Our work is important to the safety of the public. We write the specifications to which all steel buildings in the U.S. are designed and built; and we collaborate with AASHTO and FHWA to help produce the design standards that advance the quality, economy, and safety of steel bridges throughout the U.S. Our work is also critical to the success of the entire industry we support. We advocate for, support, and serve the steel fabricators, mills, service centers, and others in the steel industry who build America.
What is the culture like at AISC?
Our culture is productive, respectful, and supportive. We support equity, diversity, and inclusion and strive to create an incredible company culture that values the contributions of our staff, members, and volunteers and promotes a positive work/life balance. We provide the opportunity to meet and work with leaders in the design community and construction industry.
What about the benefits at AISC?
We encourage and help pay for continuing education to help advance our employees careers.
We provide training to help staff improve and advance, including their leadership, writing, and presentation skills.
AISC offers a Cadillac health plan, currently paying 80% of premiums. The Paid Time Off available is hefty including what AISC calls ‘Whatever Days’, time off to use for whatever the employee chooses.
We offer a hybrid work environment, allowing employees the option to work from home two days per week and from our beautiful headquarters office overlooking Millennium Park (for our Illinois-based positions).
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) is a non-partisan, not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States.
AISC seeks a motivated self-starter with exceptional organizational and planning skills to join our meetings department. As meetings manager, this individual will supervise the daily operations of the meetings department, handle planning aspects for various meetings and events, and play a significant role in implementing NASCC: The Steel Conference (around 6,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors). Additionally, the meetings manager will oversee our exhibitor logistics for external trade shows.
AISC is headquartered in downtown Chicago and offers a hybrid work schedule; the meetings manager must work out of AISC’s headquarters at least two days a week. (It’s worth it. We’re a fun group, we enjoy in-person collaboration, and we have a very nice coffee machine.)
Primary responsibilities related to The Steel Conference:
Work with show contractor (Freeman) to develop and manage exhibitor kit, graphics, structures, registration layout, freight, etc.
Partner with registration and housing vendor (MCI USA) to set up and manage attendee and exhibitor registration/housing
Prepare conference audiovisual, IT, set-up, security, and catering specifications
Handle planning logistics for special events as assigned
Partner with the communications department to build and maintain the conference website
Manage communications with exhibitors, sponsors, speakers, attendees, etc.
Perform other duties as assigned
Primary responsibilities unrelated to The Steel Conference:
Supervise Meeting Coordinator
Manage the planning logistics of membership events, staff outings, and other special functions
Handle logistics involved with AISC’s booths at various trade shows (e.g., booth design, booth set-up, publications/supplies/giveaway orders, shipping, registration, invoices, etc.)
Offer on-site support at various meetings, events, and trade shows as needed
Support Senior Director of Meetings and Conferences with other tasks as assigned
Exceptional organizational skills
Ability to manage multiple priorities, meet deadlines, and take initiative
Excellent eye for detail
Strong contract negotiation skills
Excellent conflict-resolution and problem-solving skills
Ability to interact enthusiastically and professionally with members, leadership, and colleagues
Must have an interest in travel (a typical year requires 10-15 trips, but some years require more)
Education and experience:
Bachelor’s degree (hospitality major preferred)
3-5 years of conference/meeting planning experience required
CMP certification, or working toward CMP certification, is required
Proficient in Google Workspace
Full COVID-19 vaccination required
For more information about AISC, please visit our website at www.aisc.org
OUR MISSION: MAKING STRUCTURAL STEEL THE MATERIAL OF CHOICE
The American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC), headquartered in Chicago, is a non-partisan, not-for-profit technical institute and trade association established in 1921 to serve the structural steel design community and construction industry in the United States. AISC's mission is to make structural steel the material of choice by being the leader in structural-steel-related technical and market-building activities, including specification and code development, research, education, technical assistance, quality certification, standardization, market development, and advocacy. AISC has a long tradition of service to the steel construction industry providing timely and reliable information.
As part of AISC's mission, we emphasize:
Increasing the structural steel industry's share of the construction market
Unifying the industry with a common purpose
Supporting and improving the ability of the structural steel industry to be both innovative and competitive in a worldwide construction market
Since its establishment, AISC has conducted its numerous activities with a scrupulous sense of public responsibility. Fo...r this reason, and because of the high caliber of its staff, the Institute enjoys a close working relationship with architects, engineers, code officials and educators who recognize its professional status in the fields of specification writing, structural research, design development and performance standards.
AISC represents the total experience, judgment, and strength of the entire domestic industry of steel fabricators, distributors, and producers. The scope and success of its activities could not be achieved by any one member of the industry. The nation shares the rewards of these activities -- through better, safer and more economical buildings, bridges and other structures framed in structural steel.
Smarter. Stronger. Steel.