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Assistant Director


The Meetings and Travel Department (M&T) manages all contracts, planning and logistics for the Federation's meetings, events travel and registration services, with a continuous focus on maximizing value and minimizing cost. M&T plans over seventy meetings and events a year for attendees ranging from 20 to 2,500 and supports the travel management program and activities for the AFL-CIO.

The Assistant Director works closely with the Director on four major administrative functions for the AFL-CIO: planning meetings, events and conventions; managing registration system and policies, negotiating travel discount programs; and managing travel systems.

The Assistant Director reports to the Director, Meetings & Travel.


• Manages pre, onsite and post logistics for assigned meetings or events including creating requests for proposals, site selection, contract negotiation, developing hotel specs, selecting F&B, arranging off site events, and supervising the other meetings management functions for which the Coordinator and Senior Meeting Planner work on directly;
• Negotiates, reviews and approves vendor contracts associated with AFL-CIO meetings, events and conventions including, but not limited to, ground transportation, venues, audio-visual needs, security and catering orders ensuring that the AFL-CIO is exposed to the lowest risk possible, while appropriately managing logistics;
• Provides cost analysis projections to AFL-CIO departments, including alternative options, for determining venues/suppliers for each assigned function, meeting or event;
• Serve as an onsite registration manager for assigned meetings, conferences and conventions;
• Create online registration websites and maintain all aspects of the registration system when necessary;
• Train staff and volunteers on registration system and set registration policies when necessary;
• Upholds and enforces AFL-CIO meetings and travel policies and procurement values;
• Negotiates collective national discounts with travel vendors leveraging the spend and buying power of our Federation, affiliates and allied organizations;
• Preparing and implementing operational timelines for assigned meetings;
• Create surveys and analyze responses and make recommendations on improvements;
• Draft copy for web and/or print content;
• Works with appropriate AFL-CIO staff on meeting and event operations, inclusive of A/V, IT, shipping, print, web copy, and social media;
• Develops and maintains working relationships with our affiliates and other allied organizations and provides regular communications regarding trends, changes and updates in meeting and travel industries;
• Cultivating and maintaining relationships with various suppliers, including hotels, audio-visual companies, decorators, convention and visitor bureaus, etc.;
• Reviews invoices before giving to the Director for authorization and ensuring that expenses are within budget limits;
• Assisting in the budgeting process and giving the Director reports on the status of the finances for each meeting;
• Assisting with creating department work plans with measurable goals;
• Stays abreast of meetings and travel industry trends, technological advancements and alternative meeting approaches;
• Review department operations and make recommendations for improvement;
• Manages department in Director's absence;
• Other duties as assigned.

• Bachelor's Degree in a business related discipline, or travel industry, or hospitality management, or equivalent experience;
• Demonstrated knowledge of how hotels function, meeting room arrangements/set-ups, food and beverage, billing, when and how to obtain supplier services such as audio-visual, shipping, decorator, etc.;
• Strong experience negotiating contracts including, but not limited to, hotels, ground transportation, catering, security and audio-visual companies;
• Demonstrated experience of successfully managing, coordinating and planning complex meetings, events and conventions with over 500 attendees
• Experience successfully developing, managing, and evaluating meeting and online travel systems, policies including the approval and review process;
• Knowledge of the labor movement and its internal structure;
• Experience with conceptualizing and developing strategic work plans with measurable goals;
• Excellent interpersonal skills;
• Demonstrated successful ability to work in a high-pressure environment with multiple and changing priorities, deadlines and conditions;
• Demonstrated experience managing politically-sensitive relationships;
• Demonstrated ability working as a team player;
• Demonstrated experience leading and managing staff;
• Demonstrated ability to exercise discretion;
• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with high level officers and representatives of the labor movement, as well as peers;
• Demonstrated ability drafting, analyzing and managing budgets;
• Demonstrated decision-making, problem solving and analytical skills with particular attention to detail and accuracy;
• Proven networking capability;
• Strong written and oral communication skills;
• Ability to work extended hours, weekends and holidays;
• Ability to travel frequently and for extended periods of time.
Preferred Experience/Qualifications:
• At least five years of experience in meetings and travel management inclusive of extensive experience with all aspects of meeting planning
• Experience planning meetings for the union industry;
• Certified Meeting Professional or certification in meeting or event management a plus;
• Experience planning meetings with over 1,000 attendees;
• Experience with CVENT and Concur Expense & Travel;
• At least five years managing and leading staff and vendors;
• Strong ability to adapt to and integrate new technology trends;
• Strong vendor management skills;
• Familiarity with CAD program, such as MS Visio, to create detailed schematics.

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