Meetings/Expositions/Events, Project Management/Program Development
4 Year Degree
Are you a collaborative team player with drive and passion for delivering an exceptional customer experience through meetings and special events? A fast-paced Washington-DC based trade association seeks a Senior Director of Conferences & Meetings to join our thriving conferences team that contributes nearly $6 million to the association annually by developing and managing 8+ conferences per year ranging from 100 attendees up to 4,000+ attendees at our annual convention. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 7 years of experience in meeting planning and must be a keen multi-tasker, highly detail-oriented with excellent oral and written communication skills. Candidates must also possess superior negotiation skills and have excellent customer service experience. Being adept at building relationships to work effectively with association volunteers to develop and manage program content while executing best-in-class logistics is a must. This position will travel to all association conferences and manage all aspects of each program onsite. Experience in developing and implementing budgets is mandatory.
KEY RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Work closely with the Vice President, Conferences and Meetings to oversee all aspects of the planning and execution of the association’s events including content and speaker development, supervision of various planning groups, and management of all logistics as well as serving as onsite coordinator.
Serve key role in supporting the Vice President, Conferences & Meetings with all arrangements and logistics for the Annual Convention, including site visits, production of general sessions, breakouts and other special events, and on-site management. Assist with our volunteer planning committee as directed.
Negotiate contracts with hotels, caterers, destination management companies, transportation, audio-visual contractors and all other conference vendors.
Serve as primary contact for program speakers including the coordination of session requirements and handout materials.
Assist Vice President, Conferences & Meetings with the planning and execution of the IFA Summer Board Meeting/Retreat.
Develop conference budgets. Monitor revenue and expenses closely and provide forecast and final budgets leading up to and after each event.
Manage and meet conference financial and attendance goals.
Serve as staff liaison to the Legal Symposium planning committee.
Serve as staff liaison to the Women’s Franchise Committee which plans a half-day Leadership Conference event during the IFA Annual Convention.
Act as direct supervisor of the association’s Senior Manager of Conferences & Events.
7+ years of experience in event development and execution.
Superior written and verbal communications skills and ability to build strong relationships.
Proficient in setting and meeting deadlines.
Ability to manage multiple tasks and be responsive to requests from members and colleagues in a timely manner.
Strong project management experience and ability to juggle multiple shifting priorities.
Develop and manage budgets with a particular aptitude for finding savings and adhering to a strict management of expenses.
Creative thinking in attracting attendees, generating new revenue streams and improving upon the attendee experience.
Team player who thrives in a fast-paced and collaborative work environment.
An understanding of online event registration and database management a plus.
Bachelor’s degree a must. A Certified Meeting Planner (CMP) credential is a plus.
About International Franchise Association
Celebrating 57 years of excellence, education and advocacy, the International Franchise Association is the world's oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide.
IFA’s Mission Statement is the following:
The International Franchise Association protects, enhances, and promotes franchising.
IFA works through its government relations and public policy, media relations and educational programs to protect, enhance and promote franchising and nearly 733,000 franchise establishments that support nearly 7.6 million direct jobs, $674.3 billion of economic output for the U.S. economy and 2.5 percent of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). IFA members include franchise companies in over 300 different business format categories, individual franchisees and companies that support the industry in marketing, law, technology and business development.
IFA is located in the heart of downtown DC, near multiple metro stops and offers great benefits including a generous leave policy, 401K, health insurance benefits, onsite gym, and more!