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NAKHE Announces Search for a Conference Manager

posted on Aug 9, 2023

Please send all inquiries and applications to Daniel Burt ( Applications should include a curriculum vitae and three references. Applications are due by midnight September 1, 2023, CDT.


Beginning February 1, 2024, The successful candidate will assume responsibility for planning, coordinating, and running the annual conference. This includes the following tasks:

  • Assist the Past-President and the Executive Director with site selection.
  • Review contracts for future conference sites with the Executive Director.
  • Establish and maintain regular communication with the NAKHE Annual Conference Task Force, as well as the Executive Committee, Vice President, and Executive Director on matters pertaining to conferences.
  • Serve as Chairperson of the NAKHE Annual Conference Task Force.
  • Assist the Vice-President with logistics and planning the conference schedule. Secure conference sponsors and exhibitors and fulfill all obligations to these partners.
  • Plan and execute conference social events such as receptions and banquets.
  • Along with the Executive Director, secure technological support as needed.
  • Promote and manage conference registration in cooperation with the Executive Director and Webmaster, and secure and manage volunteers as needed.
  • Effectively communicate with Organization officers and members and respond appropriately to directives/requests.
  • Report to the Executive Committee (President, Past-President, President-Elect) and include the President and Executive Director in email correspondence on major items.

While the Conference Manager is considered a non-voting member, they will attend all Board of Directors meetings and conference calls as a non-voting member and effectively respond to questions relative to the management and fiscal responsibilities of this position. Quality performance will be expected in event management and reporting, tracking the annual conference and summer workshops, and paying invoices. Additionally, the Conference Manager will be responsible for working with individuals from diverse backgrounds, cultures, education, ages, spirituality, and identities. The position is open until filled with considerations beginning immediately.


Education: A bachelor’s degree in kinesiology or a closely-related discipline from a regionally accredited institution.

Leadership Experience: Demonstrated success in leading and managing teams, preferably in a non-profit or related sector.

Event and Facility Management: Demonstrated success in consideration of the needs for managing events and their relevant facilities, equipment, or planning methods to be used.

Non-Profit Knowledge: Understanding of non-profit operations, governance, fundraising, and compliance with applicable laws and regulations.

Strategic Vision: Ability to develop and implement a long-term strategic plan aligned with the organization's mission and goals.

Financial Management: Proficiency in budgeting, financial planning, and fiscal responsibility to ensure sustainable operations and maximize resources.

Communication and Advocacy: Strong verbal and written communication skills, along with the ability to effectively represent the organization to stakeholders, partners, and the public.

Collaborative Approach: A collaborative leadership style that fosters teamwork, engages stakeholders, and builds relationships with community partners.

Mission Alignment: Passion for and commitment to the non-profit's mission, as well as a deep understanding of the populations served.


Education: A graduate degree in kinesiology or closely-related discipline from a regionally accredited institution.

Fundraising and Development: Proven track record in cultivating donor relationships, securing funding, and diversifying revenue streams.

Event Management: Proven track record in successfully managing conferences and events at hotel, resort, or conference facilities.

Board Governance: Experience working with a board of directors, including supporting board development, governance, and fostering effective communication.

Strategic Partnerships: Ability to identify and develop strategic partnerships with other organizations, corporations, and government entities to enhance the non-profit's impact.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Experience in culturally diverse settings.


  • $7,000 annually to be paid in installments
  • 15% of all sponsorships and exhibitor revenue procured by Convention Manager (does not include existing sponsorships unless coming up for renewal)
  • Pre-approved hotel and travel to annual conference
  • Pre-approved hotel and travel for conference site visits.
  • Complimentary yearly membership in NAKHE
  • (Total compensation approximately $10,000)


The National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education (NAKHE) is a 501(C)(3) not for profit organization. NAKHE strives to be an inclusive community of kinesiology professionals who nurture, mentor, and lead one another to greatness. The mission of NAKHE is to foster leadership in kinesiology administration and policy related to teaching, scholarship and service in higher education. NAKHE is devoted to promoting leadership through mentoring and networking among administrators, faculty, and students inclusive of disciplinary and institutional affiliation. Our diverse membership collaborates to initiate and cultivate progressive partnerships, scholarly papers, and projects that provide the structure and resources to guide the field of kinesiology.

NAKHE is the oldest Association in kinesiology dedicated to working with programs in higher education. Founded in 1897 as the National College Physical Education Association for Men (NCPEAM), the Association expanded in 1924 with the addition of the National Association for Physical Education of College Women (NAPECW). The two associations merged officially in 1960, and subsequently published the first issue of Quest, the field’s premier journal that focuses on the role of kinesiology in higher education. More recently, NAKHE began publishing the International Journal of Kinesiology in Higher Education, a forum for those in the field to share new, introductory, or small-scale research in addition to best practices in leadership, administration, and teaching. NAKHE’s annual conference continues the tradition initiated in 1897 of providing opportunities for kinesiology scholars to gather to discuss leadership in the field, share best practices, and train future kinesiology leaders.