The LSA is now accepting applications (through January 31, 2022) for a part-time management position focused on planning our meetings and other events. An overview of the position's responsibilities is outlined below, along with details for submitting an application. The anticipated start dates are flexible, with a goal of filling the positions by the end of February 2022.

Meetings Manager

Under the direction of the Executive Director of the LSA, the Meetings Manager will provide leadership and professional expertise in the planning and implementation of all LSA events.

Responsibilities

  • Plan, execute and evaluate all aspects of the LSA’s Annual Meeting, in consultation with the Program Committee and Executive Director.
  • Develop budgets and monitor revenue/expenses for LSA-sponsored events.
  • In consultation with the Executive Director, develop a marketing plan for LSA-sponsored events to increase abstract submissions, attendance, exhibitors, advertisers and sponsors.
  • Liaise with sister societies that co-locate their annual meetings with the LSA’s to coordinate logistics and other arrangements.
  • Develop and disseminate RFPs for potential meeting sites; evaluate proposals received, and recommend preferred sites to the Executive Committee and Executive Director. Negotiate contracts for meeting site and services in consultation with Executive Director.
  • Plan, execute and evaluate LSA webinars, in consultation with Editors, committee leaders and staff as appropriate.
  • Provide support for the Linguistic Institute and CoLang, in consultation with the Institute and the Fellowships Committee.
  • Assist with planning and logistics for LSA Executive Committee meetings, marketing and registration for LSA sponsored conferences, and other events as appropriate.
  • Assist the Executive Director with planning the annual awards program and business meeting of the LSA.
  • Identify and participate in discussions with the LSA Executive Committee and Executive Director on strategies, opportunities, potential conflicts and other issues related to the successful implementation of events.
  • Maintain and enhance web content for events, in consultation with LSA staff and web developer.

Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in any field, with a preference for those who have taken courses in linguistics and/or world languages. CMP credential is a plus.
  • Experience (1-3 years) planning and executing events for membership associations, including a successful track record of building and growing the total number of participants through creative, innovative initiatives.
    • Experience with virtual and hybrid format events required.
  • Experience with event marketing, contracting, vendor relations, and content coordination.
  • Familiarity with online registration systems, abstract management, meeting apps, and related software tools and services.
  • This position requires occasional travel to attend the LSA Annual Meeting and Spring Executive Committee meeting.
  • This part-time position will average about 30 hours per week, with more hours required during the week of the two events referenced above.
  • The position will be based in Washington, DC, with the option of remote work, subject to approval.

Ideal Characteristics

  • Creative, innovative, collaborative, congenial, diplomatic, and self-motivated. Detail-oriented.
  • Strong interpersonal and communications skills, including the art of persuasion and making the case for participation in LSA events based on a strong value proposition.. 

Application Instructions

Please send a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and contact information for at least three professional references to [email protected], using this subject line: Application for LSA Meetings Manager Position. Deadline: January 31, 2022.

The LSA is committed to principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Applications from members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged.