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The Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA), a suburban Chicago (Oak Brook) non-profit professional trade association seeks an experienced Education Manager. This position functions as the organization’s educational events, programs, and distance learning manager. The position coordinates educational opportunities and resources and supports the committees that develop those deliverables.

Duties include, but are not limited to: site selection, hotel and vendor negotiations and contracting, preparing and managing program budgets, determining audio-visual, set-up, and food & beverage requirements, committee management, and providing on-site management of programs including supervision and coordination of vendors and staff. All events are held within the state.

The Education Manager will be the primary manager (and motivator) of the event program committees for content development.


Must have a proven track record of managing meetings and events with attendance from 50-2,000 (the largest conference has about 2,000 attendees). At least 6 years of direct educational event management experience is required. Must be well-poised and project-driven and have proven success working with volunteer member committees. Possess proven budget and fiscal abilities; interpersonal communication and organizational skills, and a team orientation. Excellent project management skills are required. The candidate should possess strong writing skills. Limited travel. Spanish language candidates will be offered special consideration.

The ideal candidate will support and actively build an office culture dedicated to superior service that exceeds member and attendee expectations.

Education: Bachelor’s degree required.

Our small office (6 staff members) offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, IRA SIMPLE plan with company match,  up to two remote days per week, and a business casual dress code and atmosphere. The salary range is between $80-$90,000. For more information about the Illinois Landscape Contractors Association (ILCA) and our programs, visit  Email resume to: Scott Grams, Executive Director, [email protected].