The Manhattan Institute is looking for an Executive Director for its Adam Smith Society (Smith Soc), a national organization for business schools akin to what the Federalist Society has been for law schools.
In its seven years of operation, the Society has already grown to include 32 chapters on the campuses of top business schools in the US and abroad, 8 professional chapters and over 9,000 members. Our chapters are thriving, with the vast majority recruiting more than 10 percent of the student body as members. We are providing the education that so many business leaders never get: exposure to Adam Smith, Hayek, Friedman, for example, as well as capitalism’s most thoughtful critics. We ask questions. We encourage debate. We network MBA students and professionals who want to think deeply about these topics and equip them to be thoughtful advocates for the free-market system we care so deeply about and that has enabled so much opportunity across the globe.
Starting immediately, we are looking to talk to truly impressive candidates who share our mission and would be a good fit for the role and on the Manhattan Institute team. The Executive Director’s responsibilities will include daily and long-term management of all aspects of the Society including but not limited to:
- Managing a team of five direct reports across programming, operations, events, and marketing
- Coordinating and managing relationships with 5 MI teams that provide media relations, editorial, fundraising, operations and marketing leadership for Smith Soc
- Strategy and Operations
- Developing the strategy and growth plan for the Society
- Member Outreach and Relationship Management
- Actively identifying, equipping, and motivating the Society’s chapter leaders to achieve their goals
- Cultivating relationships with speakers (CEOs of Fortune 1,000 companies, as well as intellectual/policy leaders on free market issues, and journalists) to maintain and grow the Society’s speakers’ bureau of business and thought leaders
- Extensive travel to develop relationships with members and manage high-level national events
- Working closely with marketing team and development team on paid membership program and overall strategy for membership communications
- Overseeing programming across all student chapters. Managing a program office responsible for 200+ events per year
- Developing nascent programming for a professional network of regional chapters for business school alumni and professionals
- Developing and organizing an annual National Meeting attracting more than 300 members from schools and cities across the country
- Conceptualizing and curating one-of-a-kind experiences for members