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Professional Development Associate

Washington, DC · Volunteering/Non-Profit

International Economic Development Council - 
Professional Development Associate

Title: Professional Development Associate
Reports to: Senior Director
Salary Range: $45,000 - $60,000
Status: Full-time Exempt

Job Description
The Professional Development Associate is a key member of the Member Relations team and program manages IEDC’s professional development training course portfolio and awards program.  
Areas of Responsibility
  • Professional Development Training Courses
    • Work with the Director of Professional Development to set the annual course calendar to ensure effective, well-timed delivery of courses 
    • Manage the recruitment, support and evaluation of volunteer course instructors 
    • Manage training course logistics and registrations 
    • Assign and train IEDC staff for on-site and/or virtual course administrative duties
    • Ensure the training course budget and revenue goals are being met and expenses are in line with budgets  
    • Liaise with IEDC marketing team to ensure up-to-date and accurate messaging about programs are released in a timely fashion 
  • Excellence in Economic Development & Honorary Awards Programs
    • Manage the call for entries and judging process for IEDC’s Economic Development and Honorary Awards programs
    • Collect program descriptions and other collateral necessary to highlight award recipients 
    • Work with the Honorary Awards Committee throughout the year and to determine the award recipients 
    • Request and write materials necessary for the Lifetime Achievement, Chairman’s Award, Citizen Leadership and Leadership for Public Service honorary awards 
    • Manage creation and distribution of award plaques 
    • Manage the awards ceremony including preparation of scripts and PowerPoint presentations 
  • Member Advisory Committee
    • Operate as the staff liaison for the Awards Advisory Committee
    • Work with the committee leadership to schedule committee meetings and assist with meetings facilitation 
    • Keep meeting minutes and ensure timely communication 
Primary Objectives
  • Ensure that programs and services continue to grow and meet the organization’s strategic objectives
  • Keep programs and services within budget and meet revenue goals
  • Ensure that committees receive information in a timely fashion and that their work aligns with the objectives established at the beginning of each year
  • 1-3 years experience in program management, preferably in the not-for-profit or association sector 
  • Experience with professional development courses and credentialing programs desired
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred
  • Excellent customer service skills 
  • Strong attention to detail 
  • Organizational, administrative and time management skills are a must 
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills 
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at a time, independently and with supervision 
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality of records and information 
  • Proficient in MS Office, Teams, Zoom and association management software
  • Occasional out-of-town, overnight travel is required
  • If not located within commuting distance of our Washington, DC office, must be located in the United States, have reliable access to dedicated high-quality internet service, and willing to accommodate on an Eastern U.S. schedule of operations. Occasional travel to the IEDC office may be required.
Physical Requirements
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continually required to sit; use hands to handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; talk or hear.  Rarely required to stand or walk for long hours.
  • Occasionally required to stand, walk and stoop, and reach with hands and arms.  Rarely required to kneel, crouch or crawl, climb or balance. Must be able to lift and/or carry up to 20 pounds. 
  • Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
IEDC is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, IEDC will ensure that persons with disabilities are provided reasonable accommodations. If reasonable accommodation is needed to participate in the job application or interview process, to perform essential job functions, and/or to receive other benefits and privileges of employment, please contact

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