Events and Catering Manager

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The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute, the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, strives to be the world leader in promoting science and technology education and literacy through inspiring and engaging experiences that cultivate curiosity, critical thinking, and an understanding of the crucial role science plays in our lives.

At The Franklin Institute, we provide an environment that is as nurturing as it is dynamic. Our team-oriented approach allows for ample learning and career growth opportunities. We think you will find the Institute offers the ideal atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents. We are eager for your input, ideas, and inspiration.

Position Description:

The Events and Catering Manager is responsible for the planning and management of catered events at The Franklin Institute.  The Events and Catering Manager plays a critical role ensuring that all events at The Franklin Institute are sophisticated and welcoming and that lifelong memories are created at every event.

The Events and Catering Manager will also be responsible for:

  • Develop and execute operational plans for events at The Franklin Institute.
  • Be primary contact for all incoming wedding inquires to ensure that communications are timely and accurate with a focus on sales according to departmental standards.
  • Responsible for implementing and facilitating all logistical and operational correspondence with event clients in a clear and concise manner.
  • Ensure client satisfaction with every interaction.
  • Prepare, maintain, and distribute Banquet Event Orders for assigned events to provide museum staff with all necessary event information.
  • Attend Banquet Event Order meeting and perform as a team leader to relay the necessary information regarding the event plans.
  • Supervises all event staff, event managers, and vendors during assigned events. 
  • Maintain the daily event calendar.  
  • Liaises between all event vendors and TFI
  • Onsite manager for all internal events and weddings; will include weekend events.
  • Assist with event follow-up including surveys and thank you letters
  • Assists sales managers with client visits when needed
  • Assist with answering phones and incoming sales calls when needed
  • Attends, participates, and reports banquet event order  information at weekly operational meeting
  • Collaborate with other departments within the museum to ensure that all internal events are successful and clients are well taken care of

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree is required, plus a minimum of 3 to 5 years’ experience in an event planning function, or work experience in a similar industry
  • Must have excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong leadership and motivating skills including the ability to build strong relationships with customers and staff
  • Demonstrated track record building successful client relationships
  • Excellent organization and time management skills
  • Prior experience and knowledge of the process for hiring, training and overseeing event staff is required
  • Experience managing all aspects of large events
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time possibly from two to eight hours is required, and the ability to lift tables, chairs, and event equipment up to approximately 40 pounds on occasion is required
  • Proven ability to work with sales staff, clients, vendors, and other departments to coordinate all details of an event
  • Experience with Delphi software is desired

Status:  Full-time, 37.5 hours per week (Tuesday - Saturday),

Benefits Information:

The Franklin Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, and vision, 401K, life insurance and disability coverage. We also offer generous Paid Time Off, paid holidays, and numerous wellness program benefits.

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications.  We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role.  If much of this job description describes you, then please apply for this role.

The Franklin Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability or protected veteran status.

As a condition of employment at The Franklin Institute, employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by the date of hire, subject to requests for accommodation.

To Apply

Please submit your cover letter and resume to (please indicate the position for which you are applying in the subject line). We look forward to hearing from you!