Jun 01, 2022

Director, National Conference & Exhibition

  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Itasca, IL, USA
Full-Time Health Care Nonprofit - Social Services

Job Description

The nation’s leading advocacy organization for children’s healthcare seeks a creative, innovative, and a strong strategic thinker and visionary who can lead teams to direct all logistics and provide leadership for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference & Exhibition (National Conference).

This Director will develop, foster, and execute new ideas for growth including maximizing revenue, increasing meeting attendance, the meeting experience and design, and maximizing technical and staff efficiencies, as well as provide oversight and guidance to staff and vendors.

Qualified candidates will possess:

  • Bachelor’s degree in business, communications, hospitality management, or other related discipline required. Professional certification (CMP, CAE, DES) strongly preferred.
  • At least 8 years’ experience in planning large conventions, tradeshows, and special events required, including extensive contract negation, vendor/staff supervision and budget management experience, and preferred three years in a healthcare association role.
  • City-wide conventions experience strongly preferred, including experience in key convention cities, venues, and hotels.
  • Must take initiative, demonstrate strong leadership, and possess advanced knowledge of the convention industry.
  • Must be able to motivate and empower others, build consensus, collaborate with various internal and external constituents, manage multiple priorities simultaneously, and promote and maintain a positive and cooperative team-oriented work environment with a commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • Excellent negotiation, organizational, project management, interpersonal, diplomacy, critical thinking, and written/verbal communication skills required, as well as the ability to manage a multi-million-dollar program budget.
  • Strong technical acumen with proficiency in MS Office, knowledge of event technology (eg, registration systems and programs) and virtual meeting platforms (eg, WebEx, Teams, Zoom), and the ability to learn and implement new technologies.
  • Frequent travel and weekend work required, along with the need for flexibility in arranging work schedule to accommodate physicians’ availability.

Why work for the AAP?

  • Flexible hours and a focus on work/life balance.
  • State-of-the-art building equipped with standing desks, treadmill desks, cycle desks, on-site fitness center, and on-site exercise classes.
  • An on-site cafeteria with food costs that are subsidized by AAP.
  • Strong focus on mental health and wellness.
  • Tuition reimbursement.
  • Competitive PTO and sick leave.
  • Excellent parental benefits, including adoption assistance.
  • A full list of benefits can be found here.

Hybrid work environment of 40% of work time in the office per month.

All AAP employees must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for a medical or religious accommodation in regard to this vaccination can be submitted for consideration upon an offer of employment.


To learn more about the organization, see a full job description, and/or apply for the position, please visit https://www.aap.org/employment.


The AAP offers an excellent work environment, competitive salary, and a comprehensive benefits package. As a reaffirmation to our employee-focused culture, since 2005 the AAP has been named one of the 101 Best and Brightest Companies to Work for in the Chicagoland area. Additionally, we are an Equal Opportunity Employer of Minorities, Females, Individuals with Disabilities, and Veterans that values the strength diversity brings to our workplace.


Reasonable Accommodation: Individuals with a disability in need of a reasonable accommodation regarding the job application process may call 630-626-6297. Please note, only those inquiries concerning a request for reasonable accommodation will receive a response.



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