Meeting Expectations works with corporate and association clients to facilitate the exchange of information to solve problems and achieve progress based on common goals. As a company we empower and inspire our team members to deliver innovative solutions to the event and association markets. Since its founding in 1992, we have created thousands of extraordinary experiences for event attendees and provided exceptional management service to many types of associations.
Headquartered in Atlanta, with offices in Denver and staff spread throughout the US, the company is repeatedly recognized as one of Corporate Meeting & Incentives Magazine’s “Top 25 North American Meeting and Incentive Companies,” and as one of the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “Best Places to Work.”
The American Beekeeping Federation (ABF) is a growing, national community that continually works in the interest of all beekeepers, large or small, and those associated with the industry to ensure the future of the honey bee. The members share a common interest to work toward better education and information affecting the interests and the economic viability of the various sectors of the industry.
ABF also maintains the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research and education foundation. The Foundation is organized with a mission of preserving and protecting honey bees to ensure a quality food supply and environment.
Senior Association Manager
The Senior Association Manager role is your chance to lead an influential professional association to have even greater impact in its industry, city and its community members’ businesses and careers. You’ll be working with enthusiastic volunteers who are successful business leaders determined to contribute to the advancement of their industry. It’s also your opportunity to join an energetic, growing company that is ready to benefit from your experience and bright ideas. Meeting Expectations’ association clients rely on our Senior Association Managers to deliver operational excellence in a dynamic marketplace while keeping the big picture in focus. They play a vital role in helping lead our clients and staff in achieving goals and objectives in alignment with the vision established by the client Board of Directors.
Your high-performance team awaits. As Senior Association Manager, you will lead a designated staff team with the assistance of cross-functional centers of excellence to achieve the client’s organizational goals. In this role, you will provide direction, project prioritization, and serve as the primary liaison with the client Board of Directors. You will also manage the day-to-day operations of the client.
Ensuring our client, American Beekeeping Federation (ABF), and its community members enjoy the benefits of forward-thinking leadership, precise project management and optimal team performance are key responsibilities. This position reports to a Vice President of the Association Management Business Unit for Meeting Expectations and is accountable to ABF in the achievement of client objectives. This position is based in the Superior, Colorado office.
Principal Duties and Responsibilities
Manage the overall operations of the association, including governance, strategic planning and the development and execution of business plans.
Effectively manage staff resources to remain within contracted scope of services.
Manage and/or mentor staff assigned to the client, including providing feedback, reviewing performance, directing work, delegating and motivating.
Maintain compliance with regulatory requirements, including tax filings, legal obligations, national organization requirements, financial policies and bylaws.
Develop and recommend annual budgets for Board approval and responsibly manage organization’s resources within budget guidelines.
Schedule and prepare for Executive and Board of Directors meetings.
Develop and execute sponsorship sales to achieve budgeted revenue targets.
Assure the organization and its mission, programs, products and services are consistently presented with a strong, positive image to relevant stakeholders and the public.
Oversee the design, branding, marketing, promotion, delivery and quality of programs, products and services.
Administer an effective internal and external public relations program that is responsive to the needs of the membership and the profession.
Oversee membership marketing, member services and member benefits to enhance member and partner experiences.
Assist with developing and executing event strategies for the organization.
Coordinate volunteers and the management team to manage all aspects of the organization’s annual conference, webinars, web-based and e-learning initiatives, and other events.
In partnership with the management team, work with and support all committee chairs to set and achieve goals. Support volunteers in their various roles and coordinate succession planning at all levels.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s degree, preferably in Business, Marketing or Communications
5 years of not-for-profit management experience with proven success in one or more functional areas of association management: operations, marketing, sales, communications, volunteer relations, financial management and/or other demonstrated business acumen
Strategic thinker, receptive to new ideas and opportunities, with the ability to drive results
In-depth knowledge of the underlying principles of the strategic governance model of organizational management, together with skills in the assessment and constructive management of group dynamics in the context of association operations
Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills including presentation skills and networking
Experience with association management software preferred
The Senior Association Manager supporting ABF is not a standard work-day position. Time is spent as needed. The position requires from time to time evening work which could be up to five conference calls after normal business hours per month. The job also requires domestic travel (about 20%).
About Meeting Expectations
We help organizations connect on a deeper level with their stakeholders by applying a more strategic approach to event and association management. So while others may start with the what, when, where or how, our first investment is understanding the WHY.