Head of Event Programming

New York City, New York (US)
Competitive annual salary + bonus, health, dental, vision, HSA and IRA contributions
Dec 11, 2019
Metro Area
New York
Full Time

NAREIM is an industry association dedicated to the business of real estate investment management. We are seeking a head of programming to help with the production of our conferences and programming.

Founded in 1990, NAREIM is an independent, nonprofit organization that provides members with benchmarking research and business strategy best practice education. Our members represent more than $1 trillion of real estate assets under management (AUM).

The head of programming will lead the conception, production and marketing of NAREIM meetings, comprising nine meetings per year plus an annual Job Fair, and work with the NAREIM CEO on other programming, such as subject-matter committees.

  • The meetings comprise, two executive officer meetings and seven functional, real estate meetings covering: acquisitions, portfolio & asset management; capital raising & IR; data strategy; sustainability; legal & compliance; HR; architecture & engineering. We also host an annual Job Fair attracting more than 80 students and 20 member firms.
  • The committees comprise: a diversity and inclusion committee, focused on creating an industry benchmark for D&I for real estate investment management; a Fellow committee, focused on developing the Association's Fellows program and selecting a class of students each year.

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:


  • Research: Constantly brainstorm fresh and relevant topic ideas to adapt to trends within the CRE industry. The Association content must remain up-to-date, thought-provoking and relevant to the core of NAREIM’s mission (real estate investment management business strategy and benchmarking).
  • Content: Recruit senior-level spokespeople and thought-leaders for keynote and roundtable and group discussions. Help external speakers and members develop appropriate content for NAREIM discussions, with a focus on roundtable and group conversations.
  • Manage all external speaker and member relations and touch points - from outreach to setting up pre-event planning calls to welcoming speakers onsite.
  • Working with members, the head of programming will create and update all meeting agendas and materials required for the meeting through weekly and bi-weekly planning committee calls.
  • The head of programming will facilitate the content from members, also providing recommendations for speakers and topics from their own industry contacts and research and takeaways from prior Association meetings.
  • The head of programming will regularly liaise with association members, outside the planning committee calls, to ensure meeting sessions are being developed robustly.
  • Create and analyze post-meeting feedback surveys, through SurveyMonkey and conversations with members at each meeting.
  • Budgeting: Responsibility for the overall NAREIM meeting P&Ls, working closely with CEO and director of meetings to develop appropriate P&Ls and budgets, as well as manage and regularly review budgets, revenues and actual spend for each individual meeting.
  • Promotion: Write marketing copy for event registration emails, as well as design and distribute emails to association members through Mailchimp.
  • Working with the CEO, the head of programming will also review, help update and grow the Association’s distribution lists ensuring each firm has dedicated employees allocated to NAREIM meetings and content.
  • During the course of each meeting campaign, assess the real-time performance of event registration email campaigns, and work with the Association CEO to increase awareness and attendance among association members.
  • Working with the CEO, write key takeaway newsletters immediately following each meeting.
  • Run debrief calls post-event to lead improvements for next time, thank speakers, etc. as well as lead post-mortem reviews internally to record key takeaways and best practices.

Job Fair: For the annual Job Fair, the head of programming will work closely with Association members in and around the Chicago area, as well as external partners, to promote the Fair to undergraduate and post-graduate students.

Committees: Working with the CEO and members, help create and run committees within NAREIM for the development of specific objectives, such as diversity and inclusion.

Requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • 5-8 years business experience, preferably including experience in a conference producer role or equivalent
  • The ability to develop effective relationships with senior industry professionals
  • Sound editorial judgement; with the ability to understand and distill new information quickly
  • Ability to employ strong research techniques
  • Strong communication and people skills as well as excellent writing and editing skills
  • A background in finance, real estate, media or events is preferred
  • A collaborative approach and excellent interpersonal skills when dealing with colleagues working remotely
  • A track record of writing and developing event programs to deadline and delivery to budget and quality standards is preferred
  • Strong financial acumen and an ability to provide financial oversight to a portfolio of meetings
  • Excellent client facing experience and good organization skills with the ability to multi-task, with a high work rate
  • The position will be located in either New York, NY or Chicago, IL. The position will entail working remotely and independently, with frequent travel to team off-sites and meetings.


A competitive salary is provided alongside above-market bonus incentives and benefits, including but not limited to health, medical, dental, vision, HSA and travel benefits as well as IRA contributions and 15 days vacation plus at least 8 public holidays.