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Director of Conferences & Special Events

Company: The Right Place Inc
Location: Grand Rapids
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

Director of Conferences & Special Events Job Title Director of Conferences & Special Events

Location Grand Rapids, MI

Other Location

Description Are you a creative and strategic yet detail-oriented events expert dedicated to serving the community?

Founded in 1985, The Right Place, Inc. is West Michigan’s regional economic development organization. The Right Place serves both current and prospective West Michigan companies, connecting them to the resources they need to succeed. During this long history, the organization has assisted existing and new companies to create over 45,000 new jobs and over $5 billion in new investments.

We are seeking a Director of Conferences & Special Events to create meaningful and impactful conferences and events that meet the needs of the West Michigan business community and promote strong community relations. You will drive and lead the strategy and execution of high-quality events by determining event formats, developing content and schedules, collaborating with sponsors and regional partners, and implementing events on time.

What your priorities are:

Creating and maintaining an inventory of The Right Place events and current regional events

Determining event needs in the region and offering events to enhance interest and networking capabilities for West Michigan companies

Exploring potential event partnerships and sponsorships with area businesses and organizations

Finding and coordinating with event speakers

Securing sponsorships and negotiating contracts

Formulating event structure and promotion plan to meet objectives for brand awareness and revenue generation

Providing vision for the design of the event and working closely with the marketing team to develop event branding, publicity and communication strategies, and social media campaigns to achieve attendance goals

Establishing an effective event registration process

Overseeing local, regional, national, and global trade show participation

What we are looking for in a candidate:

Bachelor’s degree in marketing or related field desired

At least 5 years of experience in planning and managing events, preferably in a non-profit organization

Solid organizational skills and track record in handling multiple projects simultaneously with demanding timeframes in an interrupt-driven environment

Enthusiasm and commitment to providing excellent customer service

Innate ability to work calmly and steadily in high-pressure situations and think of innovative solutions and use sound judgment in responding to issues and concerns on the spot

Demonstrated ability to build and maintain positive and productive relationships within the organization, with community leaders and members, sponsors, and vendors

Extensive experience in working with senior management across multiple departments in developing content for events

Excellent communication and negotiation skills to successfully interact and present information to diverse stakeholders

Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and Zoom and willingness to learn new technology

Proven success in hosting web-based events

Flexibility to work early mornings and late evenings due to the nature of our events

If you aspire to take your passion to the next level and are excited about this role, then join our dynamic team now!

We offer the opportunity to make a positive impact on the economic health of West Michigan and to collaborate with the best and brightest business minds. Learn more about us at https://www.rightplace.org/ .

The Right Place provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.

Keywords: The Right Place Inc, Grand Rapids , Director of Conferences & Special Events, Other , Grand Rapids, Michigan

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