We’re Hiring a Director, Meetings and Events!

Are you creative, organized, and a problem-solver?  Collaborative Communications Group is seeking a Director of Meetings and Events to manage dynamic teams that produce impactful convenings, events, and meetings for education and learning leaders.

Collaborative Communications Group is a full-service convenings manager, with a philosophy that the participant learning and experience always comes first. Specializing in education and learning-related convenings from 25 – 4,500 participants, Collaborative seeks to develop experiences where everyone comes to the table as learner and expert and leaves the convening with practical ideas, strategies, and connections that build capacity and advance the mission for quality learning for youth, both in- and out-of-school.

The Director of Meetings and Events position is full-time and based in our Washington, DC, office.

About Collaborative: Collaborative works to improve public education within the United States and across the world through learning, collaboration, communications, and engagement.

We are a learning-focused consulting firm that works to:

  • Connect networks of people in learning communities within and across organizations to significantly enhance their knowledge and capacity;
  • Create, share, and use knowledge to generate new ideas and improve performance; and
  • Engage diverse stakeholders to go beyond traditional approaches, create solutions aligned to the values of the people affected by them, and build sustained attention to complex problems.

For 20 years, Collaborative has partnered with leading education organizations, foundations, government agencies, school districts, and community-based organizations that share our values and commitment. We provide access to and connections within a growing network of organizations, researchers, consultants, practitioners, and community members whose collective content knowledge, expertise, and experience supports the learning and growth of everyone in the network. We build tools, processes, and products intended to accelerate learning and productivity and that regularly produce breakthrough results.

Essential Skills and Responsibilities:  The Director of Convenings will manage a portfolio of 10-15 convenings at any given time, with direct management of 4-5 events of varying complexity and supporting roles on other convenings. The Director will provide leadership and support in the following areas:

  • Manage an overall portfolio of 10-15 projects, with oversight for budgets and staffing. Must bring strong organizational and communications skills and experience as a project and team manager, team-builder, and problem solver.
  • Make Collaborative convenings the best in the business with demonstrated innovation in conference management and implementation and knowledge of best practices in convention and meeting management.
  • Ensure efficiency and effectiveness with high attention to detail, adherence to deadlines/timelines, and ability to motivate others related to timelines.
  • Experience preparing and managing event/project budgets, financial plans and related assumptions, estimates, cost-benefit analysis, and other non-dollar benchmarking related to meetings and events.
  • Adept at contract negotiation and hotel block contracting/management, with thorough knowledge of legal issues and contract language in the hospitality industry.
  • Experience managing vendors and contractors related to convention and meeting management.
  • Skilled at managing and facilitating program committees to design meetings and create content aligned with client goals.
  • Strong sense of customer service and experience managing and building client relationships.
  • Comfortability and willingness to manage weekly webinars, both in creating content, coaching clients, and managing technical platform.
  • Leads event marketing plans.
  • Experience with survey and/or polling tools for meeting evaluations.

Collaborative is seeking a high-energy team player with initiative, a strong work ethic, ability to easily collaborate with diverse teams, and work with multiple clients simultaneously.

Ideal Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree
  • CMP preferred
  • Expertise/familiarity with education issues and people
  • Proven project manager, with ability to effectively plan events from beginning to end
  • Strong organizational skills and ability to prioritize competing timelines and priorities
  • Excellent oral and written communication, interpersonal skills, ability to function well independently and in a professional manner. Detail oriented, dependable, mature and flexible, with initiative and capacity to handle a complexity of tasks simultaneously.
  • Problem solving and organizational skills, analytical thinking, attention to detail, and ability to work on multiple tasks independently as well as collaboratively in a team environment.
  • Flexibility during peak workload periods is a must.
  • Travel required within the DC metro area and nationally (approximately monthly)
  • Position collaborates with all staff and reports to the firm partners.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. The Director will work across teams and report to the firm’s leadership. This full-time position is based in Washington, DC, and is Metro accessible. Collaborative offers excellent benefits.

Please visit www.collaborativecommunications.com to find more information about Collaborative’s award-winning products and services as well as our corporate capabilities, values, philosophy, practice areas and client base.


Please combine a cover letter and resume into a single file and send via e-mail (with subject line Director of Convenings) to jobs@collaborativecommunications.com. Resumes will be reviewed on a rolling basis, ideally before May 24. No phone calls please.

The statements in this description represent typical elements, criteria and general work performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills for this job. Collaborative Communications is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. It is a strongly held value of Collaborative that power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, sexual orientation, disability or age. All candidates will be evaluated on a merit basis.