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Assistant Event Coordinator

  • 500740
  • Full-time


The Arizona State Fair is Arizona's largest annual event, attracting more than 1.1 million people from the community over 18 days. Only the Arizona State Fair can provide you first-rate concerts, nail-biting motorized events, educational exhibits, hair-raising carnival rides, award-winning livestock competitions, the best in the community talent, and deep fried everything, all in one place. Our mission is to deliver a high-impact experience for Arizona friends and family. We are in the business of providing gathering places and making smiles.

Assistant Event Coordinator

Job Location:

Address:  1826 W McDowell Road

Phoenix, AZ 85007

Posting Details:

Salary: $33,435.17 - $59,812.48 

Grade: 19

Closing Date: OTF

Job Summary:

The Arizona Exposition and State Fair (AESF) is seeking a motivated, organized and most importantly, exceptionally enthusiastic Event Specialist to add to our Entertainment and Event Solutions (EES) team. The Event Specialist executes the revenue generating programs for the Arizona Exposition & State Fair. Whether it’s a venue rental, Trade Show, Commercial Sales vendor, Sponsor, or Entertainment-related, this position is critical in providing an unmatched customer service experience for the client. The client is defined as a venue promoter or partner, Commercial Sales Vendor or Exhibitor, Sponsor, or Mobile Tour Manager.

The Event Specialist will work in tandem with the Assistant Executive Director and Sales Manager to implement contracted programs by coordinating with related departments, including the Fair Operations Crew. All logistical elements will flow through the Event Specialist, from start to finish. The ideal candidate must be creative, proactive and timely in their approach across all Departments.

In addition to implementing event driven sales assets, the Event Specialist may help with grounds-wide Fairground entertainment during the run of the Fair. This includes Grandstand Series, special destinations, attractions, outdoor stages, and live entertainment acts.

Administratively, the Event Specialist is knowledgeable with rental estimates, security and safety codes, timely and accurate billing, cross-department requests and communication, Event Calendar, and manages the Contract Status with the Administrative Assistant.

It is the responsibility of the Event Specialist to work proactively to ensure that deposits, contracts, maps, insurance, billing and payments are in prior to established deadlines.

Job Duties:

Event Season:

  • Assist with promoting the facility to new and potential clients
  • Work with clients to schedule events and determine event needs
  • Liaison between multiple departments and the Client to produce the event
  • Create, negotiate, and execute venue contracts
  • Determine equipment/physical set-up needs for grounds events and create action plans
  • Create event set-up sheets with detailed information regarding each departments’ responsibilities
  • Coordinate scheduling of employees as needed based on event needs
  • Complete itemized billing at conclusion of event
  • Coordinate with Accounting and Operations Departments to secure and finalize payment
  • Liaison with client, Accounting, and Box Office on settlement
  • Anticipate and troubleshoot all issues during event

Arizona State Fair:

  • Research and book grounds entertainment talent
  • Manage outdoor stages
  • Manage Grandstand series events and crew
  • Oversee the community stage programming
  • Assist with supervision of stage managers, interns, and other Fair Crew
  • Provide substantial logistical, planning, and coordination support for other departments as necessary
  • NOTE: Flexible weekend and evening schedule required, working long extended hours, including holidays.
Knowledge, Skills & Abilities (KSAs):

Additional Skills and/or Knowledge of:

  • Sales / Client Service
  • Festival or Event Management
  • Sound and Light Production
  • Knowledge of facility and equipment rental
  • Knowledge and understanding of fire and safety guidelines
  • Rental processes, rates, and availability
  • Crowd control and staffing plans
  • Understanding of policies and rules/regulations regarding booking facilities for events
  • Strong decision making skills
  • Deadline oriented
Selective Preference(s):
  • College Degree
  • Minimum 4 years Facility AND Venue experience
  • Weekend availability and a flexible schedule is critical
  • Strong writing and conflict communication skills

The Arizona Department of Administration offers a comprehensive benefits package to include:

  • Sick leave
  • Vacation with 10 paid holidays per year
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Retirement plan
  • Life insurance and long-term disability insurance
  • Optional employee benefits include short-term disability insurance, deferred compensation plans, and supplemental life insurance

For a complete list of benefits provided by The State of Arizona, please visit our benefits page

  • Positions in this classification require participation in the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS).
  • Please note enrollment eligibility will become effective after 27 weeks of employment.
Contact Us:

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Aubrey Moya at aubrey.moya@azstatefair.com for assistance.


All Arizona state employees operate within the Arizona Management System (AMS), an intentional, results-driven approach for doing the work of state government whereby every employee reflects on performance, reduces waste, and commits to continuous improvement with sustainable progress.  Through AMS, every state employee seeks to understand customer needs, identify problems, improve processes, and measure results.  
State employees are highly engaged, collaborative and embrace a culture of public service.

Arizona State Government is an AA/EOE/ADA Reasonable Accommodation Employer.