Marketing & Events Manager
Sundance Trail Guest Ranch

Belay-certified staff members will assist with our rock-climbing program for guests.

Marketing and events at our small Dude Ranch in the Colorado Rockies!

Red Feather Lakes at 8,000ft in N Colorado, very little snow so we ride all year!

Year-round

Marketing & Events Manager

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch
Location:
Red Feather Lakes, Colorado
Experience:
Previous experience required
Start Date:
Job starts immediately! (Jan 11, 2019)

Sundance Trail Guest Ranch has been hosting elopement weddings and very small events for a number of years now, and we now have a small events center on the property.

  • We will continue to focus on smaller, “destination” wedding groups and single-couple elopements.
  • The Aspen Grove is being designed to expand our capabilities to groups of 10 to 40 people and
  • may occasionally hold as many as 80 people.

The Marketing and Events Manager is running developing and running this business expansion. As such, this is an opportunity to design and structure almost every aspect of the business from scratch,

  • using creativity and a wide variety of skill sets;
  • agile self-starter;
  • strong communicator;
  • a team player and team leader
  • also able to work independently with very little supervision.

Our “product” is casual, relaxed and low stress. We value

  • integrity,
  • transparency, and
  • honesty.

Like many dude ranchers and other small family businesses, we left wealth in search for quality of lifestyle. We traded high speed internet for horses and good cell phone reception for good neighbors: human, deer, elk, wild turkeys, the occasional moose.

The candidates who will fit this job are those who ride horses, hike, fish, shoot shotguns, rock climb and wash dishes. A sense of humor is absolutely necessary!

*A part of our interview process will include asking you for your thoughts about how we should structure pay. We want to reward results, possibly with commission and/or sales bonuses, but we want to avoid the wedding planning industry abuses that have been well documented.

PERKS:

  • Housing and all utilities included
  • All meals & snacks included
  • Staff are welcome (and encouraged!) to partake in all guest activities during down time/days off including: horseback riding, rock-climbing, archery, riflery, whitewater rafting, evening activities, hot tub, pool/foosball table, hiking, and sightseeing at Rocky Mountain National Park or more local points of interest

Responsibilities:

1. All position descriptions on this ranch START with “performs other related duties as assigned.”

2. Wearing the Marketing Manager hat, this person will, with minimal supervision:

  • create and develop a yearly cycling Marketing calendar that is coordinated with those of the Dude Ranch and Wedding/Events associations which we belong to
  • Establish and maintain networking relationships with the marketing staff of those associations, with other wedding planners and other sources of referrals
  • with vendors – flowers, photographers/videographers, etc related vendors and with the local community
  • Maintain our positive reputation with customers and neighbors
  • Search and develop new methods and media for creating customer awareness of our products and services
  • Create or develop new products, services and packages for both businesses

Create Marketing Structures:

  • define themes and branding
  • brochures
  • web sites
  • social media
  • manage database of leads, hot leads, and customer
  • develop marketing campaigns & marketing calendar
  • nurturing emails, newsletters, holiday greetings, etc.
  • manages phone calls; answering questions, booking reservations, etc.

Package products & services for various types of weddings and other events,

  • Include packages that enhance: STR lodging, horse and recreation products and services
  • Gift shop
  • Price lists of products, services and packages that are simple, clear and stress free.
  • Structure products and services for planning, for example: brides’ check-off lists, rental price lists, menus, designed to minimize brides’ stress

3. With minimal supervision, wearing the Event Planner hat, this person will plan, market, sell, coordinate and manage weddings, special events and other catastrophes:

  • Create products
  • Identify and define products and services to be sold
  • Plans schedules, menus, staffing with caterer
  • Plans schedules, staffing, furniture layout and decor with facilities manager
  • Plans schedule, staffing and stocking with bar
  • manages inventory of backdrops, projectors, computers, and other display materials.
  • Maintains the master schedule of events booked
    • Elopements
    • Destination Weddings
    • “Traditional,” “Casual,” and “BBQ” Weddings
    • Non-wedding events: business & religious retreats, reunions, dances, holiday parties, etc.
    • Food & bar for the above
    • Other rental & sales for the above
  • Assists bride/grooms in the wedding planning process; themes, decor, invitations, hiring vendors.
  • May also assist with honeymoon planning.
  • May mediate event planning disagreements.
  • Attends rehearsals or planning sessions to oversee and manage the logistics on the wedding day,
  • Non-Wedding Special Event Sales, Planning and Managing
    • Plans, organizes, coordinates, promotes, and manages special events including
      • picnics,
      • celebration meals,
      • dances,
      • family reunions,
      • business & religious retreats

4. Wearing the “New business start-up” hat, this person will create the basic business structures listed below, including:

  • Reservation calendar
  • Project budgets
  • Assists with the creation of the Catering and Bar Businesses
  • Writes and manages budget, monitoring and controlling expenditure
  • Reviews and analyzes customer satisfaction evaluations

5. Wearing all (or none!) of the above hats:

  • Orient and teach staff responsibilities in set up before, assistance during, and clean-up after events
  • Provide leadership – take charge of calamities & potential calamities as they arise

Qualifications


1. Superior communication skills and ability to respond to sensitive matters and/or situations with discretion, tact, and confidentiality. 
2. Demonstrated ability to interact with people of differing backgrounds, religious faiths, and customs.
3. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain cooperative relationships with those contacted in the course of work; to negotiate pricing and services with honesty and integrity.
4. Demonstrated ability to create a hospitable environment with a polished and welcoming demeanor
5. Team player – must play well with others with a joyful sense of humor.
6. Demonstrated strong planning and organization skills to anticipate project needs, discern work priorities, manage complex projects and meet deadlines with little supervision
7. Willingness to work long hours, late nights, weekends and holidays especially during the summer months of wedding season.
8. Proficient in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel and related software.
9. Possession of a valid driver’s license; willingness to travel throughout the state
10. Ability to lift and carry 80# for 300 feet at 8,000 ft altitude.
11. Having the wisdom from surviving previous catering, event and/or wedding planning, marketing and/or management experiences may be very helpful.
 

How to Apply

Please visit the employment section of our website for more general information and to access our online application form. 

To be considered you MUST complete our online application as well as the job-specific questionnaire. Emailed resumes may be submitted to supplement your application but will not be considered without prior submission of our application form.

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