Share with friends!


Welcome to the USO, where we believe that our greatest asset are our people. Every opportunity at the USO, is critical to accomplishing our mission and will be rewarding in ways that are unique and personally fulfilling.

Across all of our locations around the globe you will find USO employees who personify our core values: 
  • Mission First
  • Do the Right Thing
  • Respect
  • Excellence
  • Collaboration
  • Accountability
  • Gratitude
  • Innovation

Each team member becomes an integral part of our success and plays an active role in discovering better and innovative ways to help us be by the side of our active service members and their families while they are away from home.

So take your first step in joining our organization by exploring our current career opportunities, we look forward to meeting you!

Director, Special Events

Department: Brand Advancement
Location: Arlington, VA, United States

For over 75 years, the USO has been the nationís leading organization to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, and their families, throughout their time in uniform. From the moment they join, through their assignments and deployments, and as they transition back to their communities, the USO is always by their side.

Todayís USO continuously adapts to the needs of our men and women in uniform and their families, so they can focus on their very important mission. We operate USO centers at or near military installations across the United States and throughout the world, including in combat zones, and even un-staffed USO service sites in places too dangerous for anyone but combat troops to occupy.

The Director, Special Events is responsible for short- and long-term direction and planning of high-profile meetings and events that support sustainable growth and continued operation of USO programs and services.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities (*Essential Duties)   

  • Oversee full-cycle event planning for a wide variety of high-profile USO events including but not limited to identifying event goals, objectives and requirements, site/vendor selection and management, promotion/marketing strategies, event implementation, and post-event evaluation.*
  • Oversee creation and management of event budgets and contractual agreements.*
  • In coordination with cross-departmental leadership, develop and implement short- and long-term event strategies that result in procurement and growth of financial and other in-kind resources necessary to support USO operations. Depending on the event, the goals are a combination of 1) stewarding key relationships 2) raising funds and 3) building brand equity. * 
  • Cultivate and steward key audiences including funders, senior military, elected officials, entertainers and USO field and volunteer leadership.
  • Develop and implement organization-wide event standards, processes and procedures.*
  • Lead, manage and mentor event staff and volunteers.*
  • Other duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications
  •  Bachelorís Degree. CMP/CSEP preferred.
  •  10+ years progressively responsible work experience, including 5+ years in a supervisory capacity, in an event planning/management role, preferably managing events or programs with 500+ and/or VIP attendees. 
  • Experience with planning events and programs that include Military and elected officials strongly preferred. 
  •  Working knowledge of meetings/events management industry best practices, standards and ethics.
  •  Demonstrated ability to lead high-performing teams. Ability to achieve desired results while working collaboratively in a team environment.
  •  Strong interpersonal and problem-solving skills. Ability to interact with USO Leadership, the general public and military audiences at a variety of levels with integrity and professionalism.
  •  Demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment related to controversial and/or culturally sensitive subjects. Ability to handle confidential information with tact and poise.
  •  Working knowledge of basic business and accounting functions including project management and budgeting.
  •  Demonstrated initiative/self-motivation, with the ability to quickly and easily adapt to changing organizational needs.
  •  Proficiency using computers and electronics equipment. Working knowledge of various software, applications, and programs including but not limited to Microsoft Office Suite.
  •  Ability to obtain and maintain proper credentials necessary to access USO Center locations and facilities including but not limited to security, credit and/or background screening, SOFA status, valid driverís license.
  • Must be a strong advocate of the USOís mission 
  • This position is located in Arlington, VA. Preference will be given to local candidates within commuting distance to the location.
  • Relocation assistance is not provided for this position.
  • Resume and cover letter are required for full consideration. 

Applicant Tracking System Powered by ClearCompany HRM Applicant Tracking System