The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) has an opening for the position of Assistant Director of National College Fairs, Programs and Services. The assistant director reports to the director of National College Fairs, programs and services and works closely with the other senior staff of the National College Fairs Department to ensure that the full range of National College Fair programs are successfully organized, promoted, and implemented. The assistant director oversees various departmental initiatives, including the new STEM College and Career initiatives, and is responsible for event planning and assisting with training for both the Performing and Visual Arts and National College Fair programs. Extensive travel is required.
NACAC is an education association of more than 16,000 postsecondary and secondary schools, organizations, counselors, and college admission and financial aid officers that work with students as they make the transition from high school to postsecondary education. NACAC offers competitive compensation, an excellent benefits & retirement package, and a convenient location near the Clarendon metro station in Arlington, Virginia.
Assists in the planning, directing, and coordination of the programming and marketing of National College Fairs by performing the following duties directly or through direct reports:
- Supervises and manages full life-cycle activities for event managers, including interviewing, hiring and training of staff; planning, assigning and directing staff work; and appraising performance.
- Travels to several fairs per year. Responsible for hands-on management of programs onsite.
- Serves as lead staff member for STEM programing and planning. Prepares meeting materials and agendas for STEM Committee meetings.
- Oversees all aspects of STEM programming and planning.
- Works with the National College Fairs Department team and other NACAC departments to strategize, develop, and implement marketing plans that attract exhibitors, sponsors and partners for all National College Fairs.
- Builds strategic relationships with potential partners, exhibitors, and sponsors, and collaborates with the sponsorship team to secure new and sustainable funding opportunities for STEM College and Career fairs.
- Identifies applicable networking and business development opportunities for National College Fairs (NCF), Performing and Visual Arts (PVA), and STEM programming. Represents National College Fairs at relevant conferences and activities to expand NACAC’s profile and visibility among potential partners and stakeholders.
- Collaborates with the data management team on the system needs to support the STEM program.
- Collaborates with the Communications, Publications and Technology Department on electronic, video and print promotion (development, creation, proofing, and execution) for STEM.
- Creates web pages and monitors web content for the STEM program.
- Oversees and offers staff training so that all staff members can assist in organizing and executing STEM College Fairs as needed.
- Continuously monitors overall fair performance and adjusts promotions for STEM programs.
- Assists in the development of the Performing and Visual Arts Fairs marketing and communication strategy.
- Assists the associate directors in the development of training resources, orientations, and meetings for PVA and NCF programs.
- Assists in the development of promotional information for National College Fairs in the cross-promotion of both Performing and Visual Arts and National College Fairs.
- Assists with PVA web content development as needed.
- Collaborates with the National College Fairs management team to develop and implement new strategic initiatives and programs that are consistent with the overall philosophy of NACAC and its National College Fair programs.
- Assists with NCF and PVA events as needed.
- Participates in professional development activities to stay abreast of industry trends in the field.
- Fosters professional relationships with members/groups that use NACAC services and likeminded organizations.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Three years of business development experience.
- CMP certification.
- Bachelor’s degree in marketing, communications or related business field, or equivalent required.
- Minimum five years of experience in marketing or communications building organizational marketing capabilities.
- Minimum two years of experience managing multiple programs and committees, preferably in a non-profit organization or association.
- Minimum two years of experience supervising staff (direct-reports or project-based).
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Knowledge of processes in one or more of the following areas: college recruitment, college access or financial aid and STEM programs.
- Expert-level event planning skills.
- Expert-level program planning skills.
- Strong interpersonal communication skills, including abilities to work well independently, within a team, and interacting with multiples audiences (meeting industry professionals, educational professionals, students, colleagues).
- Excellent written and oral communication skills, including writing ability and telephone skills.
- Strong supervisory, training and staff development skills.
- Professional work ethic.
- Strong organizational skills, including the ability to manage and schedule multiple projects in a fast-paced, deadline-driven setting.
- Excellent attention to detail.
- Sound judgment and problem-solving abilities.
- Ability to travel.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access).
To apply, interested candidates are required to submit a cover letter, salary requirements, and résumé. Applications may be submitted via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
EOE M/F/D/V/SO. NACAC is an equal opportunity employer.
Direct applications only. Position not authorized for staffing agency searches.