Hospitality and Event Planning Network (HEPN) for 23 February 2009


Hospitality and Event Planning Network (HEPN) for 23 February 2009

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This week's edition includes:

*** The Short Self-Pitch (SSP)

*** Upcoming Conferences

1. Annual Meeting Administrative Associate; American Urological

Association; Linthicum, MD

2. Manager of Corporate Sales; Sony Centre for the Performing Arts;

Toronto, ON, Canada

3. 01073033 – Meeting Planner; Booz Allen Hamilton; Herndon, VA

4. Certified Meeting Planner; Integrated Solutions & Services, Inc.;

Knoxville, TN

5. Senior Meeting Manager; Association for Institutional Research;

Tallahassee, FL

6. Associate Meeting Planner; Physician Insurers Association of America;

Rockville, MD

7. Meetings Manager; Council on Social Work Education; Alexandria, VA

8. Director of Sales; Hilton Springfield; Springfield, VA

9. TCF Bank Stadium Operations Intern; University of Minnesota Twin

Cities; Minneapolis, MN

10. Manager Media & Communications; Darden Restaurants; Orlando, FL

11. Professional Development Manager and Chef Advisor; American Culinary

Federation; Saint Augustine, FL

12. CME Program Coordinator; American Society of Clinical Oncology;

Washington, DC

13. Education Program Planner; U.S. Green Building Council; Washington,

DC

14. Event Planner/Management Analyst; Nortel Government Solutions;

Washington, DC

15. Sales Manager; State Plaza Hotel; Washington, DC

16. Supervisor, Prop Support; Choice Hotels International; Phoenix, AZ

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are looking for a job opportunity or offer free-lance services, send a

brief paragraph to sonjahepn@comcast.net. One SSP will be included each

week.

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1. Annual Meeting Administrative Associate; American Urological

Association; Linthicum, MD

The American Urological Association is the premier association for the

advancement of urologic patient care. We are actively recruiting an

Annual Meeting Administrative Associate.

Responsible for administrative duties for Annual Meeting and other

committees as needed. Assist the subspecialty societies and forums.

Prepares evaluations for Annual Meeting Courses. Updates and maintains

database. Assists with faculty and planning committee disclosure and

conflict of interest. Assembles, reproduces and distributes Audiovisual

Committee Meetings' material. Assist with the Continuing Medical

Education file set up to ensure compliance with ACCME Essentials and

Standards. Member of AUA Call Center.

Job Requirements

The successful candidate will have three to five years administrative

experience and knowledge of computerized database maintenance. Must have

experience working in a team atmosphere and the ability to manage a high

volume of work. Must also have proficient skill level of Microsoft

Office Suite including Word and Excel. Candidate must have good

organizational and interpersonal skills when coordinating with

professionals and support staff in a team environment as well as

excellent oral and written communication skills. Mature, professional

attitude and appearance. Some overtime and occasional weekend work

required, willingness to travel overnight as needed.

AUA offers a rich total compensation package including competitive

salary, medical, dental and prescription plans, two defined contribution

retirement plans, flexible work schedules, an on-site fitness center and

many more exciting benefits.

Make a decision to join our outstanding team at the American Urological

Association – fax a resume and cover letter indicating salary

requirements to Tonia Grissen, Human Resources Specialist, 410-689-3842,

or by email to tgrissen@auanet.org.

Fax: 410-689-3842

http://www.auanet.org

2. Manager of Corporate Sales; Sony Centre for the Performing Arts;

Toronto, ON, Canada

SONY CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS – Toronto, Canada

The Centre seeks a key creative member of its management team to develop

its major corporate and social event business to maximize this profit

centre.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

The Manager of Corporate Sales reports to the Director of Programming

along with the Manager of Programming.

Under the direction of the Director of Programming, he/she will build

the event side of the business by reestablishing the client base and by

building upon it with new rental and catering business. Types of

business include annual general meetings, product launches, conferences,

convocations, parties, dinners and receptions. Certain events may be

directly related to attendance at a performance in the theatre i.e. a

reception for a corporate evening for employees. Of particular interest

to the Centre are the larger events.

He/She will develop and implement strategies to reach an annual

corporate revenue target by attracting sufficient existing and new

business and building it annually.

TRAITS AND CHARACTERISTICS:

The ideal candidate will have:

* a keen intellect and a fundamental passion for sales

* demonstrated sales, negotiation and communication skills

* in depth and current knowledge of the event business

* a track record in building a profitable client base

* a track record in staff and client relationship management skills.

* excellent verbal and written communication skills

* an intuitive sense of the long-term combined with pragmatic

project orientation

* willingness to work entertainment/hospitality hours including

evenings, weekends and statuary holidays

* experience with space and activity management software

* an active interest in the arts and entertainment

CAREER PATH LEADING TO THIS POSITION:

The Manager of Corporate Sales will have a minimum of five years

experience in the field or in a directly comparable field.

COMPENSATION:

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The Centre

provides an excellent benefits and pension package.

THE ORGANIZATION:

The Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, with a capacity of 3,200 seats,

is the largest proscenium theatre in Canada. In additional to the

auditorium, it has vast lobby areas and other smaller rooms. Located in

the heart of downtown Toronto, the Centre programs artists to provide

entertainment for the diversity of population that makes up this

international city and caters to the event business

The Centre is recognized throughout Canada as an industry leader in both

customer and client service. In additional to service to promoters, its

client service includes the organization of social and corporate events

which augment the Centre's annual activity.

Under the direction of Chief Executive Officer, Dan Brambilla, the

Centre is owned by the City of Toronto and governed by an arms length

Board of Directors.

The Sony Centre is currently closed for restoration and renovation for

the first time in its 48 year history. It will reopen in its 50th

anniversary year, 2010.

Please send resume and cover letter, and a list of references by March

16, 2009 to:

Mark Hammond

Director of Programming

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts

1 Front Street East

Toronto, Ontario

Canada M5E 1B2

FAX 416-393-7425

jobpostings@sonycentre.ca

3. 01073033 – Meeting Planner; Booz Allen Hamilton; Herndon, VA

Key Role:

Assist clients by researching and conducting all phases of meeting and

event planning, including site selection, contract negotiation,

logistics support, conference Web site development, registration, onsite

support, invoice reconciliation and payment, and final meeting

close-out. Support both internal and external customers in various

meetings. Maintain responsibility for individual meeting planning tasks

or entire meeting planning support. Provide support with submitting

monthly reports, writing quarterly assessments, marketing the

capabilities of the team, and assisting with a variety of firm-wide

initiatives.

Basic Qualifications:

-5+ years of experience with full life-cycle meeting planning

-Experience with maintaining quality standards

-Experience with planning meetings on deadlines and within budget

requirements

-Experience with managing multiple tasks and projects

-Experience with meeting planning independently and as part of a team

-Ability to qualify client requests through detailed questions and a

general understanding of issues or concerns

-Ability to meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment

-Ability to obtain a security clearance

-BA or BS degree

Additional Qualifications:

-Experience with corporate and government meetings preferred

-Experience with the FAR as it relates to government meetings

-Knowledge of select meeting planning industry software and database

programs a plus

-Ability to take the CMP exam within six months of employment

-Ability to travel up to 10% of the time

-Possession of excellent customer service skills

-Possession of excellent time management, organizational, and planning

skills

-CMP Certification a plus

Clearance:

Candidate selected will be subject to a security investigation and may

need to meet eligibility requirements for access to classified

information.

Integrating the full range of consulting capabilities, Booz Allen is the

one firm that helps clients solve their toughest problems, working by

their side to help them achieve their missions. Booz Allen is committed

to delivering results that endure.

We are proud of our diverse environment, EOE, M/F/D/V.

Visit http://www.boozallen.com/home/careers to create a profile and

apply to job number 01073033. under the “Experienced Professionals”

section of our Career site.

4. Certified Meeting Planner; Integrated Solutions & Services, Inc.;

Knoxville, TN

Growing Knoxville, TN company is expanding their meeting and event

planning department. The successful candidate will be experienced,

well-organized, detail-oriented and able to prioritize deadlines and

projects. Computer proficiency and excellent communication skills a

must. Experience with government travel procedures and guidelines a

plus.

Responsibilities may include, but not limited to:

* Site selection

* Estimates

* Contract negotiations

* All vendor arrangements

* BEOS

* Logistics

* Budget updates and invoice reconciliation

CMP, CMM, other industry recognized certification, or ability to secure

certification within six months required. Competitive salary and

benefits package.

Please send résumé to hr@intsolutions.net.

5. Senior Meeting Manager; Association for Institutional Research;

Tallahassee, FL

http://www.mpiweb.org/cms/mpiweb/JobBank/DisplayJob.aspx?JobId=7626

6. Associate Meeting Planner; Physician Insurers Association of America;

Rockville, MD

http://asi.careerhq.org/jobdetail.cfm?job=3078900

7. Meetings Manager; Council on Social Work Education; Alexandria, VA

Interested in working in the field of Social Work? Like to organize? The

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) is a nonprofit national

association representing more than 3,000 individual members as well as

graduate and undergraduate programs of professional social work

education. Founded in 1952, this partnership of educational and

professional institutions, social welfare agencies, and private citizens

is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as the

sole accrediting agency for social work education in this country.

CSWE is currently in search a Meetings Manager who will interact on a

regular basis with leadership of CSWE, staff, members, and the

hospitality industry. The individual will accurately and consistently

provide management and logistical service for the Annual Program Meeting

(APM), in-house meetings, and locally held meetings, including general

travel management services for volunteers and staff. The individual must

demonstrate outstanding member-relations skills to assure prompt,

courteous, and accurate response to all meeting inquiries and to

consistently deliver superior customer and fiscal management support.

As a member of the meetings team, the Meetings Manager will coordinate

service contractors, convention centers, or host facility; food and

beverage menu recommendations and schedules; audiovisual and special

events within the conference and expositions; and production of function

books for assigned events. In addition, the Meetings Manager will

assist in the budget development process and will be responsible for

meeting budgeted revenue goals.

An ideal candidate will have:

· Bachelor's degree

· CMP preferred, but not required

· Minimum of 3 years of relevant work experience, preferably in

a membership association

· Experience in handling all logistical arrangements for

conferences and tradeshows for 3,000+ attendees

· Project/budget management experience

· Proficiency in all components of Microsoft Office Suite

· Ability to set appropriate priorities and manage multiple

tasks

· Excellent attention to detail

· Strong verbal and written communications skills

. Ability to travel domestically (3 times per year).

Please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirement to Human

Resources, Attn: OMACS MM, CSWE, 1725 Duke Street, Suite 500,

Alexandria, VA 22314, Fax: (703) 683-8099 or hr@cswe.org. No calls

please.

CSWE is a 501(c)3 organization with 30 staff located across from the

King Street metro in Alexandria, VA, and it offers excellent work

environment, including attractive benefits package. CSWE is an EOE/AA

Employer. Minorities and women are especially encouraged to apply.

NOTES: US Residents Only.

Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with experience

8. Director of Sales; Hilton Springfield; Springfield, VA

http://careers.hsmai.org/jobdetail.cfm?job=3078904

9. TCF Bank Stadium Operations Intern; University of Minnesota Twin

Cities; Minneapolis, MN

http://careers.ises.com/c/job.cfm?site_id=553&jb=5208602

10. Manager Media & Communications; Darden Restaurants; Orlando, FL

http://careers.ises.com/c/job.cfm?site_id=553&jb=5216440

11. Professional Development Manager and Chef Advisor; American Culinary

Federation; Saint Augustine, FL

http://careers.ises.com/c/job.cfm?site_id=553&jb=5216690

12. CME Program Coordinator; American Society of Clinical Oncology;

Washington, DC

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=27771846&jobSummaryIndex=54&agentID=

13. Education Program Planner; U.S. Green Building Council; Washington,

DC

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=27771086&jobSummaryIndex=69&agentID=

14. Event Planner/Management Analyst; Nortel Government Solutions;

Washington, DC

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=27761661&jobSummaryIndex=98&agentID=

15. Sales Manager; State Plaza Hotel; Washington, DC

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=27780596&jobSummaryIndex=0&agentID=

16. Supervisor, Prop Support; Choice Hotels International; Phoenix, AZ

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wl/jobs/JS_JobSearchDetail?jobid=27772671&jobSummaryIndex=2&agentID=

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