AABB is recruiting for a Director, Education and Meetings to oversee all aspects of educational programming including content management and logistics. Ensure all educational programs are aligned with ACCME requirements. The Director will develop, foster and execute new ideas for growth including increasing revenue, increasing meeting attendance, meeting experience and design and maximizing technical and staff efficiencies.
Based in Bethesda, Maryland, this is a full-time, office-based position.
Overall Departmental Supervision and Administration:
Develop and implement the departmental short and long-term strategic goals and implement the department’s long-term strategic plan. Prepare reports, attend and present at Board meetings as necessary.
Oversee all of AABB’s educational activities, including the Annual Meeting and other conferences.
Manage the day-to-day activities of key vendors: Confex (abstract management), Experient (registration and housing) and SPARGO (exhibit, sponsor and advertising sales and logistics).
Prepare the departmental budget and approve all requests for the expenditure of funds.
Respond to all Board and customer requests in a timely and professional manner.
Maintain the Association’s status as an accredited provider of continuing medical education (CME) with ACCME (ideally achieving accreditation with commendation), continuing nursing education (CNE) and other continuing education unit (CEU) credits.
Analyze and consolidate information on educational processes, trends, new information, and disseminate such to AABB senior management, standing AABB committees, and the AABB Board of Directors.
Recommend and introduce cost effective, innovative and interactive meeting design concepts for adult learners, ensuring interactivity.
Serve as staff liaison to the Annual Meeting Education Program Unit.
Supervise staff members in the department, provide outstanding guidance and direction and manage any temporary staff at various on-site events.
Oversee the day-to-day operations of the department including weekly meetings with each direct report and team.
Report into the VP on all activities of the department.
Develop operational practices and timelines and ensure they are documented, accessible, regularly updated and maintained in SharePoint.
Ensure that hotel, convention center and vendor contracts are negotiated and signed in a timely manner, are legally appropriate and meet the association’s requirements.
Oversee the advance planning, on-site implementation and post-meeting tasks for the association’s Annual Meeting and Exhibits and national conferences.
Collaborate with the marketing and communications department to proactively and successfully market all meetings and conferences, ensuring robust social media plans are in place to reach all audiences.
Oversee Requests for Proposals (RFPs) for all outsourced activities (i.e. audiovisual production or registration services), perform comparative analyses and select the appropriate vendors.
Ensure the association’s committee meetings are properly planned and implemented through communication with staff liaisons and meeting attendees.
Ensure that committee staff liaisons have the necessary information to manage their roles and responsibilities.
Education – Bachelor's degree in Education or related field.
Minimum of ten years’ convention management experience with an emphasis on producing large citywide meetings.
Five years’ experience in continuing education with expertise in distance learning.
Management and supervisory experience required.
Experience in health care related area desirable.
Non-profit association experience preferred.
Knowledge of the ACCME requirements, policies, and procedures and accreditation essential.
Knowledge of guidelines affecting medical meetings for accreditation and certification by different certifying bodies essential.
Knowledge of and practical application of new concepts in meeting experiential design and soliciting and applying attendee feedback in development of future programs.
Thorough knowledge of educational program development.
Proven and demonstrable project management skills as well as ability to work effectively and collaboratively as a member of a team.
Proven ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously in a fast-paced environment.
Thorough knowledge of citywide convention planning and development with the ability to market and grow meetings and trade shows.
Proven experience in best practices for meetings, including but not limited to: contract negotiation (hotels, convention centers and vendors), exhibitor and sponsor solicitation and management, budget analysis and management and practical application of innovative meeting design concepts.
Demonstrated ability to establish policies, guidelines, plans and priorities; ability to identify resources.
Demonstrated ability to analyze, synthesize, evaluate, formulate, and implement decisions; take action and risks as needed; make difficult and sound decisions when necessary.
Demonstrated leadership ability of encouraging high standards of behavior and ability to delegate responsibility, adapt leadership style to situations and people, and empower, motivate, and guide others.
Demonstrated effectiveness in interpersonal communications both orally and in writing.
Proven ability to foster teamwork, cooperation, consensus, and facilitation of open communication.
Demonstrated fiscal responsibility through effective budgetary management and understanding of department budget’s impact on the overall finances of the organization.
Demonstrated ability to hold self and others accountable for following procedures, guidelines, and policies and addressing performance and behavior issues in a timely manner.
Demonstrated ability to work with staff and volunteers.
Exhibit booth sales and sponsorship solicitation and sales knowledge required.
CMP designation highly desirable.
Only competitive candidates will be invited to participate in the recruitment process.
AABB is an equal opportunity employer.
Additional Salary Information: The salary for this position is commensurate with relevant work experience. We offer a comprehensive and competitive benefits package that includes medical, dental, and vision, short & long term disability, 403 (b), professional development and paid personal time off.
AABB is an international, not-for-profit association representing individuals and institutions involved in the fields of transfusion medicine and cellular therapies. The association is committed to improving health through the development and delivery of standards, accreditation and educational programs that focus on optimizing patient and donor care and safety. AABB membership includes physicians..., nurses, scientists, researchers, administrators, medical technologists and other health care providers. AABB members are located in more than 80 countries and AABB accredits institutions in over 50 countries.