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Director of Conferences

National Bureau of Economic Research
Cambridge, Massachusetts (US)

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Director of Conferences

Cambridge, MA

The National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), an independent, non-partisan, non-profit organization that supports and disseminates economic research, seeks an experienced conference-organizing professional to serve as its Director of Conferences. This is an opportunity to lead the planning of 125+ meetings a year for an organization that facilitates the research of more than 1,750 affiliated economists at colleges and universities throughout North America. The NBER provides resources and infrastructure for academic research, facilitates access to both government and private datasets, distributes more than 1,200 working papers by its affiliated researchers each year, and hosts meetings that serve as venues for sharing, critiquing, and improving on the latest research findings. The organization plays an outsize role in the conduct of economic research and in the use of such research to inform policy: 44 current or former NBER affiliates have been awarded the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences, and 13 have chaired the President's Council of Economic Advisers.

The Director will join a close-knit, collegial, and long-tenured administrative staff of about 40 FTEs who are devoted to the organization's mission and who see themselves as part of the institution's tradition of service for the public good. Reporting directly to the President and CEO, the Director will be a key member of the senior leadership team and will develop and implement a comprehensive strategy to build operational capacity for conferences at the NBER; further integrate the conference function across the organization; continue to offer best-in-class customer service and support for NBER program directors and conference attendees; and provide leadership to the talented conference team.

The NBER seeks an experienced and collaborative conference leader who is both a strategist and an implementer, and whose prior professional experience ideally includes working with academics and researchers. The ideal candidate will have excellent organizational and communication skills, superb managerial skills, and a demonstrated commitment to strengthening diversity and belonging. The successful candidate will also possess intellectual curiosity, energy, flexibility, empathy, and optimism, and a desire to join an organization that is fundamentally people-centered in its philosophy and operations.

This position is based in Cambridge, MA. The NBER operates under a hybrid (partial remote and partial in-person/in-office) work environment. The Director of Conferences is expected to be in the office at least three days a week.

The NBER is partnering with Isaacson, Miller, the national recruiting firm. Confidential inquiries, referrals, and nominations may be directed to Jeff Kessner, Partner and Janette Martinez, Senior Associate at:

The NBER is an Equal Opportunity Employer and it does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, or disability. It will make reasonable accommodation for any disabled applicant, and will provide assistance to disabled applicants as needed during the application process.



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