Provide collaborative leadership among the Minnesota rural electric cooperative community for developing and deploying an evolving education program that continually enhances the knowledge and skills of cooperative directors and staff across the state. Plan and manage the creative, technical, and logistical aspects of Association business and networking events, and member education classes, from start to finish while adhering to Association policies, strategic plan, and any and all legal, health and safety requirements. Efficiently and effectively manage logistics of events, including but not limited to contract negotiations for speakers and venues, A/V set-up, payment tracking and registration, attendance and promotion, all within department budget. Also prepare virtual back-up plans in place in case an event cannot be held live.
Cultivate collaborative relationships with cooperative members as well as affiliated and vendor members to promote participation and support of events; responsible for meeting sponsorship goals for Association offerings. Create advertising revenue plan for Association’s communication media as a member benefit and source of non-dues income.
Education and Experience
Knowledge is typically acquired through a degree in business, hospitality management or related field and at least 3 years of experience in areas related to event communications and event management.
In depth knowledge of event coordination, training, and communication processes. Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, databases, power point, graphics, and scheduling computer applications (Microsoft Office Suite). Ability to learn customized software and database programs. Proficiency with social media marketing.
Experience with virtual meeting and event platforms. Experience with various forms of registration technology, from manual to online. Knowledge of office operations and procedures. Knowledge of meeting and event planning. Familiarity with member-owned cooperatives and electric/utility industry preferred.
Skills and Abilities
Ability to work in a team environment by effectively participating, cooperating and communicating with others. Ability to work effectively and independently with various levels of employees within member systems, with community leaders and representatives of other organizations. Demonstrated program development and implementation skills. Ability to represent the association effectively in a variety of settings and with diverse audiences. Ability to analyze data. Strong listening skills. Strong oral and written communication skills. Ability to develop and manage a budget. Ability to manage multiple priorities and work with minimal supervision. Ability to work well under pressure. Effective leadership qualities and management skills.
Continuous mental and visual concentration requiring attention to detail and accuracy. Must plan and lay out complex work. Tasks require constant alertness and considerable mental concentration due to degree of difficulty, irregularity and variety. Stress associated with working with a great number of different personalities of the membership, work pace and pressure. Ability to lift and carry 25 pounds on an occasional basis.
Must be able to work outside normal business hours when required to attend meetings and/or interact with various groups. Extensive travel required, including overnight stays.
This description is intended to provide only basic guidelines for meeting job requirements. Responsibilities and job criteria may change as needs evolve.
MINNESOTA RURAL ELECTRIC ASSOCThe Minnesota Rural Electric Association (MREA) is the Minnesota Statewide representing the electric cooperatives in the state of Minnesota. We foster unity among and provide service to all of Minnesota’s 50 electric cooperatives.
Maple Grove, MN