Director of Programming and Events




The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) is the world’s leading non-profit organization for all those interested in the future of cities. It explores how increased urban density and vertical growth can support more sustainable and healthy cities, especially in the face of mass urbanization and the increasing effects of climate change worldwide.


Who We’re Looking For


The Director of Programming and Events works collaboratively with CTBUH members and staff to develop meaningful in-person events and online programs on best practices in tall building and sustainable urban development. The director works collaboratively across the organization, aligning program goals with members’ needs, and ensuring that event and online programming meets strategic and financial goals. In particular, the annual international conference is key to this role. The Director owns the planning, development, budgeting, and execution of CTBUH’s programming strategy and works with the C-suite to develop that strategy. As a member of the senior management team, the Director fosters a positive working environment and demonstrates a high degree of accountability and integrity.


Throughout 2020 and 2021, CTBUH educational programming was limited to online conferences and in-person events where regional conditions allowed for such type of events. However, 2022 has allowed CTBUH to resume increasing activity in most regions. This November in Chicago we will hold our first international conference since 2019, with an anticipated audience of 800+. We are looking for an innovative thinker who can align with CTBUH’s new vision and translate it into meaningful, engaging events and online offerings.


Position Location


CTBUH is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, with offices in Italy and China. This position is located in Chicago. CTBUH has returned to working in the office, with Wednesdays and Fridays as work-from-home days.


Essential Responsibilities


  • Oversee the planning, organization, and delivery of the two annual CTBUH conferences and other in-person events, both domestic and international, including the programming, logistics, revenue generation and expense management.
  • Oversee selection of, and contracts with, vendors supporting events, including management companies, venue, AV and technology.
  • Manage staff responsible for organizing chapter events and student initiatives.
  • Actively manage educational programming budgets, including two conferences that collectively generated $4M pre-COVID.
  • Work with CTBUH leaders to develop programming. Proactively identify high-profile experts to serve as program speakers, as well conduct regular calls for proposals from CTBUH membership.
  • Develop thoughtful training materials and communication methods that set expectations for speakers and support their participation in CTBUH programs.
  • Work with senior leadership to develop strategies that differentiate CTBUH programming and support members’ needs.
  • Assess opportunities for certificate programs, executive training, credentialing, and continuing education activities; develop business plans to support initiatives.
  • Working with marketing team, provide guidance of branding for events and ensure effective event marketing and communication campaigns that achieve goals.
  • Collaborate with business development to identify, develop and implement sponsorship opportunities.
  • Working with marketing, membership and technology departments, determine digital strategy and tools for CTBUH events, including event website, registration, and speaker and abstract management.
  • Working with C-suite, determine location and venue for CTBUH annual conferences.
  • Serve as staff liaison to assigned committees, supporting the committee’s work and ensuring volunteers contribute meaningfully to CTBUH.
  • Lead and manage the events team to ensure performance goals are met.
  • Work collaboratively as a member of the senior management team; contribute to creating a positive work environment for all staff.

Required Qualifications


  • 10 years of experience in a role managing educational programming and events, preferably in the architecture, construction or engineering industries
  • Experience managing event budgets $1M+
  • Excellent project management skills, able to manage multiple priorities at once
  • Performance-driven and works well in a fast-paced environment
  • High attention to detail
  • Excellent communicator
  • Collaborative approach to work

Preferred Qualifications


  • Educational background in architecture, engineering, construction or environmental industries
  • Advanced education or training in instructional design, event management or certification development


Equal Opportunity Employer


We at CTBUH believe that our work benefits from the diverse perspectives of our staff and those we serve. We encourage applicants to review our diversity statement at


CTBUH provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.


This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.


To Apply


Send cover letter and resume to [email protected].