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Event Coordinator – American Royal

Kansas City, MO • Full-Time • Bachelor's Degree Required The American Royal continues to be a nationally recognized brand of excellence for over a century. The American Royal began in 1899 as the National Hereford Show and has evolved into a comprehensive season of food and agriculture activity with a yearlong impact. Today’s American Royal is the home to a nationally competitive youth livestock show, the world’s largest barbecue competition, a national equine championship, youth and professional rodeos, elementary and secondary education outreach, and a collegiate scholarship program. People travel to the American Royal from every state. BBQ teams come from around the globe.

The American Royal mission, to be the Nation’s leader in food and agriculture education, events, and engagement, is the foundation for the current activities and the driving force for future innovation and growth. With a long-standing history in Kansas City and brand prominence worldwide, the American Royal is poised to significantly increase its relevance and impact in food and agriculture with the development of a new home, a food and agriculture event, education, and entertainment epicenter.


The Event Coordinator will work in all areas of events at the American Royal including but not limited to the World Series of Barbecue, Rodeo, Livestock Show, Equine, and Education Events. Additionally, the Event Coordinator will assist and/or oversee other special events at the American Royal outside of the competitive events.

Reports To

The Event Coordinator will report to the Director of Education.

Desired Experience

The individual will have experience in events and/or contests, as well as in operations, managing volunteers, and an ability to learn and manage registration and ticketing systems. The ideal candidate will be goal-oriented, self-motivated, and very well organized with the ability to work independently. As well as collaborate with the team members, partners and volunteers to achieve desired outcomes. Individual must be flexible in day-to-day duties, detail-oriented, possesses good communication and writing skills and manage their time effectively.

Event Responsibilities

The attached list will outline job functions, roles and responsibilities for Event Coordinators. This list and reporting structure will be reviewed annually. This role will also perform all other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree

  • Agricultural background preferred

  • Ability to work overtime as required

Education Events

  • Development and assistance with a Learn to Ride for Free program, Ag Stem Camp, and Off-Site Field Trips.

  • Assistance with new education programs and hosted group tour nights at events

  • Example: AFA Animal Institute Tour, Girl Scout Night at Quarter Horse Show, FFA Night at the Rodeo, etc.

Equine Events

  • Assistance with Hunter/Jumper Show, Royal Showcase Youth and Open Horse Show, Cutting Horse Show, Quarter Horse Show, UPHA/American Royal National Championships Horse Show, and Arabian and Open Breed Horse Show

  • Hospitality- volunteers, officials, judges, exhibitors

  • Show Official Documents and Communications

  • Post-Show Data and Results Clean Up

  • Exhibitor Data

  • Ticketing

  • VIP Tables

  • Manage Official Equine Email

  • Help develop Virtual Horse Shows and a new Intercollegiate Horse Show

Other Events

  • Support Event Managers with logistics of one day events, registrations, and on-site management.

  • Leadership Summit

  • Sporting Clays

  • Poker Tournament

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