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Director of Events

Position Title: Director of Events

Department: Events

Reports to: Vice President of Corporate Relations

 

Position Description

ACORE is looking for a Director of Events to oversee all operational aspects of the organization’s events and to provide strategic input on the organization’s event-related goals and objectives.  The Director is responsible for bringing best-in-industry practices to ACORE’s conferences, networking receptions, dinners and panels throughout the year to advance ACORE’s mission and provide member value.

 

Responsibilities

  • Play a key role in developing and refining the long-term strategy and annual roadmap for ACORE events; provide recommendations to the Leadership team
  • Manage the full meeting planning cycle, from site sourcing to post-event budget reconciliation and follow up, for the organization’s conferences, events and networking activities
  • Define goals and key performance indicators for all events
  • Manage the site selection process, including negotiating contracts and sourcing outside vendors as needed
  • Serve as the main point of contact for member questions on ACORE events
  • Serve as the on-site leader for all ACORE events and main point of contact for member inquiries on events
  • Collaborate across ACORE to deliver on all aspects of event management, customer experience and financial performance
    • Develop and execute project plans for each event, define roles and responsibilities for event team members, and ensure regular project team meeting cadence
    • Work with the Vice President of Programs on conference program design and strategy with an eye toward delivering a high-quality attendee experience
    • Work with the Vice President of Business Development to execute events that cater to high-level members and create sponsorship opportunities
    • Work with the communications team and the digital media specialist to create branded event collateral including invitations, programs, signage, etc.
    • Work with the finance department to create event budgets and manage expenses within those budgets
    • Oversee run-of-show production to deliver a memorable customer experience
  • Mentor and coordinate the activities of junior events staff and interns


Requirements

  • Strong meeting planning and organizational skills with the ability to manage event administration, logistics, and finances
  • Commitment to providing outstanding customer service and building strong relationships with internal and external customers
  • A strong leader, collaborator, communicator, and decision-maker
  • Experience managing budgets and negotiating vendor contracts
  • Able to handle several, complex, fast-changing deadlines at once
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Strong attention detail
  • Experience interacting with C-Level professionals
  • Work during non-business hours and travel will occasionally be required

 


Educational/Work Requirements      

  • Bachelor’s degree required (CMP/CMM designation a plus)
  • 5+ years of event and conference planning experience as well as overall knowledge/experience of all aspects of conference production.

 

Application Instructions

 

Non-Discrimination

ACORE is committed to workplace diversity and inclusion. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, sexual orientation, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law.

 

About ACORE

Founded in 2001, the American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE) is a 501 (c)(3) national non-profit organization that unites finance, policy and technology to accelerate the transition to a renewable energy economy.  ACORE is the focal point for collaborative advocacy across the renewable energy sector, supported by hundreds of members spanning renewable energy technologies and constituencies, including developers, manufacturers, financial institutions, major corporate renewable energy buyers, grid technology providers, utilities, professional service firms, colleges & universities and allied non-profit groups. ACORE accomplishes much of its work by convening leaders across key constituencies, facilitating partnerships, educating federal and state legislators and agency officials on important policies, publishing research and analysis on pressing issues, and undertaking strategic outreach on the policies and financial structures essential to renewable energy growth. Additional information is available at: www.acore.org

Internships

Internship applications are welcome from students and recent graduates who are committed to making renewable energy the focus of their career paths.

Intern program participants engage in research, writing and cross-departmental assistance based on their interests and the organization’s current focus. During ACORE’s internship, one of the main focus is the development and presentation of an individual research project. This project focuses the intern’s attention and knowledge on a particular facet of the renewable energy industry, preparing them to seek a job in that area. Interns work on their papers by researching a topic of their choosing and interviewing members of the renewable energy sector, as well as potential employers, through personal introductions by staff and networking opportunities.

Interns support the ACORE departments listed below:

COMMUNICATIONS

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CORPORATE RELATIONS

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POLICY & PROGRAM

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Application Process

Please submit a resume and cover letter to intern@acore.org. In your cover letter, let us get to know you by explaining what you would like to gain from an ACORE internship, why you want to pursue a career in the renewable energy industry, and what kind of career paths are of interest to you. Please indicate particular ACORE department(s) for which you are applying.

Intern Session Timelines

Fall Session: apply by August 9, 2019
Spring Session: apply by November 15, 2019
Summer Session: apply by March 6, 2020

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply? Internship applications are welcome from rising seniors, new graduates and graduate students personally committed to making renewable energy the focus of their future career. We welcome applications from many majors, and from all U.S. universities. Please note that ACORE does not assist with obtaining visas to work/study in the U.S.

Where will you intern? Internships are based in our Washington, D.C. offices. Remote or web-based internships are not available.

What is expected of you as an intern? As an ACORE intern,  you are expected to work with staff to identify, define and pursue a project of interest that will form the core content of your work. Some interns know what project they want to pursue before starting; others define the project after arriving at the organization. The core project is designed to help you gain specialized knowledge in one area of the renewable energy industry. Most interns will spend 25-50 percent of their total time focused on their core project. In addition to the project, you are expected to delve into the resources provided to you by the staff to gain a broad-based understanding of the industry.

In the space of networking and industry exploration, you are expected to take advantage of all opportunities to attend lectures, briefing, conferences and networking events to gain a broader understanding of the numerous organizations and viewpoints in the space. Keeping your job search in mind, you will be expected to work out a personal informational interviewing plan, identifying individuals working in your areas of career interest, to gain a better understanding of future opportunities. Lastly, as a team player in a fast-paced office, we ask that you assist with administrative tasks as assigned.

Are the internships full-time or part-time? Internships are customized to individual interns’ schedules. Most internships are 2 or 3 full days per week for 3 to 4 months. Based on your individual academic schedule and availability, full-time internships are available. The internship program is unpaid. Many participants who are not currently enrolled in school choose to work part-time alongside a part-time internship.