About IEL: The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is a national expert in community-driven leadership development in the intersecting areas of education, health, and employment. The common thread in our work is supporting community and institutional leaders as they build systems around racial, disability inclusion, and economic equity goals. Our 58-year journey and experiences have resulted in approaches, tools, and practices that reflect the needs of leaders no matter where they sit in communities. The authentic relationships that we build in the process shape the way we engage community leaders, do our work, and provide the foundation for deeper impact as we continue to address systemic challenges in the 400 plus communities that trust us as partners, especially during this unprecedented time in history.  

Our Work: IEL’s mission is to strengthen and bring together diverse leaders and constituencies to improve outcomes for children, youth, adults, and families. IEL’s vision is a society that uses all of its resources to effectively provide opportunities for all individuals to learn, lead, and contribute to our democracy. 

One of IEL’s primary functions is to build capacity and engage a diverse and collaborative community of strategic leaders to promote equitable education policy. Within this function, IEL has a multi-decade capacity-building program, the Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP), which offers opportunities for participants to come together to Washington, DC to learn about the federal role in education policy and the various decision-makers and influencers that inform policy.

IEL is seeking an event planner who will work between December 2021 and March 2022 to lead the planning and execution of the Washington Policy Seminar (WPS), a capstone event for EPFP, taking place March 21-23, 2022.

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Provide logistical support and perform project management responsibilities  
  • Ensure the accuracy and functionality of the event website and associated pages 
  • Support event sponsorship efforts
    • Provide customer service and vendor communications (e.g., venue AV, catering)
    • Assist in the preparation of pre-event materials and printing (such as program book, name badges, signs, table tents, schedules, ordering conference supplies)
    • On-site event coordination between convention staff, IEL staff, volunteers, speakers, and participants to ensure a smooth experience for all attendees and partners 
    • Perform other event planning and connected logistical support duties as assigned


  • Ability and availability to work full time during WPS event days, March 21-23, 2022 in downtown DC (Mon-Wed), starting at 8am through 6pm the first day, 7am through 5pm the second day, and 7am through 3pm the last day.
  • Demonstrated mastery of event/conference management 
  • Direct experience in event planning for convenings of over 30+ people and conferences of over 150+ participants
  • Exceptional customer service  
  • Strong organizational skills  
  • Detail oriented 
  • Can-do attitude and ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously  
  • Documented capacity to work effectively as a team member
  • Experience with various software packages: Microsoft Word, EXCEL, PowerPoint applications; some experience with web-related software preferred 

Application Deadline: December 8, 2021, or until filled 

Hours: Part time, flexible hours (outside of the required on-site hours during the two events)

Contract: Up to $5,000 

Contract time frame: December 13, 2021 until March 31, 2022.  

To apply: Send your resume and a list of three references (one from a former or current direct supervisor) to jobs@iel.org with “IEL Conference Planner” as the subject line.

IEL is an Equal Opportunity Employer that does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran’s status or disabled veterans’ status. IEL is implementing a diversity and supported inclusion strategy and is actively and intentionally encouraging applicants of color and individuals with disabilities to apply. 

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