Event Manager

JOB TITLE: Event Manager

LOCATION: Eccentric Café, Kalamazoo, MI

REPORTS TO: Hospitality General Manager

FLSA POSITION TYPE: Full Time, Salaried Exempt 

EXTERNAL POSTING DATES: 01/03/2018-01/21/2018

POSITION SUMMARY: The Event Manager oversees the execution for all events taking place at Bell’s Eccentric Café and back room venues. The Event Manager is the leader of the venue representatives and is also an ambassador for the Bell’s brand, responsible for upholding company values at all times while ensuring our standards of quality service to staff and customers are met.


• Adheres to and advances the “Safety Always” culture of Bell’s Brewery, Inc., and is accountable for the safety of the event team. Leads by example in order to be a safety role model for the department.

• Promotes an atmosphere of cooperation and teamwork within the department and the company.

• Schedules and monitors staff attendance and performance through documentation, coaching and/or progressive discipline efforts with coordination of Hospitality General Manager.

• Conducts annual performance reviews with direct reports.

• Coordinates with HR and Hospitality General Manager for interviewing and hiring of new staff.

• Assists HR and Hospitality General Manager to successfully onboard and train new team members.

• Supports event team to meet service needs as required.

• Works to create terms and schedule events at the Eccentric Café and back room based on researched market value and company vision.

o Determines and outlines customer needs and negotiates billing terms.

• Responsible for communications and day-of requirements for all events; acts as an on-site contact during the events

o Answers inquiries.

o Provides proposals.

o Schedules and performs venue walk-throughs.

o Handles all billing and payments.

o Provides information for in-house catering, beverages, and rentals.

o Communicates responsibilities to venue staff for planning and preparation of events.

• Develops and maintains SOPs to ensure the accountability and training of the events team; monitors and tracks efficiency of training through outcomes of service.

• Coordinates with Operations Lead to plan for equipment and logistical support for events setup and tear down

o Oversees the maintenance and inventory of venue and equipment (tables, chairs, linens, décor, etc.).

o Develops criteria and defines responsibilities in preparation for events.

• Collaborates with other departments to define needs and staffing responsibilities to efficiently plan and prepare for functions.

• Reports shift notes at the conclusion of each shift.

• Tracks and evaluates event data to augment quality, determine success, and project growth.

• Maintains best practices for contract records retention.

• Works with Hospitality General Manager to determine budget and scope of financial to produce profitable events.

• Acts as a liaison to Sales Reps for visiting guests.

• Works with the Marketing department to determine promotional needs for events at the Café.

• Develops contacts and relationships with vendors.

• Coordinates with DRC Purchasing Specialist to procure event supplies as necessary.

o At times is responsible for traveling to procure the necessary supplies from local stores and vendors.


Additional duties may be assigned as necessary.



• Event staff

• Venue Representatives


QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

• Must possess a valid driver’s license

• Must have a flexible schedule; nights, weekends, and on-call duties are required.



• POS system and cash register

• General office equipment

• Computer

• Microsoft Office

• Phones (cellular and landline)

• Rental equipment

• A/V equipment



• Exceptional leadership skills.

• Excellent communication skills and a collaborative attitude.

• Strong written and verbal communication skills and comfort addressing diverse groups.

• Computer skills necessary to manage internal systems and software.

• An energetic, forward-thinking and creative individual with high ethical standards who will positively represent the DRC both internally and externally.

• A well-organized and self-directed individual who is a team player.

• Outstanding attention to detail and the ability to manage multiple processes at one time.

• Ability to coordinate with other departments according to schedule.

• Strong time-management skills with a proven ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work to balance multiple projects and deadlines.

• The ability and aptitude to work with and troubleshoot building systems and equipment.

• Flexibility and adaptability to an ever changing environment.

• Excellent customer service skills.

• Food and beverage knowledge.

• Adaptability during stressful situations.



• 3-5 years event coordination experience

• 1-3 years leadership/management experience in a customer service setting

• Prior experience with contract negotiation

• Prior work experience in craft beer

• A high level of professionalism

• Experience working with ALOHA


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

• Ability to frequently sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, and climb

• Ability to frequently talk, hear, and smell

• Ability to frequently lift and/or move up to 25 lbs. and occasionally life and/or move up to 58 lbs.

• Ability to frequently reach with hands and arms; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, controls, or tools

• Vision abilities including close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus


WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. 

• The employee must be available late nights and weekends

• The work environment is fast-paced and diverse



Bell’s is an Equal Opportunity Employer