At The Infatuation, our mission is very simple: to bring the most honest and trustworthy opinions on where to eat around the world. In October 2021, The Infatuation was acquired by JPMorgan Chase, the largest bank in the U.S. The acquisition affords us the funding of a major bank, as well as the distribution for The Infatuation to become a household name. With these new resources, we will be expanding and growing quickly, with the hopes of reaching a more expansive and diverse audience.

In real life, we deliver on that promise by partnering with restaurants to develop entertaining, one-of-a-kind events and experiences across the country. We’re searching for a VP of Experiential to manage our signature food festival EEEEEATSCON, as well as numerous restaurant based experiences throughout the year. The ideal candidate is passionate about producing unique and well-executed events, creative, and extremely detail oriented. They should also have excellent leadership skills and the ability to delegate responsibilities to meet quality expectations. This role demands an expert in all aspects of event strategy, vision, creation and production.

As VP, Experiential you will report directly to our SVP, Partnerships. We are looking for candidates in the NYC area, who are comfortable working in an office three days a week.

High Level Objectives

  • Manage all aspects of event planning, meeting deadlines and budget demands
  • Nurture and build relationships with partner agencies, vendors, venues, and other industry contacts 
  • Stay current, and often ahead of the curve, on event planning, design, and production trends
  • Proactively identify and solve operational challenges
  • Establish standard procedures and organizational processes across event brainstorming, creative development, and event production, while training staff to execute flawlessly
  • Comply with legal, insurance, health and safety regulations at all times

Daily and Monthly Responsibilities

  • Establish vision for events, and serve as liaison to senior level executives
  • Manage both external agency internal teams working across the EEEEEATSCON franchise (The Infatuation's twice annual food festival), and contribute  to the overall strategic vision of the event
  • Research resources, make site visits, and lead pre-event meetings when necessary to help staff make decisions about event design
  • Plan and facilitate logistics for all events, including contract negotiations, guest lists, venue preparation, run of shows, security, catering, entertainment, transportation, equipment, decor, and marketing materials
  • Oversee client experiences from conception through post-event, managing on-site preparations, production, and event breakdown, ensuring consistent, high-level service throughout all phases
  • Maintain and build a comprehensive database of industry contacts, vendors, and venues
  • Serve as on-site point for all events, ensuring smooth event execution with the ability to troubleshoot conflicts that may arise

Preferred Qualifications

  • You’re passionate about all things events, restaurants, and consumer experiences – always ensuring top service quality, client management, and event success 
  • You’re organized and serve as both a leader and executor 
  • 7+ years event experience
  • Experience in consumer brand or editorial brand events
  • Experience working with restaurants/ the restaurant industry
  • Bachelor’s degree in event management or a related discipline
  • Flexibility to travel both domestic and internationally, as needed
  • Additional experience in advertising, marketing and/or public relations a plus

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