Electrical Contractors Association Chicago / Chicago & Cook County Chapter NECA
Location: Office location
Type: Full Time
4 Year Degree
Chicago-Cook County employer trade association is seeking to hire an Assistant Manager to represent construction contractors in the membership services area. Successful candidates must display a professionally appropriate business-like demeanor, have excellent communications skills, have a service-oriented customer focused philosophy, and possess website and social media insight and skills.
The Assistant Manager will be responsible for the coordination, financial planning, and budgeting of multiple committees of the Association. They will also be responsible for the successful planning and execution of special events of the various committees within the Association as a whole. Special focus will be placed on involvement with and direction of the Young Professionals and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committees of the Association.
They will be responsible for maintaining the Association’s website, the Association’s social media presence, and will also develop marketing material, newsletters, event notifications and registration forms.
The Assistant Manager must attend local, state, and national conferences and any other meetings as directed. Travel, both locally and nationally, will be required.
This is a full-time salaried position with a full complement of benefits.
Electrical Contractors’ Association of City of Chicago (ECA Chicago)
Chicago & Cook County Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA)
The Assistant Manager reports directly to the Executive Vice-President, assisting in all areas of Association Management. This includes, but is not limited to, certain activities and responsibilities associated with Executive Committee meetings, Regular Membership meetings, Associations Standing Committees, membership development and recruitment, internal and external communication, and numerous other activities.
Serve as primary liaison to the Chapter’s Young Professionals and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committees.
Attend Board, committee, and other membership meetings as required. Prepare reports for Board and Committee leaders with current activities, recommendations, and other important updates. Prepare speaking notes for leadership as needed.
Plan and execute the association’s conferences, meetings, and annual events with precision and creativity to elevate the members’ experience.
Plan and execute virtual or hybrid meetings and events.
Investigate, recommend, and hire professional speakers for Chapter meetings, conferences, and educational events.
Develop event and committee annual budgets.
Focus on membership growth including recruitment and retention. Hold “New Member” orientation meetings to communicate membership services and benefits and be their liaison at Chapter events.
Identify and report new programs or services to increase member value and benefit.
Develop and implement marketing/communications and event promotional materials to keep members informed and promote the organization.
Along with the Chapter leadership, be able to attend local, regional, and national events serving member contractors and plan group dining, lodging, and activities accordingly.
Collaborate with trade association partners that benefit the members and organization.
Oversee the association’s website, ensuring content is up to date and events are properly promoted through online and social media channels.
Develop and maintain a social media strategy. Ensure all areas of social/digital media are optimized as effective marketing and communication tools.
Evaluate metrics and report on effectiveness of marketing and social media effectiveness as it relates to the organization’s visibility, membership, and event participation.
Manage the relationship with all vendors and contractors such as website partners, graphic designers, printers, as well as other service providers, and ensure quality of work, timeliness of work and appropriate cost.
Assist leadership with strategic messaging needs, including speechwriting and presentation development.
Remain current on trends and issues impacting the Chicagoland construction industry, marketing, communications, and association management.
Support the Association initiatives with media and public relations activities.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Job Qualifications & Requirements:
Bachelor’s degree required (business, marketing, communications, or other comparable degree); advanced degree or committed progress toward CAE designation or experience working in a trade association or member services environment.
High level of discretion, ability to handle sensitive confidential information required.
Track record of planning successful meetings, conferences, and other events.
Strong leadership and team building skills, and a member service driven work ethic.
Excellent project management skills: ability to simultaneously manage multiple projects with varying timelines and deadlines.
Knowledge in the latest digital and social media technology and channels and how to best leverage for marketing the Association.
Demonstrated skills to apply effective oral, electronic, and written communication methods with colleagues and members.
Ability to work effectively with all multi-disciplinary team members, both internal and external.
Stay abreast of emerging trends and trade association best practices.
Proficiency or eagerness to learn programs that support marketing & communication efforts, including Constant Contact, Canva, Zoom, Microsoft Teams and others.
Proficiency in Microsoft Office, specifically in Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel required; ability to learn new technology as required.
Willingness to travel for events, including overnight trips
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