City of Tampa

Senior Special Events Coordinator (#119300) N33

$33.18-$49.77 Hourly / $5,751.20-$8,626.80 Monthly / $69,014.40-$103,521.60 Yearly


This is highly responsible work involving the oversight of city-wide scheduling of special events in parks and recreation facilities.

Nature Of Work

An employee in this class is responsible for performing tasks of more than average difficulty involving the oversight of city-wide special events and the scheduled use of parks and recreation facilities. Reasonable initiative, creativity, and independent judgement are required in formulating recommendations for consideration by other city staff regarding all aspects of event management. Employee maintains a master calendar of events and keeps public and private organizations, affected neighborhoods and businesses apprised of all activities that might have an impact on their operations. Employee’s responsibilities include overseeing the work of other employees as needed. Under general supervision, the employee is responsible for interpreting and disseminating information relative to event promoter needs, scheduling tasks for other personnel during events, and coordinating with other departments to ensure the scheduled event is run in an efficient manner. The employee is also responsible for managing all parks and recreation vending activities. The exercise of considerable tact and courtesy is necessary in dealing with event promoters, sponsors, vendors, and the public. Some work must be performed on weekends and during irregular hours. Work is reviewed while in progress through observation and upon completion through reports submitted, public response and results obtained.

Examples of Duties

Schedules and coordinates city-wide events for parks and recreation facilities; maintains a master calendar of events to preclude booking conflicts; prepares and distributes a monthly calendar of events in print and on the web; serves as liaison between event promoters and the city.

Develops and updates operating guidelines and other documents to assist event promoters in organizing activities; keeps abreast of other department and other governmental agencies’ regulations affecting events and keeps promoter apprised of same; maintains website information relevant to special event processes.

Sets up meetings for major events with promoter, city staff, and other affected parties; compiles information specific to each event for disseminating to other affected city departments and other affected parties; continually updates event memos for distribution to keep staff informed of changes as they arise; oversees events to ensure proper completion and resolve problems.

Creates individual event files; keeps accurate records on discussions and communicates with promoters on particular needs and requirements; informs promoter of issues involving street closures, security/police, insurance, etc.; prepares permits, hold-harmless agreements, and event response forms for completion by promoters (and vendors, when applicable); verifies that payments are made and that insurance is received; conducts event follow up by compiling notes on recurring events to create documentation of problems to be avoided in the future.

Serves as manager on duty during an event and is assigned all the decision making power necessary to function in that capacity.

Manages vending activities in parks and recreation facilities.

Performs related work as required.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: applicable city, county and state rules, regulations, procedures, and functions regarding all aspects of event management; effective public information dissemination principles and techniques; effective planning, scheduling and management techniques and procedures; legal requirements of contracts and insurance.

Working knowledge of: standard office practices and procedures including records keeping; methods and techniques used in event promotion; computer operation and website management.

Ability to: maintain accurate records and prepare clear and accurate reports; follow complex oral and written instructions; establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees, officials, event promoters, vendors, and the general public.

Minimum Qualifications

Graduation from accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in recreation, communications, public relations, marketing, social sciences, or a related field, and three (3) years of experience in events coordination, meeting planning, advertising, or a related field; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Licenses or Certifications

Possession of a valid Florida driver’s license.


Employees may be required to work rotating shifts, including nights, weekends, holidays and overtime as needed. During periods when the Mayor issues an emergency declaration for the City of Tampa, all employees may be required to work in preparation, response or recovery activities related to the stated emergency.

CLASS: 119300; EST: 8/12/2013;