Education and Training, Meetings/Expositions/Events
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The Senior Director of Education and Meetings at the American Academy of Audiology provides overall strategic and operational leadership of the Academy’s activities pertaining to educational offerings, member meetings, and leadership development. This position requires a combination of strategic planning, content development and strong hands-on implementation skills. Primary responsibilities include strategic planning of educational content designed to meet member needs from all segments of the audiology profession. Of primary importance will be leading the design and implementation of the Academy annual meeting, but also responsibility for key educational meetings that occur outside of the annual meeting. Collaborating with colleagues across the Academy, Academy members, and other stakeholders, the senior director will successfully manage and execute in-person, virtual, and hybrid meetings and conferences. The senior director is relied upon to manage budgets, vendor relationships, all event processes, and work with volunteer leaders to plan high quality educational offerings, as well as, identify trends in educational formats and exhibitor relations. Additionally, the senior director takes the lead in working with volunteer leaders to provide high quality leadership development training and to acclimate new volunteers in Academy processes.
What you'll get to do:
Act as an advisor to staff on overall education program development and meeting planning and implementation.
Ensure Department team works collegially to provide educational opportunities that exceed member expectations.
Provide oversight and management of the Education and Meetings department products and programs including educational program design, project management of educational products, meetings management and logistics, and sponsorship relations.
Develop and maintain relationships with key stakeholders, including members, sponsors, exhibitors, vendors, and other associations. Collaborate with these stakeholders to shape and implement successful educational and sponsorship opportunities and to form new and innovative relationships to drive growth and profitability.
Primary responsibility for key volunteer councils and committees including Leadership Development Committee, Honors & Awards Committee, and the Professional Development Council.
Provide oversight and management of meeting activities such as: site selection and contract negotiations, meeting logistics and onsite management, Exhibit Hall function, registration process for meetings, and exhibitor relations.
Evaluate new technologies that further enhance the effectiveness of educational offerings.
Work closely with Business Development to coordinate sponsorship and exhibitor engagement and identify options for exhibitor opportunities outside of annual meeting.
Periodic overnight travel.
Continuous development and a team environment that will help you reach your potential
Medical, dental, and vision benefits
Life and disability insurance
401(k) with a generous match
Dynamic environments that promote collaboration and creativity
What you'll bring to the table:
Bachelor’s degree required;
Previous success in leading the planning and implementation of a variety of educational offerings both in person and virtual is required;
Successful track record supervising direct reports and building team-based culture where staff are fully engaged and able to fully utilize their skills is required;
Three or more years working at an association providing strategic planning for member committees is strongly preferred;
Excellent analytical and problem-solving skills, as well as written and oral communication skills;
Highly self-motivated and exceptional ability to develop strong relationships with association members, and corporate partners;
Well organized with ability to coordinate multiple projects, meet aggressive deadlines, and demonstrate an inherent commitment to service excellence;
Strong budgeting skills;
Ability to identify and cultivate new relationships with potential exhibitors from new and emerging markets;
Working understanding of continuing education requirements and best practices in professional education.
About American Academy of Audiology
Located in the metropolitan Washington DC area, the American Academy of Audiology is the world’s largest professional organization of, by and for audiologists. Representing the interests of approximately 14,000 audiologists nationwide, the Academy is dedicated to providing quality hearing care services through professional development, education, research, and increased public awareness of hearing and balance disorders. The Academy has an active Board of Directors, including an elected president and president-elect, a strong group of volunteer committee leaders, an active Foundation, and a highly-involved student member population.