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Senior Entertainment Manager

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Ipartner HR

Santa Ana, CA

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Job Description

Play a key role in supporting the largest Asian/Japanese event in the US! Experience SPJA's international culture while helping change the lives of thousands of people. Advance in your Entertainment career as we continue to grow our Anime Expo event at a phenomenal pace (over 80% since 2014).

The Senior Entertainment Managerbrings our event to life. You're responsible for the management, maintenance, coordination, and support of all entertainment programming and content execution for SPJA events and you lead the employees and volunteers who help you get it done.

Major responsibilities

  • Content & Programming Execution: execution and logistics for content & programming strategy of SPJAs event which have excess of 800 hours of programming such as concerts, panels, workshops, interactives, streaming, and other content related programming. Close collaboration with the Director of Operations, Directory of Industry, Director of Content, and executive team plus successful communication with partners, talent, agencies, and external management staff.
  • Relationship Building: retaining and communicating with existing entertainment relationships both domestically and internationally plus Guest of Honor Relations, ensuring an exceptional experience for our high profile guests.
  • Administration of Entertainment department travel, event calendar, and expense reporting and the development of department standards and operating procedures.
  • Volunteer Management within Entertainment division such as Main Events, Guest Relations, Programming, etc. Support and recruit a volunteer event team in excess of 500 volunteers.
  • Vendor Management in which you source, negotiate, and manage performances of key third-party vendors such as audio & visual, event ticketing, decorator, etc.
  • Planning & Budget Management: Develop, track, and manage all functions of the Entertainment department budgets including forecasting, planning, and compliance with SPJA finance policies and procedures.
  • Managing, coaching, and developing 4-7 direct entertainment reports such as Entertainment Manager and various division level managers adherence to company objectives and procedures. Recruit and develop teams of entertainment volunteers for SPJA related events.


  • You easily explain your ability to grow and develop both employee and volunteer teams
  • You can describe why you call yourself an Excellent Project Manager and wow us with examples- keeping in mind this role balances thousands of projects, big and small
  • Impress us with your multi level Brand Management savvy and ability to engage talent, panels, licensing, domestic streaming, and pop culture
  • You bring 5 years of proven results in event planning and/or operational management experience in the anime and/or video game industry
  • Bachelors Degree in Marketing, Advertising, or Business related degree preferred
  • This role speaks to the world about our events, so fluency in Japanese is strongly preferred
  • You bring hustle, our events involve walking all day
  • You apply good judgement, high ethics and calm problem-solving skills, even under pressure.
  • Must be able to attend meetings, conferences and events (including social functions) as necessary.


Medical, Dental, Vision, 401(k) and more

About the SPJA Team

Joining the SPJA team is ideal for those seeking to make a difference in a culture based community, providing not only operational support to the organization but helping to promote a positive work environment for both our small team of employees and large team of volunteers. We're located in the Brookhollow complex, on the border of Irvine/Santa Ana near the 55 fwy and Warner.

We are a 5016 mutual benefit non-profit team expanding to meet the organizations growth and ongoing success. What does success look like? Ongoing growth in attendance of our key events.

Our team values strong consensus-building skills, tremendous personal integrity, and dedication to superior customer service. We consider ourselves to be hands on workers who are self-starters combining excellent communication with strong technical skills. We share a passion for Japanese anime.

Our employee roles are unique at SPJA, fulfilling two critical functions. First of course is the core role, the second and unique element is our team's transformation into volunteer team leaders during Anime Expo with 100,000 in attendance event and other events.

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