Vice President, Content & Programming

Position: Vice President, Content and Programming

Location: New York, N.Y.

Reports to: Managing Director, Sponsorship and Conferences

Key relationships: Works closely with the executive leadership team on all aspects of event programming, thought leadership and sponsorship.

Position Summary: The Managed Funds Association, based in Washington, DC and New York, represents the global alternative investment industry by advocating for public policies that foster efficient, transparent, fair capital markets, and competitive tax and regulatory structures. The key stakeholders the Association interacts with include hedge fund manager members, industry partners, media, policy makers (U.S. and EU), existing and potential industry investors and the general public.

The Vice President, Content and Programming will lead the development of major conference programming, panel origination and content preparation for all nine US and global MFA conferences. That individual will help build advisory boards for six major conferences and provide support for programming MFA’s symposium, forums and seminars on an on-going basis. The Vice President, Content and Programming will also be responsible for working to simultaneously program (with their team) on all upcoming conferences and seminars and actively seek out the most innovative and compelling program speakers while balancing sponsor engagement. They will also be responsible for the design and content of the on-site materials, production editing (content) and end of event surveys and analysis. The Vice President, Content and Programming will also be tasked with preparing scripts for MFA leadership for all major conferences and focus on supporting and expanding MFA’s investor database as part of their outreach on the programming side and building the relevant investor programming.

The Vice President, Content and Programming will work directly with the Association’s executive team to program content around key policy, regulatory and operational issues and engage with the Association’s members on various topics and manage members of the Content and Programming team.

A successful candidate will have a strong background (ideally 8+ years) in content development, programming, and event execution. They will possess a strong knowledge of financial markets and the allocator universe in the investment management space. The ideal candidate will have excellent writing skills and established relationships in the fund manager and investor space and a solid understanding of how to engage the industry’s key constituencies. Booking and conference production experience also helpful.

Essential Responsibilities:

  • Build sponsorship of major conferences with an eye toward integrating content and sponsorship where applicable. Seek out global and multi-event partnerships to increase revenue for the organization.
  • Build and manage development of advisory boards for MFA’s six major conferences in the U.S. and EU; work to ensure diversity in board composition as well as strong contributions from all members.
  • Conduct and oversee speaker recruitment and develop relevant, high impact and innovative program content and relevant research.
  • Oversee audience development for each conference.
  • Manage speaker registration and panel preparation for all conference panel participants as well as keynote speakers.
  • Work with relevant C-suite individuals at member firms on position specific forums (i.e., Chief Technology Officer Forum, Human Capital Forum, etc.)
  • Write and edit all on-site scripts and program materials for MFA leadership; ensure consistency in quality and content across all events
  • Work with MFA Communications team to write and collaborate on all content for event advertisements, online marketing, and social media outreach.
  • Manage on-site speaker engagement, speaker registration and panel logistics at each event, and on-site live executive production.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree required; advanced degree in finance, journalism or a related discipline is desirable.
  • A minimum of 8 years of programming, sales, marketing and/ or communications experience, preferably within the financial services or private sector.
  • Experience developing and executing programming for events focused on the financial services space and a solid understanding of the allocator and fund manager universe.
  • Excellent knowledge of the latest communication channels and trends (social media, interactive portals, etc.) and tactics for effective use of each.
  • A good understanding of the financial services industry and a history of effective communication with investors, regulators, and/or clients.
  • Superior writing, editing, and verbal presentation skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage a team and work in a highly collaborative manner with tact and ability to creatively solve problems using excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to multi-task projects in a fast-paced environment.
  • Ability to excel under pressure and implement last-minute details and changes confidently.