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Director, Sessions and International Programs - Event Planner

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Description:  This position requires a Bachelor's degree in an area related to hospitality, communications and/or marketing or equivalent work experience with a minimum of ten years experience in planning major meetings.  Candidates must have expertise in using technology and computer-based systems for meeting planning and office management, excellent analytical and organizational skills along with excellent oral and written communications skills.  This position requires travel to annual session each year for approximately 2 weeks, 2 to 3 trips per year to other meetings for 3 to 4 days each and working weekends as workload indicates a need to do so.  Experience in working with volunteers and planning meetings is a plus.  The responsibilities include but are not limited to administering all activities within the department in keeping with established policies and procedures in order to reach the goals established in an effective and efficient manner within the established budget.

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  1. Tell us about your qualifications for the position.
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  2. What is your understanding of the mission of our organization?

  3. Assume that you've been hired.  One of the attendees at our annual session encounters difficulty in attending the celebrity entertainment program for the evening.  Attendance is by ticket only and the attendee does not have a ticket.  The attendee becomes disruptive and angry.  What will you do?

  4. Given a fixed budget, how do you plan a meeting to make the most effective use of the budget?

  5. How do you measure success for a meeting?

  6. What aspect of planning meetings do you find the most difficult?

  7. How do you handle stress and pressure?

  8. Tell us about the most challenging situation that you've encountered during a meeting or convention and how you met the challenge?  

Follow-up:  What did you learn from your experience?

  1. How do you apply information technology in planning and conducting meetings?

  2. Given the broad range of familiarity and comfort with technology among our members, how can you deploy technology without alienating those less familiar or comfortable with technology?

  3. Tell us about your experience in working with and managing volunteers.

  4. This concludes the interview, have we missed anything?
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