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Director of Business Education & Events

For Vermont Chamber of Commerce

The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is on a mission to help its members grow their businesses and the Vermont economy. As the largest statewide business organization, the Vermont Chamber of Commerce represents all industries and sectors from tourism to manufacturing to retail to healthcare to construction to technology. Every signature networking event organized, every policy advocated, and every unique marketing opportunity created is designed to make Vermont a better, more vibrant place to live, work, start a business, and play. The Director of Business Education & Events has to be someone who demonstrates a passion and energy for bringing people together for unforgettable experiences. The Vermont Chamber of Commerce is looking for someone who thrives on keeping up with the news and keeping up with new industry trends, developments, and technologies. This is role offers the opportunity to provide stakeholders with tremendous value by producing content-rich events. You’ll manage an educational program, and develop programming content for diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. We’re looking for someone who is a critical thinker and has a passion for business development. Primary Responsibilities Include (but aren’t limited too):

  • Forward thinking when developing content for events finding inspiration from local and national news, emerging trends, and industry developments
  • Demonstrated ability to create budgets, manage to them, and meet expected financial targets
  • Develops, implements and evaluates the organizations strategy of special event planning and continuously makes adjustments to increase the quality of events
  • Manages and coordinates events that ensure events are executed flawlessly
  • Oversees the negotiation of terms and fees with facilities, vendors, and speakers, in accordance with organizational budget, policies and procedures
  • Responsible for the event sales goals, tickets, exhibitor booth and sponsorship sales process for events as required
  • Partner with the Director of Technology to maintain and update website content pertaining to events
  • Oversee and implement the registration technology platforms to ensure a clear and concise customer experience with event logistics, content, and purchasing options
  • Coordinate and manage staff participation and onsite roles at events; communicate goals and professional conduct for staff presence at events
  • Manage production, design, creation and implementation of publicity and marketing for events to meet expected attendance and participation goals
  • Coordinate speaker logistics to ensure content development matches the overall goal of the event
  • Write speeches for the Vermont Chamber President to coincide with overall event messaging and Vermont Chamber mission
  • Responsible for the venue, service provider and contractor selection
  • Strive to evolve and enhance the value proposition for current and new events, and, in doing so, enhance the value proposition for Vermont Chamber membership
  • Provide and support the membership team with event leads in support of yearly membership goals
  • Other duties as assigned

 

Education and Experience: 

  • Proven, professional track record in event management and logistics is required
  • Demonstrated ability of financial planning and budgeting
  • Exceptional customer service skills
  • Ability to design sponsorship packages and solicit sponsors
  • Experience in advertising, marketing, public relations and working with the media and press
  • Ability to multitask, assume additional responsibilities and roles as they arise
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and some knowledge of desktop publishing is required
  • A four-year college degree is required
  • Demonstrated ability to be highly organized
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated ability to nogotiate
  • Excellent writing, communication, sales and organizational skills
  • Outgoing personality and the availability to work flexible schedule, as events are held and conducted around the entire state of Vermont

Vermont Chamber of Commerce is partnering with Gallagher, Flynn, & Company, LLP to conduct this search. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by sending an introductory cover letter and resume to Michelle Rawls, Director of Talent Acquistion, HR Consulting at talentsolutions@gfc.com. While we appreciate all interest in this outstanding opportunity, only candidates who most closely align with our search will be contacted.

Disclaimer: What is listed above is representative of the responsibilities of the position but isnot meant to be an exhaustive list. Responsibilities may change during employment at the company’s discretion. Gallagher, Flynn & Company, LLP and Vermont Chamber of Commerce does not discriminate in employment based on race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factors

Sep 13, 2021
Oct 4, 2021
Excellent writing, communication, sales and organizational skills
A four-year college degree is required
Berlin/Barre, Vermont
Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by sending an introductory cover letter and resume to Michelle Rawls, Director of Talent Acquistion, HR Consulting at talentsolutions@gfc.com