The Cato Institute is in search of a meeting and event professional to take charge of aspects of the Institute’s meetings & events including site selection, contract negotiations, financial management, logistics & special projects as assigned. The associate director will; recommend destinations, facilities & vendors through research, analysis & RFP management; negotiate & prepare contracts for final review; draft budgets and manage expenses; create and maintain timelines; plan & execute logistics with hotels & vendors (av, DMC, venues, transportation, travel); and be a point of contact for all speakers & staff.
The successful candidate will have a Bachelor’s degree with experience in all aspects of meeting and event management as well as supervisory experience. The associate director will work closely with the vp of events & conferences as well as the entire conference team. Knowledge of libertarian/classical liberal movement is preferred. The qualified candidate; has superior attention to detail; is proactive, goal oriented, motivated and has a high energy level; has a naturally optimistic attitude; is able to manage multiple events simultaneously, meets deadlines and manages time without constant supervision; is able to work independently and as a team player; easily adapts to changing situations; and has exceptional judgment & tact.
The position is in Washington, DC. No relocation package is being offered. No virtual opportunities are being considered. Expected to travel to programs and manage in-house events as needed at discretion of VP. Travel is estimated up to 25%, with an increase in the future.
CMP preferred. Knowledge of Meeting Matrix & EMS ProfessionalTM (or other facility scheduling software) a bonus.
Salary based on experience. Send resume and cover letter with salary requirements to Linda Ah-Sue, Vice President, Events and Conferences, lah-sue [at] cato [dot] org.