The Illinois Manufacturers' Association is the oldest manufacturing association in the country, serving Illinois manufacturers for 125 years. The IMA is the only statewide association advocating for and serving the manufacturing sector in the state. The IMA is known as a leader in advocacy at the state level on behalf of its members; establishing apprenticeship programs to address the manufacturing skills gap, and bringing together all types of manufacturers from across the state to network, learn from industry experts and share best practices. The IMA is currently conducting a search for an association professional skilled at planning educational programs, symposiums, and conferences.
Primary responsibilities for this position include arranging all logistics associated with statewide member programming events. The position will work closely with the VP of Membership & Marketing in all facets of program development and execution. Secondary responsibilities include general office administration, occasional support for the CEO and membership sales team.
Program Planning: Plan programs with membership team based on members' needs and relevant challenges; coordinate partner communication & involvement; secure speakers & sponsors; establish program calendar; develop content and target members for program announcements; attend programs when feasible; infrequent overnight travel.
Program Logistics & Follow Up: manage registrations; arrange presentation needs; coordinate catering needs within budget limitations; prepare necessary documents such as handouts, agendas & evaluations; tabulate evaluations and program summary.
General Office Administration: Assist CEO and membership team on an occasional basis; serve as office contact for vendors; secure office supplies.
Qualifications & Skills:
College Degree preferred
2 - 5 years experience planning programs & conferences, association experience a plus
Excellent organizational and follow through skills
Customer Service mentality
Able to multi-task and manage several programs at once
Displays a sense of urgency and can work with tight deadlines
Proficient with Microsoft office
Additional Salary Information: Commission on sponsorship sales
About Illinois Manufacturers' Association
The Illinois Manufacturers' Association (IMA) is the longest-serving manufacturers association in the country. During 2018, the IMA is celebrating its 125th Anniversary. Through its Government Affairs expertise, diverse membership, industry leadership and engagement opportunities, the IMA is the premier and only statewide all-encompassing association for manufacturers located in Illinois. The IMA's reputation for putting the needs of Illinois manufacturers first is part of its ongoing legacy. With two offices in Illinois, the IMA ensures its members are well represented and their needs and challenges are addressed in a timely and effective way. The IMA is looking for an association professional, experienced in program execution, to join its team as it continues its mission of serving the manufacturing community across Illinois.
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