The National Association of Counties (NACo) is seeking a dynamic Director of Conferences and Leadership Development. The ideal candidate will be a high energy, self-motivated, driven professional with the ability to wear many hats.
The individual will manage the logistics of not-for-profit conferences and meetings nationally ranging from 50 to 3,000 participants. The individual will also market conferences as well as oversee educational and leadership development programs. The position requires strong managerial, organizational, negotiation and budgeting skills with a proven, results-oriented track record.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Under the supervision of the Director of Public Affairs, responsibilities include but are not limited to:
Direct, coordinate and oversee the activities of event planning for a wide variety of meetings, conferences, webinars and peer exchanges, including three large events and approximately 30 smaller events per year in Washington, D.C. and across the country
Develop RFP’s for potential hosts, sponsors and service providers and oversee selection and management of outside vendors
Research and evaluate event sites in selected geographical locations
Develop and coordinate marketing and public relations activities related to meetings and conferences
Create and monitor budgets to ensure that revenue and expenses are kept within established boundaries
Review financial information for accuracy, such as invoices for services and materials, hotels, subcontractors, etc. and code for accounting
Establish and monitor timelines/deadlines related to all aspects of events, ensuring that information is communicated with staff, volunteers, contractors and other constituents
Collaborate with members and staff across the organization to develop agendas, including speakers and topics and related reimbursements and logistical support
Coordinate all overnight accommodations for staff and speakers
Work with general service contractor to order signage, furniture, etc. for registration and membership areas, exhibit hall and other areas as needed
Oversee set-up and tear-down and manage vendors on-site
Manage third-party exhibit management company, including development of exhibitor prospectus, monthly invoice review, marketing plans and on-site exhibit sales/promotions
Oversee the development, delivery and evaluation of conference content often in conjunction with subject matter experts and staff, ensuring continual improvement and quality customer service
Delegate assignments, allocate resources and demonstrate leadership to ensure that NACo priorities and objectives are met
Supervise and advance educational and leadership development programs
Formulate recommendations to the department director on conference matters affecting NACo
Work with local hosts to plan portions of the Annual Conference, Western Interstate Region Conference and other events as needed
Represent NACo’s conferences team to affiliates and act as a resource for staff
Travel required to minimum of five meetings per year plus applicable site visits
Other duties as assigned
Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
Designation of “Certified Meeting Planner” (or equivalent work history) is preferred
Demonstrated experience in all aspects of association or not-for-profit meetings coordination and management
Minimum 10 years of meeting planning/convention experience
Ability to lead a cross-departmental team in planning events
Experience in contract negotiations with hotels and vendors
Demonstrated marketing expertise
Command of adult learning principles and formats and experience using new and emerging technologies to deliver educational programming
Solid technical skills
Experience working with volunteers
Strong financial management skills
Supervisory and leadership experience
Experience with production of general sessions
Experience in designing and administering RFP’s
Experience in exhibition, sales and trade show management
Strong written and oral communication skills
Experience interacting with elected officials a plus
NACo is committed to providing excellent customer service and creating quality experiences for our stakeholders. If you are creative, energetic and passionate about event planning please send a cover letter, resume and salary expectations to email@example.com.
Employees of NACo enjoy a fun and challenging environment with a wide range of competitive benefits. Benefits include comprehensive medical, vision and dental insurance coverage; paid holidays and leave; tuition reimbursement; group life insurance, 401(k) match and pension plans; credit union membership; and short-term/long-term disability coverage.
NACo is an equal opportunity employer. Our jobs are open to all applications regardless of race, color, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, national origin, marital status, pregnancy, disability, military status or any other basis prohibited by federal, state or local law.
Additional Salary Information: Based on experience.
The National Association of Counties (NACo) is the only national organization that represents county governments in the United States. Founded in 1935, NACo provides essential services to the nation’s 3,069 counties. NACo advances issues with a unified voice before the federal government, improves the public's understanding of county government, assists counties in finding and sharing innovative... solutions through education and research, and provides value-added services to save counties and taxpayers money. For more information about NACo, visit www.naco.org.