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Conference and Events Manager

Job Description
Organization: 
Housing Colorado
Organization Type: 
501(c)(3)
Job Location: 
Statewide
Type of Job: 
Full-time
Job Category: 
Programs/Services
Job Description: 

Housing Colorado seeks a qualified candidate for the position of Conference and Events Manager.  Reporting to the Executive Director, the Conference and Events Manager plans, manages, and oversees the Annual Housing Colorado Conference and Housing Colorado’s networking, professional development, and educational events throughout the year.  This position provides staff support and guidance to the Conference and Education Committees and provides financial oversight of conference, education, and special events budgets and management of event contractors.  The Conference and Events Manager also manages the logistics, speaker securement, and registration for the calendar of educational and networking events provided for Housing Colorado members and sponsors. 

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Housing Colorado is a membership-based organization representing the entire affordable housing industry in Colorado. Our members include over 290 organizations from a range of professions, including developers, architects, construction companies, property managers, lenders, and supportive service providers. 

 

Our Mission: Housing Colorado is to be a unified voice promoting the preservation and production of quality affordable housing for low- and moderate-income Coloradans through statewide education and advocacy in order to build a strong economy and healthy communities.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Housing Colorado is committed to advancing policies that reverse the legacy of racism and discrimination in the housing industry. We seek to dismantle systems and barriers that prevent people of color and marginalized individuals’ access to thriving, inclusive communities.

Housing Colorado is an equal opportunity employer and dedicated to a policy of non-discrimination and equal opportunity for all employees and qualified applicants. People with disabilities, BIPOC individuals, Hispanic/ Latinx individuals, Indigenous people, and LGBTQIA+ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. The organization will take full and positive action to fulfill this policy in all areas including hiring, placement, promotion, demotion, recruitment, wages and all other forms of compensation and selection for training, lay-off or termination.  

Areas of Responsibility

The ideal candidate for this position will be able to manage the tasks below. As a small staff organization, we foster a collaborative and team-oriented culture, with opportunities to work on a diverse range of projects throughout the year. 

Conference

  • Responsible for planning and overseeing all aspects of Housing Colorado’s annual conference, bringing together over 600 people from across the state. Ensure a high-quality experience for all who interact with conference from speakers to attendees.
  • Manage and oversee budget for conference, including interacting with hotel and ensuring all expenses remain within budget.
  • Manage and staff planning committee meetings in preparation for annual conference, maintain committee rosters and provide clear guidance and support to committee leadership.
  • Facilitate process for determining conference schedule of events – including managing all details for attendee events such as breakfast and lunch keynotes and oversee all processes for conference presentations (including posting opportunities to present, managing selection committee, and determining selected presentations have what they need at conference). 
  • Manage conference communication throughout year – including website updates, email marketing blasts, and know-before-you-go information.  
  • Serve as lead staff in onsite conference coordination, including serving as point-of-contact with hotel, managing staff and volunteers, and additional paid conference staff.
  • Employ marketing strategies that result in the diverse representation of our industry among attendees, including residents, BIPOC participants, rural communities, etc.
  • Facilitate the collection of data to quantify diversity, equity and inclusion metrics, and use that data to set continuous improvement goals.
  • Ensure conference and events present balanced content adding value to all points of the housing continuum, and that the content includes the perspectives of marginalized individuals and communities

Events

  • Facilitate work of Education committee to determine year-round events, including desired speakers. 
  • Create annual calendar of events that meets the needs of Housing Colorado membership and lives into our mission as an organization.
  • Ensure that education programming is in line with DEI commitments in both content and participation.
  • Secure, evaluate, and maintain relationships with sponsors for events throughout the year.
  • Propose plan to Board of Directors for events calendar.
  • Oversee budget for events and track income/expenses throughout the year.
Requirements/Qualifications
  • 1. An educational background in events planning and management preferred (comparable work experience may substitute).
  • 2. Four to six years’ experience in meeting coordination and/or management preferred.
  • 3. Proficiency with basic computer software, including Microsoft Office Suite required, familiarity with database systems preferred.
  • 4. The desire to make decisions creatively and collaboratively and the ability to make executive decisions when in the best interest of the program or organization when necessary
  • 5. Excellent verbal and written communications skills required.
  • 6. Excellent organizational skills and follow through required.
  • 7. Experience with volunteer committee coordination preferred.
  • 8. Ability to travel within Colorado for educational programs and conferences (occasionally) required.Ability to travel within the Denver Metro area for event planning and management (frequently) required.
Compensation/Benefits
Compensation: 

The salary range for this position is $60,000-65,000 and is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

Benefits: 

Benefits include: medical and dental insurance through an employer plan and generous sick and vacation leave. Employer match of employee contribution to 401(k) Plan up to 6% of salary following 90 days of employment. 

How To Apply

To apply please submit a cover letter and resume to Brian Rossbert, Executive Director at [email protected].

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