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Senior Vice President, General Societies

The Kellen Company
Washington, DC
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

About Kellen

Kellen is a global management and communications company serving more than 125 trade associations, professional societies, and charitable organizations representing over 10,000 companies and 100,000 professionals worldwide. We specialize in management, communications, digital strategy, meetings and events, and consulting across a diverse range of industries.

Founded in 1964 and charter-accredited through the AMC Institute, Kellen has offices in Atlanta, Beijing, Brussels, Chicago, New York City, and Washington, DC.

Kellen's greatest asset is its employees. In order to reinforce the culture underpinning our approach to service delivery, we value diversity, equity, and inclusion across our organization. Our professionals hail from more than a dozen countries and speak more than two dozen languages. We are invested in finding, hiring, training, and promoting the very best to be #OneKellen.

Position Overview
Senior Vice Presidents of Kellen are responsible for leading the organization into a successful, sustainable, and profitable future for the company. The SVP’s do this by not only serving in the Executive Director’s capacity on a variety of accounts, and/or as Executive level oversight for a portfolio of clients. SVP’s are expected to be leaders in their assigned verticals, they demonstrate this by engaging in frequent speaking engagements, sales and business development, board membership and a strong social media presence that establishes Kellen as a thought leader in our respective areas of expertise. SVP’s have an important role as leaders within Kellen’s organization and this is demonstrated through effective leadership, recruitment of top talent, team building, management accountability, ensuring excellent team performance, high levels of client satisfaction and retention and strategic communication.

Essential Functions

Management of Association Clients

  • Works with Board Presidents on Association strategy and interacts with Boards of Director and committees to implement strategy in alignment with association’s mission, vision, plans and goals.

  • Oversees successful execution of all membership programs and services.

  • Directs all aspects of client meetings and events to include strategy, budget and planning; oversees logistics to ensure successful delivery of events and establishes contingency plans for possible points of failure.

  • Directs fundraising, marketing and outreach efforts for association clients, such as association publications, advertising sales, and grant writing.

  • Directs association’s finances and works with association controller to prepare budget in alignment with strategy and goals of association. Advises boards of unexpected impactful deviations and recommends adjustments and cost containment strategies.

  • Delivers innovation and insight into industry trends, impending government regulation etc.

  • Produce mutually profitable relationships for client organizations and Kellen, with focus on profit targets and incremental fee development.

Kellen Corporate-Level Responsibilities

  • Acts as a brand ambassador for the company, representing Kellen at client networking events, conferences, and or related association groups.

  • Leverages connections, develops relationships and brings leads for additional business and new clients.

  • Identifies speaking engagements to position self as a thought leader in the Association Management space.

  • Acts in an advisory capacity, offering feedback on corporate level programs in HR, business development, marketing, etc.

  • Leads Kellen Corporate Trainings at events like the Leadership Summit. Leverages expertise and experience to ensure knowledge transfer to emerging leadership at Kellen.

  • May be responsible for office leadership responsibilities dependent on geographic location.

Team Leadership

  • Administers and manages policies, procedures, standards, and practices of department to ensure effective and consistent operations.
  • Recruits, hires, trains, supervises, coaches, and evaluates assigned employees according to Kellen’s policies and procedures, ensuring the overall effective functioning of the department, and involves HR when a risk is identified.

  • Provides guidance and direction for development of employees to improve the overall professionalism, skills and capabilities of the department and the company.

  • Performs standard supervisory administrative duties including: weekly scheduling, timesheet submissions, expense reports, etc.
  • Ensures satisfaction of team’s clients and works with all members of the team to resolve client-level issues and ensure ongoing profitability. Communicates frequently with Board
  • Leadership to identify and address problems before they threaten the engagement or result in an RFP.

  • Works with Account Team Members and Board Members to identify opportunities to introduce additional Kellen services and build incremental revenue growth each year.

  • Recommends contract renegotiation, and stages interventions with clients who are consistently asking for services that are outside of the current statement of work. Develops a fee structure in alignment with client needs.

  • Ensures Kellen’s strategic goals are met and ensures their team’s day to day operational decision making efforts are in alignment with Kellen’s mission, vision, and values.

  • Other duties, as assigned that align with the mission and vision of the company.


  • Bachelors’ degree in Business Administration, Marketing, Communication, Human Resources,
  • Finance, or other related discipline, plus 13 to 15 years’ experience in similar capacity.
  • Advanced level degree strongly preferred.
  • Association Management experience required; Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated operational, organizational, and leadership experience.
  • High level of strategic and financial management experience. Must be able to create, read and interpret financial statements.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and experience with financial management, budgeting, and oversight of organization- wide budgets of $5 MM - $7.5 MM or more.
  • Polished communication skills, both written and verbal, and interpersonal skills, including conflict resolution; ability to diplomatically challenge the status quo with a logical argument in support of the change with an understanding of the risks involved and/or downside.
  • Ability to quickly establish rapport and trust with clients and takes action that establishes credibility and builds positive relationships with all levels of staff.
  • Possesses project management skills and demonstrates advanced level planning and organization skills to effectively manage multiple client relationships/associations at any given time.
  • Reliability to maintain established schedule, manage time and priorities, and meet commitments and deadlines.
  • Creative and strategic thinker with the ability to set priorities based on customer needs and organizational priorities and preferences and develop solutions to client and company challenges.
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and the ability to effectively manage through change and transition.
  • Proactive, does not wait to take action and demonstrates a collaborative working style.
  • Experience working with, motivating and directing a volunteer workforce.

Supervision Exercised
Supervises a team and carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Physical Demands
This job operates in a hybrid work office environment with a one day in-office requirement. The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers and telephones.
  • Ability to perform computer work for eight or more hours a day in an office setting is required.
  • This is largely a sedentary role; however, some travel is required; this would require the ability to lift, bend or stand as necessary.
  • This position requires frequent verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Travel Requirements
Travel is an essential duty of the position, up to 25% of the time and may be by travel by air, car, rail.

Kellen EEO Statement
Kellen does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances. We adhere to these principles in all aspects of employment, including recruitment, hiring, training, compensation, promotion, benefits, social and recreational programs, and discipline. In addition, it is the policy of Kellen to provide reasonable accommodation to qualified employees who have protected disabilities to the extent required by applicable laws, regulations and ordinances where a particular employee works.

COVID-19 Vaccination Requirement
Consistent with Kellen’s mandatory vaccination policy, your commencement of employment is contingent upon you providing proof that you have been fully vaccinated on your first day of employment with an FDA authorized and/or approved COVID-19 vaccination. Any medical information we receive will be kept confidential in accordance with applicable law. Requests for a reasonable accommodation for exemption from this policy due to medical reasons or sincerely held religious beliefs will be subject to review by our People & Culture Department.

The Kellen Company


Washington, DC
20045 USA