The Cato Institute is in search of a meeting and event professional to take charge of aspects of the Institute’s meetings and events including site selection, contract negotiations, financial management, logistics and special projects as assigned. The associate director will; recommend destinations, facilities and vendors through research, analysis and RFP management; negotiate and prepare contracts for final review; draft budgets and manage expenses; create and maintain timelines; plan and execute logistics with hotels and vendors (av, DMC, venues, transportation, travel); and be a point of contact for all speakers and 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 and conferences as well as the entire conference team and have one direct report. 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 and 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 and EMS Professional™ (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.org.