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Director, Event Content and Programming

Position Title: Director, Event Content and Programming

Location: New York, NY (Hybrid)

Reports to: Vice President, Content and Programming

Company Background: MFA, based in Washington, DC, New York, Brussels, and London, represents the global alternative asset management industry. MFA’s mission is to advance the ability of alternative asset managers to raise capital, invest, and generate returns for their beneficiaries. MFA advocates on behalf of its membership and convenes stakeholders to address global regulatory, operational, and business issues. MFA has more than 175 member firms, including traditional hedge funds, credit funds, and crossover funds, that collectively manage nearly $3.2 trillion across a diverse group of investment strategies. Member firms help pension plans, university endowments, charitable foundations, and other institutional investors to diversify their investments, manage risk, and generate attractive returns over time.

Position Summary: The Director of Event Content and Programming will be a part of the larger Membership, Investor Relations and Conference/Events team and support the development of major conference programming, panel development and content preparation for all major MFA conferences as well as selected seminars and peer-to-peer forums.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Under the direction of the Vice President, Content and Programming, this role will work closely with the Association’s leadership team to program content around key policy, macroeconomic and operational issues and engage with the Association’s members and sponsors on various topics.
  • Work collaboratively with the Events, Membership and Sponsorship teams, and executive team members on all aspects of event programming, thought leadership and partner engagement.
  • Help build advisory boards for MFA’s major conferences as a resource for developing programs and booking speakers.
  • Work to simultaneously program upcoming events and actively seek out the most innovative and compelling program speakers.
  • Develop event agenda content and guest speaker lineups for conferences, seminars, peer to peer forums and ancillary member events at the Association.
  • Develop the content and design of program collateral, event surveys and materials for MFA leadership for all major conferences.
  • Conduct research for development of relevant, high impact and innovative event program content and speakers; collaborate with internal teams to tap policy and regulatory expertise alongside external research.
  • Develop and execute marketing strategy for each event, particularly those with specific revenue targets.
  • Draft, review and share content for event promotions with relevant stakeholders, including email, print advertisements and digital marketing, i.e. social media and paid search.
  • Support sponsorship of major conferences to ensure thoughtful integration of sponsor speakers into event programming where applicable.
  • Build and manage advisory boards for MFA’s major conferences; support engagement with institutional investor community through speaker invites.
  • Manage event content development and session preparation for all conference and event speakers.
  • Coordinate with AV teams to ensure program logistics are in place before and during the event.
  • Draft on-site scripts and program materials for teammates and MFA leadership at conferences and events.
  • Manage on-site speaker registration, panel logistics and speaker engagement.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree preferred; advanced degree in finance, business, journalism, or a related discipline preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years of programming, marketing, communications, and/or media experience, within the financial services or private sector. Experience working in prime brokerage a plus.
  • Experience developing and executing programming for events focused on the financial services space and a solid understanding of the alternative asset management industry.
  • A strong understanding of the financial services industry and a history of effective communication with key stakeholders.
  • Superior research, writing, editing, and verbal presentation skills; enhanced attention to detail and comfort working with data.
  • Excellent knowledge of the latest communication channels, trends and tactics for effective use of each
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in a team-oriented culture that values the importance of being a good teammate, communicator and partner.
  • Excellent interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to self-start, think ahead, problem solve, and engage proactively with high professionalism, reliability, and accountability.
  • Strong time management skills and ability to manage multiple and changing priorities in a fast-paced environment.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and SharePoint.
  • Occasional domestic/international business travel is required.

Benefits of Working at MFA:

  • Comprehensive healthcare plan options to include medical, dental, and vision
  • Competitive compensation package
  • Retirement savings plan
  • Other ancillary benefits (disability plans, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and more)
  • Hybrid work schedule (Mon/Fri- remote; Tues-Thurs: in-office)
  • Generous paid parental leave and transition time
  • Professional development and career opportunities
  • Internal DEI Advisory committee
  • Internal Social committee
  • Generous paid time off and holidays
  • Staff retreats
  • Healthy food and snacks; weekly in-office lunches

Disclaimer: The annual base salary range for this position is $150,000 – $160,000. Additionally, employees are eligible for an annual discretionary bonus. Please note that the annual base salary range provided is a general guideline and compensation decisions are dependent on a variety of factors. These factors include, but not limited to, the scope and responsibilities of the position, years of work experience/expertise, work location, education/training, internal peer equity, and external market data.