniture.

    This position requires a high degree of professionalism, attention to detail, and responsiveness, and an ability to handle multiple projects at one time.

    Preferred Qualifications

    5 years of experience.

Time Type Requirement

Full timeNote to Applicant:This position profile identifies the key responsibilities and expectations for performance. It cannot encompass all specific job tasks that an employee may be required to perform. Employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and perform job-related duties as may be reasonably assigned by his/her supervisor.

In order to provide a safe and productive learning and living community, Wake Forest University conducts background investigations and drug screens for all final staff candidates being considered for employment.

Wake Forest seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce while promoting an inclusive work environment committed to excellence in the spirit of Pro Humanitate. In adherence with applicable laws and as provided by University policies, the University prohibits discrimination in its employment practices on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability and veteran status and encourages qualified candidates across all group demographics to apply.


Wake Forest University, formed in 1834, has experienced decades of growth and innovation.  WFU is a distinctive university that combines a liberal arts core with graduate and professional schools and innovative research programs.  The University embraces the teacher-scholar ideal, which prizes the personal interaction between students and faculty.  It is a place where exceptional teaching, fundamental research and discovery, and the engagement of faculty and students in the classroom and the laboratory are paramount.

Wake Forest University is a community that seeks the enlightenment and freedom which come through diligent study and learning. Its higher goal, however, is to give life to the University motto "Pro Humanitate," as members translate a passion for knowledge into compassionate service. The community shares a tradition that embraces freedom and integrity and acknowledges the worth of the individual. The heritage, established by the school's founders and nurtured by succeeding generations, promotes a democratic spirit arising from open-mindedness and discourse. Wake Forest fosters compassion and caring for others. Its collective strength and character are derived from the values and distinctive experiences of each individual; therefore, it affirms the richness of human intellect and culture and its contribution to knowledge, faith, reason, and dialogue. Furthermore, it strives toward a society in which good will, respect, and equality prevail. To that end, Wake Forest University rejects hatred and bigotry in any form and promotes justice, honor, and mutual trust.​

The University is comprised of:  the undergraduate college, Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Business, School of Divinity, School of Law, and School of Medicine (located on the Bowman Gray campus with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center) and today enrolls about 4,846 undergraduates and 2,823 students in graduate programs at its principal location, the Reynolda campus.  Students at Wake Forest University enjoy a great deal of access to and interaction with world-class faculty both in and out of the classroom setting with a student-faculty ratio of 11:1.  Wake Forest employs approximately 2,772 full and part-time faculty and staff.

Wake Forest is a collegiate university offering a vibrant, intellectual community with a rich cultural life, an impressive array of facilities, and a strong athletics program competing in the fifteen-team Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).  Since its founding, the university has adopted the motto “pro humanitate,” which is exemplified by a deep institutional commitment to public service and engagement with the world. Wake Forest has a strong commitment to holistic, eight-dimensional well-being for students, faculty and staff as evidenced in the Thrive initiative.

Winston-Salem, NC

Wake Forest is located in Winston-Salem, NC, a beautiful, mid-sized city centrally located in the Piedmont-Triad region of North Carolina.  Winston-Salem is a family-friendly city with high quality schools, numerous outdoor recreational activities and events, and is known for its vibrant and thriving arts scene.

Winston-Salem residents enjoy close proximity to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains (1.5 hours) and Atlantic beaches (4 hours), a moderate climate with four distinct seasons, a very reasonable cost of living, and an eclectic variety of restaurants, wine bars, and breweries for dining with friends and family.  Winston-Salem offers many of the amenities of a large city but with the sense of community and quality of life of a smaller town (

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