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Director of Conference and Events
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Job Description

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas invites applications for Director of Conference and Events, Association for the Study of Higher Education [R0123565] (REMOTE)

Profile of the University

Founded in 1957, UNLV is a doctoral-degree-granting institution comprised of approximately 31,000 students and more than 3,900 faculty and staff. To date, UNLV has conferred more than 136,000 degrees, producing more than 120,000 alumni around the world. UNLV is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as an R1 research university with very high research activity. The university is committed to recruiting and retaining top students and faculty, educating the region's diversifying population and workforce, driving economic activity through increased research and community partnerships, and creating an academic health center for Southern Nevada that includes the launch of a new UNLV School of Medicine. UNLV is located on a 332-acre main campus and two satellite campuses in Southern Nevada. For more information, visit us on line at: http://www.unlv.edu

About ASHE

The Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) is a scholarly non-profit organization that is headquartered at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in the College Education. Before applying, please learn more about ASHE via www.ashe.ws.

Commitment to Diversity

The successful candidate will demonstrate support for diversity, equity and inclusiveness as well as participate in maintaining a respectful, positive work environment.

Role of the Position
  • The Director of Conference and Events will primarily be an event planner and relationship manager charged with co-leading ASHE’s annual conference and related events, along with volunteer leaders.
  • The Director of Conference and Events will be responsible for all logistical aspects of the conference and related events. This includes managing processes throughout the year and being the on-the-ground staff leader for the conference and related events.
  • The Director of Conference and Events will be the primary liaison to the Program Committee, Pre-Conference Committees, and a variety of other planning groups (both formal and informal). This will require frequent meetings with the leadership of these groups, managing their workload and deadlines, as well as ensuring coordination amongst groups.
  • The Director of Conference and Events will be the supervisor for the Graduate Assistant for the Annual Conference. As such, they are charged with on-boarding, empowering, and continued coaching of the GA.
  • The Director of Conference and Events will be the liaison to all conference contracts and suppliers. This includes the conference portal system, hotel event planner, AV supplier, etc.
  • The Director of Conference and Events will be the main staff point of contact for event attendees, including registration questions, on-site, and event follow up.
  • The Director of Conference and Events will identify potential new sources of revenue for the conference, including the procurement of additional exhibitors.
  • The Director of Conference and Events will participate in on-going professional development through ASAE: The Center for Association Leadership and other event management, project management, and/or association management organizations.
  • The Director of Conference and Events will continually develop their cultural awareness and participate in activities that expand their understanding of, appreciation for, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • The Director of Conference and Events will, in collaboration with the Executive Director, develop a conference budget and ensure conference revenues and expenditures remain within established budget.
  • The Director of Conference and Events will contribute to on-going evaluation and assessment and work with the conference evaluation committee to have evaluations distributed, collected, and analyzed in a timely manner.
  • The Director of Conference and Events will be responsible for ensuring policies match practice and when policies and procedures are no longer relevant, that they are updated.
  • The Director of Conference and Events will support the activities of other staff members and work on special projects as assigned.

Note: This position will work remotely from anywhere in the United States. Position is contingent upon funding.

Application Details

Submit a letter of interest, a detailed resume listing qualifications and experience, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three professional references who may be contacted. Applicants should fully describe their qualifications and experience, with specific reference to each of the minimum and preferred qualifications because this is the information on which the initial review of materials will be based. Although this position will remain open until filled, review of candidates’ materials will begin on March 11, 2021, and best consideration will be gained for materials submitted prior to that date. Materials should be addressed to Dr. Jason P. Guilbeau, Search Committee Chair, and are to be submitted online as we do not accept emailed materials. For assistance with the application process, please contact UNLV Human Resources at (702) 895-3504 or UNLVJobs@unlv.edu.

Special Instructions for Internal NSHE Candidates

UNLV employees or employees within the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) MUST use the “Find Jobs” process within Workday to find and apply for jobs at UNLV and other NSHE Institutions. Once you log into Workday, type "Find Jobs" in the search box which will navigate to the internal job posting site. Locate this specific job posting by typing the requisition number, “R0123565” in the search box. If you complete an application outside of the internal application process, your application will be returned and you will have to reapply as an internal applicant which may delay your application.

Safety and Security Statement

UNLV is committed to assisting all members of the UNLV community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report compliance document is available online.

EEO/AA Statement

UNLV is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action educator and employer committed to achieving excellence through diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to, among other things, race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, or any other factor protected by anti-discrimination laws. The University of Nevada, Las Vegas employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Title IX Statement

UNLV does not discriminate in its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities, including admissions, on the basis of sex/gender pursuant to Title IX, or on the basis of age (40 or older), disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, color or religion pursuant to Title 4, Chapter 8, Section 13 of the NSHE Handbook. Reports of discriminatory misconduct, questions regarding Title IX, and/or concerns about noncompliance with Title IX or any other anti-discrimination laws or policies should be directed to UNLV’s Title IX Coordinator Michelle Sposito. The Title IX Coordinator can be reached through the online reporting form, by email at titleixcoordinator@unlv.edu, by phone at (702) 895-4055, by mail at 4505 S. Maryland Parkway, Box 451062, Las Vegas, NV, 89154-1062, or in person at Frank and Estella Beam Hall (BEH), Room 555.


Position: Director of Conference and Events
Location: Las Vegas,  NV 
United States
Salary: $60,000-$65,000
Posting Start Date: 2/25/2021
Date Posted: 2/25/2021
Requirements This position requires a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management, Marketing, or other major where Event Planning/Project Management is core with a preference for a Master’s degree in Hospitality Management, Marketing, Business, Higher Education Administration, or other or other related field where Event Planning/Project Management is core. 2-3 years professional experience in event planning is required. Experience in and knowledge of higher education is required. Credentials must be obtained prior to the start of employment.

The Director of Conference and Events should possess:
  • Ability to successfully plan a 1500+ attendee academic/scholarly conference as well as related events (e.g., pre-conferences, professional development events)
  • Strong organizational skills and the ability to handle multiple overlapping activities
  • Attention to detail and ability to create processes that manage detail
  • Ability to establish and meet schedules and deadlines
  • Skill in solving problems and making on-the-spot decisions, including balancing when to elevate concerns
  • Excellent relationship-building skills to be able to interact with members (e.g., faculty, graduate student, administrators, etc.), vendors and suppliers (e.g., hotel meeting planner, graphic designer, etc), and volunteers and volunteer groups
  • Ability to manage and be creative within a small budget
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member, including knowing when to ask for help as well as when to empower others
  • An understanding of, appreciation for, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Ability to travel 2-3 times per year
  • Ability to lift moderately heavy boxes and equipment
  • Experience and knowledge of (or willingness to learn) computer software, in particular, Naylor/Timberlake (or similar membership management software), All Academic (or similar conference planning software), and Constant Contact (or similar email communication software).
  • Ability to succeed in a shared office environment and/or remotely.
  • An understanding and appreciation of the study of and field of higher education.
Status: This listing expires on: 4/26/2021
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Organization Information

4505 S Maryland Parkway

Las Vegas,  NV 89154-3068
United States
(702) 895-3504
UNLV Human Resources

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