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RSA Seeks a Director of Events Sponsorships and Ads

The Rhetoric Society of America (RSA) invites applications for its Director of Events Sponsorship and Ads, a part-time, three-year renewable volunteer position. The Director of Events Sponsorships and Ads (DESA) will be responsible for soliciting financial and in-kind support, including sponsorships, advertisements, and exhibit hall participation, for RSA’s events. The DESA will build connections with and encourage contributions from groups and institutions external to the Society (e.g. presses, educational institutions and departments in which rhetoric is taught, relevant vendors, and civic institutions and commercial entities in host cities) and other relevant constituencies and publics both internal and external to RSA. 

The DESA will work with the conference planner and institute director (or other event planner) to determine what, exactly, should be sponsored, and arrange other event-specific details. The DESA also will work with members of RSA’s administrative staff, principally the Executive Director and RSA Administrator for Member Services, and with the other administrative officers of the Society (Membership Officer, Digital Communications Officers, Public Outreach Officer, and Public Humanities Officer), in fulfilling these responsibilities. The DESA will report to the Executive Director. The DESA is also an ex officio member of the RSA Board of Directors and is expected to attend and report at Society Board meetings. A full description of the position and responsibilities can be found here: DESA Position Description

All applications will be considered, but strong candidates will have a commitment to and experience with the principles and practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion—and an understanding of how they transfer to events sponsorship well as other aspects of the position. To apply, please submit a letter of application, CV, and the names and contact information for three references to Executive Director Leslie Dinauer ( Letters of application should detail the applicant’s qualifications, interest, and experience with related work. Applications received by November 8 will receive full consideration, but the search will remain open until the position is filled. If you have questions or would like to learn more, please contact search chair Lisa Flores at

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