Special Events Coordinator

The Cato Institute

Washington, DC


The Cato Institute is seeking applications for a full-time position located in Washington, DC as a Special Events Coordinator. The Special Events Coordinator’s major responsibilities include assisting with the program design and implementation of development events located in Washington, DC and across the country. This position works closely with the Institute’s development and conference teams to plan and execute events as well as coordinate program  logistics with outside speakers and executives. The Special Events Coordinator reports directly to the Senior Vice President for Initiatives.

About Cato 

The Cato Institute is a public policy research organization—a think tank—dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, limited government, free markets and peace. Its scholars and analysts conduct independent, nonpartisan research on a wide range of policy issues.

Founded in 1977, Cato owes its name to Cato’s Letters, a series of essays published in 18th- century England that presented a vision of society free from excessive government power. Those essays inspired the architects of the American Revolution. And the simple, timeless principles of that revolution — individual liberty, limited government, and free markets – turn out to be even more powerful in today’s world of global markets and unprecedented access to information than Jefferson or Madison could have imagined. Social and economic freedom is not just the best policy for a free people, it is the indispensable framework for the future. Cato Institute is an EOE.


  • Work closely with the Senior Vice President for Initiatives, executive leadership, and development team to help develop programs and execute special events. Position will communicate and work closely with the Institute’s conference team. 
  • Assist with the planning, programming, and execution for donor retreats, major conferences, events, and seminars in major cities including Chicago, Dallas, Naples, New York City, and Washington DC. 
  • Coordinate closely with development team and leadership to host small dinners, receptions, and luncheons. 
  • Manage registration process for certain special events.
  • Manage booking of and coordination with high-profile guest speakers for each event. 
  • Manage marketing strategy, collateral, and invitation process for all special events, including both digital marketing and mailed invitations. 
  • Serve as first point of contact for donors regarding event correspondence. 


  • College graduate having a degree in a related field.
  • Minimum of 2-3 years of professional work experience. 
  • Knowledge of event planning or programming preferred.
  • Knowledge of Salesforce and HubSpot preferred. 
  • Must be detail-oriented, ability to multi-task, with excellent communications skills.
  • A commitment to Cato’s libertarian values is preferred.