Reports to: President & CEO, Executive Vice President
We are the Illinois Restaurant Association (IRA) and we are looking for an Executive Director of Event Operations. The IRA is a fast paced environment that promotes, educates and advocates on behalf of Illinois’ dynamic culinary scene. If the following sounds like you, we would like to talk to you. Are you a serious, direct and analytical person comfortable making decisions and taking the lead? Do you consider yourself adept at working independently and do you prefer a role that benefits from the existence of a process to drive strong outcomes? Are you a multitasker who colleagues would describe as a strong problem solver? Would you say that you are a very self-sufficient person comfortable when asked to lead projects or teams? Are you serious and direct and do you hold yourself and others to high standards? Are you known for your ability to execute with a high degree of expediency and accuracy?
Oversee and motivate the event sponsorship teams. Work closely with event sponsors from ideation, to contracting to activation.
Manage event contracts with sponsors and vendors.
Oversee large scale event budgets.
Develop and implement processes to improve efficiencies in the event departments.
Manage the PR and Marketing event teams.
Seasoned professional with a minimum of 10 years’ experience.
Bachelor’s degree mandatory, a Master’s in Business Administration is preferred.
Excellent judgment and creative problem solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution skills.
Exceptional written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc.)
About Illinois Restaurant Association
ABOUT THE ILLINOIS RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION
Founded in 1914, the Illinois Restaurant Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting, protecting, educating and improving the restaurant industry in Illinois. The IRA owns and produces Chicago Gourmet – the annual food and wine festival held in Millennium Park that unites hundreds of restaurants, chefs and beverage experts for a weekend filled with food and drink tastings, entertainment, cooking demonstrations, book signings, interactive seminars and more. The Association is a proud host of the James Beard Foundation Awards, which will be held in Chicago through 2021, and celebrates excellence in cuisine, culinary writing, and culinary education throughout the country. For more information about the Illinois Restaurant Association, visit illinoisrestaurants.org and follow on Facebook and Twitter.