Director of Operations
Keystone Symposia develops and produces conferences for the top biology researchers in the world. The Director of Operations provides leadership to optimize conference execution at conference venues worldwide. This includes conference placements, budgets, meeting manager supervision and negotiation of vendor contracts. Five to eight years of management experience, a bachelor’s degree, and travel as well as working at least 2 days/week in our Silverthorne, CO office are required. Compensation is $105,000 to $125,000/year depending on experience, plus our generous benefits package.
The Director of Operations will work with all departments and members of the leadership team to develop strategies for optimizing conference program implementation and execution at conference sites. This position will oversee conference placements with respect to number, location, and timing, and will manage meeting budgets to mitigate financial risks. The Director will provide continuous assessment of the performance of current venues, will identify potential new sites and will be responsible for negotiating vendor contracts. This position will require an understanding of the Symposia’s mission to connect life scientists from around the world and to accelerate progress in biomedical research. In addition, an intuitive grasp of key operational attributes that contribute to highly successful conference outcomes will be important. This attention to quality and brand will necessarily be grounded in a practical understanding of budgetary constraints, contract details and risk mitigation strategies to ensure the long-term viability of conference operations. The Director will work with the leadership team to develop budget scenarios and maximize operational efficiency