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The Chief Executive Officer (CEO) will lead the International Public Relations Research Conference (IPRRC), recognized as one of the top venues for presentation of innovative PR research and for interaction among scholars and professionals.

The successful candidate will be recognized as a proven leader by the larger public relations community and an accomplished fund-raiser with a track record for generating $150,000 to $175,000 annually to support IPRRC’s signature event, the IPRRC Conference, as well as to fund future needs as the organization grows and evolves.

The position is not fulltime. Key responsibilities are linked to the planning and execution of the IPRRC Conference, which occurs each spring.

The role and responsibilities of CEO include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Working in close coordination with the Board, its committees, and the Advisory Commitee to define the IPRRC’s annual programming and financial goals, as well as in establishing a plan for reviewing progress toward achieving all goals that have been adopted.


  • Supervising/directing a staff of volunteers throughout the year, but especially between the announcement of IPRRC’s theme and call for abstract submissions (usually September) through the annual Conference (usually March).


  • In cooperation with the Board and Advisory Committee, determining which submissions will be accepted for presentation and the awarding of prize money determined by competitive review.


  • Establishing a master calendar annually for IPRRC that will formalize such items as

    • Board, Advisory Committee and Conference meeting dates; 

    • Timelines for sending any required meeting notices, budget planning and schedules for approval of programs and key initiatives; and

    • Identifying programs and events that will require funding and support.


  • Working with the existing Board to identify future members, candidates for Board committees, and Advisory Committee members.


  • Working with the Finance and Governance committees to establish annual fund-raising goals and operating requirements.


  • Serving as the IPRRC’s senior-most relationship leader with​

    • The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)

    • The Institute for Public Relations (IPR)

    • The Arthur W. Page Society

    • The Arthur Page Center

    • The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations

    • The Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC)

    • The International Association for Measurement and Evaluation of Communication (AMEC)

    • The Council of Public Relations Firms

    • Partner organizations representing public relations professionals in corporate or agency settings, as well leading global collegiate public relations programs

The CEO will be compensated by an annual stipend that will be determined based on their success in meeting fund-raising targets and key operating goals established by the Finance and Governance Committees.

The IPRRC Board, working each year through the Finance and Governance committees, will conduct an annual performance review of the CEO using criteria developed and approved by the IPRRC Board.

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