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Banquet and Event Coordinator

Company: Blackstone
Location: Iowa City
Posted on: October 12, 2019

Job Description:

BlackStone is seeking an experienced Banquet and Events Coordinator to head our growing private party and catering division. We're seeking a go-getter with restaurant experience who is comfortable organizing our many inbound event leads, but also possesses that sales mentality to go out and bring in new business.BlackStone is a locally owned, independent restaurant with two private event spaces. We do everything from rehearsal dinners, baby and bridal showers, off-site catering, wedding receptions, as well as numerous customer focused events. We're looking for someone to take these events to the next level. Banquet Coordinator will work directly with ownership and plays a dynamic role in helping the management team grow the business. This is a full time position and requires open availability as the hours worked in the venue can vary based on when events occur.Responsibilities include:--- Creatively designing, marketing, and executing social events that get people excited about coming to our restaurant--- Managing our social media platforms and generating timely posts in regards to the happenings at BlackStone--- Sets up, directs, and oversees all onsite events from start to finish.--- Responds to all inbound leads from websites, word of mouth, and social media platforms within 24 hours to secure the lead--- Effective contract management able to uphold and explain room minimums and policies, charges and options for private events.--- Generating private party sales via seeking and securing new business through incoming leads, networking, and visiting local businesses and organizations--- Assumes responsibility of all events including directing and working with the servers, chef and team through the event to ensure that guests leave with an unforgettable experience--- Oversee the entire life cycle of an event from sale to execution--- Uses our event management software ,Gather, to effectively organize every eventQualifications:--- Strong restaurant experience and understanding of the hospitality industry is a plus, but not necessary--- Flexible schedule to be able to work a variety of hours including nights, holidays and weekends--- Sales and Service Experience in the Food, Beverage, or Hospitality industries--- Social Media savvy with strong experience in the business aspect of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat--- Skilled in graphic design with applications such as InDesign, Canva and Adobe Platforms--- Vibrant, positive attitude, with the ability to work well in a team and thrives in a fun, fast-paced environment--- Ability to work in an autonomous environment. We're not micromanagers and we want to know you can get the job done without our hand-holding. A large portion of this job will be spent outside our four walls bringing in sales--- Thinks outside the box to come up with unique and exciting events that haven't been done in the area--- Fosters relationships with our vendors and suppliers to partner and sponsor eventsCompensation includes base + commission and will be based on experience and accounts secured. Benefits include:--- Access to health insurance--- Paid time off--- Manager meals for all shifts worked in our restaurant--- Career Advancement Opportunities - we're in a restaurant group with 13 entities and are still growing.--- The potential for the right individual is unlimitedJob Type: Full-timeExperience:--- Event Management: 2 years (Preferred)--- Sales: 2 years (Preferred)--- Restaurant background with actual hand on experience serving and taking care of guests (Prefered)

Keywords: Blackstone, Iowa City , Banquet and Event Coordinator, Hospitality & Tourism , Iowa City, Iowa

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