What is Association Management?

Association Acumen is a growing mid-size accredited association management company serving eleven different non-profit association clients: national, international, medical and non-medical. We’ve built a solid reputation by developing strong partnerships based on expertise, integrity and mutual respect. The association management company (AMC) model allows us to provide individualized and innovative service at an affordable price. Associations can share resources and are billed back for the services they use, eliminating the need for them to hire individual staff and purchase or rent office space and equipment.

Association Acumen provides the following association management services: membership management, educational programs and meeting planning, board of director and committee relations management, marketing, communications, public relations, organizational strategy-setting, website development and financial management services to professional membership associations. Our association management staff is structured into dedicated client teams composed of coordinators, managers and Executive Directors. Our teams meet regularly by client and also by function, such as membership, marketing or meeting planning.

Why Work at Acumen?

Association management is a great industry: fast-paced, interesting and challenging. We’re located in a bright, colorful, office, centrally located and close to business-friendly hotels, near Good Hope Road and Highway 45. Our office area features two levels, with private offices, a library and large conference rooms suitable for board and committee meetings. The contemporary décor and unique furnishings present an attractive, welcoming vibe and reflect our strong commitment to innovation and service excellence. We offer a positive work environment, the latest technology and a great team of professionals.
Association Acumen believes strongly in professional development for its employees, offering monthly educational AcumenEd sessions focusing on everything from accreditation to topics covered in the certified association executive (CAE) exam. Acumen also provides funds for employees to attend professional association management education programs outside of the office and to join professional associations.

Association Acumen offers a great comprehensive benefits package, including health insurance, retirement plan and stock options, paid vacation, eight paid holidays, personal time off and release time for business travel. Acumen is committed to wellness and will pay 50% of massage services, health club and yoga studio memberships for employees. Acumen also provides ergonomic work stations, yoga and fitness challenges, book clubs on personal and professional development and gives employees healthy low calorie snack options.

In 2015, Association Acumen was named to the Future 50 company list by the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce’s Council (MMAC) of Small Business Executives (COSBE). The Future 50 program, now in its 28th year, recognizes privately-owned companies in the seven-county Milwaukee region that have been in business for at least three years and have shown significant revenue and employment growth.

“Association Acumen is honored to be a part of the prestigious list. We are proud of our staff growth and increased client base over the years and we would like to thank our employees, our clients and our vendor partners who make this success possible,” Bast said. “It’s an exciting accomplishment.”

The benefits of working at an Accredited Association Management Company (AMC)

An AMC is a for-profit entity that serves as headquarters for multiple nonprofit associations. AMC staff typically work for more than one organization and wear many different ‘hats,’ juggling tasks like answering member inquiries, drafting news releases, creating and designing promotional pieces, managing websites, promotional campaigns and social media platforms, contacting speakers and booking hotel meeting space. We promise you will never be bored!

You may be a fit for Association Acumen if you enjoy:The FOCIS team at FOCIS 2014.

  • Day to day variety in a constantly expanding association management industry
  • Mind-growing challenges
  • Partnering with multiple clients and client boards
  • Helping to advance the mission of professional associations
  • Working in a high-energy team environment
  • Lifelong learning and professional development
  • Leaving the office satisfied that you have made a difference

You may be a fit for Association Acumen if you excel at:

  • Finding non-traditional solutions to traditional problems
  • Tireless enthusiasm
  • Innovation, motivation and flexibility
  • Technological wizardry
  • Developing strong partnerships with association leaders
  • Being a generalist (talented in many areas)
  • Being a specialist (focusing on one specific talent such as membership or marketing)
  • Rising to the top of the association management profession!

Sample job descriptions follow for various levels: Marketing & Meeting Assistant, Membership & Marketing Coordinator, Meetings Manager and Executive Director. We invite you to review the content and see if you’re ready to make the leap into the exciting field of association management!

Interested in joining Acumen’s team?  Submit your application today!

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