University of the Pacific: California's First University

University of the Pacific is a nationally ranked comprehensive university and California’s first chartered institution of higher learning. Established in 1851, Pacific has approximately 6,300 students and nine schools and colleges across three campuses in northern California.
The majority of students and the NCAA Division 1 athletics program are based on the Stockton Campus, often cited as one of the nation’s most beautiful college campuses. The Sacramento Campus in California’s state capital is home to the McGeorge School of Law, the new School of Health Sciences and an array of graduate programs while the renowned Dugoni School of Dentistry is based on the downtown San Francisco Campus. 

Pacific takes pride in providing the highly personalized and caring educational, social and residential environments of a small college combined with the choices and opportunities of a major comprehensive university.

The Position

The Director of University Events is responsible for serving University of the Pacific in all three campuses (Stockton, Sacramento and San Francisco) by the planning, production and implementation of university events and identifying new ways to generate revenue through externally focused events. Reporting to the Sr. Associate VP for Development and Alumni Relations, the Director of University Events develops, disseminates and oversees high level standards to be applied to university events; provides event planning consulting with units, departments and schools across all three campuses and provides training support for staff tasked with planning events.



  • Bachelor’s Degree (Two years of full-time experience in the same/similar position is equal to one year of completed post high school education coursework).
  • Five years of corporate or institutional experience planning and implementing large events.


  • Five years of experience working with collegiate level academic ceremonies & events, especially Commencement ceremonies and multi-event Homecoming activities.
  • Ten years of event production and management experience.
  • Professional certification in event planning field.

Skills/Knowledge and Expertise include:

  • Experience drafting event-focused emergency plans.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and proven success in directing the design of complex events.
  • Knowledge of academic ceremonies, order of precedence and forms of address.
  • Experience with project management.
  • Excellent organization, public relations, project and event management skills.
  • Experience in program coordination, conducting meetings and events.
  • Strong verbal communications and writing skills, demonstrated ability to write run of show schedules, event set-up and strike instructions.
  • Resourcefulness in finding appropriate solutions to problems and initiative in presenting alternatives and implementing solutions to ensure effective change.
  • Ability to anticipate problems and take necessary action to eliminate or mitigate potential negative effects.
  • Ability to use specialized computer software programs at the level of sophistication required for event planning with computer-aided drafting (CAD) tools and knowledge on how to create event layout diagrams.
  • Positive attitude, proven ability to work successfully with diverse populations and demonstrated commitment to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion.


Apply Now

University of the Pacific is currently accepting applications for this position. Applicants will be required to provide a cover letter and current resume, as well as provide contact information for three professional references with their online application.

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AA/EEO Statement

University of the Pacific is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer dedicated to workforce diversity. In compliance with applicable law and its own policy, Pacific is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff and does not discriminate in its hiring of faculty and staff, or in the provision of its employment benefits to its faculty and staff on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, genetic information, sex/gender, marital status, military and veteran status, sexual orientation, medical condition, pregnancy, gender identity, gender expression, or mental or physical disability. The university will provide reasonable accommodations to individuals with a disability.